Madonna and Child
CSIRA Executive Summary
"Madonnas", aka "Shredders", aka "Lenies", aka "Goldfish", aka "Mermaids" (other names used locally)
Virtual Wildlife (predatory)
Unrelentingly hostile. Indiscriminately attacks wildlife and vulnerable datascapes; targeted files are sometimes copied for random dissemination prior to destruction.
Apocalypse Meme/Chernoff Variant child hybrid. Probable directed evolution.
N'AmNet. Recently confirmed in S'Am and EastHem Maelstrom partitions.
A virulent software entity whose ancestry traces back to the Apocalypse Meme Complex (AMC) of 2051. The ACM originally comprised a symbiotic assemblage of virtual species which spread a messianic Doomsday myth as a reproductive strategy; the meme altered human behavior to increase the inclusive fitness of the ACM itself. Realtime interaction between the ACM and its human facilitators occured through a variety of interfaces, including humanoid facial icons. While the original iconographic code appears to have been cannibalised from the "Chernoff Face" subroutines of public-domain statistical software, the interfaces themselves each involved at least seven hundred related species with lateral-transfer coefficients ranging from 0.08 to 0.20.
Madonnas contain ancestral code from several of the ACM's facial-interface lineages. Capped eyes, female gender, and belligerent affect—characteristics of the mythical "Meltdown Madonna" who set ßehemoth loose in the world—are common to all observed variants, even though other features vary (see figure). However, while the ACM evolved naturally—and while this may also be true of ancestral Madonnas—it is virtually certain that later generations have been subject to directed and selective breeding. The following facts point strongly to Human intervention in the lineage:
We conclude that Madonnas represent a natural evolutionary lineage that has been deliberately weaponised. While the agency or agencies responsible have yet to be determined, the most likely suspects would be those affiliated with the "M&M" regimes currently prevalent in North and Central Africa (see Geopolitics); the rampant destruction caused by these entities would certainly further the M&M agenda, and the persistent iconic similarity to the seminally-mythic "Meltdown Madonna" can hardly be coincidental.