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Finally, after years of preparations and waiting for what seemed an eternity, Franco Francisco had been supplied with a fully-engineered bio-polymer frame in digital code, thanks to the astonishing skills of Klaus Kolreuter. This complimented the DNA mapped genome needed as the blueprint for growing a human body at an accelerated rate. Not just any body, Cleopatra's mortal frame.

 

"Klaus, you are a genius."

 

"I could say the same of you Franco."

 

The team had produced sufficient stem cells to populate the 3D printed bio-polymer framework twice over if necessary. The frame is a kind of polymer sponge that stem cells take to, like a duck to water.

 

For this enormous undertaking, Franco's Incubus had been adapted, to accelerate the growth of an embryo to the point where the embyonic brain could be implanted into his latest toy, a 'RepliVator™', to take charge of body mapping.

The problem was coaxing the brain to a near full sized maturity as it acted like a blueprint for the body. The team knew from their first success with Panama, that the physical body had proved relatively easy to seed with stem cells, when growing their first successful replicant. The brain was another matter, but they needed a blueprint for a successful replication. Once the brain was fully functioning, it could work to direct other cells to obey a specialized function, as happens naturally in the human body as it matures and when healing itself after injury.

 

An embryo would normally gestate in nine months, but was accelerated to reduce the time to 3 months for the Panamanian Man; who they named Alexis Luther. Francisco recalled the moment Alexis stepped out of the RepliVator, and spoke for the first time, in fluent German. Now that was a day to remember. The culmination of years of experiments, and finally, they had replicated, rather than cloned, a person. It was a giant leap for mankind. A potentially dangerous leap, in the wrong hands.

 

As far as their team knew, this was a world first. Something scientists all over the world were working towards, but were restrained by red-tape and ethics committees, from achieving. They had replaced red tape, with a red banner and swastika, and got the job done. Adolf Hitler would have been ecstatic. But they could not make any announcement as to their achievement, nor publish a paper.  

 

Alexis was a living, breathing example of the technology, who had become a very useful member of their Secret Society, with his great strength and speed. Being a replicant, 'Lex' held views complimentary to the Baron's dream for a New World Order, since he was himself a product of that vision. Following the Youtube video, Ms Boyle had uploaded, he had been nicknamed Panama, and become quite famous. Though nobody except Interpol had any inkling of who or where he might be. All the local drug warlords were fully aware of the superman in their ranks. Treating him with great respect.

 

This fact gave the Neo-Nazis the upper hand. The drug cartel benefited from such protections. Of this, the CIA and Interpol were fully aware from intelligences gathering over many years. Though not at this time realizing the full import and dangers.

 

The rebirth of Cleopatra was not left to chance. With Panama, the team had left the RepliVator unattended on auto. With the as yet unborn virgin queen, she was too valuable. A guard was stationed outside her door, night and day to nurse her every whim. The scientists were taking it in turn to monitor progress inside the laboratory - this time speeded up a little more.

 

Progress was dramatic. Franco and Klaus had never seen such a growth rate. They learned from making Panama, that nutrients and hormones were needed to help bake this particular cake. The two scientists toasted their success with brandy schnapps and a steak dinner, at the end of each successful week. They were gaining weight more than they'd have liked. 

 

 

 

 

 

Their digital crafting was that authentic, it might as well have been a religious re-awakening of her spirit from the afterlife. A kind of resurrection from the grave, as lesser informed onlookers would believe.

 

 

 

After 4 weeks Cleopatra's brain was developed enough for them to begin conditioning the synapses. This was a tricky operation, involving a surgical implant on the occipital lobe of the brain. By this time the brain was encased in a rapidly developing skull. Fortunately, the team had perfected a method of piercing the human skull with a minute drill, so small, that the patient would not feel the drilling. The remainder of the operation involved inserting a rolled printed circuit containing a microchip with strands of inert metal as conductors, and helping it to unfold. Usually, the memory of the polymer, took care of that. And, on this they were lucky. The circuit duly unfolded, slowly, but steadily.

 

They then needed the circuit to mesh with the brain electrically via the metal stands. They had a better than fifty percent chance with a fully grown adult human. But they found with a developing clone, or replicant, the success rate was nearer ninety-five percent. Young developing cells were far more adaptive, eager to bio-morph.

 

After two days the micro-circuit had been fully accepted by the brain, and was receiving and transmitting signals, powered by the chemistry of the patient's own body. That meant they could now proceed to map the brain's synapse firing sequence. When cloning they could read the brain of a patient, noting the firing sequence, a pattern that is triggered as a person learns and matures, forms hard wired patterns we know as how a person thinks. With Cleopatra, that pattern has to be simulated using software developed from the known history of her life, which unfortunately was not as well documented as the programmers would have liked. Fortunately, they could fill in most of the gaps by reading the brains of other extremely literate subjects, Where Cleopatra could speak nine languages, including Egyptian. Hence, she had an extremely adaptive visual cortex and rich ganglia relays between synapses, and the corpus callosum between left and right hemispheres, with some 100 or more billion neurons.

 

"The right half of her brain controls the left half of her body, and the left side, controls the right side of her body." Klaus smiled at the biological ambiguity.

 

Franco interjected: "The left side of her beautiful brain controls language and logic. The right imagery and spatial relations. I'm guessing from the patterns we are seeing that she is ambidextrous."

 

"You'd be right again, my Italian friend," said Klaus. The vast majority of the planet is right handed, especially when they write. She is not only ambidextrous, but a mirror writer, like the great thinker, Leonardo da Vinci."

 

Where the brain was growing rapidly, the skeleton was forming, adsorbing the metered nutrients, which like the original cloning oven, had to be supplied continuously, such as not to impede growth. Or a malnutrition situation would be created. Leading to stunted growth.

 

In the artificial womb, nutrients were fed into a blood supply that was oxygenated, to mimic a mother supplying her baby. With the RepliVator, the biopolymer mesh was suspended in a semi-gel nutrient mix, such that the cells might draw directly in the early stages of growth.

 

Bone is a matrix of a fibrous protein called collagen and carbonated hydroxyapatite, an inorganic compound mostly made of calcium and phosphate. The combination of fibrous collagen and crystallized calcium makes bones hard and rigid and adds tensile strength. Bone is about the same tensile strength as cast iron in normal healthy humans. But can be enhanced as with the bones of a cheetah, an animal that can run at 70 miles per hour, so roughly three times the speed of the fastest human sprinter. As the flexible cartilage builds, calcification hardens the skeletal structure, with an inner core of tissue called marrow.

 

The Marrow produces both red and white blood cells. Hence, it is important that the polymer mesh that is 3D printed as the basis to form the skeleton, is reproduced exactly as the predictive computer simulated model of the adult, taken from their DNA and genome. Because, once formed, skeletal changes would thereafter be an extremely slow process with normal aging, when the bones become harder and brittle.

 

As the skeleton began to produce blood cells, and with a skin formed, as a kind of insulator, the rapidly dividing cells had to be fed a nutrient mix directly into the stomach, with accelerants. By keeping the levels optimized, the replicant could be gestated in weeks, rather than months.

 

It was a miracle of modern science. Not forgetting that the technology we take for granted every day, would have been considered alchemy or witchcraft in days of old, for which you could have been burned at the stake.

 

Next, the team, this time with Klaus von Kolreuther making the running, uploaded a pastiche of digitally re-created memories. These were memories of events that were well documented. Such as Cleopatra's love affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, her Royal barges, the Nile, the splendor of Rome and Egypt and the Battle of Actium against Octavian. She was even programmed to have had strong feelings for Mark Antony, the culmination of which events led to her suicide.

 

Thus is was that Cleopatra was fully grown and pre-programmed. It was time to turn the RepliVator off, and allow her to respire unaided. They would keep her a house guest in a simulated Mausoleum, with servants who would tow the party line and feed her intelligences designed to give her hope. One slight problem, would be explaining how it was that she was young again.

 

 

 

Ancient Egyptian pyramids at Giza

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER 1.   THE POISON ASP

CHAPTER 2.   WRATH OF THE GODS - The destruction of Thonis and Alexandria

CHAPTER 3.   NEW WORLD ORDER - A Neo-Nazi plan to regenerate Aryan supremacy

CHAPTER 4.   CYBERCORE GENETICA - Nano computer technology is purchased at an auction by a religious sect.

CHAPTER 5.   INCUBUS

CHAPTER 6.   SPLICE

CHAPTER 7.   TREMORS - Cleopatra's tomb lay lost for centuries. Until a shift in the tectonic plates triggered a tremor off the coast of Alexandria.

CHAPTER 8.   PANAMANIAN RUNNING MAN -

CHAPTER 9.   THE AMAZON

CHAPTER 10. TOMB RAIDERS - Safiya Sabuka and Musa Bomani dive among sifting sands to discover precious artifacts and golden treasures.

CHAPTER 11. SCOTLAND YARD

CHAPTER 12. OPERATION ALEXANDRIA - Neo-Nazi occultists recover Cleopatra's sarcophagus from underwater tomb near Palace.

CHAPTER 13. KIDNAP - Charley is taken prisoner 

CHAPTER 14. UNESCO - Catholic Church fear grave desecration heritage theft, asks agencies for help. Interpol issue Red Notice.

CHAPTER 15. REPLICANT - The Society reproduce Cleopatra using Francisco's RepliVator™, uploading synapse sequence and implanted memories.

CHAPTER 16. FULL STEAM AHEAD - Storm speeds to Thonis, then uses the Swann's AI sensors and the Ark database to find tomb has been plundered.

CHAPTER 17. RITUAL SACRIFICE - The Baron prepares a drugged Cleopatra for ceremonial impregnation.

CHAPTER 18. SANCTUM INTERRUPTUS - John finds secret Nazi hideout near Alexandria, disturbs ritual - rescues Cleopatra, arresting conspirators.

CHAPTER 19. THE CHOSEN ONE - The reincarnated Cleopatra falls for her rescuer. John comes under her spell, despite her being a replicant.

CHAPTER 20. MILITARY INTERVENTION - The military detain Cleopatra to appease stakeholders, despite media & medical protests. Storm distraught.

CHAPTER 21. DÉJÀ VU - History repeats itself, military lock up technology as gross violation of human rights, John left disillusioned:  FINALE FOR NOW

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAPHIC BRIEF - SUGGESTED LAYOUTS/ FORMAT

 

CHAPTER 1.   THE POISON ASP - Overwhelmed by grief, Cleopatra poisons herself with a cobra bite in her mausoleum

CHAPTER 2.   WRATH OF THE GODS - The destruction of Thonis and Alexandria

CHAPTER 3.   NEW WORLD ORDER - A Neo-Nazi plan to regenerate Aryan supremacy

CHAPTER 4.   CYBERCORE GENETICA - Nano computer technology is purchased at an auction by a religious sect

CHAPTER 5.   INCUBUS - Franco Francisco accepts offer of employment from Roberta Ferrara

CHAPTER 6.   SPLICE - Klaus von Kolreuter perfects a method of gene manipulation

CHAPTER 7.   TREMORS - Cleopatra's tomb lay lost for centuries, until shift in the tectonic plates trigger tremor off the coast of Alexandria

CHAPTER 8.   PANAMANIAN RUNNING MAN - Marjorie Boyle videos exceptionally fast athlete, Sam Hollis investigates

CHAPTER 9.   AMAZON QUEEN - Elizabeth Swann navigating river and docking at Manaus

CHAPTER 10. TOMB RAIDERS - Safiya Sabuka and Musa Bomani dive among sifting sands to discover precious artifacts and golden treasures

CHAPTER 11. SCOTLAND YARD - London's secure DNA database is stolen

CHAPTER 12. OPERATION ALEXANDRIA - Neo-Nazi occultists recover Cleopatra's sarcophagus from underwater tomb near Palace

CHAPTER 13. KIDNAPPED - Charley is taken prisoner, John, Dan and CIA rescue her

CHAPTER 14. UNESCO - Catholic Church fear grave desecration heritage theft, asks agencies for help. Interpol issue Red Notice

CHAPTER 15. REPLICANT - The Society reproduce Cleopatra using Francisco's RepliVator™, uploading synapse sequence, implanted memories

CHAPTER 16. FULL STEAM AHEAD - To Thonis, then uses the Swann's AI sensors and the Ark database to find tomb has been plundered

CHAPTER 17. RITUAL SACRIFICE - The Baron prepares a drugged Cleopatra for ceremonial impregnation

CHAPTER 18. SANCTUM INTERRUPTUS - John finds Nazi hideout near Alexandria, disturbs ritual - rescues Cleopatra, arresting conspirators

CHAPTER 19. THE CHOSEN ONE - The reincarnated Cleopatra falls for her rescuer. John comes under her spell, despite her being a replicant

CHAPTER 20. MILITARY INTERVENTION - Military detain Cleopatra for stakeholders, despite media & medical protests. Storm distraught

CHAPTER 21. DÉJÀ VU - History repeats itself, military lock up technology as gross violation of human rights, John left disillusioned

 

 

 

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