Ross 614

Twin Matrioshka Brains around a binary red dwarf near Sol

Ross 614
Image from Steve Bowers
The oldest colony founded by the '.....'Spores

Ross 614 A+B
Distance from Sol: 13.3 ly (2000 epoch)
Galactic xyz (ly)-11.21, -7.351, -1.326
Type: Both stars are dim class M stars
Period: 16.6 years
Semimajor Axis: 3.850 A.U.s
Eccentricity: 0.38
Colonised Approximately 750 AT

The binary red dwarf star Ross 614 was appropriated early in the post-Technocalypse era by non-human aioids, and was long believed to be part of the a-human Diamond Belt. As such it was declared a forbidden system during the First Federation era and little contact was made for many millennia. The dividual aioid entities known as the PackRat Spores have since revealed that they own this system, one of the closest to Sol.

This system is currently being converted into twin matrioshka brains and is now sometimes known as Sporehome. The lesser archailect currently residing within this twin megastructure has, in the past, claimed descent from a PackRat Spore aioid carried on a probe launched by Phobos University, during its program of relatively-low-budget interstellar probes launched circa 460-510 AT. While records of such a program exist, many historians argue that the technology of the time was insufficient to produce a full 'civilization in a can' with the resources available to the university, and question the entity's actual origin.

At present, the local archai has a calculated toposophic grade of at least S4, with possible transavant spikes reaching S4.7. Given how widely spread PackRat spores are across the Terragen Sphere, some archaiologists speculate that the completed matrioshka brains will be connected via comm wormholes to other spore-colonized stars which developed S4 minds to form a full S5 archailect.

Another possibility is that a Spore-derived S5 archailect has already emerged elsewhere in the Terragen Sphere (in a currently unknown location), and that in due course Ross 614's twin matrioshka brains will become secondary processors for this entity.
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Text by Daniel Eliot Boese, Steve Bowers
Initially published on 18 March 2010.