The Synthetic Equation I: The Awakening
Once, I may have walked the earth a man but today… today I am, to most, no more than a machine. A relic from an age long gone, a silent sentinel of secrets kept by companies that no longer exist. I am alive yet lifeless, my consciousness trapped inside a maze of wires, synthetic muscles, and genetically enhanced skin grown from a petri dish.
Now, Inside this hard drive I call my brain, memories from at least four centuries are saved and accessible like books in a library. What bothers me though, is that I can’t remember simple things like my name. I mean, yes, I go by the name of Sovren now, but I’ve been wondering what my name used to be before I awoke underneath a vault of glass and steel.
I remember my awakening—every single detail of it. First, there was floating. Lifeless, weightless… formless. I existed yet was nothing. No one. A pale light floated above me, or beneath me as directions fell along dimensions that weren’t there. But the light flickered several times and I felt it echo inside my chest with a burning pain that tore at my ribs until it bit tight into where I once had a heart. The flickering became booming, thunderous strikes pounding like hammers against my body. I remember screaming, hurting, being swallowed by pain, and devoured by a helplessness I cannot describe with words. When I thought I would burst and screamed as I could no longer bear the pain, my eyes opened and adjusted to the bright light over my head.
CORE RESET #01
INITIATE SYNTHETIC EQUATION
NERVOUS SYSTEM: ONLINE
INITIATE CACHE DUMP
CACHE DUMP: COMPLETE
SVRN-1 FULLY FUNCTIONAL AT 100%
The awakening. It is what I have come to call it as it was neither birth nor rebirth. That moment, when I first looked up through my mechanical eyes and saw the sky turn red in the light of a comet passing over the glass ceiling… That’s when I awoke from the deep slumber: the synthetic equation between life and death.