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Between now and 10am CDT (1300 UTC) on Monday, July 13, 2015 we need you to:

 

Write a Backstory / Lore Tie-In for the Flamethrower Boss

 

We need to know all sorts of things about it, for instance:

What was its designed purpose?

Who made it? Why did they make it?

How does it shoot fire in a vacuum?

 

Feel free to talk with the folks in chat and in the art competition for ideas (and vice versa)- or to enter the art path yourself.

 

This thread is only for entries. The entire entry should be in one post.

 

Please keep your entries concise and to the point.  While drama and sizzle are important, we need to be able to get at the important details without reading the forum post equivalent of the Silmarillion.

 

If you post multiple entries, please flag them in the order you want them considered. If we have a lot of submissions, we may have to limit the number of entries per person.


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Ooh Ooh.. 

 

How does it shoot fire in a vacuum?

 

It uses a trinary compound consisting of a liquid oxidizer, liquid methane, and a gel-based catalyst.  It allows the flamer to be made with cheap and abundant fuel, that will allow it to burn in the mines.


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Don't let the looks fool you! This robot packs quite a punch in its dual R.O.C.K.E.T.s. The weapon's name comes from the words carbon chain + oxidizer compound + kerosene -thrower. Complex carbon chain molecules are used to slow down the oxidizer and the fuel burn. Kerosene is one of the many fuels usable with the system. The weapon ignites the separated oxidizer agent and the slow burning liquid fuel after mixing them in the combustion chamber, creating a pressure (due to the liquid compounds vaporizing, such as nitrogen from the oxidizer and carbon) that shoots the burning fuel out through the barrel. The pressure also makes some of the fuel and oxidizer separate, creating unignited substance. The unignited fuel can stick to surfaces, and ignite if a sufficient amount of burning fuel hits nearby. The fuel particles are small, almost as small as the water concentrations in a fog. They would burn fast on earth, due to their big surface area compared to volume. In space the oxygen comes from the oxidizer compound, which is used in the ROCKETs to slow down the reaction, so the fuel will still burn after escaping the barrel. These features make the ROCKET the most deadly flamethrower even against the strongest hulls

 

TL;DR: The ROCKETs shoot burning fuel that can "ignite" nonflammable surfaces and the stream of fire is similar to rocket engines and not to conventional flamethrowers.

 

Oh, and the bot's name, do you even want to know it? It's A.W.E. (pronounced ow), and it comes from the words Automated waste eraser. The developers said during the robot presentation in 2064 that funny or tongue-in-cheek names sell robots better than boring serial numbers and meaningless abbreviations.

 

The robot was used to clear mining areas of toxic and flammable gasses like methane that could explode when drones got it in their thrusters. Another use was to burn organic and plastic waste into more portable cinder. The immense heat the ROCKETs create was well sufficient to burn any kind of plastic into ash. There was also a third intended use, but it wasn't talked about...

 

Using this robot would always mean that people were going to see an explosion or at least giant flames, but the robot never blew up in the process. This is thanks to its flame resistant ceramic armor plating. You bet people had more fun with the AWEs than just these functions. Some miners would leave them in dark mines, where they would fire up and scare the living daylights out of the workmates going to mine.

 

To ignite the gasses the bot either used his flamethrowers or channeled the mixed fuel into its thrusters, creating fast burning hot flames. It could also open gas veins with unconventional plasma cutters.  The weapons doubled their usefulness, when freelancer engineers coded a guardian mode to its open source computing units. The developers didn't want to be known as an arms corporation, so they let the users create their own programs to this "utility robot". 

 

The developer was a small company known as Far East flammables. Based in South Korea, Seoul, they started by making rocket fuel to spaceships. Being one of the few companies manufacturing synthetic fossil fuels for old machinery they saw the upcoming struggle in the field and decided to invent a new use for rocket fuel.

They developed AWE with a small budget which can be seen in the design of the robot. Still, they would have likely been crushed in the price competition by the big arms corporations, if it wasn't for the clever plan of selling the bot as a "utility bot". In the complex trade of space era, few countries realized that a bot which doesn't have high energy lasers could be a military robot, giving it an edge over the big companies that had to pay expensive military licenses and go through intenational inspections. Many countries have now prohibited the use of the bot, but you can still find them in smaller companies' mines. Also, the authorities have bigger concerns than some "harmless stone-age bots".

 

 

 

Notes (not a part of the entry): 

 

I fixed some typos and made the entry more presentable. I also made some changes to the lore again, but this should be the final version. If you see a typo please send me a pm.

 

The ROCKETs allow for proper flames, as you shoot burning fuel and not just hot air. Imagine the bright fat column of fire from rocket engines, but with a bit less density! The unignited fuel can cause a metal hull to "burn".

 

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Edited by Whiteshark, 11 July 2015 - 04:39 PM.

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Wouldn't it be easier to read if this was on Comic Sans?

 


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Xipo (or XIP0 - eXperimental Intelligent Platform 0) was a bot used by the Vertical Dynamics Group (VDG) as a test bed for various technologies, notability synthetic components constructed by organic means. What was believed to have originally been a Torch KS (though this has not been independently verified), is now a strange amalgamation of classical electronic and bio-engineered systems. For the best part, the experimental tech has been a success. Most notably, the composite 'skin' that covers the hull is light but tough and shows excellent resistance to heat.

However, one key piece was never able to be completed. The organic neural net AI core was deemed unstable, with leaked memos stating '[it is] unlikely to ever be viable as a marketable product' and 'XIP0 is to be under no circumstances ... fitted with weapons ... even in a controlled environment'. The project was mothballed shortly afterwards.
 
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Exact details about 'the incident' on board the VDG's BrightPoint 3 are scarce since most of the records were destroyed by the fire. What has been pieced together, however, indicates that a young scientist decided to reboot Xipo in order to test an experimental RCS thruster design that had proved to be to powerful for standard drones.
 
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'A powerful drive is a powerful weapon.'
 
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Vertical Dynamics Group is a consortium of smaller companies from various industries that banded together to stave off hostile takeovers from the big corporations. They see themselves as the plucky underdogs in a fight for survival against the behemoths, and are willing to do whatever it takes to give themselves an edge. While they have been accused of hacking larger companies to steal their tech, they haven't been shy in pushing the envelope in developing their own. Willing to sacrifice safety to come up with the next 'disruptive technology', aka the next 'big thing', there has been a growing cost to the people working there. Only their small size and their unbelievable luck (somehow a leak from a large corporation always seems to overshadow their own failures) have kept their record of disasters off the public radar.
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FireX Guardian is the name of the bot made by Cindar corp's elite Monocle division. It's nickname is The Flaming G or TFG for short. It is part of our mine ops bot systems. We designed it to be self sufficient (some say a little too much) versatile and very maneuverable and be operated in atmo or a vacuum. It boasts a high end AI for managing the task it was created to do. It works well independently or in groups and teams.

 

Function. It's main purpose (1) processor/sorter is to heat and melt ore and slag to refine into piles of valuable and non valuable piles or groupings and also shape the desired material groups into easy to handle packages. It's secondary (2) purpose is material recovery is as a salvage bot. It salvages material from wrecks and debris with is plasma cutters and blow torches. It's third (3) function is as a resource guardian or protection bot. The reason for it's large red "eyes" is to serve as a warning to convey the fact that it is watching you especially if you are in it's area of operation. Take care and be sure to tread lightly near it. In this configuration it can watch over and guard the ore or salvage in it's area of operation. It will defend against any intruders or thieves by adjusting its plasma cutter's fuel and oxidizer ratios to create jets of spraying/streaming flaming liquid (napalm) to ward off and or destroy intruding craft and bots. In the event it does in fact take out an enemy it will add them/it to the salvage pile (or make a new pile if none exists) to add to the value stream of resources. Not only can TFG protect your assets it can make you money $ while doing so. It is an investment that pays for itself.  

 

Physical description. It is powered by long duration power cells and also carries fuel and oxidizers on pods on it's body for its plasma cutter and flame throwers units. It's "arms" move and pivot for optimal positing of its plasma cutters and flame throwers depending on the task. It is also covered in a dark heat resistant material that also makes it resistant to heat or flame projectiles and weapons as well as it's own fiery exhaust gases and flames. It also burns off unneeded and or unwanted gases and depending on the gas a different color flame as it does so. It's advance AI makes it able to carry out tasks with little input from its owners. It can also "think" on they fly to over come obstructions, obstacles, in way of and intrusions on its assigned tasks. Note it is not recommend and breaks warranty to alter the programming of these units as bad things can happen. 

 

These bots are favored by aspiring and established corps alike that have distant or small operations that require few personnel. It is not uncommon however to see multiples of this bot in use in bigger ops in several of its roles. 

 

There are some reports of these bots going rogue and or working in teams to take out and salvage drones and bots of other companies but that is just pure rumor and conjecture being spread by our inferior competitors to weaken our stellar reputation. Trust us. Cindar corp bots  never revolt. 


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Not gonna see me coming not gonna hear a sound......

 


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Spewer

 

Short Form:

The Spewer is a modified clone of the Yoyodyne J-Class plasma cutter drone. The design of the J-Class was intended to be easy to maintain which lead to the Drone being easy to modify. This lead to an after-market add on\mod kits leading up building J-Class drones using no Yoyodyne parts at all. The common name of “Spewer” describes a modification kit that upgrades the plasma cutters into plasma throwers and uses an autonomous mode AI that is a simple but highly aggressive.

 

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Comments:

I’ve written the flavor text so that the Yoyodyne story to be the D:U's "Dark Fairy Tale\Folk Lore" about market forces. That is, if market forces can humble a major MegaCorp down several pegs and lose a brand by not paying attention to what they’re doing or how they’re doing it... take heed child to what the market will do to you. 

 

I’ve specifically wrote with wild variations on the drone in mind. This is a call back on two things. First, what we’ll be able to do with the drone bay eventually.  Second, an echo of early history (1980’s) of the PC in relation to IBM.

 

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The Sizzle Text:

 

The text below is taken from the current publication of ‘Jean's Fighting Drones’:

Unofficially, the Spewer in all its flavors is one of the most popular plasma drones on the market. Officially, asking about the Spewer to your Outernational Construction Products rep is the fastest way to get under their skin by reminding them of their now defunct Yoyodyne Brand.  

 

Under the Yoyodyne brand, Outernational Construction Products were a mainstay in the industry with plasma drones. However internally there was a concern that a big new product was needed to in order to keep their edge in the market. This result was a complete redesign from the ground up that was quick to produce, easy maintain, and at a faction of cost. Thus was born the Yoyodyne J-Class plasma cutter drone.

 

Shortly after release, owners came to find out that the J-Class was not only easy to maintain, but to modify as well.  Within a year of release an off the shelf market was viable. These “clones” parts outperforming the official Yoyodyne ones and for less. Simply put, the J-class succeeded beyond Yoyodyne’s wildest dreams, just not on their balance sheets.

 

The Spewer as we know it today is just one of the many favors of modifications to the Yoyodyne J-Class Drone. The most popular Spewer kits replaces the stock plasma cutters with Galvanized Exothermic Plasma Accelerators. To improve energy flow to the plasma combination chambers, an extra energy line is added with new improved plasmid flow units. These upgrades make the Spewer able to generate plasma quickly and expel them in a brash continuous stream for sustained periods of time.

 

While the upgrades make the Spewer less nimble and larger as other J-Class type drones, it still exceeds as a cheap short range Guard. What makes the Spewer formidable is when it is placed in to autonomous mode using the “Nero” AI profile.  While highly effective by using the on board CNC plasma cutter logic, what makes the Nero profile notorious is its relentless hunt on its target. Ignoring everything but the primary target, the Spewer on a regular basis results in haphazardly damage to anything around, hostile or not.

 

Sometimes the only remains of a Spewer encounter are melted hunks of alloys and plasma scorches.  The pilots who have survived their encounters with these Spewers talk in terms liken to a drunken fight at the local Astro Buger but descriptively replacing knives for flumes of fire.

 

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Edit:

I got some great feed back on what I posted first. It resulted in many many changes. Because how different it is, I didn't want to just replace it with my new text or make a new post. Instead I've put a spoiler tag around to hide it from view, but remain for those who still want to see it.  

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                The Flame Thrower Boss was designed for incinerating lethal gases and toxic fumes within the mines for the safety of the mining crews. The flamethrower boss also has a stationary pillar design so it could be attached close to the walls of the hazardous location(s), Its large claws and sharp deep extendable talons were made to grasp deep within the asteroid walls for proper hazardous waste removal without risking the loss of equipment. The flamethrowers make a deep growl within the cave walls when fired that could be felt across the whole mining colony, some say the trembles gave even the strongest willed miners nightmares, and visions. Scientists are still baffled and in extreme terror as of why the Flame Thrower Boss would give out such fear and tension for the miners. They say the process in which it creates the flames has a toxic release of its own. Developing illusions and visions within a large radius. After extensive research the project was scrapped, deemed too hazardous to continue and the project  was discontinued. Story is told a scientist was hands on with the regarding chemicals used to extract the flames, and something terrible happened to him, His crew of scientists were found mutilated and dismembered, they say they found an arm shoved down his windpipe in an attempt that looked as if he was trying to eat the remains of his slain fellow crew members. The story was deemed as Myth and not fact by the central investigation of mining committee. The incident was labeled as human error, and pushed to end production of the Flame Thrower Boss. Still to this day, not another one has been made, and hazardous gases are now known as a "No Mine Zone" for all future mining Colonies.


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Because of the holiday here in the States and such, we've extended the period for entries for one more week.

 

Entries can now be submitted until 10am CDT on Monday, July 13.

 

If people want to fix any typos or make changes to their entries, you have this bit of extra time!

 


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“Pele” investigation document status.
This main document will be attached to all related internal reports to The Pele incidents.
 
Basic Overview:
The Pele is the nickname for an FD5624 (The Flamethrower) that has gone rouge. These Pele drones have recently increased in regularity. The Drones seem to go off line for a period of time only to reappear and moved to other sectors for no apparent reason. At first the drone seems to function as it did, but as time goes on the AI becomes unstable and it actually starts consuming the materials. Only a few observers were able to study a Pele for a short time and described that it looked like had been altered. The Pele will emit a high temperature pulse every so often but increases in intensity as time passes. Blue, green, purple and white vapors have been reported seeping out the mechanism a few hours after the machine had been altered.

What was its designed purpose?
 
From studying the mechanism it seems to only consume materials. The AI seems unpredictable and will attack anything moving in the area. As the mechanism consumes more, the more the AI becomes unstable and unpredictable.
Some have concluded that this is a tactic to destroy areas of mining on purpose. It seems to consume more and faster until the AI becomes so unstable it goes into a critical meltdown. When this happens vast amounts of space is laid to waste. Any and all who are in this path would be wiped out. The plasma and other volatile gasses will effect this area for at least 10 months. Some meltdowns have been reported that the melt area will last for years.
 
Who made it? Why did they make it?
 
There is a popular rumor that small corporations and a few Independents had in secret, to conspired to make these machines and then let it loose in key areas. We have investigated this and found no such truth to this. We are currently investigating the larger corps to see if they pulled their resources to spoil mining grounds.
In the scientific community there seems to be whispers of another cause they are looking at. Some have stated quietly that none human entities are manipulating the FD5624 (The Flamethrower) drone. There is talk of internal sabotage to the machines AL and internal workings.
Side note: Could this be related to other events we have documented?

How does it shoot fire in a vacuum?
 
Plasma, chemical and pressured gasses. This may be a combination or varying degrees of formulas and available materials at the time. The Pele mechanism seems to emit and shoot an unknown formula. We have had failures in obtaining sample data. We have been unable to recover a sample of plasma, chemicals or gasses, even after it goes to critical meltdown.
 
Recommendations:
 
With limited data we are unable to recommend any other action.  The Design Works Division is looking into a two foot scientific drone/missile that can withstand the high temperatures and take readings.
 
 
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Hey Descendents. I've been extremely busy lately, and Corporate Heroes has been taking all my writing time. However, I managed to throw this together for the contest. It still has some rough edges, but I hope it'll provide some interesting things to think about. Also, I want to say that the collaboration and idea exchange over in Descendent Chat has been great for the entire Build-A-Bot contest. If you're not lurking in Chat, come hang out!


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Thermal Shock Miner (Hot Bite)
// Size: 7 Meters
|| Est. Armament: Self-oxidizing semi-adherent incendiary stream projectors
\\ Threat: Medium/High
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Originally designed to melt tunnels through ice, fracture stone via thermal shock, and aid in the extraction of precious ores by use of thermal fragmentation instead of demolition charges. Self-oxidizing elements spewed out with the reactants enable exothermic reaction even in vacuum. This reliance on physical fuel, rather than energy like many common miners, is an inherent weakness. Despite the potential for a revenue stream, the engineering consortium behind the Thermal Shock Miner published their reaction mix and took pains to ensure it could be easily fabricated by customers. Adjustments to the mixture can be made to enable use in pressurized environments. Thus, it is rare to find a Thermal Shock Miner that has run out of flamethrower fuel. It is technically illegal to fabricate the fuel without owning a license to fabricate Thermal Shock Miners, but there is virtually no enforcement.

In the wrong hands, this robot's inferno-spewing arms can burn through bulkheads with frightening ease, and vaporize shield nanobots. Its hardened armor, intended to keep it operational in hazardous environments, gives it high survivability in close combat against even mil-spec weapons. The consortium of engineers behind the creation of the bot, informally referred to as "CommuniSource", designed the machine as a group effort in their spare time, and donate most of the profits to causes that better the lives of the underprivileged who live beyond the light of an arcology. Their hopes that its new take on mining, and the use of thermal shock and thermal fracturing to maximize recoverable ore, would allow for higher yields and reduced waste did not actualize. This was chiefly because mine directors continued to have high tolerance for "acceptable losses" rather than an oversight on the part of the designers.

Despite being a chimera designed by engineers from different decicorps, the Thermal Shock Miner has enjoyed moderate acceptance within asteroid mines. It is often found policing ice buildup in cold sections, or thermally fragmenting rock to enable clean extraction of valuable ores. The name "Hot Bite" was coined on accident. An idle remark in the workgroup's text chat that one engineer had just suffered a burn from a hot bite of food that had been left on the burner for too long became a running joke among the consortium. The similarities between chewing food and thermal fragmenting, which shatters an ore deposit to allow for easier extraction, helped the nickname stick.



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UCorp Sponsored Clearance Authenticated
Additional Briefing Follows
Classification - FYIO
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Exceptionally dangerous at close range. Able to swiftly charge directly forward, but turns and strafes more slowly as a side effect of its propulsion systems being designed keep the robot stable while scorching rock surfaces. Reports of virus infected "Hot Bites" emitting sounds described as "The screams of humans on fire" are likely exaggeration. It is highly unlikely that these robots record the death noises of humans they incinerate. Engaging from beyond the range of their flamethrowers is strongly recommended.

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End Additional Briefing
Preloading Erase/Scrub Algorithms
"More careers than just your own may depend on your silence!"
@#$%&*~$@%-*&%$#@
\\ nodemeta: hot_bite , firestarter_twisted , minerbot , conflagration
// EOFNULL
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And that's the official entry. Now, for a few points of clarification...

+ Thermal fragmentation is a pretty new technology in the modern world. Essentially, it involves enlarging pre-drilled holes to shatter rock and ore instead of blowing said rock or ore up with explosives. This reduces costs, allows for quick "test samples" to be blasted out of potential ore veins, and most importantly produces highly concentrated ore. Basically, a tiny (15-cm) pilot hole is drilled. Then, the burner superheats the rock, which causes it to shatter. After that, all that's left is to pick up the pieces, literally! :D In a low-gravity environment, this would be really effective since the pieces of ore could be easily gathered.

Here's some further reading, and even a video:

http://www.rocmec.co...n-mining-method



Also, this tech isn't just theoretical. It's been used in South Africa to mine gold: http://www.marketwat...rica-2014-07-10

+ Secondly, although thermal fragmentation via superheated pilot tunnel is a pretty new innovation, humans have been using fire to mine for a very, very long time. Stone has been heated with fire to cause it to fracture, then cooled with water to allow miners to get in and quickly dig at the now-loosened rock. This is a well-documented historical fact.

http://www.persee.fr...0_num_26_2_4715

I don't think it's too farfetched to say that superheating rock would come in handy in asteroid mining too! Maybe that's part of the reason we saw so much lava in Descent 1 & 2? ;)


(A note, since I figure someone will ask this: The mention of "An idle remark in the workgroup's text chat" leading to the nickname "Hot Bite" is not indicative of how I came up with the idea. I actually thought of it while browsing British recipes on the Internet, and crafted that piece of the robot's backstory based on positive experiences I've had in different web chats over the years. Real-time text chat can sometimes result in fantastic ideas... or trivial-yet-amusing ones. However, when someone gives me an idea, I always try to give credit where it's due. Likewise, when an idea is my own but could be inferred to have come from someone else, I want to clarify that as well.)
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Background:

The A.W.L or Automatic War Lance is a robot capable of nearly unrivaled power. Developed as a weapon of mass destruction as part of a planned coup, the A.W.L. wields a plasma cannon powered by an engine that is larger than most space ships. All this is held in a body that resembles an ancient fighter jet or plane.

 

The A.W.L. never made it passed the prototype stages, as the planned coup was stopped by leaks and traitors. Despite this, the few A.W.L. that did make it out of the terrorist bases before they were destroyed demonstrate a high level of polish. 

 

How it shoots fire in space?!

It is capable of releasing "fire" in space, as it fires highly concentrated plasma concentration at it's opponents. The original design called for the ability to fire nuclear waste and even tachyons at targets, but those features seem to have never been implemented.

 

How does it accomplish its goals:

The A.W.L. is designed to get passed any radar, a feature it owes to its unique shape, launch its plasma in the forms of capsules, and destroy huge areas. IF forced to dog fight, the reason for having lance in its name becomes obvious... the A.W.L. can shoot huge streams of plasma from its lance-like cannons, all while maneuvering around opponents. The entire body, strengthened to prevent damage from its own plasma, means that even if its shields are destroyed the A.W.L. can take a hit. The usage of an A.I. that can create algorithms that adapt to current conditions (I.E. low fuel, extreme temperature, damaged wing) on the fly allows the A.W.L. to act perfectly, even in situations where ships cannot usually perform well. 

 

Unique Features:

  • The presence of multiple fake fuel cells. It is actually unknown where the fuel for an A.W.L. is held, only that the fuel cells on the bottom are released if shot at, and explode in the face of the pilot who dared to shoot them.
  • The shield of the A.W.L. occasionally resembled the plasma it shoots. When the A.W.L. goes into this state, it rams its entire body at opponents, much like a lance. This attack has started to fall out of use, and becomes rarer each time an A.W.L. is destroyed, suggesting they can communicate or know of each other's existence.
  • The A.W.L. can use the arms normally used for loading capsules within it for minor repairs. The entire ammo loading system within it can double as a system to transport or exchange cargo, tooling, or explosives.

Some of the original A.W.L.'s that escaped have yet to be sighted, and reports suggest one or two may be capable of shooting tachyon explosives. It is recommended to run if an A.W.L. that wields tachyon bombs is sighted. 


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Firebolt Mk I Smelter Bot
 
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Size:  8 meters
Armament: 2x plasma “flame” throwers
Threat Med/High
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The Firebolt Mk I smelter bot is designed to melt ores that are too fragile or too hazardous to be transported for processing.  To accomplish this the Firebolt uses twin plasma throwers fueled by iron filings or any other type of metallic dust that can be magnetized.  This allows for a greater “Ammo capacity” while eliminating the need for bulky pressuring equipment.  To fire, the Firebolt magnetizes a charge of metallic dust and draws the charge into the heating chamber.   The charge is then heated to a plasma state.  Then the charge is pushed out over a conical area by magnetic fields.  The plasma throwers can bet set for continuous fire or burst fire, firing 3 pulses of plasma per shot.  When not in use, the plasma thrower mechanism folds in towards the body.  This causes the feed lines to disconnect preventing an accidental firing of the plasma thrower mechanism.
 
The plasma will also stick to magnetizable metallic surfaces due to the fact that not all of the metallic dust is vaporized in the process.  This leads to a “on fire” effect similar to the traditional flame thrower when the plasma is sprayed on such a surface.  However, the plasma will simply melt non-metallic surfaces.  When smelting ore, the plasma throwers can be turned to a specific temperature to melt the unwanted impurities and leave the more valuable metal for easy harvesting.  Since the process does not eliminate all of the impurities further processing may be required.
 
The Firebolt is easily programmable allowing for a multitude of roles in addition to smelting.  Firebolts have been used to bore out tunnels leaving behind a glass-smooth surface to mount conduits and tunnel reinforcements.  The magnetic fields can be tuned so that the plasma is confined enough to weld tears or even to cut through the toughest alloy.  The Firebolt is also semi-autonomous, able to adapt to situations outlined in its parameters and needing only a single operator to monitor the bot’s activities.
 
If attacked the Firebolt can fire its afterburner to charge within firing range.  To stay on target it uses it maneuvering thrusters to turn and strafe.  The thrusters use hypergolic propellant for fast maneuvering speeds.

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