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Cibo is a major character in Blame!.

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Biography

Early life

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Cibo as the head scientist of the Bio-Electric Corporation.

As a human, Cibo was the head scientist for the Bio-Electric Corporation. Among other things (such as an attempt to break through the Megastructure walls), she was tasked with leading the project to create an artificial Net Terminal Gene in order to access the Netsphere. She was able to connect the artificial Net Gene carrier very briefly before the Safeguard arrived and denied them access; shortly after they killed the carrier and emerged into the base reality, as Cibo tried too late to cut connection. The Safeguard slaughtered the rest of the scientists and the lab as Cibo watched in horror, unable to halt them. Her body was then destroyed in an explosion caused by one of the Exterminators.

Her superiors recreated her from backup data, then sentenced her to imprisonment in the lowest levels of the Capitol for the catastrophe she caused. [1]

Meeting Killy

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Cibo's decaying body imprisoned within the Corporation.

Many years later her decaying torso was found by Killy during his journey to the Capitol in search of the Net Terminal Gene. She tried to strike a bargain with him, offering to help him find what he was looking for if he helped her escape, to which he eventually agreed. Once she was hooked up to the Corporation's system she began to search through the genetic records (while crafting a new body for herself) as Killy held off the Corporation's Guardians. One of the Guardians managed to slip through and destroyed her body, although she had already downloaded herself into a new one.

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"I'm here to save the day, Killy!"

After Killy's battle with the Corporation President and his bodyguards, Cibo arrived in a new body hooked up to a group of computers just in time to save him. She was successful in shutting down the bodyguards and damaging the President's life support systems before she took a damaging blow from one of said bodyguards.

Soon thousands of Guardians arrived, and Cibo urged Killy to shoot the President with his GBE; Killy was reluctant, however, as it would mean losing any potential genetic records. She then revealed that there were no records to be found here and tearfully begged him; Killy complies, killing the President and freeing her people from enslavement. Later, Cibo was successful in reattaching Killy's severed arm and discussed what may be found on the next Megastructure level. She asked him to take her with him in his journey to find the Net Gene, as there was nothing left on this level for either of them; he agreed, and they began moving upward. [2]

As they traveled up a giant spiraling pillar to reach the border of the Megastructure, Cibo showed Killy the events of the Safeguard incident in preparation for any Safeguard that may be waiting for them ahead. They set up camp for the night, and she noticed that Killy's arm had already healed.

They were awakened by the appearance of both a Safeguard agent and a proxy messenger from the Governors. Killy dispatched the Safeguard and attempted to do the same to the messenger but Cibo stopped him before he could. The Governor messenger attempted to speak to them, though Cibo informed it that it was talking too fast for them to understand; after correcting itself, it relayed a message to Killy, updating him on the status of the mission to find a Net Gene before telling the two of them to run from the massive army of Safeguard being downloaded into the area. The two quickly reached the top of the rapidly collapsing pillar, where Cibo set up a shield to protect them from three more Safeguard while Killy drilled a hole into the ceiling of the Megastructure with his GBE. After the force of the blast from Killy's gun destroyed the foundation for the shield, Cibo used a grappling hook to pull them into the newly created exit. She was barely able to catch Killy as he destroyed he Safeguard units - and the entire pillar - with his GBE. Pulling them both up into the exit, they were finally able to leave this level behind and travel to the next. [3] [4]

Upon reaching the next level, they saw what appeared to be a large body of water and a large city in the distance. Cibo's scans were able to detect the movements of numerous Builders in the distance, along with possible organic lifeforms, though she could not detect thoughts from them. They eventually discover heavily mutilated corpses, which she noted to have suffered from genetic mutation. Further on, they found a heavily damaged Governor, which almost immediately exploded into numerous Safeguard units; the force of the explosion was powerful enough to throw Cibo headfirst into a wall, giving her a major concussion. Killy engaged the Safeguard Exterminators, while their leader went after Cibo. She realized almost too late that this particular Safeguard unit carried a Gravitation Beam Emitter, similar to Killy's. An explosion from the resulting battle threw her into the water below them, resulting in her right arm being broken, though she was rescued by another Governor. The two of them found the heavily injured Killy, and the three of them discussed the Safeguard's weapons, as well as the possibility of living humans up ahead in a large cylindrical building, before the Governor finally succumbed to it's injuries. [5]

The Electro-Fishers

As they began to move in the direction of the building, Cibo began to wonder why all the nearby villages had been abandoned. She noticed that Killy's injuries were beginning to catch up with him when he tripped and fell on a staircase; she tried to help him up, though he rudely shoved her away. They came across a side passage, and Cibo could smell humans within. Here they found an incredibly sick man and young girl named Sanakan, whom Cibo quickly began conversing with in an attempt to relieve her apparent fear.

Sanakan agreed to take them to where more humans may have been hiding. In a tunnel, Cibo noticed that her sensors were disrupted, which Sanakan explained was due to the thickness of the walls. As they moved further, Killy began to sweat heavily, gradually slowing down before collapsing to the ground, and the appearance of more Exterminators forced Cibo to carry him away. With the machines quickly catching up to them, Cibo tried to use Killy's Gravitational Beam Emitter to stop them, though Killy took it back and stopped them before she could fire off a shot. Predicting the explosion that was about to occur from the blast, she grabbed Sanakan and dove to the ground. She screamed for Sanakan to run as more Exterminators quickly closed in, and the group was quickly saved by the arrival of the Electrofishers Pops and Sutezo, who made quick work of the machines. The two Electrofishers decided to bring them all to their village, with Killy's limp body being carried on a stretcher; Cibo thanked them for saving them. [6]

In the distance the strange building began to appear. At that point the Electrofishers had them board a train car, which took them the rest of the distance to the Electorfisher settlement. Along the way Cibo checked on the unconscious Killy, and noticed as they passed by a giant Builder. Reaching the site of the giant building, Cibo was able to read the Toha Heavy Industries sign on the side of it. Pops told Cibo and Sanakan their story, about their ascendants the Planters who used to live inside the building, and how their Electrofisher descendants always stayed in the area but were never able to get back inside. Once they arrived at the settlement Cibo was crowded by numerous curious villagers, who had never seen a human with her height before. After they dropped Killy off to be healed by Zuru, Pops and Sutezo showed Cibo and Sanakan one of the entrances to the Toha Heavy Industries building, and on the way Cibo asked them if any of them possessed the Net Terminal; they did not. At the entrance she was able to read the instructions on opening this emergency hatch and did so, smashing the glass panel that hid the emergency handle (and scaring the Electrofishers with her strength) and pulling said handle to reveal the opening. [7]

Inside the building they discovered a room with gravity moving in a different direction, along with massive empty chambers with more than enough space for the villagers to safely live in. When they returned to the village to tell everyone the news, Cibo split off to meet Killy, who had already recovered. She was present when Killy discovered that Sanakan was actually a Safeguard, and it was her that recognized Sanakan as the same Safeguard leader that had injured them both earlier. [8]

As Killy and Sanakan prepared to battle, Cibo warned Killy that he could not use his weapon here, as he might hit the Toha Heavy Industries building by mistake. She witnessed the intense battle that followed, along with Sanakan's systematic slaughter of the Electrofishers. [9] After the Safeguard escaped, Cibo worked with Killy to save any survivors from the burning buildings. They were startled by the arrival of the giant Builder, which had come to put out the fires and make repairs; Cibo was even more surprised that Killy was able to communicate with it.

Later on, Cibo watched as a saddened Zuru carried Sutezo's severed head away to lay him to rest. Knowing that the Safeguard would inevitably return, Killy, Cibo, and Pops agreed that they needed to relocate the Electrofisher colony to Toha Heavy Industries. Cibo watched as Zuru began drawing blood from all the wrapped-up Electrofisher corpses in hopes that they could be recreated some day.

Once everyone was packed, the survivors began a mass exodus to Toha, with Cibo and Killy helping to carry their supplies. They soon found their path blocked by burning wreckage; with the nearest alternate route being over 15 kilometers away, Cibo came up with an idea to get the giant Builder for help. She asked Killy to download the Builder language into her head, though upon connecting to in, she suffered a massive nosebleed (due to the complex nature of Killy's brain), prompting Killy to disconnect immediately. Injuries aside, she now found herself able to read the Builder's signals, and departed (with an Electrofisher escorting her) to retrieve the giant Builder while Killy stayed behind to guard the others. [10]

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Cibo piloting the Builder

Eventually they reached the Builder and Cibo piloted it back to the others. They arrived in the midst of another attack from the Safeguard, saving the others from a Safeguard machine the same size as the Builder just in time. The titanic Safeguard attempted to shoot at Cibo's Builder with it's Gravitational Beam mouth, though the Builder punched it away at the last second, redirecting the blast. With the Safeguard stunned Cibo's Builder quickly began to clear away the rubble while Killy defended the Builder from the tentacles emerging from the Safeguard. Cibo began to feel ill, as she was now connected to Killy's brain, which was working in overdrive due to the battle. She witnessed Sanakan emerge from the titanic Safeguard and begin round 2 of her and Killy's battle, which caused Cibo to have an aneurysm that disconnected her from the Builder. [11]

The giant Safeguard took advantage of this to begin attacking Cibo's Builder, while the Electrofisher escorting her frantically tried to wake her up. However, Cibo's mind had been transferred to a backup cyberspace, where she was met by a Controller. The Controller informed her that her brain had basically been rewired, though this had caused her brain to cease functioning and her personality was now trapped here. Despite this, the Controller also told that she would be able to stop the Safeguard here, and redirected her to a massive computer that was controlling the Safeguard in the base reality, but warned her of meeting resistance. Cibo then connected to it and overloaded it's memory, causing Sanakan to malfunction in base reality and giving Killy a chance to defeat her, while Sanakan's Exterminators (and the giant Safeguard) began to drop dead.

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Cibo's personality within the backup cyberspace

Remaining connected, Cibo inquired about Killy's origins, though she and the Controller were suddenly overwhelmed by Safeguard defense programs. Before being terminated, the Controller revealed to her that Killy was not of the Safeguard, but a precursor to them. The Safeguard defenses then moved on to Cibo, bisecting her; in base reality, her physical body suddenly ripped in half as well. Now that she was disconnected, the Exterminators and giant Safeguard began to reactivate. [12]

Barely clinging to life, Cibo transferred her consciousness into one of the Safeguard defenses; then from there, into the Safeguard computer; then from there, into Sanakan's body in the base reality. She was able to take control of the body, reverting it back into Sanakan's child persona before making her way to everyone else. The battle was over by the time she found Killy, heavily injured from destroying all of the Safeguard on the battlefield, and she informed him that all the Electrofishers had made it inside of the Toha Heavy Industries building. [13]

Toha Heavy Industries

Killy did not recognize Cibo at first and instantly pointed his gun at who he thought was Sanakan. Cibo frantically told him not to shoot, and Killy scanned her eyes to see who it really was. She remarked on how strange it felt to be in a body without organs before the two of them walked through the Toha entrance. After they watched a damaged Exterminator attempt to enter behind them but fail, the two were forced to run back outside as the entrance was beginning to seal and push them out. Outside they found the Exterminator, and Cibo deduced from what she learned from the Controller that the Safeguard were unable to enter the building.

With their entrance blocked, they headed towards the top to find another. As they walked, Cibo began to feel very dizzy, and realized that there was a Megastructure wall nearby. By the time they reached the entrance, their proximity to the Megastructure caused Sanakan's personality to reawaken, and Cibo's body began to dissolve as the Safeguard attempted to take back control. Killy was able to get the entrance open and throw Sanakan/Cibo inside just in time; the anti-Safeguard field extinguished Sanakan's personality, giving Cibo 100% control of the body. [14]

Inside, Killy waited for Cibo to regain her composure before the two moved on, with Cibo hopeful they would find the Net Gene here. She asked Killy if his arm (which was nearly torn off from the previous battles outside) was okay; he responded by opening the door for them with said arm. Beyond the door was an area that Cibo recognized as having gravity move differently, and warned Killy to be careful as they traversed. After they passed through rooms containing Electrofisher armor (which she noted was closer to Killy's size) Cibo attempted to hack into Toha Heavy Industries' controlling system in order to find a map. She was forced to quickly back out when the AI detected and attempted to kill her, losing a finger in the process, though she was amazed when she discovered she could reattach it with her Safeguard body.

With a section of a map downloaded, they departed once again, though they eventually found the hallway ahead of them blocked by a strange material. Cibo deduced this path was sealed in an emergency, as the Bio-Electric Corporation used a similar material for the same purpose. Before she could find an alternate route, they found themselves cornered by two Silicon Creatures, Ivy and Maeve, who had a score to settle with Killy. [15]

As the two Silicon Lifeforms began their attack, Killy was able to grab Cibo by the arm and pull her out of the way of Ivy and Maeve's swinging blades, but had to throw her out of the way of Ivy's hidden blade. Maeve took this opportunity to impale Cibo through the stomach, and she lost consciousness from the blood loss. She and Killy ended up getting rescued by Mensab and Seu, who ordered them to leave, as they believed they were messengers from the Netsphere. A pair of holes suddenly opened beneath the two, caused by tiny winged humanoids who led them away. Several of them carried Cibo's unconscious body, bringing them to a different part of "Cave 8". [16]

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The Unofficial Level

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Level 9

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Appearance & Personality

Cibo's appearance changes frequently throughout the series. As a human, Cibo was a young, very tall woman with a petite build and short black hair. Her uniform, different from that of the rest of the scientists, may have marked her status as the head scientist.

After she created a new body for herself, she had regained her tall, slim figure, though now had shoulder-length, white hair to go with it. Later on, after this body was destroyed by the Safeguard, she took control of Sanakan's sleep-mode body; in this form she now resembled a child with short white hair, and had the ability to sprout incredibly long, butterfly-like wings.

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Weapons & Abilities

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Gallery

Notes & Trivia

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References

  1. Blame! manga: Log 10
  2. Blame! manga: Log 9
  3. Blame! manga: Log 10
  4. Blame! manga: Log 11
  5. Blame! manga: Log 12
  6. Blame!manga: Log 14
  7. Blame!manga: Log 14
  8. Blame!manga: Log 15
  9. Blame!manga: Log 16
  10. Blame!manga: Log 17
  11. Blame!manga: Log 18
  12. Blame!manga: Log 19
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  14. Blame!manga: Log 21
  15. Blame! manga: Log 22
  16. Blame!manga: Log 23

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