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"Hacking" is the twenty-fifth chapter of Blame!, and the first chapter of Volume 5.

Synopsis

To re-enter the eighth cave of Toha Heavy Industries, Killy carries the others down a tall shaft, enduring the impact of the fall. The pair of Custodians reawaken, now back in range of the energy provided by the cave’s controller, Mensab.

Killy and Cibo ambush a Silicon creature, and interrogate it through an electronic mental link. Cibo describes the creature’s language matrix (or “command format”) as similar to a Safeguard, while an auxiliary part of its brain is similar to neural enhancements used by humans.

The creature claims that Silicon life is independent from, and perhaps predates, the Netsphere. Although they did not start the chaos that has consumed the City, maintaining it is somehow essential to their survival. To that end, they work to eliminate all humans, to ensure that humans with the net terminal gene do not alter the City’s behavior. Their targets include the humans protected by Mensab, who is currently cornered by Silicon creatures elsewhere.

The group rushes to rescue Mensab, who is prevented from teleporting by an array of devices held by Silicon creatures. Killy defeats one, freeing Mensab. She initiates a teleportation, and Killy and Cibo are caught in its field. Killy reappears in a desolate area.

Character Appearances

Notes & Trivia

  • In the Master edition, the teleportation is referred to as a “forwarding”. This term may be analogous to forwarding an email from place to place. It may complement the term “downloading,” referring to moving an item from one system (or reality) to another.

Blame! - Volumes and Chapters
Volume 1 The Net's OffspringMemories of EarthTechno NomadsEX-LOGThe AuthoritiesEscapeSilicon Souls
The Builders
Volume 2 EX-LOG - Nest RuineThe CapitolThe CorporationNet SphereSafety Guard
Volume 3 The Great SurfElectrosilos FishermenPlantersAwakeningAssaultBasic LanguageMassacre
Volume 4 Backup CyberspaceLimit CancelHybridToha Heavy IndustriesElectronic KnightThe Eighth Cave
Volume 5 HackingScattered SpaceGravity FurnaceVersionCave 13Cease Fire
Volume 6 Sanakan and CiboVibrationCollapseDissolutionDisappearanceBeautiful LifeUnofficial Megastructure
Volume 7 Central NexusClass 1 Critical Effect WeaponCaptureAnti-Intrusion Electron Space
The Megastructure's Internal FissureSpecial Safeguards
Volume 8 Inside the MegastructureMultiple Dispersion Molecule MovementProvisional Connection CertificationRaid
UrgeLevel 9Far-Off
Volume 9 Parallel Electricity Storage Tank ClusterThe CallerLacking EscapeThe CaptorAnother MeetingPeople
The Observer
Volume 10 Unified Metal BeamsContinuumOrganicBurning SiliconRescue of the ReceptacleExterminator, First ClassRetrieved ConsciousnessThe Edge of the City