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Enoch Strife's The System

Enoch Strife's The System

by UrbanMysticDee
What is The System?

In the last days of the twentieth century three mathematicians working at the hedge fund I Capital discovered a formula that describes the entire universe as a system of mathematical relations and probability. The formula predicts that the universe is part of an information generating simulation and can be manipulated. I Capital becomes very successful, but the team that discovered the existence of "The System" are troubled by the ethical dilemma of keeping the world in the dark. Boss Zachary Tweed kills Jean-Claude Lafayette, the head of the group before he goes public and to silence the other two, but not even the prediction power of I's new models can help him prepare for the unknown chain of events that is about to unfold that will shake existence to its core.
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Enoch Strife's The System

What is The System?

In the last days of the twentieth century three mathematicians working at the hedge fund I Capital discovered a formula that describes the entire universe as a system of mathematical relations and probability. The formula predicts that the universe is part of an information generating simulation and can be manipulated. I Capital becomes very successful, but the team that discovered the existence of "The System" are troubled by the ethical dilemma of keeping the world in the dark. Boss Zachary Tweed kills Jean-Claude Lafayette, the head of the group before he goes public and to silence the other two, but not even the prediction power of I's new models can help him prepare for the unknown chain of events that is about to unfold that will shake existence to its core.

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I don't even know what her name is, but she appears in the chapter "Devious Whispers". This character was the protege of Atlas, who is sort of the god of good (Oblivion is the god of evil, and they've been fighting since the beginning, in a climatic battle that destroys the universe, so the universe has to be continuously re-created every trillion years or so). Atlas separated itself from The Heart of The System, which is the source of all power, and this character wanted to find it, but Atlas wasn't ready to go find it, because he's crazy like a fox and is trying to lure Oblivion into a final battle to end the cycle of creation and destruction forever. This character didn't want to wait, so she went rogue and started jumping from one universe to the next (there are at least 776 universes) looking for the Heart. Atlas then makes Devi his protege because he needs to train someone to look for the Heart. And I didn't figure out what happens after that.

Drawn in 2013, and I just finished it today!

The System never got off the ground because:
1. Some of the bigger battles are just too difficult for me,
2. I don't have a scanner anymore,
3. I don't have the time.

Still, I wanted to finish the few pages that I started, just to give you an idea of what it would have looked like.
Arnold Harris was a computer programmer or something until he became a wire fu master somehow before the story began. Pythia - whose real name is never revealed - can also do wire fu and can also see the future.

Last panel - in the crowd is Alfred Bester.

Throughout the number 776 appears in various places. The universe the story takes place in is universe 776. There are at least 1000 universes that have humans, but only about three of them are any interesting. There's also the Wormverse inhabited by giant worms and the Crystalverse inhabited by living crystals. The reboot will (if I get around to it) involve Crystalverse inhabitants.
First panel - you can see a portrait of Alfred Bester hanging on the wall. He inspired a lot of the story.

Boss Tweed embodies three jokes. For the first half of the story his head was covered with a paper bag, then he took it off. The other recurring jokes are his shirt changes in every panel for no particular reason, and he has to say "PIG" after every sentence and spit like the villain in the movie "Cobra". That was cool. Most of the characters were based very loosley on real people.

Nameless Girlfriend was never given a name in the story. She's a sadist.

The original story was about 40% absurd comedy, 30% kung fu, and 30% philosophy.
The Atlas is the guy with the glasses and the partly shaved head. He is the physical incarnation of The Heart of The System, which is sort of the central program of The System that governs everything else. The Sampler works for The System, The Probability Generator works against The System, Hitler was the current incarnation of Oblivion - an entity that wants to destroy existence itself, I don't remember sunglasses guy's name, but he can jump bodies, Alice is sort of the living MacGuffin. Everyone wanted to find her because they thought she had power to remake The System. Her parents are assholes.

At the end of Chapter 12 "Messiah" Oblivion has been reduced to its most basic form and won't be dangerous for another trillion years or so, and now everyone wants to get control of Alice from Atlas.
The last page of the original System comic. I still don't understand the ending.
Another test, with text instead of numbers (which I guess could be some sort of overflow error).

Bonus points if you guess what this text passage comes from. It too is very significant to the story.
Since the story begins with people finding the secret code to the universe on a computer I wanted to see how the computer text would look.I like it, but I think there could be a bit of variation in the brightness of individual characters.

Bonus points if you guess what all those numbers mean. It is something very significant to the story.
@Sasoman: What the cuss are you talking about?
A lot of the characters from the original The System, plus a diagram of the cosmology of The System and a panel from the very end of the original story.

Lafayette, Harris, and Strife discover the formula for The System, and later they let Pythia and Amos Green in on the secret.

The Ethers come from a world full of Ethers instead of humans. Distinguishing between them is like distinguishing between different penguins. Atman, Goliath, Avatar, The Sampler, and The Probability Generator are similarly not human.

Alfred Bester is an author who inspired a lot of the story. See how often you can find him!
Sasoman
July 15th, 2013
THE NUMBERS MASON
Sasoman
July 15th, 2013
I WANT TO KNOW
The System Tenth Anniversary. Coming June 2014.

The font used at the bottom is appropriately called "system"! It looks like crap and won't be used a lot in the actual story.

The Hebrew letters in the background are the result of a mathematical formula I created that spell out "THE_SYSTEM". It took forever to encode so all subsequent code in the story was made up on the spot, which actually works since it's non-repeating so the same letter or number can be encoded as different Hebrew triplets (as you can see, both Ts Ss and Es are different from one another).