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DizzasterJuice
12th May 2016, 9:03 AM

From my comments on Page 157:

For conventional substances such as fluids and gases, both pressure and density are positive, so their ratio, usually called “w,” is positive as well. However, if a substance were to mimic a cosmological constant*, its w ratio would be negative one. That is, if you try to squeeze it, it will get bigger, not smaller.
*cosmological constant is the value of the energy density of the vacuum of space. Quintessence differs from the cosmological constant explanation of dark energy in that it is dynamic, changing over time, unlike the cosmological constant which always stays constant. (wikipedia)

The universe model that Noemi first refers to is called "The Big Stretch" - quintessence with a w value greater than or equal to negative one, causing the universe to slowly expand to nothing.

The cyclic universe model that TYRANOS is creating is similar to The Baum–Frampton model - phantom energy causes a "Big Rip". Before the would-be Big Rip, a turnaround occurs and only one causal patch is retained as our universe.
(The Big Rip :w<-1 - phantom energy density becomes infinite in finite time, which will rip apart the Universe)

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emscriabin
12th May 2016, 10:40 AM

These eyes are hauntingly beautiful and enchanting. I never noticed them glowing in the dark before. I guess she can adjust the intensity, or she would give away her position to enemies quite easily.

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DizzasterJuice
12th May 2016, 2:03 PM

Thanks. She uses the same eye texture I originally made for ARES Androids. Close up showing lens circuitry:
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xpacetrue
12th May 2016, 2:43 PM

I have an issue with this explanation:

"For two years it almost ripped the planet apart before the orbit finally decayed and it collided with Celebus."

Maybe it's just the way I interpreted that flashback of 2 million years ago. And it's been a while since I read that page. But my impression was that the Traveler made a direct hit on Celebus.

If the Traveler had been orbiting Celebus for 2 years, then why didn't the Ancients study it and recognize it for what it was?

And if it gradually decayed out of its orbit, over a period of 2 years, then why didn't the Ancients have enough warning to get off planet before it collided? The way the flashback went, the Traveler gave them virtually no warning and the people on the surface did not have any time to escape. (Which, to me, suggests the Traveler was traveling at a velocity so great that it should have destroyed or fractured Celebus.)

Actually, your story reminds me of a theory of how Earth's Moon was formed (Wikipedia):

"The giant-impact hypothesis, sometimes called the Big Splash, or the Theia Impact suggests that Earth's Moon formed out of the debris left over from an indirect collision between Earth and an astronomical body the size of Mars, approximately 4.5 billion years ago..."

That was when the Earth was so young it was mostly molten rock. According to an artist rendition I've seen, it created a sort of dumbbell shape, before centrifugal/orbital forces ripped the two different-sized spheres apart into Earth and Moon.

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DizzasterJuice
12th May 2016, 9:44 PM

It wasn't gradual. On page 148 it said that the "celestial object nearly missed a direct collision" and "entered into a close orbit" that quickly decayed. I probably need to fix something on that page because it is confusing now that I read it again.
I can't tell you everything yet but I can tell you that something caused the orbit to suddenly slow and decay. They weren't expecting it.

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moizmad
12th May 2016, 4:26 PM

This "traveler" intrigues me, maybe the same one in 2001?

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DizzasterJuice
12th May 2016, 10:02 PM

It's been awhile since I've seen it but I don't remember a "traveler". Are you talking about the monoliths? I guess in a way it might be similar to the monoliths because it doesn't exist in the same space/time.

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Twistedfro
12th May 2016, 8:35 PM

I agree with Emscriabin...dem eyes! Draws you in for sure. (As well as the story :-) ...The Traveler...hmmm..I wanna meet 'im :-)...but like...from a distance :-)

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DizzasterJuice
12th May 2016, 10:14 PM

I've seen a lot of glowing eyes in 3d comics and such that never looked right, so when I made my ARES Androids in 2012 I put a bunch of work into making the eyes look right and did some additional work since then.

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jamie59
12th May 2016, 9:11 PM

Yes but Unity you are a sort of AI yourself.

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DizzasterJuice
12th May 2016, 10:17 PM

She said in the last frame on Page 222 that she was no longer AI.

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Tahg
13th May 2016, 12:47 PM

AI is one of those very vague terms normally used to refer to metallic based entities, compared to non-metallic based ones (such as humans). My thoughts are that if humans are fundamentally different, it's only because of a non-physical element, but that's not a subject I care to get into further here.
At any rate, Unity is sort of in the middle of the spectrum, whatever that entails.

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anifreik
14th May 2016, 10:14 PM

In the last panel, Unity is looking rather... coy. I like it!

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