Introduction

Millennia in the future, long after humanity has left the Earth for the stars, four intelligent races simultaneously discover an artifact of the ancient humans: an intelligent building, the Siebel Center. They immediately begin an archaeological dig in the hopes of retrieving ancient wisdom and technology for their respective races. However, in its years of quiet solitude, the Siebel Center has become taciturn, and does not welcome this interruption of its quiet musings. It therefore informs the races that they can have all the ancient wisdom they can cart away in thirty minutes, but if they do not leave after this time, the building will make sure they never leave again.

It is several picoseconds later when it decides that since the races insist on disturbing it, it might as well have some fun with them...