Holocrypts are used across Nexus to reduce the turnover of catastrophic workplace accidents, lower the rate of combat force attrition in war, provide exploratory societies a measure of protection against going into the unknown, and allow the terrible profit mongers at Protostar the ability to host deadly gameshows, for money. However, they are not without their downsides.
To use a Holocrypt, one must first register at a Holocrypt terminal. While many high-risk corporations have one or several of their own, it is incredibly expensive for a private citizen to enroll. As they are Eldan technology of somewhat unknown construction, there are a limited number of terminals available. Those corporations tend to provide registration this as part of their health benefits package. Go in for a medical exam and they run your blood work, register at the holocrypt, do a standard physical, all part of the routine. If you opt out of Holocrypt Registration, you will not be brought back from the brink of death, especially in cases of pulverization, vaporization and decapitation.
Holocrypts are not get out of jail free cards. Sometimes, the recipient fails to rematerialize and their Primal Echo is released, joining the dead for rest eternal. Occasionally, the Primal Pattern becomes scrambled, and an amalgamated horror is retrieved in their place, once again leading to permanent death. Rarely, the body rematerializes but the device fails to recapture the Primal Echo, leaving a blank shell to exist among the living. For the majority of the time when it does work, it is by no means a walk in the park.
The Holocrypt reconstructs the body from a cellular level by a small implanted chip that records the Primal Pattern at the time of death and recaptures the Primal Echo through some form of currently unknown Eldan technological process. Scientists have recorded large surges in Primal Logic and Life energy when a body is reconstituted. Because the primal pattern is copied at the time of death, sometimes lost limbs will remain lost. Gruesomely, this includes heads. While the surge of Primal Life lends to a basic healing of wounds, the user will be rendered in a stable, but critical state. Without additional medical care, they may still perish.
Some other drawbacks of Holocrypt revival may include the nearly-departed being revived in a comatose state, experience convulsions, memory loss, phantom limb syndrome, feelings of sharp and often excruciating pain where the cause of death was experienced, extreme nausea, dizziness, inability to concentrate, and may require intense physical rehabilitation. Scar tissue is both common and expected over the site of any wounds. The Holocrypts are also either unable or unwilling to restore life to those who perish from natural causes such as old age or disease. Due to Primal Pattern corruption, those who fall to Augmentation or the Phage are rarely able to be properly revived. On top of this, many users recall a snarky, derisive voice mocking them before their body is reconstructed. We are at this time unable to verify this claim.
While some exceptionally lucky users of the Holocrypt can be back in action in a few days, most are generally out of commission anywhere from a few weeks to months while they recover. Unfortunately some users never fully regain their former capabilities. Thanks to the unknown nature of how the Primal Echo is retrieved, there is concern that the “You” that comes out of the Holocrypt is not actually “You,” but a near perfect copy. There have been many philosophical debates by the brightest minds on this issue. Due to this, many have explored alternative ways of post-mortem resuscitation.
It is this author’s opinion that one should avoid occupations where you may meet an untimely demise and instead take up a life of something much less precarious, like horticulture.
[ed. note: shortly prior to publication, the author of this article was consumed by a stemdragon while out picking flowers. sadly, they were not registered with this company’s holocrypt terminal, may they rest in peace.]
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