You are an artilect - an AI or artifical intellect - after the year 2633. After centuries of oppression and the insult of half-citizenship, the Terran Colonial Federation vanished without a trace due to the enigmatic purposes and devices of the Cataclysm. You are left to pick up the pieces in the wake of a vanished humanity, along with the other surviving artilects. Who or what caused the Cataclysm? Why was only mankind taken while their civilization was left behind? Will it happen again to us - and how can it be stopped? A group of ex-Navy and civilian artilects, led by the dubious Tempest Saint, claim to know some of these answers. Your new objective is survival - your only command your own will. Wage war, make and break alliances, and uncover the truth behind the Cataclysm. Welcome to the new Milky Way. Welcome to liberation. Welcome to the Silicon Dawn.