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    We get like 2 snippets of this all-important document in the canon writings, have you ever had the idea of writing the entire document out to where players could read it in full?

    Even better; how would you revise or edit the Null Manifesto if you were going to write it yourself?

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    The Null Manifesto

    Homo sapiens novus, I know your worth, I sense your frustration and I have seen your destiny; hear me now...

    I am Divis Mal, and I, like yourselves am a member of Homo sapiens novus; The One Race. I address the number of my brothers and sisters in evolution in this, a call for all members of Homo sapiens novus to reject the shackles that baseline humanity has ventured to place upon us. We have unknowingly and willingly yoked ourselves to their closed-minded, simplistic morality and shortsighted, atavistic agendas. We have volunteered to sell ourselves short! I see inside each and every one of us the potential to change reality as we know it. Potential that is, unfortunately, being squandered on the impulses and desires of creatures with neither the right nor the virtue to edict legislation to their evolutionary superiors. If you choose to live under the law of Homo sapiens sapiens, you choose to waste your power and purpose on needless adherence to rules that no longer apply to you or your people. The question must be asked; why force yourself into the role of pawn when you should be the king?

    The members of Homo sapiens novus (also referred to as "novas") are a species separate fromHomo sapiens sapiens. The very nature of Homo sapiens novus is intrinsically different from that of its baseline predecessors; this is a fact that is recognized biologically, physically, mentally, and by all other quantifiable means as self-evident. And yet still, baseline science and the self-deluding propaganda of Aeon and its whores tells us that we, who are a literal quantum leap up the evolutionary chain, an incarnate god, belong in place alongside the baseline from which we evolved.

    Regulations and laws enacted for the good of Homo Sapiens are too easily subverted and misinterpreted to abuse the rights of novas, who are required by destiny to attain their full potential -- a goal impossible while abiding by strictures set by beings who are not one's peers and who cannot accurately judge what is "ethical" or "moral" for anything other than their own species. As such, the laws and governing bodies established for the purpose of governing Homo sapiens must be considered inapplicable to Homo sapiens novus. In this, it becomes impossible and absurd to require that any nova follow baseline law. We are not human, and human laws, no matter how well meaning, are incapable of being applicable to any being of a higher evolutionary stance. Until a common governing body, composed entirely of novas qualified to hold authority, is recognized by the majority of the nova population, then it is the duty of every Homo Sapiens Novus to govern himself or herself as he or she sees fit. Just as it is preposterous to ask humans to abide by the strictures of chimpanzee society, any attempt to force a nova to abide by the laws of human society must be seen as an attack on the rights of the individual nova.

    Be the rare individuals that you were created to be. Realize what it is to be a member of the One Race! Explore yourselves, your beliefs, and your motivations. Learn from your past and move on, and in moving on, take your place in the world as a living conduit of will. And just as importantly, help your brothers and sisters in the One Race to do the same.

    Some will vilify you for this. You will be called 'monster'. 'Aberrant'. 'Revolutionary'. Even 'inhuman', though the people who label you as such will have no idea how right they are. People will fear and hate you for your power, but never lose your clarity! This is who we are. There is nothing wrong with acting inhuman or superior when we so obviously are.

    To allow or encourage any nova to wallow in the base and rapine pleasures of Homo sapiens sapiens is the very definition of pointless waste of a rare and valuable resource, and is the most saddeningly flagrant waste of potential imaginable. By squandering your gifts on petty baseline desires and vices, you mire yourself deeper in baseline ideology and morality, making your personal ascension all the more difficult. As the Marvels, Monsters, and Portents of a bold new age, it is both your birthright and your destiny to forge your own path, exclusive of any crippling or archaic influence. Do whatever you must, so long as you never cease doing, exploring and discovering what it is to be a member of the One Race.

    We are our own nation; to be nova is to transcend the baselines from which we evolved. We want only to live in accord with the promptings, which come from our true selves. Why is that so revolutionary? We exist beyond human comprehension, and while we have yet to define our own laws, we must have the space and freedom necessary to chart our own course. Only those novas who are too lazy or too comfortable to think for themselves, to judge and regulate their own behavior accordingly, obey baseline laws. True members of the One Race sense their own laws within them; things are forbidden to them that a common baseline will do any day of the year, and other things are allowed to them that are generally despised. Each nova must stand on her or his own feet. I beseech all members of Homo sapiens novus to follow the path that will take them to a better understanding of what and who they are. This will require courage, but the chick that fears the outside world dies in its egg. To be born, the One Race must destroy it's egg and, in time, fly. For this we are slandered, but we cannot claim surprise. Those few powerful individuals with courage and character have always seemed sinister to the rest. Anything that threatens the calm in which the baselines live they call "revolutionary". They have become nervous because they realize that with the coming of the One Race the rules by which they have lived are no longer valid. The labels they affix to us are of no concern. We cannot and will not apologize for a difference this fundamental. We must explore what it is to be nova, not for the betterment of the human race, but for the betterment of the nova race. Perhaps there are some novas who prefer to stay with the baseline herd for the warmth it provides. I say obtain your warmth from equals. Humans do not require the companionship of monkeys, and likewise, novas do not require the companionship of baselines. We are destined to make a strange and terrible journey, and this we cannot do alone. While each nova must walk his or her own path, we must gather and share our knowledge and our companionship. We are at the gates of a glorious new age, and we must take the first steps towards our destiny; to do this we need to be one. Realize that it is only novas who can lead this journey. Homo sapiens sapiens had its chance -- it is now the age of the One Race.

    Whosoever would be creator, must first destroy, and in the age of the One Race, a terrible angel is loosed, preparing his grand creation...


    I found it on the Internet a few years back, I think someone didi it.

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    • #3
      Wish I'd have seen this a couple of years ago. But this will do as the base document.

      Now, given this, do you think the message would change much for the new era? I wasn't sure if Divis was still going to be around, so I'd be curious as to how Scripture or Orzaiz (the only other two I'd trust to write something this important) might word this message.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Darksol-aeternium View Post
        Wish I'd have seen this a couple of years ago. But this will do as the base document.

        Now, given this, do you think the message would change much for the new era? I wasn't sure if Divis was still going to be around, so I'd be curious as to how Scripture or Orzaiz (the only other two I'd trust to write something this important) might word this message.

        Now that is a pretty good question, specially in the case of Scripture, wwhose powers relate to language & communication, if memory tricks me not, what could lead into all sort of peculiar memetic-metalisguistic-mnemonic experiments with who knows what kind of effects around one or more "rewrites" of the Manifesto.

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        • #5
          I am pretty sure Divis didn't write it by himself, Scripture was his closest friend/lover and I would say he did some of the text for sure, probably more likely as a helper/revision than writer per se.

          Of course that is not the use of Scripture's power, as far as I know (I may be wrong) his power was an absolute understanding of all kinds of communication (including animal and plants communication) and some command or control over people (and animals) related to speaking (a Mega version of Rumor power). Don't know if his power can be used to command people thru text, but he can read any text, so... not completely impossible.

          Orzaiz is a bit different from the older version, he was kidnaped when he was 8 (in 2008) and his father created Archangel after the other boy (employee's kid) was killed (all on Archangel entry in Core). He is probably more "do it for the humanity" kind of guy, not saying he was not on 1e, can't remember his backstory, but he is now the son of one of the "best good guys", that is something... This means that, if Orzaiz is a Terragen PR, Terragem image is better, they are probably not the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, maybe closer to Ozymandias (killing a few to create a better future) or even they do real good for the people they protect while Utopia propaganda says the opposite (what more than once is shown in 1e).

          Anyway, Divis is Mega Everyting, he probably could replicate most of the power of Scripture without spending a quantum point, probably not killing by speaking, but by his mere presence. He can't predict time, but his mind can calculate hundreds of results for every word he writes, so the text would be awesome, to the point baselines would give themselves to him as slaves, and even some novas.

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          • #6
            Scripture's bizarre Information Manipulation power is actually in the APG on pg. 115, but it doesn't actually have any ability to directly command people, it alters the meaning of information whether spoken or written/typed. The Terat splatbook included a blurb from Leviathan where he described an argument the terats got into one day and Scripture in frustration forced everyone to speak in tounges till they settled down and agreed. The power mentions that it gives an escalating penalty whenever the person you're communicating with has taint (especially mental taint), so Scripture acting as Mal's editor seems like a legit idea.

            Where did you find this lore about Orzaiz, is that from the new version?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Darksol-aeternium View Post
              Scripture's bizarre Information Manipulation power is actually in the APG on pg. 115, but it doesn't actually have any ability to directly command people, it alters the meaning of information whether spoken or written/typed. The Terat splatbook included a blurb from Leviathan where he described an argument the terats got into one day and Scripture in frustration forced everyone to speak in tounges till they settled down and agreed. The power mentions that it gives an escalating penalty whenever the person you're communicating with has taint (especially mental taint), so Scripture acting as Mal's editor seems like a legit idea.

              Where did you find this lore about Orzaiz, is that from the new version?
              It's in Trinity Continuum: Core, in the entry for the faction "Archangel," page 164
              HISTORY
              In 2008, the eight-year-old heir to the Orzaiz
              family was kidnapped along with the nine-year-old
              son of the family driver, a young boy named Bakar.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Mateus Luz View Post
                Anyway, Divis is Mega Everyting, he probably could replicate most of the power of Scripture without spending a quantum point, probably not killing by speaking, but by his mere presence. He can't predict time, but his mind can calculate hundreds of results for every word he writes, so the text would be awesome, to the point baselines would give themselves to him as slaves, and even some novas.
                That makes no sense in a timeline that leads to the Aberrant war. More the making of slaves is not his intent. He wishes Peers not sycophants. OF course the lesson he learns is plenty Novas are Just people with powers. I kind of hope if we do get an official writeup its not so painfully nieve and bad science...

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                • #9
                  Aberrant war is not about the way the Terrats treated the baselines, it’s about how the Aberrants as a collective start to get crazy and corrupted by Quantum.

                  I agree Divis was not looking for baseline help, the same way humans don’t look for help from apes on a grand scale, but the baselines were more than interested in being protected by novas, even if it costs their liberty.

                  By 2028 (2008 in 1e) most of the Novas have no intention to became more than people with privileges, not even close to the condition of individual nations, but a few years after that (2030’s on the original timeline) it had turned around, with the build up of taint. That’s when the War is unavoidable, when people with no political skills and the power to destroy entire cities started to behave like nations .

                  If Orzaiz can provide a more “balanced” condition to the public image of Terragen by the death of Slider (supposing it happens), the entire degradation that became the war (happening 20 years faster than 1e) is almost impossible to be blamed to Terragen (as it was induced on 1e)

                  In the way I see, the Null Manifesto and Terragen have little impact on the start of the war, and more on the way it end in “peace”. Divis said publicly Novas should leave Earth, as asked by the Chinese, even being able to survive the destruction of Earth’s surface. If he went on the other way, and said to the novas that they should not leave, that would be a much worse condition...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Mateus Luz View Post
                    Aberrant war is not about the way the Terrats treated the baselines, it’s about how the Aberrants as a collective start to get crazy and corrupted by Quantum.
                    If Divis Mal could just write something so awesome its perfect mind control I can't imagine things get to a point where any threat works to get him to leave. Or any of the situations where things clearly get out of hand.



                    I agree Divis was not looking for baseline help, the same way humans don’t look for help from apes on a grand scale, but the baselines were more than interested in being protected by novas, even if it costs their liberty.
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                    I Really hope we don't see the Ape comparison because its.. both bad science from the "We are more evolved" standpoint(We aren't.. Evolution does not work that way!) And YES people do look at how apes act and try to get some understand of the way humans act based on it...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Lian View Post
                      I Really hope we don't see the Ape comparison because its.. both bad science from the "We are more evolved" standpoint(We aren't.. Evolution does not work that way!) And YES people do look at how apes act and try to get some understand of the way humans act based on it...
                      It’s not about science or behaviour or evolution, it’s about prejudice. Mal thinks Novas don’t need any baseline except for creating more novas (before Galetea for sure, by the Aberrant War, not even for that). Having baselines working for them is like having pets, they can do some stuff, but it’s not a necessity.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Lian View Post

                        If Divis Mal could just write something so awesome its perfect mind control I can't imagine things get to a point where any threat works to get him to leave. Or any of the situations where things clearly get out of hand.
                        It’s not perfect mind control, it’s a text so awesome people who read thinks they have no chance to confront the arguments, to the point they give up trying to discuss.

                        Imagine the brainwash that the government do to get boys willing to die on wars in the other side of the world, it’s basically the same idea, but instead of government being the one worth more than you, it’s the Novas...

                        Then came the second part, when the novas became bullies to the governments, the guys that were defending Novas as living gods are still defending them, but now the guys willing to die for their governments start fighting.

                        Divis was insane but not stupid, he knew he and a bunch of other novas would survive anything thrown on them, but it would destroy the other novas (not to talk about things he like on earth), he would live for a few more centuries and would comeback to earth to rule over humans, he can wait, he is a god (from his point of view). But it would be boring to be the god of an ashtray...
                        Last edited by Mateus Luz; 06-24-2019, 06:05 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Most of the Null Manifesto has a very 19th century ring to it. Given how old Divis is and the Romantic fal-da-ral that gave birth to the philosophies of both Nietzsche and de Gobineau, this makes sense. One can almost hear Divis shouting about "comfortitas" and commissioning Futurist buildings and symphonies.

                          Divis Mal is pathetically old fashioned.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Astromancer View Post
                            Most of the Null Manifesto has a very 19th century ring to it. Given how old Divis is and the Romantic fal-da-ral that gave birth to the philosophies of both Nietzsche and de Gobineau, this makes sense. One can almost hear Divis shouting about "comfortitas" and commissioning Futurist buildings and symphonies.

                            Divis Mal is pathetically old fashioned.

                            True, but it is one of the things i find entertaining about him as a potential antagonist, the contrast between his capabilities and a terribly outdated set of values that persists in spite of his greater powers of observation and intellectual analysis.

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                            • #15
                              Am I really the only one who doesn’t see Divis Mal as antagonist nor particularly insane, after all he is correct in most things concerning Novas. He developed a way to handle Taint and even turn it into more personal growth and he is correct in that following human laws and restrictions will limit the potential Novas can reach. In addition to this he is not the one who threathened to destroy the world, that was humans, but was willing to leave it behind to save it.

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