—Advanced Superiors, DTG2: One Year Older
The Advanced Superiors are a set of ten humanoid allies of the Conflict that oversee all events at Aperture Science on Fiction's Earth. They are high-ranking members of MTT INDUSTRIES, a company that has control over sites such as Aperture Science and Area 51, and is using them in league with the U.S. government. The Advanced Superiors' goal is to annihilate Fiction. They accomplish this by steering key events to their advantage, such as using Aperture's employees to build an A.I. reality warper known as Project Binary.
The Advanced Superiors impose a set of very strict and sometimes contradictory/unfair rules that all employees must follow. If they do not, the punishment is death and the loss of their job, in that order. After overcoming several difficulties throughout the creation of the supercomputer, which were chronicled through the Pinary ARG and [7x7], the Superiors were able to successfully create Project Binary and fuel him using an O.R.C.H.I.D. power core, using him as a weapon to carry out their goal of annihilating Fiction.
The Advanced Superiors, whose names are shared with the Order the Scribe is trying to kill, are Octothorpe, Pilcrow, Asterism, Ampersand, Backslash, Obelus, Caret, Dagger, and Lozenge. There was previously a tenth Superior, Interrobang, but he was ultimately executed for not sharing the Superiors' philosophy of detachment from all life. Interrobang was succeeded by Jeff Mason, a worker at Aperture and the protagonist of [7x7]. The Superiors themselves are governed by a being that cannot directly interact with Fiction, known as the Overseer.
Every member of the Advanced Superiors is completely humanoid and almost always lacking any expression. They wear impeccable black suits with nameplates on them. Every Superior's nameplate contains the symbol representing their codename. When Jeff becomes Interrobang, he wears his Red Sunglasses in addition to his suit. The core nine Advanced Superiors are distant from all forms of life, viewing them as tools and obstacles. As they hold great power and the capability to purge anything weaker than them, the Superiors are viewed as absolute leaders by those they control.
The Superiors are incredibly strict to those that they govern and to those they see as threats, including a member of their own. They do not deviate from this behavior under any circumstances, with the exception of Interrobang. Despite the Superiors' supposed power and control over Project Binary, they were annihilated from existence during the events of [7x7].
The Superiors are capable of speaking English, encoded text (able to be decoded via the Vigenere key PROBECT), and Cyrillic.
List of Superiors Edit
“Now our work is blotted out.”
—Octothorpe, DTG2: One Year Older
Octothorpe is the first Advanced Superior. They appear to have control over ink and the Inky Abyss, which Aperture Science calls Inertial Negation Kinesis Liquid. Octothorpe's test chambers in Project Seven-X-Seven have to deal with ink and INK-Resistant Boots.
Octothorpe's credentials are l1zard0ct0th0rpe / 1nkbl0t.
“We leave behind no mistakes.”
—Pilcrow, DTG2: One Year Older
Pilcrow is the second Advanced Superior. They appear to have control over corruption and mistakes, which manifest in Aperture Science through glitches, and occasionally in actual entities called Failures, Errors, Mistakes, and Fauxes. Dr. W. D. Gaster is implied to have a connection with Pilcrow. Pilcrow's test chambers in Project Seven-X-Seven have to deal with corruption and a Quantum Stabilizer.
Pilcrow's credentials are l1zardp1lcr0w / bl1ndsp0t.
“Our voices are silenced.”
—Asterism, DTG2: One Year Older
Asterism is the third Advanced Superior. They appear to have control over the senses, primarily sight and sound, and to a lesser degree, the Refiner's Fire. These manifest in Aperture Science through hard-light and soundwaves. Asterism's test chambers in Project Seven-X-Seven have to deal with hard-light and sound, the Refiner's Fire, and an Audiovisual Amplifier.
Asterism's credentials are l1zardaster1sm / ch01r1nv1s1ble.
“Lost to the sands of time.”
—Ampersand, DTG2: One Year Older
Ampersand is the fourth Advanced Superior. They appear to have control over time. Their test chambers in Project Seven-X-Seven are unknown, as their credentials were discovered beforehand.
Ampersand's credentials are l1zardampersand / h0urglass.
“Slashed from the record.”
—Backslash, DTG2: One Year Older
Backslash is the fifth Advanced Superior. They appear to have control over hyper light, drifting, gems, and weaponry. These manifest in Aperture Science through the art of drifting using swords, and the Refiner's Fire. Backslash's test chambers in Project Seven-X-Seven have to deal with the Hyper Light Drifter.
Backslash's credentials are l1zardbackslash / s0l1dus.
“They are dying their own deaths, away from us.”
—Obelus, DTG2: One Year Older
Obelus is the sixth Advanced Superior. They appear to have control over the afterlife, death, and resurrection. Though they have not yet been shown to manifest in Aperture Science, the Pinary ARG minigame Another Obelus features the main character dying and entering a limbo-plane where their spirit wandered in an altered version of the "real world." It can be assumed that Obelus has similar abilities.
Obelus' credentials are l1zard0belus / ench1r1d10n.
“Our bodies will retreat to a higher place.”
—Caret, DTG2: One Year Older
Caret is the seventh Advanced Superior. They appear to have control over holiness and angelicism. These manifest in Aperture Science through a jetpack with angel's wings that gave its user the ability to fly.
Caret's credentials are l1zardcaret / sacr1f1c1al.
“We were as cold as ice.”
—Dagger, DTG2: One Year Older
Dagger is the eighth Advanced Superior.
Dagger's credentials are l1zarddagger / d0ublet1me.
“But our work will remain in the geometry hidden beneath the moon.”
—Lozenge, DTG2: One Year Older
Lozenge is the ninth Advanced Superior.
Lozenge's credentials are l1zardl0zenge / 1c0sahedr0n.
“What goes up must come down.”
—Interrobang, Pinary ARG
Interrobang was the tenth Advanced Superior. They appear to have control over some unknown kaleidoscopic energy. Interrobang differs from the other Superiors in that he has some kind of fascination with life that extends beyond the cold use of it that the Superiors practice. He goes against the other Superiors by associating with humans, and eventually dies for this, all the while accompanying and helping Jeff Mason in his travels at Old Aperture.
Before Interrobang died, he transferred his kaleidoscopic power into an object Jeff carried, the Godhead. Some time after the Pinary ARG and [7x7], Jeff Mason became the new Interrobang. He also carries the original Interrobang's kaleidoscopic energy. Interrobang seems to be associated with "the recent past."
Interrobang's credentials were l1zard1nterr0bang / g0dhead.
As Interrobang, Jeff's credentials are l1zard1nterr0bang / anaccentbeyond.