Across town, a midnight-blue Corvette C8 Thunderhead
rolled up to the edge of a steep hill overlooking the ocean, gravel
crunching underneath thick tires. Its seven-liter, supercharged engine
was supernaturally quiet, belying the aggressive exterior and 750 horses of
this prototype vehicle. Inside the cockpit, Rubicon viewed the VR computer
screen mounted into the center console. The displayed information -
detailed assessments of recent Sabbat activity in the LA area - radiated
in a three dimensional, holographic-like matrix, and the pathways of its data
were telepathically navigated and manipulated via a MindLink headset.
Rubicon mentally drilled into a section of the data related to Malibu and
adjacent coastline territory, but the system indicated that no Sabbat
incursions had occurred in those regions for the past several months.
The MindLink device was yet another example of how Tremere adapted the
latest breakthroughs in science and sorcery to their goals of both clan
survival and Camarilla preservation, and it also represented the power
Rubicon held in his connections with FusionTech, a cybernetics company
where, in his mortal days, he was a promising scientist and applications
In the early era of Tremere history, when the clan first announced its
existence into the world of vampiric darkness, it was arcane blood
magic and other wizardry that marked their uniqueness. Later, it was their reputation
as innovators at the forefront of technology, be it in
cybernetics, genetics, quantum computing, nanotechnology, or the like. Of
all the traits Rubicon inherited subsequent to his Embrace, the most
notable was shedding his life of habit -- as he thought humans were prone
toward -- to becoming a creature of immense adaptability and change. Indeed, this
latter trait is the primary hallmark of the Tremere.
Rubicon specifically adapted MindLink, a quite versatile product as far
as its many applications, to jack into all of the Vette's primary
functions, including steering, acceleration, braking, climate control, as
well as the more secretive capabilities which resulted from special
modifications he made to the vehicle. Interestingly, a scaled down version
of MindLink would eventually be made public in the C8 as a limited production
item, representing yet another of those often subtle influences the Kindred
have upon the landscape of human progress. In reciprocity of benefits,
negotiations with the car's designer netted the
Tremere a whole fleet of these treasured vehicles.
Navigating through the virtual data corridors on the monitor, Rubicon
drilled through to the Message Center to determine if the Tremere Primogen
had commanded of him any duties this evening. Scanning....all clear.
If the humans ever tapped into this data stream, or did the Sabbat for
that matter, the security of the Camarilla sect and the delicate balance
between Kindred and humans could be jeopardized. Thankfully the Camarilla,
at the behest of the Tremere, had formed a consortium of security
specialists, culled together from the most trusted and technically savvy of
the member clans, with the end result being a standard, accepted
specification for transmitting data across the Internet using existing
data-transport mechanisms. Data Articulation and Masking
of Inputs and Outputs, or DAMIOS as it was
called, provided a set of robust protocols and encryption algorithms,
unrivaled in the human sphere, that safely allowed Camarilla transmissions
to pass along existing Internet, wireless, and satellite infrastructure,
invisible to mortal computing protocols and data-packet sniffers.
Essentially, the data was electronically transported on a portion of the
information-spectrum beyond the "visible" range, a layer hidden
to humans, yet containing vastly greater amounts of data
than that of human network-traffic.
Rubicon slowly stroked his graying beard as he settled back, relaxed,
and began contemplating these and various other realities.