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|Posted By: ISitInA <firstname.lastname@example.org>||Date: 3/15/11 9:11 p.m.|
In Response To: OCC3218941 (ISitInA)
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Subject: Cruel mercies
There's one word in all of what I sent you earlier which makes some people uncomfortable: sterilization. I've actually heard the words “cruel,” “inhumane,” and “insult to injury” applied to the situation. I can see where people might get the impression, but it's actually quite the opposite.
There's always been (not that you'll ever find an official mention of it) a sadly reoccurring theme of those who fall between the iterations of the program. Unofficially, the most advanced of these is secretly referred to as Orion 1.87. She's quite a marvel, and justifiably pissed off by the fact that she's been denied entry to the Interplanetary Olympics.
Simply put, the repression of the sex drive has never been a perfect process, and wasn't even considered with all earnest until the Orion-III program. It was that program, more than anything else, that taught the critical need for sterilization. Specifically, after the third birth and subsequent second suicide that it became a rule.
We augment these people down to the genetic level and beyond. With the Orion-III program, those born from the participants were born with rather intense genetic defects... when they weren't stillborn.
Sterilization wasn't to deny them the ability to have children. It was to spare them the pain and misery of the sort of loss that only a parent can feel.
On a brighter note, I'd like to say that the only people who ever knew where 23 Zulu was located were Orion-IVs. Every generation knew of its location (leading to the very real possibility that the first generation taught it to the later ones) and refused to tell. ONI never found it despite intense searching. The only clues we ever got was a few years back when a group of IVs returned to Reach. This was right after we were able to get life growing there again. All three disappeared, and despite the Olympus facility being completely destroyed, they later revealed that 23 Zulu was still there. This leads us to believe that it is some sort of underground facility, though again, we have no evidence.
Last year, the pictures of select Orion-IVs were copied from a secure database (and their remains disappeared, when applicable) just before A419 made a visit to Reach. Comparing known couplings (no matter how brief the coupling lasted) showed a completely accurate match.
We turned a blind eye to this. No matter how much the brass might have pissed and moaned, those of us who remember stood resolute. The last surviving first-generation Orion-III, who serves on Board meetings as an “adviser,” reinforced this with beautiful ferocity.
I wish I could pass you the video. An old man, his uniform impeccable, lifting a two-star by his lapels and threatening to put him through a wall the hard way, while several members half-heartedly tried to talk him down? It's enough to put a tear in your eye.
|I'll let these stand on their own for a bit||ISitInA||3/15/11 5:21 p.m.|
|O4COMF484-8492||ISitInA||3/15/11 5:22 p.m.|
|Re: O4COMF484-8492||Cody Miller||3/15/11 6:56 p.m.|
|Re: O4COMF484-8492||iamalex13||3/15/11 6:59 p.m.|
|O4COMC463-8492||ISitInA||3/15/11 5:23 p.m.|
|OCC3218941||ISitInA||3/15/11 5:24 p.m.|
|Cruel mercies||ISitInA||3/15/11 9:11 p.m.|
|Re: Cruel mercies||Fluke Hawkins||3/15/11 9:14 p.m.|
|Re: Cruel mercies||iamalex13||3/15/11 10:34 p.m.|
|ALERT!||Hive||3/15/11 5:45 p.m.|
|Suggestion from XO McAllister||Hive||3/15/11 5:50 p.m.|
|Re: Suggestion from XO McAllister||PsycoJoe||3/16/11 12:09 a.m.|
|Re: ALERT!||Firemist||3/15/11 6:04 p.m.|
|Re: ALERT!||Hive||3/15/11 6:13 p.m.|
|Re: ALERT!||Firemist||3/15/11 6:21 p.m.|
|Re: ALERT!||L3giticus||3/15/11 6:22 p.m.|
|Re: ALERT!||Carver||3/15/11 6:58 p.m.|
|Re: ALERT!||Hive||3/15/11 7:22 p.m.|
|Re: ALERT!||Carver||3/15/11 7:25 p.m.|
|Re: ALERT!||Hive||3/15/11 7:43 p.m.|
|Re: ALERT!||ZackDark||3/15/11 7:47 p.m.|
|Re: ALERT!||Firemist||3/15/11 7:48 p.m.|
|Re: ALERT!||Hive||3/15/11 7:51 p.m.|
|Re: ALERT!||Carver||3/15/11 7:54 p.m.|
|Email exchange with Chair||iamalex13||3/15/11 6:26 p.m.|
|Re: Email exchange with Chair||iamalex13||3/15/11 6:32 p.m.|
|Notable conversation||Hive||3/15/11 6:27 p.m.|
|Re: Notable conversation||iamalex13||3/15/11 6:34 p.m.|
|Re: Notable conversation||Hive||3/15/11 6:35 p.m.|
|Re: Notable conversation||ZackDark||3/15/11 6:37 p.m.|
|Re: Notable conversation||Hive||3/15/11 6:50 p.m.|
|Re: Notable conversation||ZackDark||3/15/11 7:01 p.m.|
|Re: Notable conversation||Hive||3/15/11 7:24 p.m.|
|Re: Notable conversation||ZackDark||3/15/11 7:26 p.m.|
|Re: Notable conversation||Hive||3/15/11 7:49 p.m.|
|Re: Notable conversation||ZackDark||3/15/11 8:01 p.m.|
|Re: Notable conversation||Arithmomaniac||3/15/11 9:20 p.m.|
|Hehe ;p||ZackDark||3/16/11 5:17 a.m.|
|Re: Hehe ;p||Arithmomaniac||3/16/11 8:28 a.m.|
|Re: Hehe ;p||ZackDark||3/16/11 9:21 a.m.|
|Re: Hehe ;p||Arithmomaniac||3/16/11 9:31 a.m.|
|Re: Hehe ;p||ZackDark||3/16/11 3:54 p.m.|
|Re: Hehe ;p||Arithmomaniac||3/16/11 4:34 p.m.|
|Re: Hehe ;p||ZackDark||3/16/11 5:10 p.m.|
|redocking?||iamalex13||3/15/11 6:56 p.m.|
|Re: Redocking||Hive||3/15/11 7:17 p.m.|
|Re: Redocking||Carver||3/15/11 7:29 p.m.|
|Re: Redocking||Hive||3/15/11 7:50 p.m.|
|Re: Redocking||iamalex13||3/15/11 8:50 p.m.|
|Notable conversation||Hive||3/15/11 8:08 p.m.|
|I lol'd *NM*||ZackDark||3/15/11 8:11 p.m.|
|Re: Notable conversation||Hive||3/15/11 8:34 p.m.|
|Re: Notable conversation||iamalex13||3/15/11 8:42 p.m.|
|Agreed *NM*||PsycoJoe||3/16/11 12:45 a.m.|
|I have a limited window||ISitInA||3/15/11 11:12 p.m.|
|FeralEnd||ISitInA||3/15/11 11:14 p.m.|
|Connections||Carver||3/16/11 5:35 a.m.|
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