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The [[Heveka Cargo Loader]] was originally designed by the [[Hive Federation]]. Although there are questions about its exact date of origin, the design was among the gifts presented to the [[Third Imperium]] in [[588]] for peacefully incorporating the [[Old Earth Union]], and it was apparently first constructed less than a decade prior to that. It has since been declared that this was a [[manipulation]] to put people in the [[Third Imperium]] more at ease with [[Hiver]]s, although that may have been simple diplomacy.
 
The [[Heveka Cargo Loader]] was originally designed by the [[Hive Federation]]. Although there are questions about its exact date of origin, the design was among the gifts presented to the [[Third Imperium]] in [[588]] for peacefully incorporating the [[Old Earth Union]], and it was apparently first constructed less than a decade prior to that. It has since been declared that this was a [[manipulation]] to put people in the [[Third Imperium]] more at ease with [[Hiver]]s, although that may have been simple diplomacy.
  
Its use spread from there, reaching all across [[Charted Space]] (though rarely a common design) save in the [[Two Thousand Worlds]] (which uses similar designs, but specifically rejects this design out of fear of "[[Hiver]] influence" - which usually boils down to "fear that our people might get comfortable with those we have declared to be enemies") well before [[1105]]. A Heveka is included as standard equipment on a [[Dee Six class Downport]]. The design is cheaper and more agile than an equivalent [[grav vehicle]] (which might otherwise be expected at [[TL-13]]); a [[grav vehicle]] would have more speed and more range, neither of which are very helpful in this vehicle's designated role.
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Its use spread from there, reaching all across [[Charted Space]] (though rarely a common design) save in the [[Two Thousand Worlds]] (which uses similar designs, but specifically rejects this design out of fear of "[[Hiver]] influence" - which usually boils down to "fear that our people might get comfortable with those we have declared to be enemies") well before [[1105]]. A Heveka is included as standard equipment on a [[Dee Six class Downport]].
  
 
While a number of [[Virus]]-infested Hevekas have inflicted their usual carnage, anecdotal evidence suggests that such infestations are more likely than usual to evolve into a strain compatible with biological [[sophont]] life, if it was not already such a strain. It is suspected - though with little enough concrete data that this is essentially a wish - that the computer architecture and [[sophont]]-assistive software may encourage [[Virus]] to rethink its destructive imperatives.
 
While a number of [[Virus]]-infested Hevekas have inflicted their usual carnage, anecdotal evidence suggests that such infestations are more likely than usual to evolve into a strain compatible with biological [[sophont]] life, if it was not already such a strain. It is suspected - though with little enough concrete data that this is essentially a wish - that the computer architecture and [[sophont]]-assistive software may encourage [[Virus]] to rethink its destructive imperatives.

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