Even before the eruption 72,000 years ago, the culture of these children
of the Ancient race, the humans of Earth, had devolved.
They had fallen from star-farer to cave dweller. Yet that culture retained
a faint memory of its ancestry, it had been preserved through the stories they
told, and the engrams of memory encoded in their cells.
For Jim, it was precious little to build on.
He was determined to modify their genetic profile in such a way that it
could boost the organic memory retention of their bodies as much as possible.
Jim allowed for a bifurcation of consciousness.
In the satellite station for above the planet, he housed the full version
of himself hosted in the mechanoid body that travelled with him to Earth.
His consciousness was connected to hundreds of living vessels on the
planet surface doing the work he had set out to do among the people.
Over time, he received the materials from the Empire to build a space
station. On that station he was able to carry out experiments, to perform the
science that would allow him to carry out the augmentations that he needed.
There were a myriad of steps to climb for him to accomplish his goals
with the inhabitants of Earth, and channels to cross. Jim slowly, methodically
plotted his course, and followed it, adjusting only when it was necessary.
Step by step and generation by generation he introduced the genetic
changes into the breeding pool.