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Character sheet for Deep Town: Mining Factory.

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The AI

    Player Character 
  • Benevolent A.I.: You play as an AI whose goal is to mine, replicate, and destroy the Elders in your way.
  • Recursive Creators: Your main goal is to mine and use the resources mined in order to replicate. It is heavily implied that you are part of the Von Neumann machines that the humans sent into space.
  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: The Ancients constantly call them a "machine that ate a galaxy", thanks to the entire Galactic Federation managing to harness the power of all the suns in the Milky Way by capturing them in Dyson Spheres.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Most of the robots act very humanlike, including being able to celebrate human holidays to boot. This is a plot point.
    Master Crafter 
  • Disney Death: After the Rocket Quest ends, he shuts down, and is replaced by an Old Bot. At the end of the Asteroids questline, the Old Robot regains his old MC self once more. It's revealed in the Terraforming quests that once his current directive is fulfilled, his personality shuts down reverts to his Old Robot self.
  • Epic Fail: The first rocketship they task you into constructing fails to take off and instead plummets and crashes into the Aluminium Elder.
  • Greed: A recurring trait. When you unlock a new area of the game, they're definitely into earning profit from it. They get Gold Fever when the gold area is unlocked, sees the gems in the Emerald area and the oil in the oil area as a profit, etc.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: They tell several punny jokes of varying quality.
    "Did you hear about the robot who got cooled down to absolute zero? He's 0K now."
  • Mission Control: Acts as your mission control and guide.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Like the player character, they act very human, up to and including being greedy and arachnophobic. It helps that their portrait appears to be a Wetware CPU.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: They seem more than jumpy around spiders, considering that they call the Amber Elder a "big NOPE" before saying that they're outta there and leaving you to deal with it.

The Elders

    In General 
  • Attack of the Monster Appendage: The first 11 areas of a section have you face off against one of their appendages. The 12th area has you face off against them.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: The reason why you can defeat them despite them supposedly being unstoppable. According to data logs obtained from expeditions, they became active and destroyed mankind after an event known as an awakening. During the game, they're mostly dormant when you bring the fight to them. They were even more powerful in the past, and their imprisonment on a planet with an iron core stripped them of most of their powers.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Extremely old beings of unknown origins that lived on Earth before humans, and their awakening in the 22nd century destroys humanity as a whole. It's revealed that they were created by a precursor race and were initially benevolent, but got corrupted by Amber Elder/Semu 3 and turned evil.
  • Elemental Embodiment: Almost all of them are made of the element that composes them. This is because their creators made each of them based off a different atom. Those that are based of compound materials and not periodic table elements are considered "impure" Semu, which were created by Amber Elder/Semu 3.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: They're initially presented as this, being Eldritch Abominations who destroyed humanity without reason. Then you encounter the Gold Elder, who gives a bit of reason as to why they might have did this. Later on, during the Asteroids quest, it's revealed that they're actually beings called Semu created by a Precursor race. They were meant to be benevolent but got corrupted by Amber Elder's chaotic frequencies.
  • Healing Factor: All Elders have the capability to regenerate, serving as a DPS check. Some of them can regenerate at a better rate than others, namely the Amber Elder (via Elemental Absorption) and the Oil Elder (if not frozen while low on HP).
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: They were locked up in a planet with an Iron core when they went out of control, and their powers transferred to said iron core.
  • Time Abyss: The Gold Elder reveals that all of them are older than the Earth itself.

    Coal Elder 
  • Combat Tentacles: Its monster appendage seen on previous floors are tentacles made of coal and lava.
  • Cyclops: It only has one eye.
  • Elemental Embodiment: Of Carbon. It appears to be a tentacled monstrosity made of coal and possibly lava.
  • Sequential Boss: It starts out as a huge lump of coal, but when it takes enough damage the rest of it sprouts out.
    Copper Elder 
    Amber Elder 
  • Ability Required to Proceed: You need to build the Tesla Coil to negate its Elemental Absorption that will heal it extremely quickly. Of course, it's actually defeatable without the need to build it if you know the trick.
  • The Corrupter: It is the reason why the other Elders/Semu got corrupted, due to its chaotic frequencies as well as its spawn having similar frequencies.
  • Creating Life Is Unforeseen: Its creation was an accidental one, as shown by the Stone of Mistakes. Coal Elder (aka Semu One) was inside Copper Elder (aka Semu Two) when the latter generated a strong electric field, causing part of Coal Elder to break off, mix with other elements and become Amber Elder, aka Semu Three.
  • Elemental Absorption: It is capable of absorbing electric charges from the earth to regenerate itself faster than the other Elders. You thus need to build a Tesla Coil, which will draw said electrical charges away and nullify that form of regeneration. It has this ability because it was formed when a piece of Coal Elder broke off inside an electrified Copper Elder, and merged with several other elements.
  • Elemental Embodiment: Of Amber. It appears to be a spider that controls the amber it's trapped within. Notably, it's not actually made of Amber or based on a periodic table element due to its accidental creation.
  • Giant Spider: Resembles a huge spider trapped in amber. This prompts the arachnophobic Master Crafter to call it a "big NOPE" before retreating out of there.
  • Lord British Postulate: The player is meant to build the Tesla Coil to subdue its insane regeneration via electrical absorption. However, it could still take damage as per normal and be killed. Thus, it was actually possible to beat it without needing to craft the Tesla Coil, if the player leveled themselves up enough to freeze it (to prevent regeneration) then deal enough damage to destroy it. The devs tried to fix this by making it stay frozen for an extremely short amount of time, but it was still possible.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: It's initially encountered as a Puzzle Boss, then mostly forgotten after that. It's also technically the true villain of the story, being the one that corrupted the Elders which then had to be sealed away in Earth long before their awakening and destruction of human civilization.
    Aluminium Elder 
  • Ability Required to Proceed: You need to build the rocket ship in order to defeat it.
  • Accidental Murder: It's done in by the rocketship failing to take off and crashing into it. The Master Crafter really didn't intend on having that happen.
  • Adorable Abomination: Resembles a small metallic blob with big "eyes" and "nose", despite being one of the Elders. It's adorable to the point where one can actually buy a miniature collectible of it.
  • Deflector Shields: It's invulnerable to all your weapons thanks to an energy shield it puts up to deflect all your attacks. Use something with bigger punch, such as a crashing rocketship.
  • Elemental Embodiment: Of Aluminium. It appears to be a blob made of liquid metal aluminium.
  • Lord British Postulate: Subverted, it is truly invincible to all the player's weapons thanks to the shield it puts up, and no weaponry you have at the time can even penetrate it.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Its barrier blocks every one of your weapons from harming it. A crashing rocketship on the other hand is strong enough to break it.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: It really wants to be left alone and isn't exactly malicious, as seen by the shield it puts up.
    Gold Elder 
  • Elemental Embodiment: Of Gold. It appears to be a golem made of gold.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Resembles a humanoid golem made of gold.
  • It Can Think: The Gold Elder is the only Elder capable of communication and language. Its creators even called it the best Semu yet as it could understand them well.
  • Telepathy: Uses this to communicate, as revealed from its associated Stone of Empathy.
  • The Speechless: Inverted. It's the only Elder capable of talking.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Has a huge upper body, arms and torso compared to his two scrawny legs.
  • Villain Has a Point: Keeps complaining about the greed of your AI miners (especially the Master Crafter) as well as that of humanity. Considering that humanity has been exhausting the Earth's resources and fought wars over them, he (and the other Elders) may have a good reason to attack.
    Emerald Elder 
    Oil Elder 
  • Elemental Embodiment: Of Oil. It appears to be a flower-like being made of oil and drum cans.
  • Foul Flower: Resembles a flower-like creature made of oil and oil drums, with the stamens resembling two smaller flower-like buds.
  • Kill It with Fire: The Fire Blast deals extra damage to it due to the Elder being made of oil.
  • Logical Weakness: A being made up of oil would not take well to fire-based weaponry.
  • No-Sell: It's immune to the Nano Cloud.
  • Weak to Fire: Thanks to being made of oil, the Fire Blast deals extra damage to it.
    Uranium Elder 
  • Animalistic Abomination: Appears to be a snail-like creature of sorts, using a hollowed-out atomic bomb as its "shell".
  • Elemental Embodiment: Of Uranium. It appears to be a slug/snail like creature made of toxic waste.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: The MC is quick to note that it's radioactive. This radioactivity even causes an Interface Screw effect on the same screen as it.
  • Interface Screw: Its radioactivity causes the screen to intermittently turn grayscale.
  • Mismatched Eyes: It has one blue eye and one brown eye.
  • Pure Is Not Good: It's considered a pure Semu, but one that worked towards corrupting the other Semu as well as disrupting the precursors' efforts to control them.
    Obsidian Elder 
  • Difficulty Spike: The Obsidian Elder itself is far tougher than its appendage you had to face on the previous corrupted floor. You'll need to level up at least 15 times from the previous floor to be able to beat it reliably.
  • Elemental Embodiment: Of Obsidian. It appears to be a being made of obsidian and magmatic rock.
  • Gem-Encrusted: Appears to have red gem spikes embedded into it. These glow whenever it heals itself.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Its head, arms and torso are arranged in a humanoid shape. The MC initially shows relief that it doesn't resemble a dragon, but later expresses disappointment over that same fact.
  • Magma Man: Appears to be made of magma and obsidian.
    Spoiler Character 

Iron Elder

  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: It's far larger than any of the other Elders in the game.
  • Barrier Maiden: Since it is the core of the Earth, it has to be kept alive or else The End of the World as We Know It will occur. It also serves as the can for the corrupted Elders' powers.
  • Cosmic Keystone: Downplayed, it's only a Global Keystone due to being the Earth's core itself. Its survival is necessary for this reason, and the way your machines propose to beat is is to remove the corrupted Elder frequencies from it.
  • Final Boss: It's the last Elder in the game.
  • Foreshadowing: Its presence is foreshadowed early on in the game, detailing about the largest Elder having a known location and that it has to stay where it is for the sake of the magnetosphere.
  • Genius Loci: It's heavily hinted at by the developers themselves that it is the inner core of the Earth.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: As of the current update, you cannot deal much damage to it at all, although it's revealed that there is a way to defeat it, but not via force.
  • Invincible Villain: As of the current update, it is impossible to deal any damage to it, its survival is required for the Earth's continued existence, and the solution against it requires building a functioning rocket to escape Earth.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: As of the current update, it doesn't have a hitbox at all and all weapons don't even connect with it. As such, it's impossible to beat.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Possibly. It hasn't moved from its position from the center of the Earth or attacked humanity since the Elders awakened. Otherwise, the Earth would have been gone by then. This is because it acts as the seal for the Elders' powers, which were mostly transferred into it.
  • Power Equals Rarity: You'd expect an Elder based on Iron to be weaker than some of the later game Elders that are made of more rare, exotic materials like Emeralds, Oil, Uranium or Obsidian.It's stronger than all of them. In fact, it's invincible.
  • Shown Their Work: The core of the Earth is indeed made of an iron-nickel alloy.
  • Tailor-Made Prison: The Ancients chose Planet Earth to seal the corrupted Semu in as it had an iron core that would absorb and therefore seal the Semus' powers for eternity. Unfortunately, the weakened corrupted Semu awakened one day.
  • Walking Spoiler: Considering its nature as well as its role in the game being a spoiler, it definitely qualifies.

Other characters

    Spoiler Character 2 

John Minkowski

  • Big Good: He's the one who created the self-replicating AI, and by extension the player character's robots.
  • Brain Uploading: He uploaded his brain into the probe that acts as the control for the Von Neumann drones. This is the reason why all the Galactic Federation robots have human thought.
  • Einstein Hair: The photos found in expeditions show that he has this type of hairstyle, fitting since he's a scientist and all.
  • Fling a Light into the Future: It turns out that he along with the last order failed in their mission to send humanity back in time, as they needed a galaxy's worth of energy to open the portal, causing humanity to become stuck in time-space. In order to solve this, he (in the Cambrian Period) created some Von Neumann machines to help gather enough energy around the galaxy — said machines become the Galactic Federation, which includes the player character.
  • Time Travel: He along with several other scientists traveled through time to find a way to save humanity from the Elders.
  • Walking Spoiler: Considering their nature as well as several reveals about them being story spoilers, they count as one.
    Spoiler Character 3 

Mary Ann

  • Apocalyptic Log: She is the one who provides several logs and voice tapes.
  • Time Travel: She along with several other scientists traveled through time to find a way to save humanity from the Elders.
  • Walking Spoiler: Considering their nature as well as several reveals about them being story spoilers, they count as one.
    Spoiler Character 4 

The Ancients

  • Creating Life Is Awesome: They created the Semu to help them harness the power of the atoms and gave them their technology.
  • Creating Life Is Bad: Unfortunately, Semu three (Amber Elder) which was accidentally created with a chaotic frequency turned the other Semu against them.
  • Phlebotinum Killed the Dinosaurs: They caused the extinction of the dinosaurs by dropping a meteor on Earth which contained the sealed corrupted Semu inside.
  • Precursors: They're the ones who created the Semu, aka the Elders. They're also indirectly responsible for creating humanity itself, since they're the ones who dropped a huge asteroid on Earth, presumably the one that led to the dinosaurs' extinction and thus evolution of humans.


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