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located in Scrapyard City, a part of The War After, one of the many universes on RPG.

Scrapyard City

A ‘major’ city

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Character Portrait: Lynn Harper Character Portrait: Captain Invictus
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It took Lynn a minute or so to bypass whatever countermeasures the machine had to deter unauthorised user access. Either it wasn't designed to be specifically protected against this kind of intrusion, or it was and those systems had since degraded over the centuries. Regardless, she was in. And very intrigued at what she found so far.

Perhaps it was due to the sheer size of the automaton, but its core programming was much more sophisticated than what she normally came across. She had heard of engrams containing human neural patterns, but functioning specimens were so few and far between. This must have been a particularly significant war machine, she thought, to warrant such complex software.

A little further digging revealed that Lynn was able to access what served as the machine's “surface thoughts”, for lack of a better word. Quite an active little subroutine as the automaton loomed over its surroundings. Lynn set it to transmit audio to her datapad, raising an eyebrow as she listened to the chatter. For a war robot that was seemingly stuck in the past, it was surprisingly fussy about its appearance. The technician opened a communication channel with the press of a button. If she could negotiate with it, this thing could be a useful asset.

“At ease. Whoever your enemies were, I'm sure you won't find them here,” she spoke through her datapad. Her face bore a subtle yet confident smile. “If it's repairs you need, I think I might be able to help you. However, I won't be able to do this for free, especially for such an extensive job. What say you?”