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Time for a new eye...




After a few amazing and mostly positive weeks of building these robots and toying with thoughts of guided, cluster-bot launching munitions, I am notified that the crew is stopping at the StarMech station for supplies and info. This station has such potential..unfortunately wasted on Wild West antics. With a little love, this station could easily police itself. But no, thugs run amok. Ahh, well...keeps gunwrenches like me in business I guess. They could at least bring some interesting firepower. The gung ho fella at the bar had the decency to bring Devastator pistols with modified flechette ammo. Totally sweet. Wow, is this what it feels like to be a tech-snob? Oooh, gatling rail-guns with depleted uranium ammo mounted around a laser designator/rangefinder on a gimbal. Yessss.


Oh, right...so the thugs are dead and Sam is not. Most excellent. In hindsight, I should have grabbed one of their flimsy supermarket sidearms. It's come to my attention that, past the comfort of my own laser torch, I do not have any personal defense. Hmmm, maybe I could create a sub-circuit thru my interface device(s) that uses electrical pulses to launch...something. An arc..hand..would use too much juice. Mini-sabots wouldn't be efficient. Standard projectiles take up too much space and would interfere with normal function of my interface devices. Maybe darts but toxins are, well...toxic. Lasers. Feasible. May need to see about upgrading my power cells for any sustained conflict. Oooh, maybe I could merge with a stationary and use those sub-circuits to siphon a smidge of juice to power the fingers of doom without melting my processors in the progress. I wonder if that's why there are no other Mechali on this station. Something to ask about.


One of these days, I plan on getting my shiny eyeball into a sabot rifle. If I could scan the operational mechanism, I could implement that into a ship-size weapon capable of punching holes thru some serious competition. The classic railgun is a solid enough platform, bu t it requires a much more efficient and self-stable feeding/firing mechanism. Unfortunate for me but much more positive for the denizens of this station, the weapon shops here do not carry military-grade firearms. There was no negotiating with the humorless DB99 Jerkbot running this store, but I got away with a scope and gunner's sight without having to chop off any extremities. I should probably brush up on my electronics before I try to feed these thru the ship sensors. Or I could go full-on weirdo and just integrate them straight to my face. Maybe I haven't been out in space long enough to justify that level of weirdness...maybe.


The Captain, Thoth, and I decide to go check out the shipyard for parts and materials. We get there and meet up with the Forem..../drool.




Syntax Error, Does Not Compute. Input Unrecognized. Shutting Down...


Rebooting... complete.


Syncing with Database...complete.


...meet up with the Forem....that optic is absolutely amazing. Would it be wrong to ask if I can merge with it? What would a human do here? "Hey, can I buy your optic a drink?" Ridiculous. Must focus...


It just so happens that this fantastic creature has a few fabricators available, neat. After some QA/QC, the Captain agrees on one and has it hauled off to the ship. A salvage operation like this led by an optic like that... any self-respecting Mechali could live here, except there are none.


GoTo Conspiracy Subroutine 6Z1...



The drones they use....hey, drones!!! Why didn't I think of that?!?! We usually have the inside of the ship covered for repairs, but the ship could definitely use a squid-bot with laser torch and suction arms to patch up damage to the outside. We could put one on a tether and launch it at a salvage operation or make mini-squid nanobots that we could launch cluster-style at an enemy ship. They could chew thru to the power core and, depending on our mass production capabilites, either be salvageable or programmed to explode once the enemy is neutralized. Brilliant!!! With the resources available in this yard, I could create whole product lines of personal and shipboard weapons. I wonder if this optically-enhanced angel would let me open a workshop here? It could be called "The Yargblat" or maybe "Interstellar Engagement Expo". No, I still have gigajoules of work on the ship to finish.


The ship...always get a tingly, banana flavor on the back of my tongue when I merge with it. Hmmm...


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