Multiple (Non Swarm) Bodies Simultaneously?

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Galactophage Galactophage's picture
Multiple (Non Swarm) Bodies Simultaneously?
Just a question of mine. I know swarm bodies are handled one way, but my question is for a rather impractical/rare case for EP. Given that QE communicators are expensive, what might the possibility of rules for an ego using one to control two very specialized morphs, each with a QE communications implant? There's the farcaster, I know, but this is for a single ego to be in two places at once. This may be useful for Pandora gates, having one body in another star system and one in Sol. Maybe I missed something, but any rules or suggestions for rules for this character? I was going to make them an NPC who works with gatecrashers.
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Decivre Decivre's picture
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Galactophage wrote:
Just a question of mine. I know swarm bodies are handled one way, but my question is for a rather impractical/rare case for EP. Given that QE communicators are expensive, what might the possibility of rules for an ego using one to control two very specialized morphs, each with a QE communications implant? There's the farcaster, I know, but this is for a single ego to be in two places at once. This may be useful for Pandora gates, having one body in another star system and one in Sol. Maybe I missed something, but any rules or suggestions for rules for this character? I was going to make them an NPC who works with gatecrashers.
There are major limitations to QE communications in the EP universe, namely the fact that it expends entangled particles in transfer. This means that the connection will be lost when either morph's supply of entangled particles completely depletes (which will happen simultaneously). For frame of reference, a high-capacity qubit reservoir contains 100 hours of video capability, and is expensive in cost. I'd imagine that transferring an ego would take up most, if not all, if not far more than, this capacity (a lifetime of memories likely contains far more than 100 hours of visual data).
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Arenamontanus Arenamontanus's picture
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100 hours of visual data is about 857 gigabyte, assuming HDTV resolution. The bandwidth needed to keep an ego together is likely on the order of the bandwidth across the corpus callossum, which has 200 million axons firing at a rate of ~10 Hz (individual neurons can go higher, most are quiet), so a first guess might be 2 gigabit per second. That gives us about 50 minutes of function. Not much, and very expensive. This is also why nobody can afford FTL egocasting. A whole brain is at the very least many terabytes in size. Still, I like the basic idea of one ego in several morphs. In-system one could do it with normal classical communications. I would say it requires some very good SOM rolls just to keep control over the bodies doing different things. And if your morphs get more than a few hundred kilometres apart they will start having lag problems; keeping the ego together will not be possible, and depending on where it was located some morphs go into automatic.
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Galactophage Galactophage's picture
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Thanks for the feedback! One idea might be a combo of the original idea and forking. For short distances, conventional communications can work. However, for longer distances, perhaps there may be a limited bandwidth that flows through? Not a lot of sensory data, memories, or XP, but instead general instructions or short statements, like "Current clients cannot be trusted" or "Evidence of Exsurgent virus at this sector."
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Decivre Decivre's picture
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Galactophage wrote:
Thanks for the feedback! One idea might be a combo of the original idea and forking. For short distances, conventional communications can work. However, for longer distances, perhaps there may be a limited bandwidth that flows through? Not a lot of sensory data, memories, or XP, but instead general instructions or short statements, like "Current clients cannot be trusted" or "Evidence of Exsurgent virus at this sector."
Definitely. Short messages are the primary function for QE communication. With such expensive limitations on what can be sent, can you blame people for only wanting to send a little data at a time?
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nick012000 nick012000's picture
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Over short distances, you could just Jam a couple of extra morphs with standard Mesh equipment and a Multi-Tasking implant.

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