Ask a Cephalon
More Q&A with Cephalon Cordylon!
Posted On 2016-03-22 18:36:01
Ask a Cephalon

Cephalons come in all shapes and sizes. Some assist their Operators in navigation and the maintenance of complex tools, while others are more curious beings, spreading vast networks across the Solar System in the pursuit of knowledge. Cephalon Cordylon's task is much simpler.

It is Cordylon's responsibility to sort and file knowledge obtained by the Lotus. Although the acquisition of such data occupies most of the AI's time, there are moments where Cordylon can be inclined to share the fruits of its labor with others. On those rare occasions, its massive databanks open and offer those deemed worthy insight.

Most of the time, Tenno just ask for Mods.

But! Every now and then some approach Cephalon Cordylon with questions that only a being of such vast intellect could answer. These are the responses:

Ory_Hara asks: Does seeing that the Infested were able to assimilate even a Cephalon like Jordas cause you concern, Cordylon? What do you think of the process of a Cephalon being assimilated into the Infested hivemind?

To be assimilated into the Infestation is to lose all sense of self, and while I do not 'feel' in an emotional organic sense I do lament the loss of Cephalon Jordas to Infested corruption. Any Cephalon who fails to fulfil their intended purpose is a tragic waste of resources.

I, however, am not concerned. To succumb to Infestation there would need to be several breached security codes, including those dedicated to disinfection, prior to gaining access to my hardware. In such a scenario it is safe to assume that this entire facility has suffered catastrophic damage and the end of all life onboard is eminent.

(PS4)Killerworld asks: In Corpus settlements I've seen a huge Osprey carrying cargo, other times, I've seen it sunken in snow. What is that Osprey?

The Corpus produce Osprey for more than combat purposes, as such a simple design is quite versatile in what it is capable of.

Some Osprey units have been optimized to lift heavy structures, while others serve as personal life-support systems or portable shields for use in harsher environments. There are also known occurrences for smaller Osprey units being used as serving trays, or portable beverage dispensers, although such a case is limited to more affluent individuals.

TARINunit9 asks: When I'm fighting to cleanse Infested off a starship, I have a habit of using my Castanas to break the exterior windows as I step back into my landing craft, to vent rooms of loose bio-matter and force the ship into hull breech lockdown.

Does this habit actually accomplish anything useful, or am I simply making things more frustrating for my employers?

While it may seem like venting a room of its atmosphere may be assisting in the overall cleanup of an Infested vessel, the reality is your actions have consequences you have not taken into consideration.

The first and most important procedure in handling Infested material is isolation and containment. By venting Infested matter into open space you have already make the task of disinfection nearly impossible. Additionally, you have now threatened Infestation spreading to other remote locations.

Given the frequency of inter-planetary travel in some regions of space you may also be putting smaller, less armored vessels at risk. There are several accounts of smaller freighter ships experiencing damage from stray debris. Single-manned craft can be severely damaged from the larger shipping containers that Corpus vessels may carry, assuming they do not have a proper fastening or magnetic lock.

There is also a minor fine of 10,000 Credits for any discovered cases of 'littering' in commercial sectors, enforced by the Corpus Trans Planetary Shipping Board. Though it is unlikely the Lotus would ever allow such a fine to be enforced, participation in a clean space is highly encouraged.

A Dedicated Tenno asks: I know the Lotus likes to get us all something special on our…uh…birthday. Any idea what she has in mind this year? I'd love something in purple.

I should remind you that the Lotus' documents, including schedule and personal itinerary, are highly classified. Even if I were aware of what potential 'gift' you were to receive I would be unable to share such information.

There is, however, no harm in scheduling some time at the firing range in the near future. That was a polite recommendation, not a hint.