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The General

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a character in “The Multiverse”, as played by AugmentationAudit

So begins...

The General's Story

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The creature that swept through the door was strange and sleekly silver, with metallic eyes and an expressionless smile. Tall, and carved into the image of a man, it walked with a surety that no truly living creature could ever attain and in so doing it cut a frankly unsettling figure even in an empty room.

It surveyed its surroundings without interest, cataloguing, before selecting a seat for itself at the counter and settling into a position that fit the definition 'relaxed' without actively being so. Bones of steel and sinew woven from complex polymer strands, without thought or emotion but programmed to emulate; there was no 'relaxation', only an illusion.

As it sat, it hummed faintly before adopting a more normalised human visage, melting softly into dark flesh and warm blue eyes.

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"I seem lonely. A lonely person indeed." Its voice was simple, soft, and without inflection. Deep inside, millions upon millions of skilfully constructed microprocessors hummed with teeming numbers, working through the intricacies of human conversation.

"What is it that gives the appearance of loneliness?" it asked, voice lilting up the prefect degree to indicate a question. It was made well, and with infinite attention to detail. "What gives the appearance of being 'a lonely person indeed'?"

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It blinked, once, deliberately, before turning as its programming dictated and observing the creature. There were tens of thousands of social protocols installed within its synthetic cortex. "You state 'robot' and yet assign the term 'loneliness'. You say that the face and eyes are the cause of this definition, but appear to understand the artificial nature of a robotic life-form's existence."

It blinked again. "Why, then, do you assign loneliness to this unit?" Deep within, algorithms associated with danger ran and reran, finding her threat minimal. There would be no damage to the unit should she touch it.

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"You speak of damage to this unit as though it is possible. The subroutine for threatening behaviour states that you are not exhibiting the typical signs, and yet you repeat. Why? What failings are there in your programming that you fail to understand the intrinsic truth even while you seemingly state it?"

There were a thousand-million questions it was programmed to ask, so much information that it was required to amass before being unleashed upon the world beside Terra's Knight Angel. "Explain."