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Those artificial folk with ovine dreams,
under attack by some fighting machines,
there is no try, or whatever that means.

What are we ?

Icelandic suffix denoting one's kin,
addressing the priest while confessing one's sin,
a bottle of vodka or whisky or gin.

What are we?

2, 4 and 8, 16 and 32,
XCI (wait, that should be 92),
something between the two O's in O2.

What are we?

What am I?

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You are

The Matrix

The first part refers to

Robots (in particular Blade Runner's Androids, Terminator/Drones and Star Wars' “Not the droids you're looking for“)

MichaelK got part of that first.

The second verse refers to

The holy Trinity

Thanks to Shahriar Mahmud Sajid for that part.

Finally, the third part references

several Agents from different movies. These are: Austin Powers, Agent 91 (from Get Smart, admittedly a bit reaching) and James Bond.

(The first and third line were found by Joseph Mulligan).

All three have in common that

they appear in the Matrix: The robots built it, Trinity is a main character in the movie and Agents are software programs in it.

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  • $\begingroup$ See my updated answer, I think you have it right. $\endgroup$ – MichaelK Oct 9 '18 at 12:34
  • $\begingroup$ Nice team effort! This is the intended answer. For the XCI line I had something else in mind - rot13[Ebzna ahzrenyf gung ner n yvggyr "bss"]. For the second line, rot13[tbbtyr "svtugvat znpuvar"] :) $\endgroup$ – jafe Oct 9 '18 at 18:40
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Partial Answer

2, 4 and 8, 16 and 32,

Powers of 2

XCI (wait, that should be 92),

92 means 9, twice; or 99. Credit to @mohirl

something between the two O's in O2.

A molecular Bond

Overall

These are the names of Spies in film (Powers, Austin Powers; Bond, James Bond; 99, Get Smart).

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  • $\begingroup$ If there's a typo, rot13(KPVK jbhyq tvir lbh Ntrag Avargl-avar (Trg Fzneg)). And actually, maybe "wait that should be 92" indicates it should be rot13(avar gjvpr, fb avargl avar) $\endgroup$ – Mohirl Oct 9 '18 at 11:13
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Partial:
Icelandic suffix denoting one's kin,
addressing the priest while confessing one's sin,
a bottle of vodka or whisky or gin.

this refers to holy trinity in christian faith.
Icelandic suffix denoting one's kin- son,
addressing the priest while confessing one's sin- father,
a bottle of vodka or whisky or gin - spirit.

there is no try, or whatever that means.

this line probably refers to master yoda from star wars,
there's a famous dialogue - "Do or do not, there is no try"

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Partial:

Those artificial folk with ovine dreams

...are...

Androids. This refers to the title: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, which in turn was developed into Bladerunner and Bladerunner 2049, two science fiction movies. The first film was released in the early 1980's and the second was "recently" released.

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under attack by some fighting machines

...refers to...

Drones, or Terminators. Terminator is science fiction franchise, spanning from the 1980's and is still ongoing.

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there is no try, or whatever that means

...is part of a quote from...

The Empire Strikes Back, a Star Wars film. Star Wars is a science fiction franchise where "'droids" play an large part. The Empire Strikes Back was released in 1980, and new Star Wars movies are still being released.

Hence the connection is...

Science fiction movie franchises involving androids/robots.

Bonus connection:

These franchises all span at least four decades.

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    $\begingroup$ I think "under attack by some fighting machines" more likely refers to Terminator or something along those lines, which with Star Wars might make the triplet "films" or "sci-fi" or something. $\endgroup$ – Obie 2.0 Oct 9 '18 at 11:07
  • $\begingroup$ @Obie2.0 Yeah, that makes sense. See the edited answer. $\endgroup$ – MichaelK Oct 9 '18 at 12:43
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Partial answer (well, final, but without full explanation):

I think this is about the Cambridge Five.

Thanks to Shahriar, the middle part is

TRINITY.

Thanks to Joseph, the last part is

SPIES.

The connection appears to be

this famous group of spies who were mostly at Trinity College Cambridge.

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  • $\begingroup$ I think this answer could be justified further because: ROT13(Va Qb Naqebvqf Qernz Bs Ryrpgevp Furrc, Qrpxneq xvyyf 5 Naqebvqf, gurer ner 5 Grezvangbe zbivrf, naq gur yvar 'Gurer vf ab gel' vf fcbxra va Fgne Jnef Rcvfbqr 5). Putting it all together, we get ROT13(Svir Gevavgl Fcvrf) $\endgroup$ – Joseph Mulligan Oct 9 '18 at 11:48

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