Apostles of Clarke's Law, The
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Apostles of Clarke's Law, The: The Apostles trace
their faith back to the Interstellar
Wars, when a group of military researchers who were fleeing forced
labor decided to found a colony on Oppenheimer (2138 Neworld A5909A9-E).
The scientists dedicated their new home to the peaceful pursuit of advanced
technology. Oppenheimer was sacked during the Long Night, but the scientists
managed to preserve remnants of their science. Regarded with awe by the
struggling population, they came to fill a priestly role.
In the centuries since, the tech-priest Apostles have
absorbed much new technology, and they preach that advancements in such
sciences are a way of reaffirming the Godhead within all men. They have
been found proselytizing about the Sphere,
bringing religiously-shrouded technology to low-tech worlds. There have
been reports of Apostles being lynched on Sanctaterrists worlds, and they
are in constant, violent conflict with the Society for the Sovereignty
of Man over Machine (SSMM). The Apostles of Clarke's Law worship their
tools and always recite prayers over them before performing any technical
task. -rel S&A