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  • What happens when an Angel finishes its mission?

    Does it return itself to the recycling centers that Demons are subjected to? or just a storage facility? does it even know? is it just "garbage collected" when it's not in scope, and not aware of that process? Maybe there is a garbage collector angel that runs around collecting angels who's jobs are finished? I like this idea, an angel of death that reaps angels when they are done. That means Exiles are simply a memory leak in a sense.
    Last edited by xenoterracide; 09-25-2016, 01:17 PM.


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    Depends on the angel. A decision is made by the Command & Control Infrastructure responsible for ordering its creation in the first place; some angels get broken down into parts for recycling, others are put into storage if the God-Machine decides if it will be useful enough in the future to bear the cost of Infrastructure to stasis it.


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    • #3
      Or mind-wiped and retooled for a new mission.

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      • #4
        Destroyed, recycled, or repurposed. Each is evaluated thoroughly to determine the cost/benefit analysis of their existence. Angels are commodities.

        I like it. The idea of a higher being that determines the value of a living thing according to the same laws for defection refunds or exchanges is particularly horrifying to me. It reminds me of how accountants at auto companies determine whether a car's defect is worth recalling or not.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Dave Brookshaw View Post
          Depends on the angel. A decision is made by the Command & Control Infrastructure responsible for ordering its creation in the first place; some angels get broken down into parts for recycling, others are put into storage if the God-Machine decides if it will be useful enough in the future to bear the cost of Infrastructure to stasis it.
          yeah, but how do they get there?


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          • #6
            By travelling there in whatever form is the most convenient would be my guess.

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            • #7
              Maybe it's like Logan's Run. When a job is successfully over a little light goes off and they realize they have to head back to base for processing. Probably welcomed thankfully.

              Of course since they're ephemerals I suppose I could see them just 'dying' after the pre-determined time needed is up and their ephemera just evaporates back into wherever.

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              • #8
                It's more brutally efficient than that. If the God-Machine wants rid of an angel, it just dismantles the infrastructure that summoned it. The angel, mission completed, sits there and essence-bleeds to death.
                Last edited by Dave Brookshaw; 09-26-2016, 04:23 PM.


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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dave Brookshaw View Post
                  It's more brutally efficient than that. If the God-Machine wants rid of an angel, it just dismantled the infrastructure that summoned it. The angel, mission completed, sits there and essence-bleeds to death.
                  Makes for an interesting reason to Fall. An angel with perhaps more awareness than intended questions why its Father has forsaken it so? Why has the God-Machine left it to die alone in the dark? The angel has completed its mission! It has proven its loyalty and ability! What cruel father could abandon such a devoted child? Thus begins the Fall, an angel whose loyalty has now transformed into loathing, hatred, rejection of God's plans.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Claire Redfield View Post

                    Makes for an interesting reason to Fall. An angel with perhaps more awareness than intended questions why its Father has forsaken it so? Why has the God-Machine left it to die alone in the dark? The angel has completed its mission! It has proven its loyalty and ability! What cruel father could abandon such a devoted child? Thus begins the Fall, an angel whose loyalty has now transformed into loathing, hatred, rejection of God's plans.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Dave Brookshaw View Post
                      It's more brutally efficient than that. If the God-Machine wants rid of an angel, it just dismantles the infrastructure that summoned it. The angel, mission completed, sits there and essence-bleeds to death.
                      Sorry for necroing this a bit, I found this whole idea of how angels are reclaimed to be interesting. At the same time, I don't find this scenario " brutally efficient ", that seems to be a waste of resources..

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Korogra View Post

                        Sorry for necroing this a bit, I found this whole idea of how angels are reclaimed to be interesting. At the same time, I don't find this scenario " brutally efficient ", that seems to be a waste of resources..
                        The God-Machine could simply repurpose the dismantled Infrastructure for another project.


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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by GibberingEloquence View Post
                          The God-Machine could simply repurpose the dismantled Infrastructure for another project.
                          That may be true, but the angel itself is a piece of Infrastructure too, so letting it fade into oblivion seems wasteful to me, unless its Essence is being sucked out of the atmosphere Space Balls style - that just gave me a humorous idea lol

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Korogra View Post
                            That may be true, but the angel itself is a piece of Infrastructure too, so letting it fade into oblivion seems wasteful to me
                            Essence bleed very specifically doesn't cause angels to fade into oblivion or indeed into anywhere else at all.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Korogra View Post

                              That may be true, but the angel itself is a piece of Infrastructure too, so letting it fade into oblivion seems wasteful to me, unless its Essence is being sucked out of the atmosphere Space Balls style - that just gave me a humorous idea lol
                              It is efficient if the cost of maintenance exceeds what the angel can do further for the Machine. Considering that angels are often tailor-made for a purpose, this probably happens a lot more than angels are happy about.


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