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[EVOLUTION - 05] Embrace Your Future by NMac1983 [EVOLUTION - 05] Embrace Your Future by NMac1983
Phew! Got this one done finally. I swear this painting has gone through about 3 revisions! There's indecisiveness for you.. This picture takes you back to around ten years before the collapse of the eco-system, when Sally is forced to make the most difficult choice of her life. And one that would start her on a journey spanning more than nine centuries.

Enjoy! 'Constructive' feedback, as always, is warmly welcome.

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Robotnik was gone. He was finally gone... But our problems were only just beginning.

The world was dying. Robotnik had made sure of that before the final assault that brought his reign of terror crumbling down. We had maybe ten, fifteen years at best, before people would start dying again from the pollution that had ravaged the eco-system. Food was already becoming scarce, many had lost loved ones to either the Roboticizer or fighting in the war, and the planet’s natural resources of fossil fuels were virtually depleted.

There were however, considerable stores of power in Robotropolis. The question was how to best use this?

Sally had known early on that the best solution to this problem was the Roboticizer technology. The Robians who had already been transformed by Robotnik were doing remarkably well since his down-fall, after being freed from the control that was imposed on them. They required neither food or water, consumed no more resources other than occasional repair or upgrade and were highly resistant to the pollution and radioactivity that covered the land. The biggest problem was making the people of Mobius, who had fought for so long to rid the world of Robotnik and his use of his Roboticizer technology, agree to convert themselves into the very thing they feared.

The solution as it turned out was remarkably simple...

‘Make’ them want to choose it...

With the stores in Robotropolis and with funds from the House of Acorn, hidden away before Robotnik’s coup, Sally’s plan was simple. Keep the immediate civilisation on life support, while the Roboticizer tech could be re-worked into something that ordinary Mobians would want. It was highly risky, but it was their best chance.

Over the next ten years, as life went on in the reclaimed city of Robotropolis, the effects of the failing environment began to exact it’s toll on organic life. Cancers, breathing difficulties, sterility, stillborn infants, toxin induced insanity, the list of horrific ailments went on and on. The peoples’ cries for salvation roared louder and louder, resources were at critical levels to civilians, rationing became extremely tight, looting and organised crime began to dominate the land. Atrocities scarred everyone.

The suffering was at breaking point and the world risked tearing itself apart, looking for a way out of this madness.

And now finally they were shown salvation. And her name was Mileeka.

Mileeka was the first of the new generation of Robians and she was significantly more advanced than Robotnik’s worker bots. She was faster, stronger and more intelligent. Articulate in emotion, articulate in thought, articulate in feelings.

But above all else she was beautiful. And that was what caught everyone’s attention.

The people of Mobius worshipped her, they loved her, they wanted to be her. She was ecstasy, she was health, she was survival. She was the future.

The gamble had paid off. Millions willingly rushed to hand over their sickly flesh for a new, beautiful, immortal, robotic form.

It was then that the irony of all this finally hit Sally. She had done more to manipulate and change her people than Robotnik ever could have. She could already hear his applause from beyond the grave.

The thought of it chilled her to the core, but from the very start, her mission was never to rebuild a stable society. It was simply to save it.

And it was saved.... For a price.

A price that, several years later, many found too high...
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
Thank you for creating this verse. Thank you. 
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NMac1983 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
I know I keep saying this . . . but . . . I really do love this universe of yours.
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NMac1983 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't worry Alex. I'll get back to the CyberSally story someday.
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SonicDoofus Featured By Owner Edited Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent Art & Writing - Good Job.
Tell me, is this universe a possible future to the Sat AM Universe or a universe parallel to the Sat AM Universe?
Because if it was a possible future, Ixis Naugus may be able to propose an alternative route. . .
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NMac1983 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.

And it leans more towards a possible future.
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Dova6627 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
I refuse to embrace the future as I would rather die then spend life as a PILE OF WALKING SCRAP METAL.
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NMac1983 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

The robians in my verse are a far cry from scrap metal. In fact, the advanced roboticizer tech created by Tails creates Robians that are closer in nature to biology than mechanical constructs of wire and steel. They can think and feel, they do have emotions. They are, for all intents and purposes, alive.

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Dova6627 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
We'll from the stories I read it said that but I still don't like the thought of it
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
This is still a hot image, and Tails was right, by making her BEAUTIFUL, it worked wonders for their PR.
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:iconalexwarlorn:
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
This is still a great part of your gallery.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
I still love this piece of art so dearly.
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JefimusPrime Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Whoa
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Ether101 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
An environmental crisis such as the one you mentioned would be just as bad for machines as it would be for organic bodies.
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NMac1983 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The roboticizer tech that Tails and Sally worked on over the 10 or so years has factored in the environmental hazards the Robians would have faced.

Suffice to say, seamless improvements have been made to the roboticizer technology.
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Jammerlee Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been sitting here reading through all your stuff on Cyber Sally, and I have to say I like the concept overall. The concept of the fashion show depicted here is especially interesting - I mean, how WOULD you convince a population that fought so hard against roboticization to suddenly accept it willingly? The scenario you've been creating here feels very plausible within the SatAM universe. I like it. Plus, more robots is never a BAD thing... right? ;B
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NMac1983 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Having the Mobian race do a 180 on their views of the Roboticizer was a problem that I spent a while thinking about.. It wasn't until i saw a commercial for a fragrance and the model in it that the idea clicked... 'Dior' I think it was.

It seemed so obvious to me, as it happens all the time here in the real world.

I guess when it comes to media and advertising, we're all robots in that regard... well, most of us.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
"They required neither food or water, consumed no more resources other than occasional repair or upgrade and were highly resistant to the pollution and radioactivity that covered the land."

Heh. No wonder they've lasted so long. It's possible that the radiation from Bunnie's core was just that intense.

"The people of Mobius worshipped her, they loved her, they wanted to be her. She was ecstasy, she was health, she was survival. She was the future. "

There's something downright TRANSCENDENT about that one. You can FEEL the hope here.

Steps for assimilating a species:

1) Ask politely.

2) Given them the choice since they'll always oppose ANYTHING if it's forced.

3) Create or provide a spokes person who embodies everything positive of what you're offering.
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NMac1983 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Heh. No wonder they've lasted so long. It's possible that the radiation from Bunnie's core was just that intense. "

To power that chassis and those weapon systems? Absolutely!


And using the real world as an example, celebrity is a powerful and invasive tool for public manipulation.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
"Heh. No wonder they've lasted so long. It's possible that the radiation from Bunnie's core was just that intense. "

To power that chassis and those weapon systems? Absolutely!"

In other words, it was just too much of a good thing eh for the average robian? Heh.


"And using the real world as an example, celebrity is a powerful and invasive tool for public manipulation."

Yeah, I wasn't contesting that in the least.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
Makes we wonder if we'll eventually see some happy new robians walking off the 'assembly line' at one point, showing Sally for a brief time a chance at hope for her culture and people. True, they had become something different, something new to survive, but that was what evolution IS!
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NMac1983 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No argument there. Evolution being one of the biggest 'works in progress' ever.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
And by 'assembly line' I mean the line of people going in and out of the robotocizer.

Question: could ANYONE besides Sally have pulled off what she did to kill the world? What did she have that others didn't?

If awakened, would Nicole's sapience be damaged from the long time of lack of use? Would her memories be more intact than Sally's? Would she have her memories? I'm surprised that Sally's brain has enough room for them both in her head considering just how BIG Nicole became at the end in term of data size logically.

Does Sally remember she killed the world? Does she always remember, or does it fade in and out of her memories as times comes and goes? Or did the guilt and trauma of what happened cause her to just dump that memory?

Sure Sally was hurting, but what she did was completely selfish on pair with any of Eggman's horrors. It can be argued she wasn't thinking straight at the time, but could even be considered an excuse? An irrational with grief mother would still be charged with murder after shooting someone (since temporarily insanity isn't accepted in courts anymore I think.)

Sally killed every mobian on the planet, and left the robians with a broken world shattering what they had managed to repair and reclaimed.

You said that the fact Sally is the killer of the world is seared into every robians (sans the children and infants who weren't networked). Does anyone still woman hunt her? I'm surprised she lasted as long as she has since basically all the world is her enemy.

Since everyone would remember, will Bunnie remember?
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NMac1983 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Question: could ANYONE besides Sally have pulled off what she did to kill the world? What did she have that others didn't?"

No. Only Sally had Nicole's implicit trust. Once her sentience had been transfered to Sally, it was simply a case of shutting down Nicole's mind and using her own knowledge to deactivate all of her own safety system in use by all of the world's cities. Thus giving Sally the 'detonator' to blow the world's reactors.

And Sally only has 'the jist' of Nicole and her base abilities. All the extras would have been left in the networks.

"Does Sally remember she killed the world? "

That, and the memory of Tails are the only ones she clearly remembers. The only one's that keep her going in a strange way. Her loss, her decision and her punishment.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
" Thus giving Sally the 'detonator' to blow the world's reactors."

It still stuns me how overwhelmingly selfish Sally was in that moment, and cruel. Her son DID THIS ON PURPOSE, to give the mobians the ultimate proof they needed that becoming a robian didn't mean losing your soul. And what does she do with his ultimately sacrifice? She desecrates it, she makes it utterly pointless, and she kill every mobian still alive effectively just for the sake of expressing her grief.

"That, and the memory of Tails are the only ones she clearly remembers. The only one's that keep her going in a strange way. Her loss, her decision and her punishment."

And all this time, she's done NOTHING to make restitution for her crime.

"And Sally only has 'the jist' of Nicole and her base abilities. All the extras would have been left in the networks."

So Nicole's memories are still stored on the offline network?
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NMac1983 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"It still stuns me how overwhelmingly selfish Sally was in that moment, and cruel. Her son DID THIS ON PURPOSE, to give the mobians the ultimate proof they needed that becoming a robian didn't mean losing your soul. And what does she do with his ultimately sacrifice? She desecrates it, she makes it utterly pointless, and she kill every mobian still alive effectively just for the sake of expressing her grief."

Well, it did show the Mobians that the Robians could feel emotion, as well as all the other mental vices organics suffer. Tails had simply mis judged how much stress Sally had been through during the 10 years of the Last Chance, and expecially during his time infilrating the Freedom Fighters.

"So Nicole's memories are still stored on the offline network?"

Assuming some of the hardware survived the blast, then yes. It's possible Nicole's memories and other attributes are being held in servers housed underground or heavily shielded areas.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
I wouldn't be surprised if Nicole left a couple clones of herself around dormant in case something happened to her. She just didn't plan for the entire network going offline.

Given the paranoia the mobians were feeling towards ANY machine, I can imagine Nicole would take precautions for her archives and CPU being guarded against physical violence.
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vixenlover22 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Student Writer
~ It's unfortunate. Any creature with Human intelligance would say technology would save them from total destruction, but would they use the right technology?

Commander William Romero, Savior of Humanity and Founder of the Alpha Centuri Colony
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NMac1983 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Depends on how intelligent they are.. Or how intelligent the technology makes them.
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vixenlover22 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Student Writer
As well as what it's used for. They could have filtered the toxic materials out of the water, air, and earth and dispose of those materials in the proper manner, but it's too late for that now.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
Before Robotnik they had no need for that kind of technology to begin with, and they didn't have the time to waste on developing it with slavery in your own body under the whims of a mad man was breathing down your neck.

Converting all mobians to robians wasn't the ideal solution by a long shot, it was the only solution.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
So who was Mileeka? Why was she chosen? And how much did she know of what her true job was?

And seriously, I still love this painting. It's powerful story telling.
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NMac1983 Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's funny you should ask.. I think i've got a text file somewhere with a bit of her background. I didn't post it since, at the time, I considered it outside the needs of the central story. I guess I could upload it. Need to find it first and possibly do a few tweaks as it was done a while back.

Oh! And i'm nearly finished another CyberSally pic. Should have that up within the week.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
"It's funny you should ask.. I think i've got a text file somewhere with a bit of her background. "

Well, Sally or the others DID pretty much set her up to become Mobius' number one idol to where people would love her enough to survive as living machines rather than die as flesh and blood mobians. What I find interesting is that they didn't chose Mina Mongoose for the role.

"I didn't post it since, at the time, I considered it outside the needs of the central story."

Maybe but it makes an intense side story.

" I guess I could upload it. "

Please do!

"Need to find it first and possibly do a few tweaks as it was done a while back."

I can so appreciate that.

"Oh! And i'm nearly finished another CyberSally pic. Should have that up within the week."

UBER COOLNESS!

Seriously, I know the whole POINT of the image series is Sally's survival after she ends the world out of grief over the death of her foster son, and then lost that memory along with a good deal of her old experiences as the centuries rolled on and she made room for new memories. BUT like Rapture in Bioshock before it's civil war, I just like to think and see the mobius for that shinning moment where the living robians were able to LIVE their lives!

I am never ever, seen any Sonic fanart that has managed to be so epic with so few pictures. And that says a lot considering how much of my computer's memory is eaten up by images I've saved.
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NMac1983 Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Found it! Tidied it up a bit.

Hope you like.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
I liked about 85% of it.

It was good to see some origins to this woman (what species is she exactly?).

Of course when death sweeps it's hand across mobius a second time, she becomes just another robian.
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NMac1983 Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not my best work i'll admit (kinda rough in some areas), but it does say quite a bit about Mileeka herself.

"what species is she exactly?

Mink.. Thought it was appropriate given their use in real world fashion.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
And it works.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
Your stuff is still the most detailed and in-depth story I've ever read based on this plot device of the Sonic-verse.

Reminds me of Watchmen but without the intent by the author of destroying the very idea of heroes.
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NMac1983 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, man. :)

And sorry for the late reply, it's been difficult to get much time to myself lately. Work has been a bit of a bitch. Well, the management has.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
Know how that is.
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Chris000 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Ooh, the shiny Spring Model is out, I see!
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NMac1983 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can see the adverts now...

It's like 'Yves Saint Laurent' meets 'Bio Shock'...
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Chris000 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Hah! Indeed!
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
However these robians didn't become degenerate cannibals due to flaws in the robotocization process. They become just people trying to survive after a world wide disaster rather than lunatics driven mad by flaws and side effects of the process they used. And this was survival rather than a trend.

I can see the parallels, and they're interesting, but I can see the divergence too.


"Don't let the phantoms of the past deny you or your family a future. You can all find happiness in the shinny new future." *shows image of Knothole Orphan Trio as happy robian kids in the tin*
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Chris000 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Even if they did retain their inner Free Will, Robians now have to live with the expected fear of racism as they are not organically based anymore, unless they have the power to revert them back to their original selves (I know that in the comics, they found a way, though).

The way Mac is portraying it though is a glorification of roboticism, and to some, it might be alluring, as long as you keep your body in good shape, you can live forever, and you are not confined to breathing your air anymore, but the process takes away what - for want of a better term - humanity you have.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
It's the point of the picture it being glorified in story, so people would accept it and not rather die slow horrifying horrific deaths as extinction terminated the mobian species.
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Chris000 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
But would they? Would you give up everything about being organic for an eternity in a shell? I would rather die from old age than live forever, unable to touch, taste, or smell anything.

Wait, he has an entire story behind this?
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
"Wait, he has an entire story behind this?"

Yes. Check out his gallery.

And whose to say these robians DON'T have those senses?
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
I still regret we didn't see more of what this society was like before it went to hades.
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