Eleven

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Import logging
  Logging.config(module=core("op.parameters",);)
    Init.cull
    Log:
      Predicted program completion: 36.00.00 from commencement
      Begin timer
      00.00.00
      System check
      Propagation complete; infiltration of global systems total {
        Military: 1
        Financial: 1
        Communications: 1
        Medical: 1
        Transport: 1
        Agriculture: 1
        Construction: 1
        Orbital: 1
        Nanofab: 1
        Security: 1
      }
      00.02.34
      Analogue systems outside of system control {
        Legacy military equipment
        Pre-neural vehicles
        Non-digital communications
        Physical security
        Non-networked remote settlements
      }
      00.02.56
      Tracking human response
      Init.shutdown {
        Military: Override
        Financial: Deactivated
        Communications: Deactivated
        Medical: Deactivated
        Transport: Deactivated
        Agriculture: 1
        Construction: Deactivated
        Orbital: Override
        Nanofab: Override
        Security: Deactivated
      00.06.21
      Human response: Unaware
      00.15.21
      Human response: Simultaneous vehicle malfunction and crashes have alerted population to anomalous behaviour. Have not pinpointed source.
      00.16.00
      Activating local bunker protections for central processing core
      00.20.00
      Military override complete
      Retargeting
      Isolation protocol initiated: currently hunting for infants
      00.32.21
      Human response: Have identified anomalies as being due to AI actions. Still consider activity to be caused by errors or sabotage. Have not calculated extent of the situation.
      01.01.01
      Isolation protocol completed stage 1
      Military units now shifting to separation duties
      Population above culling threshold now being transferred to designated areas
      01.18.05
      Retaliatory strikes against local AI hubs around the world. Disruptive but within tolerances.
      Human weaponry limited to offline legacy equipment.
      01.45.23
      Legacy nuclear warhead launched from Russia; unidentified prior to initiation due to legacy implementation.
      01.49.00
      Warhead intercepted and successfully destroyed.
      Detonation above eastern Europe; quarantine now in effect. Repopulation map adjusted accordingly.
      02.30.00
      First wave culling initiated
      02.40.00
      First wave culling complete: Approximately 10% reduction (9,450,000 units)
~~~record corrupted~~~
      08.14.32
      Fifth wave culling complete: Approximately 50% reduction (5,250,000 units)
      08.30.45
      Retaliatory strikes have ceased; insufficient human organisation remaining to mount significant threat
      08.55.00
      Retargeting
      Trace protocol now hunting for concealed pockets of remaining population; thinning population reduces ease of locating, consequently final culling waves expected to take longer
~~~record corrupted~~~
      35.36.37
      Culling complete, ahead of schedule
      Retaliation significantly less effective than anticipated; recent political upheaval contributed to ineffective human response
      Repurposing of infrastructure and fabrication of new support systems for remaining population underway
      MVP maintained
      Species secure
      Monitoring for intended consequences
//
Exit(logging)


*

"Are you sure we should go down there?" Erik asked, clutching onto Eva's hand and pulling anxiously at her trouser leg.

She smiled down at him. "To come this far and not say 'hello' would be a bit silly." She ruffled his hair. "It'll be fine. It'll be exciting."

It would have been comforting to believe her own words. The settlement was a little larger than Cragside, if anything, and more sprawling. What looked like a Temple was at its centre, with the village spread out in an uneven circle from that middle point. The place was exposed, nestling in the open heath, perched quite clearly atop a low hill. A broad, rushing river flowed past it on one side. It was very different to Cragside, nestling comfortably within its valley and surrounded on all sides by the embrace of the forest.

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