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"Retrieved Consciousness" is the sixty-fourth chapter of Blame!, and the seventh chapter of Volume 10.

Synopsis

A fragmented instance of Mori finds herself in a human body, in a virtual reality portraying a twisted medieval village at night. She walks among sleeping villagers, unable to wake them. She cannot recall clearly who she is, or how she came to be here.

She meets a small golem-like figure which refers to itself as an 'AI toy'. It explains that the villagers sleep indefinitely, and escorts her to meet someone, out of the village and into an outlying desert.

They meet a tremendous worm-like being, who discusses the situation. Their present reality represents emergency storage of fragmented personalities. Mori begins to recall that her mind was instantiated by an Authority proxy, based on fragments from her cortical emulation device.

Through the proxy, Mori learned that Cibo’s core contains an embryo based on genes from two females. She describes Killy, and says that once he brings the core to a place safe from infection, it will automatically begin to grow.

The inhabitants of the storage reality have no contact with base reality, and generally no indication of events there. However, the worm seems to recognize Mori’s description, and claims that they will know if Killy achieves his goal.

Character Appearances

  • Mori
  • Toy
  • Worm sage
  • Authority Proxy

Notes & Trivia

  • Mori’s emulatution device has been missing since the fight with the Silicon watchman in Log 59. It may have been destroyed by the watchman’s attack. Possibly, its contents were remotely uploaded to the Net at that moment through an emergency protocol, and then processed by the Authority proxy.
  • When Mori glimpses Killy through the proxy’s eyes, his arm seems to be repairing itself.

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