Far Beyond the Reach of Earth
The first aliens to make contact with humanity, a few years post-Fall. They claim to act as ambassadors for both themselves and “other” alien species, but have provided no details (publicly). They have publicly warned transhumanity away from the Pandora Gates and the use of seed AI. For some reason, they favor Ecologene above other Hypercorps. Little is known (publicly, at least) about the Factors or their motivations, and they have provided few details about anything outside our solar system.
Factors appear to be an evolved slime mold colony of some sort, though multiple different types of Factors have been seen. Their communications with transhumanity are always conducted with computer assistance, as their natural communication seems to rely on chemical receptors. They also appear to possess lighthugger drive tech, and based on the schedule/frequency of their visits to out solar system, probably either have access to a Gate of their own, or else have a base somewhere nearby. They are rumored to be in negotiations with Starware to sell some sort of drive tech, and Nimbus to sell advanced electronics and comm tech.
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