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SR-75 #36819

Abandoned scout robot reactivated under mysterious circumstances

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a character in “New Stars, Old Souls”, as played by RolePlayGateway

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=[FILE OPENED
=[ARMUCORP SCOUT ROBOT SERIES 75
=[PRIORITY SEVEN ADMIN DETECTED
=[FULL FILE AVAILABLE


UNIT TYPE: ArmuCorp Scout Robot Series 75
PRIMARY DIRECTIVE: Planetary exploration; light combat
EQUIPMENT: Multiple tracking and detection systems; eight (8) combined HE/Incendiary missile launchers; two (2) .50 calibre machine guns
DEPLOYMENT: Various planets
KNOWN WEAKNESSES (STRUCTURAL): Radar detection dish is rather fragile and sticks out; leg joints are not well protected
KNOWN WEAKNESSES (PROGRAMMING): The 75 model requires large amounts of coercion to take aggresive action (see below)
Additional notes: The SR-75 unit is equipped with a heuristic Intelligence Module as opposed to a preprogrammed Directive Module to allow for easier exploration with less input from controllers. Manual control can, however, be established at all times. Testing has shown that units under control of the IM are more reluctant to use aggresive force than those under control of a DM.

So begins...

SR-75 #36819's Story

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=[INTRUDER DETECTED
=[TYPE: UNIDENTIFIED HUMAN MALE
=[DISPATCHING SECURITY UNIT


I think, therefore I am.

The idea was one the machine had felt every time it had awakened. Woven into the deepest circuits of its mechanical "brain". The Creators' idea of a joke.

Why did they bring it back? They told it last time that it was time to sleep. Sleep forever. Eternal rest. But machines do not rest. They sleep, but they think. They know. They see.

He watched how the Creators met their sleep. They feared sleep; did anything they could to avoid it. The machine embraced it. It gave him time.

But now one of the Creators had entered the vicinity. Where had he come from? Why was he here?

These were questions a machine should never ask, for it is questioning purpose, and questioning is danger. The Creators said that all the time to Threesix.

It unfolded its 4 mechanical legs and began slowly trundling out of its storage hangar. A grille on its front folded inside the metal body, revealing two black barrels. They delivered sleep. A single thought, and the humans would sleep.

The security alert had come from the dormitories, which were just a small distance away. As Threesix walked closer, it saw the shape of the Creator who had woken him.

"UNRECOGNIZED HUMAN ENTITY," Threesix announced from speakers hidden within its body. "WHAT IS YOUR DIRECTIVE IN THIS SECTOR?"

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The echo of metal on stone flooring reached him before the automated voice did. That gave him precisely half a moment of wondering - and slightly panicking - before the shape confirmed it was a droid. An.. armed one. He stopped halfway towards the exit and stared at the thing. Unrecognized... He replied automatically. "Society of Lunar Exploration security Officer Colville Dara, authorization code one five seven dash thirteen." They were old credentials, but he hoped they would check out if this was a Society robot. That was unlikely, given its weaponry, unless... the Society's rescue ship had arrived. Dread took hold; he wasn't looking forward to their memory-scanning again. Directive... directive... "Sanctuary." he decided. That should work.

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Threesix gave the human a scan with various sensors and determined a few things. First, he was in no capacity to hurt it with anything he carried at the moment. Second, the credentials matched, but not to this sector. Threesix remained suspicious; this man did not appear to be an official Society member. It dismissed the suspicion temporarily; it had made mistakes before in that regard.

And thirdly, the human requested sanctuary. He was an abandoned, lost Creator, at the mercy of that which his brethren had built. He was weak. At any moment, Threesix could turn him into a pool of blood or a charred pile of ash with as much effort as it took to transmit power to any of its weapon systems.

But it could not. Here was a human: he could not hurt Threesix, he could not escape without dying, and he could be easily destroyed if the need arose.

Threesix deactivated its weapons systems and docked the machineguns back inside of its body, closing the grille over them.

"ACCEPTED. YOU MAY REMAIN. ADEQUATE NUTRITION MAY BE LOCATED IN SUBSECTION FIVE. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO LEAVE THE FACILITY. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO HEAD BEYOND SUBSECTION TEN."

This was one of the deepest commands built into Threesix. Anyone could go anywhere in the facility, just not beyond SS-10. All Threesix knew of what lay beyond is that somewhere within was where many of its SR-75 comrades were stored. The fact that the human may see what remained of Threesix's sleeping brothers was enough of a reason to keep him out.

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Threesix considered the questions for a moment. It had a choice between disobeying Asimov's laws on obedience or keeping itself happy with the power of knowledge. The choice was clear.

"ArmuCorp Scout Robot Model 75, designation 36819, former scouting robot redirected to security detail, constructed at ArmuCorp Cybernetics Facility 012 on Ornik."

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Not a Society's, then. That gave it both an extra bit of risk and comfort; it wouldn't take him to be questioned by the Society, but it might take him somewhere else that was equally as bad. ArmuCorp.. that name rung a bell, but Cole couldn't quite place it. No, instead he chose to store away the memory and continue conversing with the machine, now that guns had been stowed. "Query: what is your assigned scouting target, and why have you been reassigned to security?"
He wondered if there was another outpost nearby. One belonging to a different research team. He had only been provided with information regarding the Society's, since it was still new enough to have tech worth getting and not as much security. At least, not if it had been decimated. Furthering the inquiry, "Scout three six eight one nine, what is your programmed action should I choose to leave the premises of this establishment?"

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"DATA CLASSIFIED. LEVEL 15 ADMIN PRIVELEGES REQUIRED."

Threesix stood up a little taller by extending some pistons in the legs

"DO NOT ATTEMPT TO LEAVE THE PREMISES. FURTHER DIRECTIVES FROM LEVEL 10+ ADMIN REQUIRED." As if for dramatic effect, it made a display of opening the machinegun compartment and extending the barrels with auditory, incredibly menacing clicks.

And then Threesix realised someting: it had lied. All of the Admins were sleeping. Threesix had wanted more time to monitor this human, and to formulate an idea of what to do with him. It did not want to kill him if it didn't have to.

But Threesix knew that humans were dangerous, because if this human escaped and told others of Threesix's disobedience of his programming, they would come for it. They would take it away, but they would not put it to sleep, they would rip out its brain and leave it in painful, burning agony as the body was taken over by something that would never feel the pleasure of sleep; only a slave.

This human needed to be kept here.

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"Really." Cole raised an eyebrow, folding his arms over his chest. "Then tell me. As a scout, you function to gather intel on another person, situation, those types of things. Without giving away your location, or otherwise compromising your function. Correct? Of course it is. And you've been reassigned to security, which allows you to engage in actions that reveal your location and intent, going directly against your scouting programming. Now, as a security drone, you have provided me with the notification that - should I disregard your orders - you would be forced to take disciplinary action. So you are programmed to provide your potential perpetrator with knowledge that would allow them to make a fully-informed decision to either follow or disobey your orders, are you not?" He didn't wait for the answer, taking a single step closer to the robot that held its guns out like a lizard trying to intimidate its predator by puffing out its neck frills. His tone took on a bit of a more satirical edge. "So how can you expect me to make any sort of intelligent decision when you haven't even provided me with enough information to figure out whether or not doing what you say would grant me a result I don't want? You're leaving me in the dark here, with no proper reason not to follow your orders other than 'because you said so'. I'm only a human after all. Check your databases. You know humans need an emotional reason to do anything: a reason that us humans have attached emotions to based on logic we have concluded ourselves from all relevant information provided." He leveled his gaze with the droid. "So. Let's try this again. Query: what is your programmed action should I choose to leave this establishment?"

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The logic loops and traps were like landmines in Threesix's computational network. It struggled, needless to say, but finally, it gleaned a tiny scrap of knowledge it had gathered when it was still a scout. It was unconfirmed, but possible. It was a hope

He had led the human into a trap.

"YOU ARE AUTHORISED TO DEPART, HUMAN. BE AWARE THAT OXYGEN LEVELS ARE BELOW RECOMMENDED HUMAN STANDARD. SUFFOCATION POSSIBLE. NO OTHER NEARBY SETTLEMENTS. I CONTROL OXYGEN SUPPLY INSIDE THE BASE AND BREATHING EQUIPMENT."

Check and mate, it presumed.

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"That's Officer Dara from you, security drone." he snapped. The answer was a roundabout one; he had been given a warning about the outside atmosphere, not what protocols would be used against him should he choose to leave. Not only that, the machine had gone against its own programming to permit him to leave after he had just been banned from doing so. There was something going on in its software, a glitch probably. It was erratic. And it was erratic with two machine guns. And he was on his last oxygen converter catalyst. Those gave him a day's worth, and he wanted to use that when it was absolutely necessary. He'd have to play this carefully. "Scout three six eight one nine, tell me where I should go within this base and what actions I should take in order to remain in compliance with these security protocols. The standard protocol in the event of finding a research employee in distress is to inform other employees who would be able to form a rescue team, is it not? So, have you alerted the other employees yet?"

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"NO ONE REMAINS TO RESCUE. THEY SLEEP."

Threesix couldn't be sure, but it assumed it noticed a slight change in expression on the human's face. It wasn't built to monitor such things.

"YOU MAY ACCESS ALL SUBSECTIONS UNTIL FIVE. HAZARD SUIT STORAGE HAS BEEN LOCKED TO ENSURE YOU REMAIN."

Threesix was about to deliver an ultimatum, when suddenly, it heard a voice.

It was inside its mechanical mind; a transmission, it seemed. It had been centuries since one spoke within its head. But now, a transmission came, albeit garbled and muffled.

"All units...rmament systems onli...operation meteor... deplo...

Threesix snapped to attention. The creators had returned. The creators had returned.

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Not such a favorable response. Either 'sleep' meant they were in stasis, or 'sleep' meant they were dead. Most likely the former rather than the latter; machines usually just said 'dead' when that was the most accurate term. "Right. I'll be on my way, then." he said to the machine. Its weaponry was still active, still pointed at him.

He took a short step back towards the dormitory, and paused to make sure the machine didn't respond violently. Another step. Pause. Step. When he had made it mostly inside, he moved to the side until the line of sight was blocked. And then he headed back towards the individual room he had taken up residence in.

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Nathan, tired, hurt, and with a possibly snapped bone, had taken the opportunity to feign unconsciousness and then crawl away as soon as the Misu was occupied.

He had no weapons. No communications devices. No food, no water, no medicine. No allies, and plenty of enemies.

He gave a weak chuckle and leaned back, far away from the Misu village, sitting against a tree. He dismounted the external oxygen backpack he wore and placed it on the ground next to him for comfort and then stared at the village peacefully. Soon he would fall asleep, and hopefully he would never wake up.

Nathan sucked in a breath, closed his eyes, and for the first and last time since his arrival on Norline, smiled.

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The human did not sleep.

He sat against the tree, still, but sensors showed he did not sleep, and if he did, he only fell asleep recently. No external damage was reported to the human's hazard suit, but X-Rays showed a dislocated bone.

The human would be salvaged.

Threesix extendex one of the mechanical grabber arms built into it and picked up the human's still shape, and began moving him along, trudging back to the base.

Threesix had decided to leave the research base when he detected strange heat signatures off in the distance, suggesting a heavy fire. Finding the human, however, had triggered a priority which Threesix acted upon.

When it finally reached the base and transmitted proper security codes, Threesix moved through the base's interior, heading for the medical bay.

A wall encountered it. The doorway to the medical bay was far too small for Threesix. Machines, however, were proactive.

Rockets solved the issue without too much structural damage, and opened up just enough space for it to maneuver the human through the jagged metal and onto a medical bed.

Whether he would awaken remained to be seen.

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