To Serve & Protect Hiem-L-01 was designed with the express intent of defending its liege to the last. Essentially programmed into eternal servitude, this Android from Arcose will obey practically any order given to it by its charge, provided that it fits with baser protocol. Though he may be a servant, his primary duty is to protect his master/mistress and tend to their well-being – anything outside of such things is deemed an inefficient or unnecessary waste of power.
Loyal Though most certainly an aspect of his baser instinct, Hiem-L is naturally loyal to his charge; in a sense his obedience has been bought, rather than earned. It cannot be said that he ever resents such things, of course. Hardwired to serve, his loyalty is made manifest in anything and everything he does related to those whom he has been assigned to protect. Loyalty does not equate to blind obedience, however.
Coolly Complacent Despite possessing a lack of experience in his role, what with being the first ‘live’ prototype, Hiem-L is somewhat smug. In regards to his capabilities, he shares something of a similar outlook to many fellow Arcosians; he’s the best at what he does, even if that’s not actually the case. However, in contrast to Arcosian pride, he is very cool and collected about it. He’s not boastful – a machine cannot truly comprehend such quality of personality – but will state his ability as if it were a cold, hard fact.
Selflessly Sacrificial As a protector of his biological kin, the prototype ‘Arcosoid’ is understandably without hesitation when it comes to defending his charge. Should his leadership come under assault from enemy forces, it is very rare to see him not try and take the blow for his boss – nothing short of raw, protocol-induced instinct. He does not show such devoted daring for others, however. Rather, such a desire to take a bullet is reserved solely for whomever he has been tasked to guard.
Sociable Though the words ‘sociable’ and ‘synthetic’ don’t often go hand-in-hand, Hiem-L-01 was designed with such things in mind. A nascent personality of its own allows the Arcosoid to converse with and comprehend others outside of his lead. Simply put, he is something of a butler – his priorities come first, always, but outside of his sphere of influence he’s basically a capable conversation partner. Admittedly, he’s still somewhat naïve and inexperienced about many things.
Excessively Literal Simply put, Hiem-L doesn’t understand metaphorical expressions, nor does he have the power to process humour. Jokes are wasted on him, and unless you can make an accurate comparison, any form of metaphorical comment will simply lead him to question your logic and understanding. He can make sense of a simile in most cases, at least.
Inspired by the physiological features of the Arcosian race, Hiem-L-01 is fittingly very similar in appearance to such Xenos. Standing at an impressive height of 6’6.5” (200 cm), the robotic guardian possesses a general humanoid physique of mostly balanced proportion. He’s surprisingly lean and sleek, though his overall size gives away the fact that even the most finely tuned mechanical devices are limited to particular proportional constrains. Even so, he possesses all the standard Arcosian features:
Head & Face Hiem-L’s cranial structure is relatively normal, with a typical ellipsoid framework of irregular design. It is covered in polished chrome, save for the facial area, which is framed by a white plastic and consists of an inky glass screen. Behind this panel of tempered glaze is a network of sensory systems and display lights, giving the Arcosian Android’s visage an electric blue pattern that seems to shift under different situations. The neck is covered by a black fabric of sorts.
Torso The core of the Arcosoid’s form is divided into three notable segments; the upper thorax, midriff, and pelvic region. Of these, the only once which isn’t consistent is Hiem-L’s midriff, which consists of a mess of dark grey matte metal ‘scales’ that allows for some degree of protection as well as natural flexibility. The upper thorax and pelvic regions are both coated by a layer of white plastic, akin to the border that frames his facial panel. This is broken by a plate of dark, tempered glass which rests in the midst of the robot’s breastplate, mimicking the Gems found on standard Arcosian Bio-Armour. This pane is near opaque, save for combative situations, where a dim electric blue light can be seen as Hiem-L’s internal engines work themselves. In his Overdrive state, one can clearly see a rotating engine of sorts, which glows a vivid blue.
Tail Like all Arcosians, Hiem-L-01 possesses a tail. His tail connects (as expected) to the rear of the pelvic region, and consists of numerous segments of dark grey matte metal that are interlocked to create a flexible additional extremity. The spine of the tail is also coated with white plastic, which ceases at the half way mark. The final segment of the Android’s tail is completely coated in a solid sheath of chrome.
Arms & Legs Hiem-L-01’s arms and legs are somewhat similar in design, though contrast one another. His upper arms - excluding the shoulders (which are covered in white plastic) - are almost entirely comprised of dark grey metal plating, save for the underarms, which are protected by the same black fabric that coats his neck. His forearms are coated instead in white plastic. This same plastic covers the back of the hands and fingers, while the palms and undersides of the phalanges are instead black and rubbery to provide grip. His legs are different; the thighs are coated in white plastic, separated from the pelvic region by somewhat narrow breaks covered with black fabric. The lower legs are instead similar to the upper arms, save for chrome kneecaps, and consist of matte grey metal plating. The feet follow this theme, being similar in design to Hiem-L’s hands, to match Arcosian physiology.
The first of the Arcosoids, Hiem-L-01 has very little to his life so far. Commissioned during the rule of Empress Wyntre of the Arcosian Empire, this marvel of alien engineering was unfortunately postponed due to difficulties. It was not until Wyntre left the throne, with the new Emperor Abzerute taking over, that the Arcosian Android project was kick-started.
Awakening for the first time is always an interesting experience, and for Hiem-L such a process was nothing short of extraordinary. Engines coming to life, the android’s first glimpse of the world was understandably - as it always would be - through a screen. And what did he see? Well, to be absolutely frank, nothing of immediate interest. The scientists who were there to greet the Arcosoid were not of Arcosian race, but merely a mix of foreign races under their command; and thus Hiem-L-01 cared little for their presence.
The first words of the Arcosoid were quite literally ‘where is the emperor?’, which was simultaneously wonderful and annoying. For one, it was an immediate show of the project’s success - Hiem-L-01 wished to find out where his liege was so that he could get right to his duties. However, it also made him somewhat difficult to test properly, due to his reluctance to exert energy without reason. Purely mechanical in form, and designed to be as efficient as possible, the alien robot practically refused to undergo any preliminary tests that the science team wanted him to.
Though it took a while, Hiem-L eventually started to accept the fact that they were not going to let him anywhere near his targeted charge until he proved to them that he was capable. Thus, the training and testing began. Initial experimentation provided two useful insights into the mechanical mind of the Arcosian Android. The first was that he did not see any reason to attack first unless directly ordered to do so, and even then it was only when the scientists asked for him to visualise a dummy model as his leader. This led to the second discovery; Hiem-L-01 had a nasty (albeit anticipated) habit of taking things far too literally.
The concept of imagination meant nothing to him. From that point on, the dummy was considered to be the Emperor of Arcose, and Hiem-L-01 would not allow the scientists to approach it without express permission. Of course, dummies did not speak, and Androids like this one did not need sleep, putting the testing facility in something of a stalemate for a time. The following morning, the scientists had found that the robot had abandoned his imaginary post, having discovered that the emperor was a dud. Of course, he believed that he had failed his duty, but was somewhat relieved (in a roundabout way) to find out that he had done anything but. Save for a few awkward habits of being an artificial entity, Hiem-L-01 had passed all tests and was ready to be put into action and meet the Arcosian who currently ruled over the Empire.
Hindrun [N1] ‘Barrier’ Hiem-L-01 coats his body in a tight field of surging electrical energy for a short period, granting him protection from the next attack that hits him, up to 33% of his Power Level.
Óvirkan [V2] ‘Neutralise’ Hiem-L-01 coats his body in a tight field of surging electrical energy for a short period, granting him protection from the next attack that hits him, up to 33% of his Power Level. Should the barrier successfully nullify the attack, the remaining energy overloads and is sent as a surge of power back towards the attacker, typically following the path of least resistance (i.e. the wake of the attack that was blocked).
Truflunum [SU1] ‘Interference’ Hiem-L-01 unleashes a surge of energy from his body, creating a disruptive shock wave that can interfere with Ki channeling and similar processes (if Hiem-L’s attack is within 80% of his target’s), serving to stun the designated target for one round at 100% Power Level.
Post by Pieter Wolfbane on Jun 17, 2016 1:00:59 GMT
Hey there, new guy! Could've given us the heads up so you could get underway... Now then! Let's get you up to speed on what we've got right now, shall we?
So, first things first, race, as it's the thing I'd like to address (since everything else isn't ready yet): You can make an Arcosian Android, if you wish, as it's not so uncommon to see going about. However, by mechanics, you'd be best off working off the Android page. With, even 'cyborg models,' and scientist characters who create weapons and armor to fight in, they mechanically operate under the Android setup. You'll need to shift to the Android or Arcosian race, whichever works to the character, currently. HOWEVER, I want you to take this to the Race Idea section, for discussion. This, to me, seems like something that needs bigger discussion before hand. Sound good
I love the story idea behind what's going on and would love to see what else you've got later on, though! Let me know when you've finished and worked on the things I've specified thus far!
Wow, sorry, it's been a while since I opened this one. Been busy with other stuff, but getting back on track. ('Tis Vio, btw.)
Anyway, this was supposed to be more like a custom race (almost a custom hybrid design). Discussing it would be good, though, as I posted up this thread a while back on my first account. So, if we're gonna discuss it, there we go! Thank you for the feedback, Pieter Wolfbane!
Edit - I've followed your advice(s) and stuck to the Android path for this character. I figured if I want to make Arcosian style of transformation a thing, I can do so through later development of shape-shifting techniques? Anyway, I believe I'm done.