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==Background==
 
==Background==
In the years prior to [[History (Mainstream Universe)#3000|3000]], a growing number of analysts warned that the interplanetary network was not designed to handle four-digit years, and that the resultant system failure would be catastrophic. They warned that unless immediate action was taken, every essential service which made life in the 30th century possible, from the orbiting weather control and solar energy conversion arrays to the transplanetary matter transmission and realtime neurodata networks would shut down. Humanity would be returned to a level of barbarism not seen on Earth in nearly one thousand years.<br /><br />Unfortunately. their warnings were ignored by the Interfederal Network Administration Authority. They were disregarded as the same sort of hysterical millenialist ravings that had accompanied the approach of the year [[History (Mainstream Universe)#2000|2000]]. The Interfed silenced any who protested in the name of public safety.<br /><br />As Xerxes observed the data grid from his research station in the Estonian arcology, he knew that the dire warnings about Y3K had been correct. As the date ticked from 2999 to [[History (Mainstream Universe)#3000|3000]], system after system went dark. First a few, then a cascade of failures spread across the data grid. In another few nanoseconds the world as Xerxes knew it would end.<br /><br />Fortunately, Xerxes and his team were prepared. In the final moments  before the power net shut down, Xerxes Chuan and other sixteen members of the Historical Preservation Society activated the temporal discontinuity generator, catapulting them back through the ages. Each member of the team selected a different destination. Xerxes selected the dawn of the Information Age: the year [[History (Mainstream Universe)#2000|2000]]. It is a one-way trip for all of them.<br /><br />Like everyone in the 30th century, Xerxes is the result of generations of selective genetic manipulation. As a result, he is healthier, smarter, and more attractive than the typical 21st century human. His perspectives on ethics and morality are also colored by his 30th century origins. For example, he regards ranged weapons with the same revulsion that his 21st century peers reserve for chemical and biological weapons. He also regards the vast number of competing and overlapping legal authorities as hopelessly primitive and more than a little frightening. However, he is also aware that the monolithic structure and virtually unlimited authority of the Interfed made it possible for them to prevent anyone else from preventing the Y3K disaster. So he knows the importance of decentralized authority, but in practice it makes him quite nervous.<br /><br />There are benefits to the 21st century, of course. Chocolate, for example. The cocoa plant from which chocolate is made became extinct during the latter 22nd century.
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Xerxes was recruited by a team of 31st century scientists who wished to send sixteen volunteers back in time to the 29th century, to try and prevent the Y3K disaster which ended human civilization on Earth and its many colony worlds. He was selected because of his social skills and his position as a respected anthropologist, not because of his technological expertise -- he has only a rudimentary knowledge of temporal mechanics. Unfortunately, the temporal rift deposited him in the 21st century, rather than in the 29th. He has done his best to adapt to this primitive time, and to use his skills to help people without contaminating the 21st century culture.<br /><br />There are benefits to the 21st century, of course. Chocolate and coffee, for example. The plants from which chocolate and coffee are made became extinct during the latter 22nd century.<br /><br />Xerxes is cheerful, compassionate, curious, and highly organized. He has an aversion to physical violence, and he is a strict vegan (the eating of animal flesh repulses him, but as an athropologist, he strives to avoid imposing his 31st century sensibilities on primitive 21st century cultures).<br /><br />Xerxes Chuan is a typical result of centuries of selective genetic engineering, just like everyone else in the 31st century. He is happier, healthier, smarter, saner, and better looking than most 21st century humans. He has medium brown skin and Asian features.
  
 
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Revision as of 08:37, 20 September 2019

Xerxes Chuan

Super-scientist from the year 3000.

Xerxes Chuan
Alternate ID   Super-scientist from the year 3000
Player   Brandon Blackmoor

Background

Xerxes was recruited by a team of 31st century scientists who wished to send sixteen volunteers back in time to the 29th century, to try and prevent the Y3K disaster which ended human civilization on Earth and its many colony worlds. He was selected because of his social skills and his position as a respected anthropologist, not because of his technological expertise -- he has only a rudimentary knowledge of temporal mechanics. Unfortunately, the temporal rift deposited him in the 21st century, rather than in the 29th. He has done his best to adapt to this primitive time, and to use his skills to help people without contaminating the 21st century culture.

There are benefits to the 21st century, of course. Chocolate and coffee, for example. The plants from which chocolate and coffee are made became extinct during the latter 22nd century.

Xerxes is cheerful, compassionate, curious, and highly organized. He has an aversion to physical violence, and he is a strict vegan (the eating of animal flesh repulses him, but as an athropologist, he strives to avoid imposing his 31st century sensibilities on primitive 21st century cultures).

Xerxes Chuan is a typical result of centuries of selective genetic engineering, just like everyone else in the 31st century. He is happier, healthier, smarter, saner, and better looking than most 21st century humans. He has medium brown skin and Asian features.