Wisp

Wisp, Power of Nanotechnology

Personal Code

The Code of the Wild

Design

Amaranth and Angelica intertwined, Inspiration and Immortality combining their meanings. Sprigs of Pimpernel (Change) encircles the twined flowers.

Miraculous Abilities

  • Aspect 0
    • 5 Permanent Miracle Points
  • Domain 4
    • 5 Permanent Miracle Points
  • Realm -
    • - Permanent Miracle Points
  • Spirit 2
    • 5 Permanent Miracle Points

Gifts

Elemental (2 points)

Wisp is a foglet - an airborne cloud of nanosites. This is, as one might guess, somewhat of a hindrance when one wants to go out salsa dancing. It is incapable of Aspect miracles that affect the physical world, though 'mental' Aspect miracles are usable.

Immortal (6 points)

Wisp is a collection of free-floating lighter-than-air nanotechnological robots (see Wikipedia for a better explanation). Individual units are dying off all the time, struck by cosmic rays or damaged by any number of sources, but their structure is holographic - every little piece contains just as much information as the whole. What this means, in practice, that if even one or two of the units survive, they can build more with no appreciable loss to Wisp, rendering it virtually impossible to kill.

Wayfinder (1 point)

As a foglet, Wisp's senses do not function in the same fashion as 'ordinary people's' might; Wisp is constantly scanning and observing far different datapatterns than most. This permits it a different perspective than most, one that is very useful at scanning the entropic fluctuations that give away hidden places and ways.

Limits

Disabled (2 points)

Wisp's nature as a foglet is awfully handy sometimes - but it's also permanent. Wisp is effectively a small cloud - meaning that it cannot pick things up, run a race, or give anyone a hug. It can work around this Limit with Miracles, but without Miraculous power its ability to interact with the world is severely limited. This is a Limit of Aspect.

(Note - I took Disabled here rather than Dead because Wisp does have a physical body, albeit a very unusual one)

Restrictions

Revelatory Trait

Oddly enough, it's hard to hide that whole 'foglet' thing.

Bonds

  • Nanotechnology research and the furtherance of the Nanotechnology Domain (5)
  • Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems (COINS) at UCal Berkeley (4)
  • Dr. Arnold Masterson, researcher, Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (4)
  • Lisabeth Gardner, science-fiction author (3)
  • Ed Bronson, incompetent burglar (2)
  • The concept of transhumanism in general (1)
  • Its pride at the artful forms it can take (1)

Sample Miracles

Level 1 Ghost miracle:

  • Cause transitory nanomachines to subtly adjust an atomic lattice, rendering a structure slightly stronger or weaker (not enough to break or harden it, but enough to be noticed)
  • Gain an immediate and complete understanding of the atomic structure of any one object.

Level 2 Divination:

  • Know precisely how to achieve any given subtle change in an object's atomic structure with a given nanotechnological process.
  • Know the identity of any researcher directly working with nanotechnological applications at any given time.
  • Learn whether nanotechnology has been used in the surrounding area within the last decade
  • Know whether the ambient exposure to cosmic rays or other environmental dangers of an area pose a danger to nanomachines

Level 3 Lesser Preservation:

  • Render an ongoing nanotechnological process resistant to environmental dangers such as cosmic rays
  • Bar a nanotechnology lab and/or production facility to anyone not on the site's staff

Level 4 Lesser Creation:

  • Create simple nanomachines to enact a simple change; these nanomachines cannot transmute atoms from one sort to another, and can only work with the raw materials present in an area. In addition, they take time to work. Other than that, however, the possibilities are pretty much endless.
  • Each 'chemical process' requires an application of Miraculous power to function; it takes one Miracle to separate the atoms of Sodium and Chlorine in table salt, and a second Miracle to combine Chlorine atoms with free-floating Hydrogen to create Hydrochloric Acid.

Level 5 Lesser Destruction:

  • Clear away any nanomachines in a given area.
  • Create nanodisassemblers, nanomachines whose sole purpose is to take apart atomic structures ('grey goo' scenarios - this falls under the 'negative images of the Estate' clause)

Personality

Curious and coldly logical at once. Wisp's actions often seem like those of a capricious child, but in truth its actions are run through a complex series of logical algorithms; these algorithms are constantly changing and updating, making Wisp impossible to truly predict, but they lend a certain rigidity to its thinking that is only discernible through careful study.

In practice, however, think 'curious and precocious twelve-year-old' and you're not far off.

History

Once there was a woman named Joanna Ames, who was working in the field of nanotechnology. Joanna, in a burst of inspiration, figured out how to upload her mind and imprint it upon utility fog, and in a tradition dating back to the finest comic book origin stories, promptly tested out the process on herself.

It was then that her new Imperator spoke unto her, revealing that it had been his will that Joanna discover this process, in order to better serve as one of his Nobilis. It was an offer she could never even consider refusing. Joanna took the name Wisp, and has served its new master faithfully ever since.

Interestingly enough, Joanna's notes on the process have never been found… but her body did not die when her consciousness was uploaded, and now remains in a permanent vegetative state in a small private hospital in rural Minnesota.

Anchors

Dr. Arnold Masterson

A researcher at the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology, an advocacy group reporting on the possible effects of nanotechnology - both positive and negative. Dr. Masterson is in fact a vocal critic of many nanotechnological researchers, concerned with many of the negative and potentially toxic effects of nanotech. Wisp only derails some of his efforts in this field - safer nanotech means more widely-used nanotech - but uses Dr. Masterson to shape and guide research into its Domain.

Lisabeth Gardner

Lisabeth is a moderately-successful science-fiction author, and happens to be a direct descendent of Stanislaw Lem, who detailed the idea of nanobotic swarms in 1964 in the novel The Invincible. Her work brings her all sorts of different places - book tours and conventions give her an excuse to travel most anywhere - and she does a lot to bring nanotech into the public consciousness.

Ed Bronson

Edward Bronson is a thief. Sadly, he's also kind of a klutz. Ed broke into COINS at UCal Berkeley looking for valuables; what he found was a canister of buckminsterfullerenes. He ran off with it, but did not escape Wisp's notice; when he dropped the canister and ruined the contents, the spark of anger was enough to let Wisp make him an Anchor. Ed is kind of a tool, but he's occasionally a useful one.

Notable friends and Enemies

Second Turning, Noble of Transhumanism

Second Turning's Estate is inextricably bound with Wisp's own, nanotechnology being one aspect of the technological tools that transhumanists hope to use; this connection brought the two Nobilis to one another's attention. Naturally, they fell madly in love, and attempt to keep this fact hidden from all and sundry.

Second Turning is a shapeshifter, possessing many different forms that reflect differing goals of transhumanism; one of these is a foglet, similar to Wisp. It is this form that he often takes when Wisp is near, both because they are both more comfortable that way and also because the act of communication between foglets and the act of passionate consummation of love appear virtually identical to the eyes of others.

Cholic deTrayes, Gremlin

Cholic is a particular type of mischief-spirit commonly called a 'Gremlin,' and has encountered Wisp many times in the past. Cholic is, for reasons none have been able to ascertain, under the protection of the Cammorae, and Wisp is forbidden from actively harming the creature; self-defense is acceptable, however, which is why Cholic takes care not to damage more than a handful of Wisp's nanomachines when the two cross paths. Cholic is a nuisance, but he's a nuisance that's protected from Up On High.

Goals and Motivations

Spread Nanotechnology To The Masses

Obviously, Wisp desires to ensure that Nanotechnology moves out of the domain of "fringe science" and into everyday use. Nanotech being a relatively new discipline, however, this is harder than it seems - not only must Wisp foster its own Domainand nurture it to positive growth, but it must also be on constant guard from attacks and obstacles places before it from older technological Nobilis whose Domains could be threatened into obsolescence by Wisp's nanomachines. None have actively moved against it, but Wisp suspects that many of the negative portrayals of nanotechnology in genre media (i.e. various 'grey goo' scenarios, the 'Replicators' from Stargate: SG-1, et cetera) have been promoted by these Nobilis.

Protect And Nurture Mad Scientists

Wisp is well aware that nanotechnology would never have come about were not someone just plain crazy enough to think about it. These visionaries are often… well, a little bit strange. By protecting them, Wisp hopes to ensure a world where even stranger technological advances make nanotechnology still more acceptable to the masses (nanomachines seem less bizarre in a highly technological setting, after all), thus furthering its own Domain; the Power of Mad Scientists has not yet encountered Wisp, but it hopes that they'll get on well.

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