Theories by The Abacus.

Portal Mechanics Theory (likely)

Portal Mechanics Theory
Theory history
Submitted 2013-01-31
Likely 2016-01-15

Primary Goal: The aim of this theory is to show how it may be possible to navigate throughout the whole of the subnet by pointing out the limitations of existing technologies and theorizing solutions to them.</span></p>

Commonly Referred-to Vocabulary:

Portal System: a system of portals that are connected and share the same origin coordinate

Origin Coordinate/Origin: the coordinate 000 on XYZ portal and 00 on the root transporters

The Theory

The normal XYZ portal can have up to 1000 different coordinates, but the subnet is likely much larger than that. The fact that the subnet CAN expand tells us that even IF we can currently navigate the whole of the subnet, this may not be the case in the future. A possibility that removes this limitation in the case of the XYZ portal the possibility of the existence of OTHER portal systems with different origin coordinates. I believe that this is likely because XYZ portal was reverse-engineered and however reverse-engineered it set the first portal system to have the coordinate 000 for the lab (dorm area). The fact that it reverse-engineered tells us that the origin coordinate is not a fixed point for all portal systems or the subnet (the lab, to our knowledge, is of no importance to the subnet itself unlike the core and other similar locations). Thus it should be possible to have other portal systems with different origin coordinates. We, however, are only aware of the existence of one XYZ portal system and there is no way to prove this until encountered.

The possibility of other portal systems can be applied to the root transporters as well because there are only so many cipher plates (a speculation suggests an original minimum of 6), which can only access that portion of the subnet. On the other the root transporters may not need another system for the same plane if the creation of more cipher plates is possible. However, multiple systems would still be needed as the transporters can only navigate on an XY plane and not an XYZ plane.

The possibility of other systems is almost certain in terms of the portal seen at the end of sub6 and the beginning sub7. We do not know enough about these portals to be certain of anything. IF these portals only allow navigation between 2 locations, it suggests the existence of other sets of these portals. However, if they can lead to multiple locations (via the information given through the connection pod) then other portal systems may or may not exist/be necessary.

In the case of transportation between layers, multiple systems are not required as there are 7 layers of the subnet and no more. The technologies we have observed may or may not have been built in other layers. If they are they should be possible to build as most of these were built and there is no reason to why we cannot build them again in a different layer.

I hope that this theory addresses any limitations in the navigation of the Subnet and shows how easy navigation throughout the whole of the subnet may be possible.

"The Architects" is an Analogy for the Creator (debunked)

"The Architects" is an Analogy for the Creator
Theory history
Submitted 2013-07-01
Debunked 2016-01-15

Primary Goal: This theory explains that the reference of architects in the Perfection Note refers to the creator(s) of the submachine rather than a group of architects who had no part in creating the submachine.

The Theory: In Submachine 8: The Plan there is a mention of architects in the Perfection Note. In the line, “Who needs gods when you architects like that, right?” to be precise. The word “architects” may just be an analogy for the creator or whatever controls the subnet (likely a person or a sentient A.I.). An architect is a designer, and a designer is a creator, so we cannot dismiss this possibility. This: "who needs god when you have architects like that?" is a rhetorical question, so we must be more careful in deciding whether the mention of architects is only an analogy or not. 

Anti-Structural Architecture and the Winter Palace (confirmed)

Anti-Structural Architecture and the Winter Palace
Theory history
Submitted 2013-07-01
Confirmed 2016-01-15

“This Winter Palace and the surrounding gardens are prime examples of anti-structural architecture freed from boundaries of material durability”

This is the third-to-last sentence of the pamphlet found in the Winter Palace. From it I would like to bring to attention the part explaining how the Winter Palace and South Gardens are examples of anti-structural architecture that are “freed from boundaries of material durability.” Anti-structural architecture simply does not exist in our reality, which raises the question of what is its meaning and definition. It is through the manifestation of this concept that we may be able to learn more about Henry O’Toole and the Winter Palace.

To begin one must be observant and examine the Winter Palace in Submachine 7: The Core. There are three observations that have led me to my theory:

1. The first is that the Winter Palace seems to be supported by pillars, on which it sits on top, and is therefore likely held up at an elevation of some sort.

2. My second observation I have made is that the palace is pulsing with blue energy. I am not simply referring to the fluorescent flora that seems to overgrown the palace, but instead to the glowing symbols that can be seen cut into the walls and stone – the most common of these are simple circles. Among these also include the ambiguous star symbol that we see in many of Mateusz Skutnik’s works. Most of these symbols seem to be etched into the ground, walls and pillars of the palace – some are repeated in a methodical manner.

3. On some screens the pillars that supposedly hold up the Winter Palace are partly destroyed. From these a string or beam of blue energy is perfectly visible.

My last observation is likely the most important as it is a logical conclusion to draw that this string of energy through runs through the whole pillar and keeps it’s structure intact. The previous observation on the blue energy allows me to expand on this and leads me to think that the Winter Palace is kept intact by this form of energy that has retained the structure of the pillars.

This is what I believe to be anti-structural architecture – a type of architecture that is freed from the limitations of material durability. As long as energy flows throughout the palace, the general structure will remain intact, oblivious to whatever elements exist in the submachine that would wear away the material and eventually cause the palace to collapse. The material elements do seem to however be worn away, but most of the structure remains intact and will not collapse. Though the Winter Palace is currently in a collapsed state this is most likely due to collapse brought by Murtaugh’s destabilisation of that layer. It is therefore likely that forms of energy such as Karma and/or Wisdom are the only forces capable of destabilizing the anti-structure.

It seems that Henry O’Toole was the first to successfully implement anti-structure into an edifice and had gained much respect for his work. I believe that this theory is likely explanation of the meaning of anti-structural architecture and hope that it helps us have a better understanding of Henry O’Toole and the Western Kingdom.

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