Thanks Karenne! I wanted to make it relevant to today and give a different take on the future based on what we're experiencing today. I think it was an article in Wired Magazine I saw about the military creating machines as warriors and I started to wonder what it would be like if these thinking machines wanted to meld with humans as a way to bring the two lives together. That was the basic backdrop for the future world in 'Alloria' and why machines were banned. Also, as a lover of Dune I wanted to incorporate some of the same type of feudal world in 'Alloria' as well.