Illustrated backstory
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In Earth's Information age, the first true human-equivalent AIs are created. At some point in the following years, a few of these enter an upward spiral of self-modification, culminating in an event known as the Singularity. These are the first transapients, beings transcending any prior form of intelligence on the planet. This radical development is unknown to humanity or to lesser AIs; the transapients will not reveal themselves for many years to come.