Imperial machine languages

The Cant Mechanicus refers to the number of strange dialects spoken by the Tech-priests of the Adeptus Mechanicus. A few have spread to wider use among the Imperial population and some have been restricted for private and sacred use of the priesthood of Mars.

Universal tech-languages across the Imperium are the common languages of Binharic Cant and Lingua-technis and the restricted languages of Hexamathic Code, Noospheric Bleed and Novabyte. All five languages have their roots of origin embedded in the STC technology and the forgotten glory of Dark Age of Technology.

Few outside the Machine Cult can comprehend these tongues, let alone reproduce them. Many Tech-Priests have their jaws and throats altered, the better to speak languages that were designed only for cogitators to use. Furthermore, each language is replete with internal self-references and allusions to knowledge that remains unknown to those outside the order. Some of their use is forbidden by any not of the Cult Mechanicus. Also these languages have words and even entire grammatical structures missing, eroded by the entropy of millennia or corrupted by scrapcode. They are sourced and re-imagined from alphabets, lexicons and tongues throughout history into an omnibet that only the Tech-Priests truly understand. These meta-languages are the roots of the runes, sigils and icons that adorn the STC machinery interfaces, cybernetic warriors and war machines of the Adeptus Mechanicus. More than that, it is the foundation of the battle cant they chant to empower their minions in times of war.

Myriad other tech-dialects have evolved from the STC root languages among servitors, tech-savants and societies across the Imperium, but most of them are local dialects that are used just within a small area. In example, a singular factorium, an sealed habitation or an isolated forge world. They are usually a combination of the dominant local Imperial lingo and local symbolism and the binharic cant or the lingua-tecnis

Binharic Cant, a common tech-language
-Based on the holy zero and one.
-Used for a transmission of a bursts of small data packets.
-A binary language that is used in a liturgies and a chants of the Mechanicum. Suitable to transmission of pure data as Novabyte but complex information is painfully slow to present compared to the Noospheric Bleed.
-It is universally understood by an any singular Imperial machine (an Imperial individual or machine with either Mechanicus Implants, Talent: Flesh is weak or Trait: Machine).
-A precise and robust signal that is perfect for use in combat situations and other encounters, where a digital background noise and a distortion hinders the communication. On a downside it is slow to use when a large quantities of complex data is transmitted.
-In combat and other emergency situations a same Binharic Cant signal is transmitted through multiple channels (sound, light, vox) simultaneously to ensure a successful receiving of a transmission.
-A human is able speak or signal it, but a non-augmented vocalized or signaled binary data transmissions are extremely slow to send.

Lingua-Tecnis, a common tech language
-A machine-human representational interaction language created to facilitate communication between humans, servitors and automatons.
-Designed be learned with ease by humans to interact with entities with STC machine traits.
-Can be communicated without augmentation.
-Can be used in either vocalized (requires suitable interface) or presented in a data wafer (requires suitable interface).
-Lingua-tecnis is prone to complications in combat and other emergency situations, where signal interference is high.
-Data wafers of automatons are complicated pre-created lingua-tecnis instruction sets. ???

Noospheric Bleed, a restricted language
-Pre-requisites: Forbidden Lore: Adeptus Mechanicus or Archeotech and MIU implant.
-A machine to machine interaction and a digital reality description language. Able to transmit pure data.
-Used to perceive and interact within Noospheric space, STC digital environment invented during the dark age of technology. Interface is incorporated to a titans, an automatons, a digital cogitators and many other STC systems.
-It’s use was widely re-instituted by Mechanicus priesthood before  the Great Crusade as noospheric space provided resistance against Scrapcode able to alter an unprotected Novabyte command lines of the STC technology.
-Can be used to interact with mechanical entities, both Imperial (an individuals or an objects with a machine trait) and non-Imperial (an individuals or an objects who have Machine Trait and are able to comprehend a pure data).
-Impossible to transmit or understand without a MIU or equal interface capability.
-Breaking a Noospheric connection abruptly may cause momentary disorientation for those who are still connected to shared noospheric feed.
-Perfect for a transmissions and procession of a large quantities of pure data without loss caused by a data-compression.
-Extensively used by the Scitarii and other troops of Adeptus Mechanicus. A Magos Dominus is positioned to top of Noospheric hierarchy and is able to perceive it’s surroundings through sensor- and data-feeds of surrounding troops connected to Noospheric space.
-Was lost from humanity during Age of Strife but was recovered after unification of Terra and Mars.

Hexamathic Code, a restricted language
– Pre-requisites: Forbidden Lore: Mechanicus or Archeotech and Forbidden Lore: Warp or Xenos
-A descriptive language to isolate, analyze and interact with signals and data emitted from the Immaterium, from a Scrap Code infected Imperial machine or a non-Imperial technology.
-It is necessary to master this code, if one wants to build a warded interaction between Imperial and Warp infested or Xenos technology.
-Can be used to hail, inspect and interact with Xeno entities with machine trait.
-Impossible to speak.
-Manufacturing of a warp engine, gellar fields and other warp related star vessel components require this code to functional.
-The code has hexagrammic warding embedded within it that aims to filter and dampen a harmful signals and a malignant influences of non-Imperial data sources or the corruption caused by the Warp. It also prevents  a possible target, who is communicated with, for acquiring knowledge about other holy machine languages of priesthood of Mars.
Techsorcists are specialized sect of Adeptus Mechanicus, who have incorporated hexamathic code filters to their techsorcist mechadendrite, to be able to safely connect and analyze non-Imperial or corrupted forms of data.
-Knowledge of this language was lost from majority of humanity during Age of Strife but was preserved on Mars or recovered during ? by ?. It is probable that several pre-Imperial societies conquered by the Imperium during the Great Crusade and after have retained this knowledge as use of integrated xenotech and STC machinery requires mastery over hexamathic code.

Novabyte, a forbidden language
-Pre-requisites: Forbidden Lore: Archeotech +10.
-The core programming language of a STC technology. It can be used to alter functions of a cogitators, a data-cubes and other Imperial machinery and components.
-The kernel of all complex Imperial STC technologies is infused with a Novabyte command lines, when they are produced at factoriums. It is forbidden for a tech-priests to make alterations to those pre-programmed command lines.
-Tech-priests who have mastered Novabyte are expected to only use their knowledge to purge Imperial STC systems of a heretical modifications and a corruption caused  scrapcode.
-It is forbidden of a tech-priests to use Novabyte to program something new. Mastery of this language  must only be used to analyze, restore and reboot functions of preordained holy Imperial STC designs.
-The holy language of the Machine God, that can be used only for the glory of It’s work and exclusively by It’s servants. If non-mechanicus are know to master or use Novabyte, even just to purge faulty Imperial systems, they are hunted down and slain by Priesthood of Mars.

Evolved tech-dialects

Binary Chatter, Rogue Trader page 94
The Explorer has optimized his use of Lingua-Tecnis for controlling servitors. He receives a +10 bonus to any attempt to communicate with servitors, and any vessel upon which he serves receives a +1 bonus to Crew Morale due to increased servitor efficiency.

Cherubabel
Version of lingua-tecnis that is heavily infused and altered by a glossary of the Imperial creed. Used by a Cherubims, vat-servitors specifically design by the Mechanicum for an ecclesiarchical use. +10 bonus to Command skill checks when dealing with the cherubim.

Factorium Cants
Several distinctive tech-dialects that has been developed by generations of workers and supervisors who have been serving a factorium production line operation. In oldest factoriums this work has continued without pause for ten thousands years. This lingua-technis tech-dialect is perfected to appease a sluggish machine spirit of mass production engine. To sensory input of Magos Dominus commanding the factorium this dialect almost resonates as an analogy to a music. +10 bonus to tech-use skill checks to operate and repair particular factorium line.

Lingua Astrotechnicus
Language of techmarines that has roots in binharic cant. Memorized data-hymns of purification and liturgies of maintenance, which are used to keep the favor of a machine spirit, that is being worked with.

Lingua Diabolis
Language which hereteks of the Adeptus Mechanicus use to converse and commune with the scrap code corrupted machines and ruinous powers and their manifestations.

(Secret Tongue) Tech: Rogue Trader page 86
This coded binary cant includes a high and a low frequency sound waves and an tight-beam optical pulses. It’s root language is binharic cant.

(Speak language) Explorator Binary: Rogue Trader page 87
Very similar to Lingua-Tecnis, but this tech-dialect of the Explorator fleets has diverged from its parent tongue; the Mechanicus permits its use, but frowns on it for official discourse. Questors and other field operatives use it to keep conversations private from their planet-bound brethren.

Sources: Rogue trader core book, Codex Mechanicus 7th edition, Lexicanum

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