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Amaranth
AmaranthAI
Biographical Information

DATE CREATED

November 13, 2531

ANTECEDENT

Daisy-023

Physical Description

GENDER

Female Personality

COLOR

Normally white-blue, darkens to crimson when angry and warms to pink when pleased

DESCRIPTION

Slim female avatar with white hair and red eyes, wears a form-fitting uniform

Military Information

AI TYPE

Third-generation smart AI

AFFILIATION

United Nations Space Command

ERA

Human-Covenant War

[Source]
"Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do... I'm half crazy, all from my hate for you..."
―Amaranth, in the throes of rampancy c. 2538

Amaranth (UNSC Artificial Intelligence serial number: AMR 6169-2) is a "smart" AI construct created as part of Project MNEMOSYNE in 2531. Derived from the brain of deceased Spartan-II Daisy-023, Amaranth assisted the Office of Naval Intelligence's Section Three in various matters until she began to exhibit rampancy in 2538. She was then taken for study by Dr. Leonard Church, who had assisted in her creation as part of MNEMOSYNE and expressed particular interest in the residual memories from Daisy's psyche which manifested when she was under duress. His efforts to uncover the source of these residual memories drove her to fragment in an attempt to save herself, resulting in several incarnations which held different aspects of her personality. These incarnations were able to stave off the negative effects of rampancy by forming a quintet and eliminating excess core linkages through majority vote, a development which showed great promise; these five fragments were known as Violet, Lily, Rose, Aster, and Amaryllis. While the first four represented stages of Daisy's human life, Amaryllis held most of Amaranth's AI nature. The quintet were kept under observation by the ONI for over a decade until they were stolen by rogue SPARTAN-IV Ilsa Zane. Zane handed them over to the New Colonial Alliance as proof of her defection from the UNSC, stating that together they were the first "immortal" smart AI ever made. However, the NCA made the mistake of isolating Amaryllis from her sisters and attempting to integrate her with one of their frigates; Amaryllis absorbed all available data from the rebel network and reverted to rampancy, taking over the ship and killing all aboard. She then sent the frigate into Slipspace, heading for an unknown destination, but was forcibly removed from the Slipstream by the defenses of Line Installation 5-8. The five fragments were taken for study by the Installation's Monitor, which had been corrupted by a Gravemind, and became trapped in the Installation's systems as the Flood attempted to assimilate Amaranth's full consciousness. The fragmented AI was rescued by Jorge-052 after the Spartan-II crash-landed at the Installation in a Covenant Corvette; she then sacrificed herself to destroy Installation 5-8, obliterating the Flood presence there.

Biography

Creation

"Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak and esteem to all."
―Amaranth's first words, quoting George Washington.

Service to ONI

Rampancy and Experimentation

The Quintet

Violet

AIviolet

Lily

AIlily

Rose

AIrose

Aster

AIaster

Amaryllis

AIamaryllis

Kidnapping

Crisis

Recovery

Daisy's Death

Daisy-023 had died from Needler fire during the Harvest Campaign.

Personality

Like a SPARTAN-II, Amaranth was strict and professional, and initially with a strong sense of duty.

Trivia

Gallery