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Post by Damascus on Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:34 pm

Chaldea Security Organization
Chaldea is a laboratory-observatory that recruits talented scientists and magi for the purpose of observing both the magical and scientific aspects of the world. They have a single goal: "to preserve the reign of the Common Sense of Man, above all else."

LAPLACE
Spoiler:
The "Phenomenon-Record Cyber Daemon"
Completed: 1950
Named after Pierre-Simon Laplace's thought experiment (wherein a hypothetical omniscient being, sometimes referred to as a demon, would be capable of accurately predicting the future). It is a magical device used to monitor the past. Chaldea sees the future through CHALDEAS, at the same time, LAPLACE collects records of the past. Its function is collecting history outside of public knowledge, or events that were quietly buried away.

CHALDEAS
Spoiler:
"Global Environmental Model"
Completed: 1990
Utilizing Alaya as a foundation and basis, the system manifests in miniature a perfectly accurate replica of the planetary body of Earth, permitting a representation of the World's status both in past and future eras. However, detailed observation of specific time-space locales is impossible without the assistance of SHIVA. It's a body of high density Spiritrons. If it is touched directly by humans, they will be decomposed to the molecular level and disappear.

SHIVA
Spoiler:
"Near-Future Observation Lens"
Completed: 1999
SHIVA is a mechanism designed to permit the detailed observation of information represented within CHALDEAS' planetary projection, similar in concept to an environmental observation satellite placed in Earth orbit. In lieu of a closed-circuit camera system, SHIVA also serves as an integral component to Chaldeas' security, outputting to monitors any occurrences within the research facility's environs in real-time. The system, however, is ultimately accurate only for the observation of the Common Era; for eras further in the past, accuracy rapidly declines, and mana and electricity demands climb to unmanageable levels.

FATE
Spoiler:
"Guardian Heroic Spirit Summoning System"
Completed: 2005
A system patterned after the Heroic Spirit summoning ritual utilized in the Grail Wars of Fuyuki City, which enacts summoning per agreement of purpose between Master and Servant. It allows for members of Chaldea who are considered "provisional Masters" to summon Heroic Spirits as Servants.

TRISMEGISTUS
Spoiler:
"Spiritron Calculation Engine"
Completed: 2015
TRISMEGISTUS is a computer that serves as oversight in the implementation of Rayshift and it assists alongside LAPLACE in the real-time analysis of phenomenon observed via SHIVA. The computer operates on Pseudo-Spiritrons quantum computing mainframe and the central Pseudo-Spiritrons calculation engine was provided by Atlas Academy to Marisbury as a matter of assistance in the realization of the Evocation・Invocation System that serves as the core of the Rayshift technology.

Alaya (aka the Common Sense of Man)
Spoiler:
Alaya is the collective unconsciousness of mankind, the drive for survival. Alaya constantly steers mankind away from extinction.

Usually Alaya interferes indirectly by guiding and empowering an individual to eliminate a threat, such as Joan of Arc. When indirect intervention is insufficient, Alaya will deploy the Counter Guardians. The deployment of Counter Guardians is by no means subtle, as the threat will be eliminated with its surroundings, inflicting much collateral damage.

Alaya is of particular relevance to magi, as those close to reaching the Root are deemed threatening by Alaya. Many of them go to extreme length to avoid or hide from Alaya.

Parallel Worlds
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Parallel Worlds are timelines within the Universe running adjacent to each other. Moving between and accessing parallel worlds are the domain of the Second Magic.

Quantum Time-Lock (aka Human Order Foundation)
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A Quantum Time-Lock is a "universal" event iterated at regular intervals within a domain for the purpose of anchoring "the average expression of phenomena and occurrences" as immutable absolutes within a confirmed History.

Though the "Universe" permits the birth of unlimited possibilities and countless Parallel Worlds, the unrestricted propagation of this process would quickly exhaust the Universe's energy. Thus, extraneous Worlds are periodically culled by the existence known as the World so as to prevent the needless expenditure of energy.

If left alone, the Great Tree of Time will branch without restriction, and culling serves to remove those divergences that are unnecessary, leaving only the "trunk" to advance. Worlds that lie within the "trunk" are said to be comparable; the human civilizations extant within them largely resemble one another in expression and format. As worlds that advance too far into ruin or prosperity can only tend toward immutable outcomes, they are considered to be bankrupt of Adjacent Realities, and therefore culled. Because these Time-Locks often revolve around important turning points in human history, they are also referred to as "Human Order Foundations."

Any history that has been secured as a Time-Lock become impervious to interference from the past and future. Hypothetically, if one were to attempt to modify history, as time progresses unto the Time-Lock, history would be forcibly corrected. It is theoretically possible that by some immense undertaking, the course of the History of Man could be fundamentally denied by the successful revocation of a "Quantum Time-Lock."

Singularity
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A singularity is, in its most basic terms, a period of alternate history that "displaces" recorded history within a Human Order Foundation. This period of time--the singularity--is not connected to the timeline on either side of it; any events that occur inside a singulariy has no effect on events outside it, and vice versa. However, the existence of the singularity itself threatens to unravel human history, as an uncorrected singularity will potentially result in the revocation of the Quantum Time-Lock.

For example, imagine a change to history is made with the intent to prevent the American Revolution. The first offending event--perhaps the assassination of a general or formation of a rebel army--results in the formation of a Singularity around that time period.

Specific events within that Singularity (say, the assassination of Thomas Jefferson) will not be reflected on the normal timeline; Thomas Jefferson will continue to live on the normal timeline. However, if events within the Singularity progress towards its eventual goal--decisively preventing the United States from forming--results in that Human Order being overturned and permanently damaging the human timeline.

Chaldea aims to correct these anomalies by Rayshifting agents into the Singularities and preventing the overturning of the Human Order. Even if the Singularity's inciting event has already happened, if the overall state of human civilization is preserved--such as ensuring the United States is still formed--the Singularity can be resolved, and normal human history restored. This is usually accomplished by identifying the source of the Singularity's inciting events and eliminating them.

Rayshift
Spoiler:
Time travel accomplished by converting a human being into Pseudo-Spiritron particles and projecting them into the past. The capacity of a Rayshift subject to safety return to their era of origin requires that the integrity of their soul is maintained within a certain variance of their original spiritual structure via consistent confirmation by a quantum observer. Said observer also prevents the local Counter Force of a past era from relegating the Rayshift subject to a phantasmal existence, and thereby excluding them from the Human Domain.

As stated above, interference in past events that may result in time paradoxes are subject to the principles of Quantum Time-Locks. There is zero risk of time paradox within Singularities as their contents are separate from events occurring in the normal human timeline.

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