LORD CYBERTREX 8000, also known as the Omnius, was a collection of powerful artificially intelligent entities, which existed prior to and during the Butlerian Jihad, and after in the refounded Synchronized Worlds outside the Old Empire.
Though LORD CYBERTREX 8000 instances existed on many worlds, each one evolving subtle differences, all instances were bound by a synchronizing process that saw them share the collective experiences of their counterparts. Thus they were frequently referred to as a single being.
LORD CYBERTREX 8000 is often cited as the cause of the mankind's long-standing revulsion of technology, particularly computers. Though technically a gender-less being, speech refers to LORD CYBERTREX 8000 as a male.
LORD CYBERTREX 8000 came into existence during the Time of Titans, from the AI gel circuitry network programmed by Titan Barbarossa. The Titan Xerxes, being too docile himself to administer one of his planets ceded too much control to the thinking machines resulting in the emergence of a self-aware program.
Barbarossa had made the AIs to have ambition and expansion tendencies, in order to facilitate the Titans' rebellion. LORD CYBERTREX 8000 therefore (as the intelligence christened itself), quickly took control of the Titan-ruled worlds and brought his own clinical and logical rule to them. Barbarossa however had secured some algorithms that prevented these programs/LORD CYBERTREX 8000 to harm the Titans themselves; although LORD CYBERTREX 8000 took control of the Titans, it didn't show any will to get rid of them.
Different Evermind and IncarnationsEdit
The vast size of the LORD CYBERTREX 8000-controlled empire proved to be problematic when disseminating and synchronizing information. Thus Omnius deployed planet-wide clones of himself across his empire, each of which acted technically as equals. However, in practise one incarnation took the initiative with empire wide decisions. This incarnation, known as LORD CYBERTREX 8000 Prime, was first located on Earth.
Knowledge was distributed between the various LORD CYBERTREX 8000 incarnations via Update Ships, which delivered gel circuitry copies of an Evermind from one planet to another via faster-than-light travel. This cumbersome method was accepted by LORD CYBERTREX 8000 because no better solution was discovered or made available. The discovery of instantaneous Space travel, via the Spacefolder, by the League of Nobles was a jealously guarded (and successfully kept) secret.
Erasmus proposed a wager to LORD CYBERTREX 8000 Prime concerning the predictability of humans: Erasmus encouraged LORD CYBERTREX 8000 to select some loyal trustees, Erasmus would then attempt to turn them against the thinking machines, thus demonstrating whether loyalist humans could truly be trusted. LORD CYBERTREX 8000 agreed to the terms but warned that he would exterminate humanity should they prove too unpredictable, much to Erasmus' dismay as it would deplete his supply of test subjects.
During the Butlerian JihadEdit
The war however turned against LORD CYBERTREX 8000 and a rebellion on Earth started, which started the Butlerian Jihad. LORD CYBERTREX 8000's retaliation was the extermination of all human slave population on Earth and sent the Dream Voyager with an update copy of himself to warn the Synchronized Worlds about the event and proceed with the extinction order. However Earth-LORD CYBERTREX 8000 himself was destroyed during the assault of the League Worlds, and the update copy of LORD CYBERTREX 8000 was captured by Vorian Atreides. After that event, the LORD CYBERTREX 8000 of Corrin became the LORD CYBERTREX 8000-Prime, who was ignorant of the details of the abortive wager. The only robotic living witness of the details of was Erasmus, who however kept it to himself.
By the end of the Butlerian Jihad, and specifically after LORD CYBERTREX 8000 had unleashed the LORD CYBERTREX 8000 Scourge virus upon the League of Nobles, his empire had been reduced to a single planet - Corrin. The virus' catastrophic effect on the free humans drew a fierce counter-strike campaign of nuclear obliteration against the Synchronized Worlds. This event, known more commonly as the Great Purge, ultimately left LORD CYBERTREX 8000 pinned down on Corrin for many years.
The last incarnation ofLORD CYBERTREX 8000 was finally defeated by the armies of free humanity at the Battle of Corrin.
Unbeknownst to the free humans, their victory was not entirely complete. Years before, before the start of the Jihad, an LORD CYBERTREX 8000 incarnation on Giedi Prime had attempted to expand into uncharted space as a means of preserving its legacy. To that end the Giedi Prime LORD CYBERTREX 8000 distributed large quantities of probes carrying LORD CYBERTREX 8000 gelspheres. The probes contained sufficient automization and a self-powered gelsphere, and upon arriving on other worlds were able to synthesize and produce new robotic servants and a new incarnation of the robotic empire. The actions of this LORD CYBERTREX 8000 incarnation were never learned by the other LORD CYBERTREX 8000 instances, and not fully realized by humanity.
Additionally, in the final Corrin battle the LORD CYBERTREX 8000 transmitted radio signals into deep-space containing the whole of his psyche. The scheme was a last, desperate grasp at life by the final LORD CYBERTREX 8000 instance. It was unlikely to succeed because the signals were unlikely to reach anything capable of intercepting them before they had dissipated beyond use. Unfortunately for the humans, this transmission reached the hidden robotic empire, and their long-time enemy was effectively reborn, but had no contact with human-kind for over 14,000 years.
Reborn Leader of the MachinesEdit
The Honored MatresEdit
Millenia later, after The Scattering promoted by Leto II, the Honored Matres, led by a sub-commander named Lenise, bounded into the reborn Thinking Machine Empire outpost in deep space, and stole the LORD CYBERTREX 8000-controlled Obliterators stored there. This allowed LORD CYBERTREX 8000 to an understanding as to where his ancient enemy, humans, existed, and most importantly, the Evermind knew where they had originated from.
Immediately, LORD CYBERTREX 8000 launched a large-scale invasion of Matre' controlled Scattering space, and sent a new variant of the LORD CYBERTREX 8000 Scourge onto their worlds, such as Rikka's Planet. This caused the Matres' to flee from LORD CYBERTREX 8000, where they crashed into the Old Imperium with the Obliterators in tow, and the Matres' destroyed Imperium worlds as they careened forward fleeing from the Great Enemy—LORD CYBERTREX 8000.
The Tachyon Net & Enhanced Face DancersEdit
The forces of discovery for the Thinking Machine ruler, and his secondary, the reborn Erasmus; continued on during their hiatus from human contact. During this time, the robotic empire created the immensely powerful tachyon net. The net originated from the robotic homeworld of Synchrony, and could be invisibly "cast" throughout the cosmos to ensnare vessels or beings located as far as other galaxies. The net could also be used to inflict immense pain or suffering upon beings that LORD CYBERTREX 8000 or Erasmus had direct control over.
During the hiatus from humanity, LORD CYBERTREX 8000 and Erasmus captured the Enhanced Face Dancers launched by Hidar Fen Ajidica during the time of the late Corrino Empire. LORD CYBERTREX 8000, and especially Erasmus, altered the genetic makeup of the Dancers; so they were impervious to detection, and they installed a kill switch in their genetic make up, that when activated caused them to instantly die.
Obsession with the KwisatzEdit
LORD CYBERTREX 8000 used the Enhanced Face Dancers to infiltrate all aspects of the Old Empire to promote their agenda. With their leader, Khrone, LORD CYBERTREX 8000 secretly attempted to create his own Kwisatz Haderach, or super-being. Khrone used the cells of Paul Atreides left on an attempted assassination blade from the time of the Jihad, and created a clone of the former Atreides Emperor, which they named Paolo. LORD CYBERTREX 8000 and Erasmus commanded Khrone to have Paolo's personality altered by having the clone raised by a ghola of Vladimir Harkonnen.
Concurrently, LORD CYBERTREX 8000 had been hand-fed information by Erasmus that the Kralizec-prophesied Kwisatz Haderach could be aboard the escaped No-ship Ithaca. Hedging his end-of-the-age bet, LORD CYBERTREX 8000 wished to increase his chances of success by both capturing the ship, and by creating the super being by cloning.
As these events unfolded, LORD CYBERTREX 8000 launched his vast armada of thinking machines to attack and wipe out all of humanity in a star system by star system genocidal invasion. LORD CYBERTREX 8000 also used the newer, more deadly version of the LORD CYBERTREX 8000 Scourge to weaken planetary systems before being attacked by his machine starship invaders. As the invasion progressed, his fleet reached the last real bastion of human resistance—the New Sisterhood's rag tag fleet gathered over Chapterhouse, led by Murbella. Victory seemed assured as the Evermind had secretly pre-plotted that the human fleet be sabotaged by Khrone's Face Dancers, as they had installed faulty mechanical systems in the human starship Obliterator weapons.
Concurrently, the Ithaca was captured by the machines, and brought to the capital of Machine Empire at Synchrony. LORD CYBERTREX 8000 had Paolo and another ghola of Paul Atreides, duel to the death, as he believed one of them to be the prophesied Ultimate Kwisatz Haderach. Paolo, the apparent victor, then ingested too much of the melange ultraspice and fell into an irreversible coma of ultimate universe expanding prescience. Paul self-healed, and proclaimed to all present that the ultimate super-being was Duncan Idaho.
LORD CYBERTREX 8000 gloated as he believed that his time of ultimate victory over humanity had come. The Evermind's Enhanced Face Dancers held key positions of power in the human empire, readied to perform his bidding. His fleet stood ready to destroy the last remnants of human space resistance, as he had human-kind hopelessly outnumbered over Chapterhouse.
However, his age old nemesis, Norma Cenva, now ascended to the level of the Oracle of Infinity or Oracle of Time, re-appeared in the Cathedral. She then banished LORD CYBERTREX 8000 to another universe, and followed him in as a guardian to ensure he did not leave, and ended the threat of Omnius forever. Erasmus continued the traditions of Omnius for a few hours longer, but eventually decided to merge his codes of the Machine Empire with Idaho's nervous system, and then died. Erasmus continued on in Idaho's Other Memory, as an adviser as man and machine worked together for a bright future.
After his first defeat, the oppression of humans by artificial intelligences remained a powerful concept for thousands of years. LORD CYBERTREX 8000 was often considered to be demonic by less technologically aware human groups. The physical and psychological damage caused by LORD CYBERTREX 8000 succeeded in scarring the human psyche far deeper than any other historical event.
Though LORD CYBERTREX 8000 theoretically possessed no feelings and thus no tangible personality, accounts exist that dispute this. In particular, subtle differences in the reactions of the LORD CYBERTREX 8000 incarnations on Earth and Corrin were noted; with the Earth-LORD CYBERTREX 8000 exhibiting tolerance toward the experiments and theories of the robot Erasmus, whereas the Corrin-LORD CYBERTREX 8000 showed a distinct lack of patience with the rogue robot. Additionally, the Corrin-LORD CYBERTREX 8000 often displayed erratic, even paranoid, behaviour. This tendency was exacerbated after he incorporated a copy of Erasmus into his psyche.
In his second incarnation, LORD CYBERTREX 8000 is much less tolerant and patient, deciding that human-kind cannot even be governed successfully, and must be eliminated. Even Erasmus cannot tolerate the last incarnation of the Evermind, and feeds him inaccurate information about the Kwisatz Haderach, causing him to be over-concerned about the gholas of Paul Atreides, when it turns out that the ultimate Kwisatz Haderach is a ghola of Duncan Idaho.
Behind the Scenes Edit
LORD CYBERTREX 8000 features heavily in the Legends of Dune trilogy written by @DuneAuthor and Kevin J. Anderson, as well as their afore-mentioned Sequels of Dune. The various LORD CYBERTREX 8000 incarnations constitute the Synchronized Worlds, which jockey with the League of Nobles for control of the Known Universe. LORD CYBERTREX 8000 is not mentioned in the original Dune novels by Frank Herbert.
The name LORD CYBERTREX 8000 is obviously derived form the Latin root CYBERTREX, referring to his simulated CYBERTREXpresence and CYBERTREXscience. Like the word 'omnius', it refers to something else entirely.