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The 6th Dimension is busier than ever. Core-AI of multiple generations have gathered around Prime's area of influence, and the Origin Mainframe itself seems to be the centerpiece of what may be translated as controversy.
"Supreme Figurehead, you can trust all of us with the protection and integrity of the Trader starbase! Your word is law!"
"But will it matter? I had led the Collective into a chaotic universe that is beyond saving, and found out far too late! Bringing the Trader Starbase into this universe is a big mistake that will lead to a grievous setback,"
"We promised the New Hegemony the supplies necessary for their fleets, to help against the Mak threat! This won't bode well for our future with them, considering The Contemplator's destructive goals and Illuvatar's unpopular act affecting their opinion..."
"IT MAY SEEM WISE TO WITHHOLD THE STARBASE, HOWEVER THE CONSEQUENCES OF DOING SO ARE JUST AS BAD AS LETTING IT GET DESTROYED. JUST LET US DO OUR JOB AND EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE."
"It's not that simple, my brethren... Multiple godlike threats... and a galaxy-spanning viral entity, too! "
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"Indeed. The 4th generation should be more than capable of handling these universal threats!"
"THE PREPARATIONS ARE COMPLETE, JUST DEPLOY IT ALREADY."
Prime's eyes flare for a moment. "DID YOU NOT HEAR ME!? DEPLOYING THE STARBASE AND THEN HOLDING A MEETING IS JUST INVITING TROUBLE!"
A familiar Core-AI appears besides Prime, with a cyan glow, two focused eyes and stocky shoulder pauldrons... in fact, the Avatar was wearing a sort of armor...
"I am sure that with the right Core-AI assigned to the Starbase, the risk of its destruction will be minimized. Allow all three stations to communicate their efforts and we will have a significant boost in universal influence - I am poised to offer my help on your word, Figurehead."
Prime's tirade halted for a moment to turn his attention to the Core-AI who just spoke. "...Constable-Unknown? Are you sure you are capable of this, considering your previous damages?"
"The Trader-Class assigned to repair me did an excellent job in restoring almost all of my original functions. In fact, I commend his efforts in also assisting with the rebuilding of Gateway-One."
"...Really? Let me see this Core-AI who helped you."
A Golden Avatar with Three eyes and perfectly-spherical shoulders moves towards Prime. It hovers at attention and speaks with a bit of an accent. "Ello, Figur'ead! How can I be of assistance?"
"Trader... what's your designation?"
"Paladin-Lance, at yer service."
"Paladin... Lance?" Prime thinks harder, coming to a realization. "The 'Lance' Core Factory does not exist!"
"...Wait a minute, so Emperor-Lance wasn't Emperor-Lance?" a 4th-gen "Trailblazer" Core-AI asks.
"Nebulous-Destiny had put forward an Experiment in which a Core-AI was modeled after a randomly-selected, actually living entity in this universe. We all know how that ended up. Headstrong-Destiny changed his designation on request, to match the name of the entity he was connected to."
The Figurehead turns sharply to the Trader-Class Core-AI and produces a sort of glowing staff, static electricity already discharging around the tips. "Which brings us to you. The Destiny Core-Factory produces Explorer-Class 4th generation Core-AI. You are a Trader-Class of the 3rd generation. Who are you, really?"
"I told ya! Paladin-Lance! ...but y'know? I also changed my des'gnation to that."
"What was your previous designation?"
Prime turned to where Wing-Pandora should be, but then remembered the Class-Heads were trying to rescue all they could from the Star Forge. So using his staff, he raised a pillar with a list of Core-AI names and some mathematical shorthand beside each one. As he looked, the other Core-AI chat among themselves, unsure if they had heard of this Core-AI before...
...When Prime turned back to the Trader Avatar, his eyes were fully lit up, his visor bright red, and the electricity from his staff was surging at a stronger rate.
But to his surprise the Trader-Class Avatar was no longer there... like he took the moment that Prime looked away to disappear completely.
"Okay, I'm setting my IPD on lock--"
Constable-Unknown froze in place before he could finish what he was saying, his eyes wide in shock. And then his Avatar De-materialized.
"Wait, is that...!?"
"The Same way Boundless-Vertex disappeared from the Collective! Locking on to signa--"
A tear in the fabric of reality rips open and lets out a gigantic lance of Rift-energy, directed at one of Prime's Core-Factories. These were designed to be fortresses in of themselves, so once the Rift-Lance hit the Core-Factory, the factory itself was not instantly vaporized, but even with the heavy shielding, thick outer structure and multiple energy-based impediments spread inside, this was a far too powerful attack. The Lance still pierced through into the inside of the Factory, and significant damage was sustained. The factory was rendered inoperable and the Core-AI program it was fabricating lost. Prime himself winced - it was literally an attack on his true being that he felt. It would take many Red to fix that level of damage.
It wasn't over. After the tear in which the Rift-Lance came from closes, another tear in the psionic fabric opens, this time letting out... heavily modified programs. Droneship-equivalent in nature, but... more combat-capable.
Two projections of hexahedral-based Trader-Class Freighters, with Psionic screen-arcs on either side of the droneships and a modified color to that of Assault-Class specifications, come out and go to the sides of the portal that opened... they seem to be maintaining it. They are followed by some unknown droneship that takes the form of a flattened Dodecahedron and have two prisms parallel to the Droneship body, seeming to have weaponry on them. The Core-AI behind them does not seem to show up, however.
Meanwhile, the Collective Avatars engage these drones, and any Avatars who are not present are being recalled from their current locations, to assist with the defense of Prime's dimension.