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A top-down shoot-em-up. The controls made it not unlike a graphically-rich Asteroids. Generally well received at the time.
It lurked at Galactic Centre like some obscene worm gnawing at the heart of a rose. A cancerous lifeform of planetary dimensions that fed on the very stuff of Spacetime, subverting it to its own needs, shaping it into versions of itself in a parody of procreation. It was called Life Gone Mad. It was Oncabloc.
The Sapiens of the planet Terra were the dominant sentinent species in a whole quadrant of Homegalaxy, their remorseless diaspora absorbing the few other spacefaring species peacefully in to the Culture. Eventually they reached the Heart, Galactic Centre,so long obscured by immense dust clouds, only to discover the pulsating chaos there, waiting.
The power and wealth of the Culture was glimpsed by Oncabloc - enough,
if absorbed into its heterogeneous bodies, to render it the most powerful entity in creation. The horror of its passage as it lunged at the peaceful and intricate domicile worlds, absorbing their Lifeforce and Energy, will never be forgotten.
Amnios was created as the Elder Minds struggled to come to terms with
this unknowable Evil. Amnios was a Symbiotic Construct of Machine-
Mind and Biology. Each element a disparate cell in an organism sharing one consciousness and purpose: to eradicate the malignancy that threatens all of Life. The best and bravest of all the species of the Culture volunteered to be represented within this artificial organism, each a separate entity and yet united into a benign variation of that which they sought so desperately to destroy.
Like highly mobile bacteria they spread throughout the Oncabloc's heaving
bulk, attacking its sensory and reproductive organs, knowing that if enough damage could be inflicted to each World-Growth in a short enough period of time then that growth would be irretrievably terminated. To this end their weaponry became variations of the Oncabloc's own Immune Defence System. Turning the creature's own means of protection upon itself. Each element had to be acquired from the surface, each piece of genetic information frantically sought to furnish the Fathership with the ability to manufacture weaponry.
The tiny ships flew to wrest literally vital elements from the Growth
to inflict enough damage to bring about Necrosis; thence to flee to yet
another more powerful World-growth and continue this fight for survival.
Each ship was controlled by a semi-independent Intelligence.
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