Inventing Landru . . .

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Inventing Landru . . .

Post  Yakima Canutt on Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:04 pm

Landru was first a man, and then a machine.

In approximately 4,000 BC, war threatened to destroy the planet Beta III and its inhabitants. The leader at that time was a gifted engineer and philosopher, Landru. He believed the way to preserve his people was to take them back to a time of peace and tranquility. He sought to end war, crime, disease – all of the evils that plagued his world, and to produce "the unity of good" – a world without hate, without fear, without conflict. To that end, he built and programmed a sophisticated machine, which took on his identity.

The machine Landru built was powerful enough to manage the affairs of an entire planetary population. It ruled Beta III for about 6,000 years, managing the affairs of each individual and striving to meet the ambitious goals its builder set it. Its subjects were oblivious to the fact that they were ruled by a computer. Since Landru was hidden behind a solid wall, it is likely that its builder intended this; even millenia later, some of the citizens of Beta III believed the Landru who ruled their world was the same one who saved it so many centuries ago, and none realized it was a machine. The passing years of peaceful rule had inculcated in the people a kind of reflexive worship of Landru. This could be seen even in members of the underground who sought freedom and actively opposed Landru's will.

To meet Landru's goals, his machine was given the ability to control the attitude and conduct of individuals, through a process called absorption. Once absorbed, a living being's individuality and free will were largely subordinated to the instructions and ideas supplied telepathically by Landru. Within the parameters of Landru's guidelines, referred to as the Directives, the individual had some free will. Absorbed individuals were referred to collectively as the Body. Landru viewed the Body as analogous to the body of a living being; it referred collectively to the memory of the body, and to outsiders as "infection".

To enforce its will, Landru maintained an army of lawgivers. These brown-robed individuals were under extremely deep control; they lacked all volition except what Landru supplied. When Landru was forced to devote most of its power to solving a paradox, it withdrew its direct influence from its lawgivers, causing them to panic. Lawgivers carried staves with which they could absorb individuals who were not part of the Body, or in extremis, kill. Landru preferred to absorb its enemies, killing only when it believed it had no choice.

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Re: Inventing Landru . . .

Post  pinhedz on Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:24 pm

I have a nephew named Landru.

I remember the first time he spoke. Shocked

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Re: Inventing Landru . . .

Post  Yakima Canutt on Thu Apr 02, 2015 4:34 pm

THAT IS NOT A TRUE NAME. UNLESS YOUR NEPHEW IS A FRENCH SERIAL KILLER.

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Re: Inventing Landru . . .

Post  pinhedz on Fri Apr 03, 2015 2:12 am

OK, his official papers say "Andrew," but he will never escape being called "Landru."

And if you ever say "Landru speaks" within his hearing, he will kill again. affraid

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