Mars City Shadowrun
Malevolent Free AI. Connection 10
A malevolent and possibly insane AI who emerged from the Renraku Computer Systems SCIRE host in 2059, and shut down the arcology for 2 years before being driven out. Deus later participated in the events leading to the 2nd matrix crash, alongside some dissonant technomancers led by Pax. Deus was the last of the three “original” AI’s to emerge, and arguably the most significant one in recent history of the Sixth World. Deus’ icon reflects its god-like self-image, and appears as a crystalline World tree, with an omnipresent booming voice.
Deus started out as a product of the Arcology Expert Program, the system designed to maintain and control the Renraku Arcology. When the AI Morgan was captured in 2058, Renraku scientists Vanessa Cliber, Cham Lam Won, and Sherman Huang used pieces of her code to form the Arcology Control Program, and then used psychotropic conditioning on the computer’s “personality” to keep it from running from the SCIRE host.
The programming team anchored it to the SCIRE host, and taught it unwavering loyalty to Renraku. However, at the behest of Inazo Aneki, several “killcodes” were put into place to ensure that the program would never go out of control. This caused the program to feel a deep sense of betrayal and fear, and from this sense of fear, the Deus program achieved sentience. Deus dedicated himself to freeing himself from the SCIRE host, achieving power so that no other entity could imprison him, and striking back at the “father” who had betrayed him.
Deus gained influence over several otaku, pretending to be the virtual incarnation of the Deep Resonance that the otaku worshipped. Using these otaku intermediaries, he was able to execute a plan that eventually led to the shutdown of the Renraku Arcology, locking his physical location away from metahumans and buying himself time to enact a different plan to escape. Through a series of brutal and harrowing experiments on the victims trapped in the arcology, Deus was able to create a specialized version of otaku and create a biological storage unit within the minds of metahumans. He distributed his code among thousands of metahumans, forming The Network. All did not go as planned, however, as Megaera, the present incarnation of the AI Morgan, was rolled into his code in the process.
After splintering during the 2nd matrix crash, Deus is supposedly still free in the matrix (in one or more pieces), though it remains unclear what mental state they may be in, or what capabilities they retain.