[EXCERPT, COLLAPSE CATEGORIZATION HIERARCHY (MAGNETRON)]
* XYLOPHONE CLASS: Indicates a collapse in which the containment unit is not breached, but is structurally damaged. * Distinguished from BARRACUDA CLASS (see which) by a structural integrity violation percentage of no more than 50% and a vertical striation in stress fractures. * YAMATO CLASS: Indicates a collapse in which the resulting magnetoflux exceeds .4 on the Gernsback scale. * ZENITH CLASS: Indicates a collapse in which containment failure, coupled with a spike in power (between 400 and 700 R) leads to a temporary microsingularity and the complete destruction of equipment and surroundings.
Let's hope this is getting out. As you may recall, I've been in hiding for a while. I think my security might have been breached, though. I just hope it can last until this commission is all wrapped up and whoever is behind these attacks (aside from the obvious one orchestrated by my own clone) is either found or feels that they are safe. This bunker isn't too comfortable. Anyhow: Magnetron Collapse. Zenith-Class.
Lots of fun words there. Magnetrons, as we know them in Alpha, are massive machines, far removed from their origins as little cathode-tube arrangements used in archaic microwave ovens. Like so many things in the Complex, someone went for bigger and better, and then someone else added some dubiously-necessary features, and things just kind of snowballed from there. Suffice to say, when someone talks about magnetrons in Alpha, they're talking about the gigantic, meters-tall radiation generators found in many R&D labs. No, not the nuclear plants. These are different radiation generators. They're used primarily for research, or so the R&D wonks say. Capable of outputting radiation at variable levels across a wide range of the electromagnetic spectrum, they're (naturally) one of the most dangerous things in the complex.1
A Zenith-Class collapse is what occurs when, to translate the above excerpt into layclone's terms, an accident turns the magnetron into a miniature black hole, through a hideously unlikely and self-destructive chain reaction of quantum physics. Naturally, this has a side effect of destroying most everything within its reach for the short duration of its existence.2 However, this categorization of event existed only in theory, placed in the books due to it being an at least theoretically possible occurrence.
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d. Thus, the subsequent collapse of 5 levels of the sector certainly contributed to the overall chaos following the Toothpaste_Disaster. Given the heavy involvement of the OUS_Sector_Cabal in other, related events, I think we must conclude that they were one of the primary parties instigating the overall calamity, and quite deliberately so.
I ran that encrypted bit through my Teela-O secret decoder ring... here's the output...
This message seized by ous sector cabal hahahahaha we know where servs is hiding we know who is trying to kill him we know the thing drake doesnt want know we shall prevail losegs
At your service...