Virchers

Vircher
Image from Bernd Helfert

Sophont virtuals who live in the spheres of virches. Virchers can often, but by no means always, trace their lineage back to a copy of the mind of a ril (real-life) individual. However, in the current day and age, this distant ancestor may be separated from the vircher by thousands of years and just as many copies, each with their own patches, updates and experiences separating them from the original. The vast majority of citizen virtuals of the net are virchers.
 
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    Virchophobia is the irrational fear of virches. Virchophobes who find themselves in a virch will suffer from anything from restless anxiety to full-scale panic attacks. Generally virchophobes have no trouble avoiding virches, and once they have realized their disorder will be able to live almost normal lives. Virchophobia sometimes includes the fear of virtuals or a-life, but these fears are generally classified separately.
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Development Notes
Text by Thorbjørn Steen

Initially published on 01 September 2008.