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Project Zero Dawn was the code name for a massive terraforming system designed to restore life to Earth after its extermination by the Faro Plague. It was implemented in tandem with Operation: Enduring Victory, a military campaign designed to delay the advance of the Faro Plague until the project was completed.

Background

Faro Automated Solutions was a major technology company that manufactured and sold technology products ranging from computers and personal devices to automated combat robots. One of their major defense products was the Chariot line, marketed as Peacekeepers. However, a glitch was discovered in a swarm which severed command-and-control functions and caused them to become self-aware.

Coupled with the ability to take over enemy machines, self-repair, self-replicate, and consume biomass as fuel, the "Faro Swarm," as it became to be known, posed an existential threat to the survival of not just human civilization, but also Earth's ecosystems as a whole. Ted Faro, the owner of Faro Automated Solutions, approached Dr. Elisabet Sobeck in a vain effort to shut the machines down. Dr. Sobeck realized the general hopelessness of the situation, and proposed a radical solution that came to be known as "Project Zero Dawn."

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Project Zero Dawn and all of its A.I. Systems.

Project Zero Dawn was a massive global network of underground bunkers and automated manufacturing and cloning facilities dedicated to Terra-forming and restoring the ruined Earth into an ecosystem capable of sustaining life. When the Earth became capable of life, humans and animals would be reintroduced to a rejuvenated Earth. At the center of the system was a hyper-powerful artificial intelligence system called GAIA, who would oversee operations as long as needed. Zero Dawn's main goal was to create GAIA and her sub-functions, as well as the facilities that she would use to shut down the Swarm and restore the Earth. Many of the facilities GAIA would employ would be built, not by the Zero Dawn team, but by GAIA herself. These included the underground Cauldrons, which would create the machines; GAIA used these machines to restore Earth's biospheres and reintroduce life. As the Faro Swarm was predicted to wipe out all life within 15 months, Project Zero Dawn was never intended to save anyone. The scientists working on the endeavor (known as Alphas) were slated to, after the system was completed, live out the rest of their lives in a comfortable hermetically sealed bunker known as Elysium with enough resources to last 100 years, being the last living organisms on the planet.

GAIA

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The personification of Mother Nature, GAIA was the primary goal of Project Zero Dawn and the core of the system. Capable of making the trillions of calculations required, GAIA's primary function was code-breaking to deactivate the Faro Swarm and overseeing operations to make the Earth eventually come back to life. GAIA's main computer core was housed in Gaia Prime, a massive bunker holding all computer systems needed to manage the task. GAIA was assisted by nine sub-components or sub-functions as they are referred to, each dedicated to a single task.
Symbol Subfunction Description Status
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AETHER

AETHER is the subfunction dedicated to detoxifying the Earth's ravaged atmosphere. Breathable air indicates AETHER was successful.
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APOLLO

APOLLO is the subfunction dedicated to the archival of human history and culture and the education of new generations of humans born in Cradle facilities with the knowledge of their achievements and failures. APOLLO's archives were purged by Ted Faro and never used for their intended purpose.
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ARTEMIS

ARTEMIS is the subfunction dedicated to the creation and reintroduction of animal life onto a newly-terraformed Earth. After the necessary introduction of the "pioneer organisms" (micro-organisms and insects, rabbits, hawks, foxes, wolves, wild boars, and turkeys). Further animal species were supposed to be restored by the new generation of humans taught correctly by APOLLO.[1] However, APOLLO's destruction prevented this plan. At least ARTEMIS' pioneer reintroduction routine was successful.
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DEMETER

DEMETER is the subfunction dedicated to the replanting of the Earth from cryo-preserved seed stocks. The flora indicates DEMETER was at least partially successful.
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ELEUTHIA

ELEUTHIA is the subfunction dedicated to the cloning and raising of humans from genetic stock at specially designed and prepared Cradle facilities scattered across the Earth. Although limited by APOLLO's destruction, EULETHIA's primary purpose was achieved.
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HADES

HADES is the "extinction failsafe protocol." The last resort for GAIA, which would allow it to destroy and reset the terraforming process when an undesirable outcome is detected. HADES was rendered rogue by an unknown signal that caused it to become self-aware.
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HEPHAESTUS

HEPHAESTUS is the subfunction dedicated to the construction of underground Cauldron facilities that would build machines dedicated to the terraforming project. GAIA would utilize HEPHAESTUS to design, manufacture, and deploy any machine to ensure the project's completion. The machines would then be distributed for use by the other sub-functions. This means that - apart from the Faro robots (Corruptor, Deathbringer, and Metal Devil) - the machines are part of the GAIA project. The core log found when overriding the last Cauldron reveals that HEPHAESTUS is responsible for the derangement of the machines.[2] Up to the start of the derangement, the HEPHAESTUS subfunction seems to have worked accordingly.
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MINERVA

The MINERVA subfunction is dedicated to the construction of massive communications arrays to broadcast the deactivation codes to the berserk Faro robots. MINERVA's goal was achieved.
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POSEIDON

POSEIDON is the subfunction dedicated to detoxifying the Earth's poisoned seas and oceans. Apparently, POSEIDON was for the most part successful.

Legacy

Although its original goal of preserving the cultural history of humanity was sabotaged, Project Zero Dawn was successful in its primary mission: disabling the rogue machines that killed the Earth, rebuilding and reseeding life back onto it. Present-day humanity and the nascent civilizations that now inhabit the world owe their existence and survival to the original team that sacrificed everything to make it happen, including their lives.

Trivia

  • The central AI and it's nine subfunctions are named after deities of Greek mythology (with the one exception being Minerva, a Roman deity), mirroring their task.
    • Gaia, primordial goddess of the earth.
    • Aether, primordial god of the heavens.
    • Apollo, god of the sun, prophecy, music, and poetry.
    • Artemis, goddess of the moon, hunting, and the wilds.
    • Demeter, goddess of the harvest.
    • Eleuthia, goddess of childbirth.
    • Hades, god of the underworld and the dead.
    • Hephaestus, god of the fire and forge.
    • Minerva, goddess of wisdom, ingenuity, and battle.
    • Poseidon, god of the seas.

References

  1. ARTEMIS status
  2. M/ALL-US-W CM LOG 329G

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