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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
The Culture
The GFCF of Surface Detail is a SC front

What better a way of having plausible deniability?

The Culture and Warhammer 40,000 exist in the same continuity, and the SC Minds are screwing with the 40K world

The Minds are working on an immensely complicated plan and the Chaos Gods have no idea how much they're being manipulated. The grim darkness of the far future will be assimilated into the Culture.
  • There are hints (or , in the newer books, it is nearly outright stated) that the Tyranids are running from someone. They are running from the Culture and their Allies.

At least one Culture Ship presents with its fields in a saucer-and-nacelles configuration

Because they find it funny.
Cthulhu MythosWMG/LiteratureCurious George

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