Originally Posted by Helbagate
Roughly around 1977 (roughly, because we're never given exact dates), Emma Wielant is born into the rich family of a German winery owner. A few years later, her father dies. Her mother dies when Emma is 18. An uncle is named as her guardian, but he offers to adopt her in order to get at her inheritance. Emma turns him down, but her money is tied up in a trust, and she can't get to it either, until she turns 21. In order to support herself, Emma enters college and studies medical science. On her 21st birthday, because she's pushed herself so hard with her studies, she starts coughing up blood. On her doctor's suggestion, she goes to a resort in southern France to recover. At the resort she experiences some kind of supernatural event which causes her to delve into metaphysical studies (the actual event is not mentioned). Her interest in the unusual includes anthroposophy, the blending of human nature with computers, and the works of Rudolf Steiner. At this time, she is dating a man 20 years older than her. She also finds solace in writing poetry, and begins writing an epic poem called "Epitaph of Twilight".
In the poem, a formless "Wave" is wiping out a race of shadowless sprites. The sprites are defenseless against the Wave and are close to being exterminated. Accompanying the Wave are 8 Phases, each embodying things like death, despair, paranoia, and so on. Helba, the Queen of Darkness, and Apeiron, the King of Light, both form their armies to fight the Wave, but are also ineffective against it. A party of three adventurers, 1 human, and 2 half-sprites that can cast shadows, make the long trek to the edge of the world where the Twilight Dragon lives. Along the way, they are aided by representatives of Helba and Apeiron: Bith the Black and Fili the White. It is believed that the Twilight Dragon alone has the ability to fend off the Wave.
Enter Harald Hoerwick. Very little is known about him prior to his meeting Emma, other than the fact that he's a genius programmer from Germany. Harald also has an interest in anthroposophy, and while attending a seminar on the subject, he meets Emma Wielant and falls in love with her. Emma is only attracted to Harald's programming talents, but they do work together. One day, Emma calls Harald to tell him that she is driving out to meet him. But before she arrives, she is involved in a car crash and dies at age 28, with the "Epitaph of Twilight" still unfinished. Unaware of the accident, Harald waits for her under a gingko tree.
Unable to show his love for Emma while she was alive, Harald decides to use his programming skills to create "Fragment", a role-playing game based on Epitaph. Exactly how closely the game is based on the poem is unclear. Epitaph had been briefly posted on Emma's website, but was removed soon after. Later, it became very popular in fan circles, and was altered by fanfics and forgeries. It is now impossible to tell what the original text of the Epitaph said. Either way, Harald's vision of Fragment was to blend the boundaries between human nature and computers, by creating Aura. Aura is intended to be the Ultimate AI; she exists solely within the game and is an expression of "Harald's and Emma's love for each other" (based on his own deluded preconceptions). Harald needed a method for informing Aura with human emotions and behaviors - to do this, he chose a multi-player role playing game as his main platform, and created 8 AI programs for gathering data from the players within the game, to be funneled to Aura. He based his AI programs on the 8 Phases from the Epitaph. Morganna is the name that Harald gives to the program that collects the data from the 8 Phases to be fed to Aura.