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"I don't know my name. The lab people called me ESW_L95, which was my serial number. Whenever I ask them what my name is, they change the subject. Don’t they want me to know who I am?"

ESW_L95 is a curious robot, but this rarely ever gets them in trouble. Until now, that is. ESW_L95 was constructed in a facility that, for the most part, wants to make sure that the robot is kept blissfully unaware of a dark truth concerning their origin. However, during a meeting, one of the facility's employees mentioned their desire to block the robot from reality and, unbeknownst to him, it overheard everything. This startling discovery is what sparks the robot's own desire to uncover the secrets that everyone else around it have been hiding for years. Will ESW_L95 find the truth before it's too late?

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Celeste is a revamp of a story I wrote a bit of when I was about ten or eleven years old, then forgot about for three to four years and now, with a few (actually a lot of) revisions and refining the plot and whatnot... eh, it's a work-in-progress.

NOTE: This story has absolutely no relation to the platformer video game Celeste.


Celeste contains examples of:

  • Berserk Button: Do not refer to ESW_L95 using female pronouns or say anything that might even slightly imply that "it" has feelings if Dr. Kilmer's around. Unless you want to be torn a new one. In front of your co-workers. Most of whom are also bastards themselves, though not nearly to the degree of Dr. Kilmer.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: How Dr. Kilmer talks about ESW_L95. See Just a Machine.
  • Just a Machine: How Dr. Kilmer views ESW_L95. Also how the majority of the scientists and programmers involved in her creation and experimentation view "her"- sorry, "it".
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  • Precision F-Strike: Well, more like Precision S Strike in the form of Dr. Kilmer calling a previous robot model, PP-H28, a shitstorm.
  • The Protagonist: ESW_L95. We see the story from "her" perspective.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: ESW_L95 seems to be this. "She" certainly looks like a 20-something year old human, but "her" personality is more like that of an innocent, curious child seeing the world for the first time.
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