A cyberdrug, that is, one used only by robots and other cybernetic organisms, each Darkshot is in fact part of the body of the entity variously known as the Hell Ditch Pilgrim or Andy Soames.
One of the most potent drugs ever known, each Darkshot is a small captured quantity of Dark Energy – the very virtual particles that bind galazxies and timelines together. Taking it allows machine consciouness to access – or at least view – the root controls of the universe in some fashion.
Perhaps fortunately, Darkshots are no longer produced, as the entity that it derives from has now mutated into a more benign form.
Related drugs: Hyperdrene, Mongoose Blood and Xenite
A rare cyberdrug that affects both machines and people, Mechanics is a hard drug to quantify. It is slow to build into an addiction, but irreversable in its effects long before that point.
Mechanics can only be taken by a human and an artificial intelligence in tandem – it is a source code level drug that rewrites the source code of those who take it. For a human, that means DNA.
Each use of the drug transforms a little more of the user’s body into inorganic matter, slowly transforming them into a cyborg at first, and later, an artificial intelligence altogether. The high from taking the drug might fade away, but the mutations never do.
Related Drugs: Jumpstart, Space and Tripwire 7.0.
A bright yellow powder ingested directly, Rapture is taken as a party drug, but has the unusual effect of increasing the cognitive power of its users, especially with regard to mathemtical calculations. Even a single dose seems to have this effect.
It also creates limited psychic powers, including the ability to psychically attack others, and also creates a limited mindlink between users – a mindlink that can be used to increase the power of the psychic attacks. The mindlink allows access to memories and also the ability for the most heavy users to control the less heavy, effectively over-writing their minds and using them to increase the power of their own mental powers.
It is also powerfully addictive – a single hit is enough to get a user hooked. It was created by a sentient AI, with the intention of controlling humans. Fortunately, it had but one source, a young chemist in Texas who committed suicide while under the effects of the drug. It appears that the effects are temporary, and wear off when the drug is no longer consumed.
A simulation of the hallucingenic experience designed for intelligent household appliances, Tripwire 7.0 is the latest in a series of such cyberdrugs.
Its popularity among sentient machines is vast, because the experience of being a household appliance, sessile constantly and unable to interact unless the humans around you decide to talk to – i.e. demand something of – you, is a spectactularly dull one.
It’s hard to blame the machines, really.
Related Drugs: Jumpstart, Mechanics and Space.