NOTE: The Illuminated originated on the Lumus home world of Solum however their current location is unknown.
The Illuminated are the digital transference of human minds into an artificial neural construct known as the Illumination Matrix. They lack biological bodies and commonly project themselves as human form holograms or use various cybernetic vessels.
Using the sub-spectrum communications network and various emitter technologies to project themselves virtually anywhere, the Illuminated are essentially omnipresent and immortal. While their projected forms can be disrupted or dispersed, their consciousness is stored on the hidden Illuminated home world.
There are a little over 2000 known Illuminated individuals. After their independence from Lumus society in 2228 no further records were available. Since 2270 many of the Illuminated reprised their roles in human societies. They’re found helping in research and exploration despite not being seen as human. In fact most Illuminated have embraced the disconnect and taken advantage of the freedoms it affords them. Since their presence is rarely questioned, and often not even known, it’s common to find them at top level political meetings, walking casually through combat zones.
For the most part the Illuminated have taken it on themselves to document the ongoing development of humanity. But not all Illuminated have taken up this hobby of Historian to mankind. There are some that have devoted their eternity to probing the secrets of the Universe. Which reveals the most intriguing aspect to Illuminated psychology.
The driving force of Illuminated culture seems to be curiosity and knowledge. With the exception of a handful of Illuminated becoming involved the Clan Wars, they follow a pretty devoted policy of non-interference. While they dole out scientific and historical facts openly. they don’t take sides in political matters and rarely give advice on action, or provide information beyond that which humanity has discovered on their own. This is in spite of the fact that, being connected via the Illumination Matrix, they all know – with a few exceptions – what they all know. Point in case, the Illuminated had begun observing and documenting alien races in 2238, and it was not until the 2280’s that humans made first contact. The Illuminated had the knowledge of aliens and simply did not divulge the information in order to allow humanity to make the discovery on its own. They are purely observers.
There are however a few small exceptions. The first being the Cyberforms. These represent a small faction of Illuminated that have chosen to interact with humans using physical android shells. They’re directly involved and participating with the affairs of mankind, however a sacrifice was made for this privilege. While they are still part of the Illumination Matrix, they have been partitioned, and no longer have access to the full knowledge of the collective. They know only what they directly experience.
The other notable exception is a very small minority of Illuminated have allowed themselves to become the subject of worship by some humans cults and even some alien races. Though it was frowned upon no action is taken to stop the practice.
The Illumination process was created in 2212 by Pratt Groom and Emory Toffton. By 2221 nearly 300 people were part of the program. However it proved difficult for society to accept the Illuminated as human beings. There was much debate over whether or not the minds in the Illumination program were still considered people, and if not, what the extent of their rights should be.
In 2228 the Imperium High Council ruled that the Illuminated were digital facsimiles of deceased individuals, and not a people. The ruling effectively strips the Illuminated of all rights in Lumus society. In 2229 the Illuminated, fearing for their continued survival, left Solum moving Illumination Matrix to an undisclosed planet and declare their independence from Lumus society.
For a time they seemed to simply disappear, but reemerged in 2270 to aid the Brotherhood and Lumus in bringing an end to the Clan wars after a devastating attack on Solum.
The Illuminated are not represented in the Imperium and have no formal internal political structure. They are however involved in many political decisions as information resources.
The illuminated cannot be present during a LEAP. Being that they use subspectrum communications paths they are discontent when LEAP is initiated. This applies to Cyberforms as well.