“Not the power to remember, but its very opposite, the power to forget, is a necessary condition for our existence.” — Sholem Asch
The Engineer wrote:I still don't get it. Why would it need a weapon that powerful?
The Archduchess wrote:Think of it as a self-defense mechanism.
The Engineer wrote:But it…
The Archduchess looked at him as if saying “I know better.”.
The Engineer wrote:Fine. Better be safe than sorry, anyway.
Three years had passed since the beginning of Mar Mojot, and the progress on the fields being researched was impressive. Dozens of new technologies had been created; things that were previously thought to be impossible turned out to be easy to do (for the Lights' standards). The Mar Mojot project had unofficially spread over other Research Bureaus. The First Bureau was projecting the ‘brain’ of the machine; the Fifth and Eighth Bureaus were cooperating on the design of the body materials, and the Eighth was further working with the Fourth on energy gathering systems and with the Second on turning the machine's body into something called ‘computer’.
The Engineer wrote:I'll go check with the Eighties if we'll be able to arbitrarily transform the body. This will make this kind of stuff much easier.
As they approached the entrance to the Station, Tèrag appeared coming from it. She ran on their direction, giving Münr a long and passionate kiss before saying in a suggestive voice: “I loved last night.”. She then followed her path as if nothing had happened.
The Archduchess wrote:Tehee, what happened last night?
The Engineer wrote:I don't know. I never remember, since I was young.
The Engineer slowed down his pace.
The Engineer wrote:When I wake up with the sun, I can't remember anything that happened since the sun went down on the previous day. The memories are gone; they disappear as I start to wake up. The folks on the Second Bureau tested me on every way they could think of, to no avail.
The Archduchess wrote:Wow, that's… I can't imagine how you feel.
The Engineer wrote:It started with a dream. It's the only one I can recall, but even then just barely. I remember it involved a beach, a child, and a dragon… that's all I know.
The Archduchess wrote:What are you doing here?
The Arch-Cardinal loved to see the Archduchess upset, especially when she was the cause.
Her spies had told her about her comrade's plans to include an experimental hyper-velocity plasma cannon in Mar Mojot's design, so she decided to personally find out what the Archduchess was up to.
The Arch-Cardinal wrote:Protecting the Order's future. We've invested all we got on this, remember?
The Archduchess wrote:I do remember, and very well. I'm almost living at the expense of Mr. Münr.
The Arch-Cardinal wrote:Well, at least you can follow… hey, hello Mr. Münr! It's a pleasure to see you again.
The Engineer kissed the Arch-Cardinal's hand respectfully.
The Engineer wrote:I presume you've been waiting for me.
The Arch-Cardinal wrote:In fact, I was. I'd like to discuss with you about our machine's ‘mind’, so to speak.
“If she is going to give it a gun, at least let me give it a conscience.”. It was with this thought in mind that the Arch-Cardinal proposed to turn Mar Mojot into a full-fledged being, endowed with emotions, imagination and conscience, akin to a human being. Besides the Archduchess' protests over the possibility of this interfering with its dedication to its purpose, the Engineer thought this could be an interesting challenge.
The Engineer wrote:I will make sure a balance is achieved. Besides, the people at the First Bureau will make me a cake for giving them a reason to analyze a living brain.
Due to this unexpected additions, Mar Mojot took some more time to complete than it was expected. But after almost seven years, all tests have been performing successfully, a last reset had been done on its system, and the machine was ready for its final and permanent activation.
We should give it a name. What about, uh, Michael?
Michael, the Dragon, was about the find out the meaning of the word ‘life’.
Question: does TLTW qualifies as fan fiction?
Also, ChronosDragon and Dracomax: interested on being part of the story? Just a warning: the character in question is the Archduchess' (BlitzGirl) “pet”.