T H E A R K
The Elizabeth Swann is equipped with the world's largest DNA archive, a collection that has taken John Storm a lifetime to find, classify, and code. When allied to the extremely powerful onboard AI, artificially intelligent supercomputer system, the Captain is able to see what the double helix strands represents.
John has imported whole databases, where he is especially interested in human evolution, from Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, one of the most important paleoanthropological localities in the world; the Great Rift Valley. Held to be the cradle of life. A place that John has visited a number of times, for his studies, and is very fond of.
Today, police and military authorities store vast amounts of data, in fighting crime. While academics are more interested in identifying the spread of humans around the globe, or extinct species, such as dinosaurs, Neanderthal man, and Homo habilis.
Where John was injected with a virus that changed his DNA makeup, and where his new crewmate, Cleopatra, has been replicated from the DNA of the Egyptian Pharaoh Queen, that is well over a thousand years old, many people realise the potential for cloning famous people in history, and for curing themselves of a genetic disorder, or simply extending their lives, with a replicant.
The Ark is thus a target for criminals and military agencies, such as DARPA, MI6 and the CIA. With the Church also keen to prevent information dissemination that may upset believers. The very rich are also keen to buy into this technology, so they can (in effect) live forever. Seeing it as the font of knowledge, or the Cup of Christ. Though, as the technology is not for sale, John being the Keeper, wealthy antagonists appear from time to time. Willing to steal and even kill, to get their hands on the know-how.
But, just to be sure, Professor Douglas Storm, introduced a multi-tier security and code system that are necessary to unlock the solid state storage device. That even his nephew, John, is not sure how it works.
Homo habilis, (Latin: “able man,” “handy man” "tool user") is an extinct species of human from the early Pleistocene, the most ancient representative of the human genus, Homo. Habilis inhabited parts of sub-Saharan East Africa from roughly 2.4 to 1.5 million years ago (mya). In 1959 and 1960 the first fossils were discovered at Olduvai Gorge in northern Tanzania. This discovery was a turning point in the science of paleoanthropology because the oldest previously known human fossils were Asian specimens of Homo erectus. Many features of Homo Habilis appear to be intermediate in terms of evolutionary development between the relatively primitive Australopithecus and the more-advanced Homo species such as Homo Sapiens.
TREASURE ISLAND - CAST
Ark, The - The world's largest & most comprehensive interactive DNA database
Billy (Bones) One Eye - Pirate sailor, marksman ex marine SBS
Charley Temple - Researcher & camerawoman
Dan Hawk - Electronics & computer wizard
Dr Roberta Treadstone - Blue Shield, Newcastle University, England
Elizabeth Swann - Fastest solar ship & floating laboratory
George Franks - Legal and intelligence trust manager
HAL - The onboard AI supercomputer ship manager
Jack Boon (Black Jack) – Pirate computer expert hacker
Jill Bird - BBC news anchor
John Storm - Ocean adventurer
Lord James Huntington - Opportunist, British Geographical Society
Professor Douglas Storm - John Storm's uncle
Professor Jacques Pierre Daccord - UNESCO sunken realms div.
Robin (John) Longstride – Pirate leader, bare knuckle fighter
Sam Hollis - BBC & Sky freelance investigative reporter Caribbean regions
Scott Tremaine – Treasure hunting professional & ships captain
Shui Razor - Japanese privateer
Sir Rodney Baskerville - Professor of Maritime History
Steve Green - Freelance reporter
Suki Hall - Marine biologist
Tom Hudson - Sky News Editor
Trisha Lippard - Cleopatra's call sign to protect her royal identity
William Gray - Cashiered US Navy Captain, snitch & mastermind
In this adventure, Hal helps to fool the mutinous pirate crew of Lord Huntington's ship Hispaniola. It helps that the AI can communicate with the crew, without speaking conventionally. Hal enjoys this advantage, and once discovered, uses it to the full.
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