Alright, I'm adding some characters to this thread:
A science-fiction 'verse that is a tribute to the early "suck" of Season 1&2 Star Trek TNG, but after growing the beard
, the genre savvy
'verse inhabitants end "Season One" on a positive note (getting more late season TNG/Good TOS Trek and Babylon 5). Think Trek, Evangelion, Babylon 5, Blade Runner and plenty of anime tropes tossed in. It's the show within a show
of another'verse, above with the "writers" trying to comment on
"current events" using the "show". Several of the main characters are cyborg/artificial humans
who's place in society is used for social commentary. ((the "year" the show is set, in and out of character, is up for grabs).
“In a galaxy
, where the United Earth Government
has fought a civil war, losing several worlds to the Southern Cross
and had a war with the Alien Cay Union
, hope rides in a ship called Victory
” *cue theme music*
The first character:
Name: Lieutenant ColonelGloria Whateley ZX-715
Age: 95 years old, the Bio-Androids created by the United Earth Government have a 200 year life-cycle so she's middle aged.
Personality: The Spock
, logical and rational. A military tactician, she tends to consider all sides. However, she has elements of the McCoy
. Her biological components are modeled after humans and animals. So she understands emotions. Around humans she's a formal, if a bit stiff, military officer. She does open up to her fellow officers.
Around her fellow bio-androids? Imagine that stern teacher
from grade school. She was an instructor (called a proctor) at “the Academy”, teaching logistics, tactics and ethics to bio-androids. She uses her combat experience to train and mentor new bio-androids.
Abilities: She's a four-legged, four-armed heavy weapons model. She has a skin that can camouflage her, a metal/ceramic/plastic composite body. Her brain is cybernetic, an organic part and a computer part. She's 2.3 meters tall. Her upper torso is human shaped, with a sculpted expressive face (to better relate to humans), her lower torso is built to support the heavy weapons her model was designed to carry.
Weaknesses: Rational, but not a straw Vulcan
, until her emotional side overwhelms her logical side.
: She proved her worth, earned her freedom but some in the EDF view her as “too emotional”, some didn't want to serve under a machine. She earned an officer's commission but slots for those with twice the human lifespan are limited. She is a Lieutenant Colonel when humans are retiring as Generals. She's happy to be a proctor but she wants to lead troops in battle, show the humans and Mai-347 that she can lead without making the Sadistic Choice, And rub that in Mai's face. (see Screw the Rules, I Make Them
Tyrant Takes the Helm
: as humans and bio-Androids used to humans see her
Ditch the Bodyguards
: loves to do this...
We Have Reserves
: how (some) humans view her, a Bad Boss who will toss troops at the enemy to grind them down. What a Senseless Waste of Human Life
, her soldiers may die but not for a hopeless cause.
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
?/I Did What I Had to Do
: never say that around her unless you want a long lecture...
Jerk with a Heart of Gold
: She does love all her students, that's why she was angry that Mae-359 was brilliant but lazy.
(not that she'll admit it
): to Mae and all of Mai-347's children (possibly to Mai as well)
AI is a Crapshoot
/Tyrant Takes the Helm
: She advanced enough to pass a turing test, but is prone to hit straw vulcan territory under stress. She's very fond of order and that makes her bump heads with those “irrational” humans.
Goals: On paper she's supposed to lead and train soldiers. She's a commissioned military officer. As a bio-Android, she wants to see her fellow 'droids develop and become successful. Taking A Third Option: “There's always a better way”, wants to be seen as a Benevolent Boss.
Motivation: Maximize her goals. Fulfill her oath as a military officer. As a proctor, develop and improve the next generation of bio-androids. (prevent the loss of innocent life and avoid another defeat like the ones she's seen). See Goals
Role in the story: See backstory and tropes, but she is inspired by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's Captain Sisko and Captain Edward Jellico From TNG.
Backstory: Currently a botanist for RRDC memorial gardens and chief instructor at the “Academy”, Gloria was a Sergeant in the 7th Cavalry during the Battle of The Painted Hills. A heavy weapons model, she's a quadruped with four arms. She's a legend in the bio-droid community, she's 95 years old and at the middle of her life-cycle. Some humans joke that she belongs in a museum. Due to the high casualty count of the UEG civil war and the Earth-Cay war that followed, she currently has four survivors of her line: ZX-717 Lylah Whateley (currently a First Sergeant in the 7th Cav), ZX-719 Noah Whateley (An officer in the 1st Armored Division), ZX-720 Wilbury Whateley (Proctor at the Academy) and ZX-710 Zachary Whateley (CPU of the ESS Essex). She has generated two lines for a total of forty bio-droids. Of those thirty-three are still alive.
She holds the current rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Ground Forces Reserve.
Of the older models, the ZX lines were those tailored for their missions. Many were constructed in forms that deviated from the human norm., quadrupeds being common. Their brains were given the wider range of “emotional” responses the TA and TX lines had, but unlike the earlier models, their battle CPU had less control over that emotional response. The threshold for “emotion override” was set higher than the TA/TX lines, but they had the TA's Battle CPU.
The result was that while their human comrades were able to relate to them, in combat they quickly fell victim to cognitive feedback loops. With training and upgrades they overcame this, but their fatal flaw was uncovered at the Battle of The Painted Hills. Given conflicting orders, many hesitated, some died trying to resolve their internal conflicts. There were no instances of fratricide, but many instances of bio-droids running into enemy fire even when they were being rescued. As the NCOIC of her firebase, Gloria-715 was in charge as her platoon took heavy losses.
Gloria-715 survived the battle and the ensuing court-martial. She felt humiliated that some of the humans looked at her as a mere machine. She was angry but not upset at them. She was downright furious that Mai-347 withheld information, issued contradictory orders and that she testified against her. Humans looking down at her and being ill-rational she could understand. A fellow bio-droid almost getting her stripped to her wires, she never forgot. The court-martial exonerated her. Mai-347 and Gloria-715 would win freedom for the bio-Androids, but they are not on speaking terms with one another.
She became a Proctor, to share her experience with future bio-droids. With a few upgrades she returned to the Ground Forces. She became an officer, then returned to Proctor at the Academy. She is a ruthless taskmaster, making sure that bio-droids break in training so they will not break in combat.
The truth is that her line of bio-Android was originally designed to be construction and agriculture models. Their emotions were given more leeway so that they could work better with humans and be relate-able. As the United Earth Government faced heavy losses in the civil war, every bio-Android was re-purposed for combat. RRDC, who makes them, tries to interest the UEG in non-combat bio-Androids, but so far all have been deemed “war material”. While the construction and agriculture programs and data were Dummied Out but their brains were not changed.
So she gets offered a promotion to Lieutenant Colonel and command of the battalion of Earth Defense Force ground troops on board the Victory
. However the child of Mai-347 is running the sickbay. A reminder of what she lost and the creators pet
of RRDC. She see's Mae Craft AE-359 as a Brilliant but Lazy
, spoiled brat
and just as irrational as her mother.
: invoked by her
Drill Sergeant Nasty
: how her students see her and why she got picked for command of the Victory's
And Another Thing
: Her catch phrase at the Academy, she's prone to use it on her soldiers
What You Are in the Dark
: the lesson she hammered into her students and troops.
Brilliant but Lazy
is her Berserk Button
and what made her angry at Mae
The Last DJ
: not willing to compromise her principles or her troops. AI maybe a crapshoot but she loaded the dice in favor of what's right.
“Just Following Orders” is her beserk button, what Mai-347 gave as the reason she testified against her.
Utopia Justifies the Means
: Utopia being humanity and the UEG
I Did What I Had to Do
: her biggest sticking point with her fellow bio-androids, don't say that if you're not willing to pay for it.
/Ordered to Cheat
: The Battle of the Painted Hills (among a few others in the UEG-Cay war), a ridiculously human robot is put through that and gets the blame when things go bad....
Badass In Charge
(she gets a much due promotion): war hero, role model to many bio-Androids.
The Chains of Commanding
because she's A mother to her troops
You Are in Command Now
/Time to Step Up, Commander
: happened too many times for her liking.
Taking A Third Option
: “There's always a better way”, wants to be seen as a Benevolent Boss
No Place for me there
: inverted, if her efforts will build a lasting peace, she'd be happy to have fulfilled her purpose of “defending humanity” and “supporting and defending the UEG charter” and living the rest of her life cycle as a agriculture 'droid.
Zeroth Law Rebellion
: Played with. She views humans with awe, but is more than willing to give orders to humans under her command. She won't violate the UEG charter to enforce it, but she is a fan of order and strict discipline. She will interpret orders From a Certain Point of view
if the orders put her troops in danger. She can get creative with “corrective training” and “restrictions” when faced with violations of regs.
/Love Makes You Crazy
: :: Do not hurt any of her soldiers, civilians or non-combatants near her. Nothing will stop her from terminating you. Nothing.
because Growing Up Sucks
: LTC Gloria Whateley ZX-715 can ponder her machine nature. She can sense the construction, farming, Terra-forming and animal husbandry programs her makers wanted to give her. Instead she was sent to the front lines. She taught herself gardening, hydroponics and metal working to cope.
Former Child Star
: how she sees Mae Craft-359...
Moving the goal posts
, Metaphorically True
: she accepts this from humans so she will get all “zeroth law” when faced with orders that don't make sense. From a bio-android, this is her berserk button. Mae's mother issued orders that twisted logic and forced several hard choices to Gloria back in the day. Irrationality from a fellow machine hurt her. When Mae showed signs of similar behavior and being the slacker at the academy, Gloria showed no mercy and gave Mae a letter of reprimand. Mae thinks it's personal, Gloria doesn't want Mae to end up like her mother.
Break the Cutie
: She was supposed to be a construction 'droid, with an emotional response geared toward socializing with human workers. Before The Battle of the Painted Hills, she was the platoon mascot. After the battle she was one of the few survivors.
We Help the Helpless
/Screw Politeness, I'm A Senior
!/Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right
because I'm a Ridiculously Human Robot
Honesty Is the Best Policy
: how to get to her good side
Despair Event Horizon
: When the command staff called her a “mere malfunctioning machine” then Mai-347 testified against her...
A Shell-Shocked Veteran
who is a Badass Bureaucrat
Knight in Shining Armor
: how the UEG and her students see her
Knight in Sour Armor
: How she sees herself
,and Being Good Sucks
: the Cay and the Southern Cross consider her this.
bordering on Guile Hero
, but only when provoked.
While You Were in Diapers
/All According to Plan
: invoked often by her.
: inverted, she sculpts and paints in her spare time, “constructing” works of art to relive the stress of command.
edited 24th Oct '13 6:00:18 PM by TairaMai