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    Manufacture and Conquer!

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    Manufacture and Conquer!

    Post by K.A.R.R. on Thu Jun 18, 2015 5:26 am

    Time: 11:00 PM
    Date: August 15, 0004

    In the long hours the AI had been away, the robotics factory had been tirelessly at work. It's stops having been pulled, it now was producing robot after robot, batch after batch at a rapid rate. What was ten became twenty, thirty, fifty, ninety... A whole army produced in a single afternoon. Certainly, some had a bit of buggy software, others had defects within their frame and electrical systems, but what was a robotics factory operated and maintained by robots without its glitches? Especially after such a long time in stasis, there were bound to be a few "special" ones. Like a pragmatic machine was wont to do, these rejects, upon being discovered, were promptly melted back down and reassembled.

    The result? rows upon rows of robotic workers, awaiting their master's bidding.

    Speaking of which... A shrill whine echoed about the main floor as KARR rolled in through the hangar doors, passing by the dilapidated and picked through assembly lines to the back where he had parked before. Once again, KARR arranged himself and backed up to the wall, plugging himself into the electrical outlet and accessing the mainframe once again. Firstly, inventory was taken on the amount of resources that were left for assembly, which was found to be not very much. Ores especially were dwindling, as the amount that had been smelted and separated to be used again had not been much in the first place. Ah, but with what they were to do, it would seem to be a trivial setback in due time.

    He had enough work hands as it were to do what he wished. Thus, KARR placed in the override command and shut down the assembly line, taking time to download a copy of the blueprints for this specific building before disconnecting from the mainframe. The conveyor belts stilled, and with a dull sigh from the hydraulics of the assembly robots, the lower level grew deathly still and silent. Connecting with his newly created batch of robotics task laborers, KARR instilled in one half of the group of a hundred a set of coordinates to the east, into the wastelands and towards the ceramics and metal refinery. As for the rest, they were to travel west, out towards a set of coordinates in the grasslands, surrounded by high walls and weaponized towers. Divided into squads of fifty, each quickly set out to do their bidding, marching up out of the depths of the factory in neat lines and passing the one who set them free.

    Once outside the hangar doors, they emerged into the night's comfortable coolness and split, one group moving swiftly east while the other went to the west. By the time the sun would rise, the evidence of their leave would be filled in by the shifting sands, just in time for their return.
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    Re: Manufacture and Conquer!

    Post by K.A.R.R. on Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:09 am

    Time: 6:00 AM
    Date: August 16, 0004

    Like a silent breath they had passed over their respective targets. The chemical plant, for all of its defenses, was overtaken easily, communications were smothered out with static, their armaments were disabled, and the workers? They were all promptly executed. Where a worker fell, the automatons took their place, and those that did not burst into code upon their demise were dragged off for storage. While these drones held little understanding as to why they needed to keep these corpses around, their taskmaster had other ideas. Into the freezer, alongside other chilled chemicals, did the bodies go. Once they were all moved, the robots that were not assigned to maintaining and taking on the defenses of the plant made swift work of taking the few trucks that had been caught in the middle of the crossfire and filling their tanks with necessary chemicals.

    Acids, silicon, adhesives, any and all required chemicals and elements were placed into drums, loaded onto the semis and carted off, a convoy of materials making their way back to the Tech Dome.

    As for the drones over at the ceramic and steel refinery, the establishment had been taken swiftly. As the plant was hardly guarded, the night shift workers were easily dispatched and much like the chemical plant, any of the bodies that did not disintegrate into code were moved aside for storage. While that was being done, a few other robots made quick work of taking some rolls of steel, awaiting transportation to the city or another factory. Along with this, the robots dismantled and moved a few of the large kilns onto the trucks with the steel rolls. Another commandeered a truck filled with raw clay. They too formed a convoy down to the Tech Dome, where a pleased and recharging KARR was waiting.

    While they had been out, KARR had made quick work of tweaking the designs he had made for his newest form, formatting it to fit in with the available machinery. By the time the group had returned, nearly everything was in place to start manufacturing. All that had to be done was install a few extra additions, the kilns specifically. The steady rumble of many diesel engines approaching brought the AI out of his recharge, his scanner lighting up with a brilliant flare before resuming its normal pacing motion.

    Just in time to see everything arrive.

    Nearly all of the semis backed up to the front of the dome in a single file line, the robots that drove them emerging from the respective cabins and starting to unload the necessary supplies.Those that could not fit in the single line formation rolled up once another left to drive about to the back. Drums were carried back to the assembly floor in the back, while the kiln was brought in to be assembled. Drone after drone brought in the required materials, the AI idly observing all the while. To think that this place had been so readily available, and the extra materials to do as he wished? They too were easily subject to his whim, their staff executed and the sites themselves overtaken for his purposes.

    He should have done this far earlier.

    With everything unloaded and put in place, there was but one thing that was missing which the two sites did not provide... Mercury, silver, gold. Ah, but these matters were trivial, KARR decided, for with another command to the drones, a few of them made their way to the furnace below, stepping inside of its burning heat with nary a pause or a hint of hesitation. These select few, four in all, were quickly melted down to be recycled. As for the trucks? Once they were of no further use, they were driven around to the back and left to sit until the AI required another shipment of supplies from the neighboring refineries, along with a few other errands that would need to be done later on.

    All that was left to do, was wait for the kiln to be reconstructed and attached to the rest of the facility. Likely it would take but an hour, the AI decided, and slipped back into surveillance mode while he waited.
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    Re: Manufacture and Conquer!

    Post by K.A.R.R. on Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:37 am

    Time: 7:00 AM

    While to KARR's own internal clock, the hour passed as long as it usually tended, he could not help but wonder if time could manage to pass faster than what was displayed, as the installation of the kilns seemed to just fly by. Of course, the proper answer, and therein the most logical one, was that he had busied himself with observing the robotics construct the devices and surveying the area to ensure nothing intruded upon him and his plans. Although, now that he pondered it, the entire idea seemed to be a foolish. So long as he was out here, the most he had been able to scan was a passing lizard outside. There were no other robotics like himself, nor were there any interlopers thinking to peek in on his operation.

    As he should have expected, given not many were willing to brave the intense heat of a desert for the sake of looking around an abandoned plant. Then again, his memory banks held data that proved otherwise, Tony and The Rev's liberation of him from Lab 3, for instance. Who would have thought those two winos would have been able to break into a high security warehouse, reactivate and free him from cold storage? Ah, but that facility was in the urban part of San Francisco, easily accessible to the dregs of society should they decide to make it worth their while, armed guards aside. Out here there was little to nothing that resembled a form of urban development or even the makings of a town. It was completely dead, aside from the few industrial complexes that lat scattered across the continent. All of the real development resided in Portal City, where it could be kept under a watchful eye by the ISO's. Regardless, with the kilns put in place and everything prepared accordingly, KARR regained contact with the Mainframe and reactivated the assembly line, this time with his own design implemented into its manifesto.

    With a shrill whir of electronics coming to life and hydraulics hissing their rousing from stasis, the plant quickly went into full swing, framework and circuitry was neatly and efficiently put into place, plating was welded and bolted into place, and all the microchips required for everything to work were meticulously arranged and placed before being screwed into their mounts with the shriek of a power drill. For all the time that was taken to get all the arrangements KARR required for this particular piece to work, the time it took to complete it was surprisingly swift.

    A little bit too swift.

    In the background, a few other robotic drones were busy with the task of forging the specialized plating, an easy feat when another part of the facility was cutting and molding the pieces, but as for forging them? The heat required was tedious to maintain, and therefore required ample time to allow the armored plates to set and temper. This would all be much easier should he have decided to stick with MBS coating, the AI thought to himself, but all the same, while he could read out the chemical compounds in his own armored hide, as for how to make them exactly... He had not a clue. Or at least, his databanks were not all that up to date with chemical engineering that had been so sophisticated. As for being able to know what was in the compound itself, he could easily find that out with a simple scan of his exterior.

    Regardless, the armor he had decided to use for this particular model would stand up to plenty, and could be replaced easily should it be damaged. After the ceramics had been properly cooked and removed from the kiln, hundreds of tiny hexagonal pieces were quickly and tightly arranged, the robots sealing them within thick rubber and on top of that metal paneling. The result was a thick, yet light composite panel, which the drones set aside to be attached later. Panel after panel was made, until each and every one was laid out to be used. Custom shaped and cut, the steel outer plating dully shining in the light of twinkling red optics.

    Once all were ready, they were taken and attached to the robotic form, wiring and hydraulics covered seamlessly as the drones whirred ad clicked while they performed precision fittings. Once they were all set, there was only one thing left to do, a single plate remaining to be attached, yet was kept to the side. Two of the drones ascended to the main assembly floor, approaching the black and silver vehicle responsible for their creation.

    It was finally time.

    Confident that his commands were precise enough to be trusted without fail, KARR allowed himself to shut down, the world going black as his systems powered down and deactivated....

    ---

    When KARR reactivated, there was no gap between his shut down and his reactivation. However, as the abysmal secondary assembly line came into view, the AI was cognizant that this body was not the one he was familiar with. Certainly, this one fit him well, but it lacked a certain bulk and weight, not to mention a noticeable difference in height, not that he could tell from sight since painters tape was still over his optics. Now standing a little over nine feet tall, KARR heard the final plate being put in place, bolted down firmly to prevent it from being pried away. He reached up and adhesive was pulled away from every place he could find it, uncovering his optics to see the world around him for the first time... much like pupils they focused in and out, attempting to clarify his surroundings.... At first the AI pondered if perhaps there was a glitch in his optical cables, before he realized that the assembly floor was completely dark. That realized, he quickly activated his infrared vision, the assembly floor now rendered out before him, albeit tinted green. He looked down with several winking, amber optics at his hands, plated and thick. they were just as capable of ripping through a wall as they were of picking up objects.

    Speaking of which, perhaps it would be a good idea to test out a few of this body's abilities. He gave a glance over his readings; the internal gyros were working at optimal, and balance sensors were taking in readings that were accurate. His optics were taking in the environment without impediment and everything else was reading at optimal performance. With a dull thump he took his first steps forward, hydraulics smoothly pumping with each motion, and rather silently too. He made his way across the floor, infrared scanners taking in the factory floor as he moved along. Although he knew his body to be capable of great speed, he remained sluggish, looking over the factory machinery and conveyor belts up close. He could grasp them, he could walk among this equipment without worrying about fitting through the doorway, without having to force his way out through a wall should he wish to leave.

    For a long moment, the AI took pause to revel in this realization.

    He could go anywhere he wanted, inside any building without leaving evidence of his passing. All the same, that left another conundrum to be solved... What was he to do with the vehicular body? Certainly it was still fully functional and therefore useful, as this body was hardly an upgrade from his usual form. Leaving it in this edifice was hardly safe, as it could easily be stolen away should anyone happen upon it, not to mention that the place itself was far off from the protection of the ISO's. As KARR made his way over to the stairs and ascended them, he quickly figured a good place for his body to be left until the time came. A place where it would be in safe hands...

    Pushing open the doors that lead to the hallway connecting the two assembly floors together, KARR strode down it, his posture hunched slightly to clear the ceiling. Once he came to his previous form, which now sat still and lifeless, KARR gave it a ponderous tilt of his smooth head. He certainly was far too big to fit in the driver's seat, even with the adjustment settings.

    The back set however was big enough should he adjust himself correctly. Easily overriding the locks with a simple access to the vehicle's systems, KARR opened the door and wedged himself inside, tucking his legs in and shifting his arms about to fit in it properly. Of course, that left little room for him to maneuver around to close the driver's side door from whence he entered. Nary an issue, however, as he remotely closed it and set about starting the vehicle, accessing its functions and unplugging it from the wall socket. With a shrill whine, the engine came to life and KARR began to pilot the two-toned Trans-Am out of the Tech-Dome and into the morning sun.

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