Lore of Kor – EyeWire SciFi

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In a universe not entirely dissimilar from our own, galactic alliances battle for power. All continued in standard solar smashing fashion until one day something happened in the delta belt of the Zaiton system.

In deep space, Kors began to spontaneously emerge. Kors grow from objects that look strangely like meteorites but are nothing like actual meteorites. They defy standard space-time conceptions, which leads many to speculate that they hold powers which have not yet been realized.

Kors, upon closer inspection, are found to be but a piece of a larger entity, which can be extracted from the void of space through cubic Kinsai Portals. Through these portals, technologically advanced species are able to decode the intricate structures that sprout from Kors. It is clear from these portals that a vast number of such entities exist through the fabric of space-time yet at present no one knows how to spark their emergence.

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Kor Extraction through Kinsai Portal

When a Kor appears, a great space race begins. For according to Zaiton Galactic Treaty Turbitra-5, a completed Kor belongs to the civilization which charted the majority of its structure.

This space race to map Kors is peculiar, in part because no one knows what Kors do. They are clearly not of this world and bear some resemblance to lifeforms. Many compare their structures to the root systems of Plira crobensis on planet Jira, which everyone knows produce the highly valued substance plirinium, a critical component of hyperspace engines. Still, Kors have not been found to generate plirinium or any other thing for that matter. In fact they just sit there, slowly rotating in space, a peculiar thing to do for an object that spontaneously appeared from nothingness. Perhaps because of the seemingly miraculous manner in which they appear or that they only appear in a specific beltway of the Zaiton system or that they remain hovering in space once discovered or perhaps that they resemble Pliras they command a great value and interest from top tier universal alliances. Increasingly they attract the attention of galactic pirates and even the newer robot races who are keen to legitimize their place among the stars.

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Full Kor


Kors also attract great scientific interest. It is thought that Kors might be “activated” though no one yet is certain. One specific research race of the Seung System leads the endeavor as they found that certain Kors could fit together into a sort of network. A challenge remains that no one knows how to move Kors. And no resources have yet been generated that produce economic value for Kor-owning species. But when has that ever stopped someone from wanting something.

Kors are rare – their total number known in the universe is just 120. Fully 50 of the Kors have been purchased and half by anonymous buyers. On one occasion, Sakyamuni of Somnath purchased a Kor of “considerable intricacy” for over 10 trillion sigros, a sum that would buy a small moon in the legendary Pakita system.

Kor mapping is dominated by several alliances, though some disguise their true identities. Most often in the news are the snarky Robots who famously passed the cosmic Turing test with a “that’s what she said.”  Their electric minds frequently feud with the masterfully inventive Aliens, an alliance of hackers of various species mostly from the Chamba systems.

Other leading Kor hoarders include the fabulously wealthy, extravagant Solar Sultans of Bintra; the brilliantly creative Thana Republic; the admired yet aggressive Kai Suzerain; the brutal Dagra Dynasty and of course the mysterious Tianju Empire.

Finally, there are the lawless Corsairs, pirates whom we have to thank for finding Kors in the first place. Galactic pirates are brutes who scour the universe in search of space bounty. They roughly honor the Galactic Tambir Code of Ethics, though they abide by their own rules when in deep space…

Now in EyeWire you may fight for an intergalactic alliance you so choose. The winning team will get to name its new Kors, known to you as neurons. Naming is just the beginning..no one knows what future holds for those with Kors.. The first battle begins at noon on 3 June 2014. Signups open this week – you must register before the competition starts. Contest rules here. Kor Origins backstory: https://blog.eyewire.org/kor-origins/

The team scoring the most points over the following 7 days will win glory, bonuses, future profile icons and neuron naming rights. Complete at least 150 cubes to earn a vote. The top 15 players by points on the winning team and the top player on the losing team get to nominate names. Choose your team on eyewire.org and stay tuned to discover more of the lore of Kor.

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