To speak softly, or under the breath, so as to be heard only by one near at hand; to utter words without sonant breath; to talk without that vibration in the larynx which gives sonorous, or vocal, sound. See Whisper, n. [1913 Webster]
To make a low, sibilant sound or noise. [1913 Webster] The hollow, whispering breeze. --Thomson. [1913 Webster]
To speak with suspicion, or timorous caution; to converse in whispers, as in secret plotting. [1913 Webster] All that hate me whisper together against me. --Ps. xli.
Word Netwhispered adj : spoken in soft hushed tones (without vibrations of the vocal cords); "a long whispered conversation"
The Whispered are unique individuals in the Full Metal Panic! universe who possess Black Technology, technology that outstrips the level of technology that should exist in the world.
Abilities of the Whispered
The Whispered are young individuals (16 to 17 years old in the course of the series) who have an innate knowledge of advanced math, science, engineering, and physics capable of producing machines and devices beyond the scope of present-day human comprehension. This technology is called Black Technology. Their emergence in the mid-1980’s led to the creation of the palladium reactor, ECS (Electronic Conceal System) camouflage, and most importantly, Arm Slave mechs. The devices they created led to an alteration of the world’s timeline and the continuation of the Cold War. Because of the military capabilities of the Whispered, they are sought by any national and multi-national forces aware of their existence. Two non-state extralegal organizations appear to have discovered and acquired the most Whispereds: the Western-leaning Mithril and Communist-allied Amalgam.
Besides possessing vast stores of incredible knowledge, Whispereds are also capable of telepathic “resonance” with other Whispereds. They can communicate over great distances with one another; a killed Whispered can even resonate with another Whispered for a short period after death. However, a danger lies in this resonance -- if two or more Whispereds resonate too long or too deeply, the individual personalities will merge and become inseparable. (Tessa Testarossa used the metaphor of adding milk to a cup of tea.)
The reason they are called “Whispered” -- or, “those who hear Whispers” -- is that the knowledge is transferred to them in a way that feels like they’re being whispered to from some faraway place by innumerable unidentified voices. Sometimes the Whispers can violently overtake a Whispered and lead to a breakdown. Kaname Chidori experienced an attack while escaping from Gauron in Siberia (North Korea in the novel), but gained control of her Whispered powers in time to help Sousuke Sagara first utilize a Lambda Driver. The Whispered, Bunny Murauta, may have been driven to insanity or depression from the Whispers and committed suicide.
Tessa Testarossa believes Whispereds are “terminals” to the future, receiving Black Technology from an unknown source that desired to alter the history of the world from what it is in our current world, to a world where the Cold War remains and wars between the superpowers are ongoing.
Origin of the Whispered
The Whispered were all created on December 24, 1981 at 11:50 Greenwich Mean Time. (In the anime, the year is 1984, not 1981.)
Before that date, Soviet scientists set up a secret city -- designated "Yamsk 11" -- to develop advanced technology for the Cold War. Bringing scientists from all over the Eastern Bloc and around the world together, they set out to work on an "Omni-sphere". The Omni-sphere was to be a techno-mental device that would be able to cut through space and time and see into the future. It would also be able to control the minds of others. The systems utilizing the Omni-sphere were designated as TAROS: "Transfer and Response Omni Sphere".
TAROS was created by Professor Dimitri Varov by connecting thousands of dolphins' brains together. On December 24, 1981 they managed get the TAROS working for 3 minutes continuously; however, there was an accident and the machine went out of control. Waves of TAROS particles erupted from the facility. Two waves were particularly powerful:
Iota particles / Iota wave : These particles are still emanating out of the facility at Yamsk 11, but dissipate over distance -– they caused the “mental pollution” of the people in Yamsk 11 and led them to kill each other and destroy the complex.
Tau particles / Tau wave : This wave dissipated quickly, but not over distance so it spread over the entire world. The Tau wave had no effect on normal people, but led to creation of the Whispereds –- children born on December 24, 1981 (1984 in the anime) at 11:50 GMT.
Known Whispered individuals
Kaname Chidori -- Developed "Fairy's Feather" device that negates a Lambda Driver field.
Tessa Testarossa -- Designed the TDD-1 Tuatha De Danaan submarine and its A.I. program, DANA.
Leonard Testarossa -- Developed Lambda Drivers for the Amalgam organization and compact "Alastor" Arm Slaves. Oversaw the development of Amalgam's L.D.-equipped Arm Slaves: Codarl, Behemoth, and his personal Arm Slave, Belial.
Bunny Murauta -- A pacifist who developed the Lambda Driver for Mithril and the ARX series of Arm Slaves, specifically the ARX-6 Halberd and the ARX-7 Arbalest. It appears his greatest creation was Al, the A.I. program for the Arbalest and the ARX-8 Laevatein. Apparently committed suicide.
Sarah Miller -- The Whispered rescued by Mithril and Sousuke Sagara at the opening of the series. She built the ARX-8 Laevatein, with the A.I. Al's help, and the Fairy's Feather from design specs provided by Kaname Chidori.
Nami -- A Southeast Asian Whispered girl who fell in love with Sousuke Sagara in the novel Burning One Man Force. Excelled at programming Arm Slave operating systems. She never fully tapped her Whispered capabilities before being killed by the Amalgam agent Kurama, but did resonate with Kaname Chidori after her death.
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