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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...
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. . .
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.
Suffice to say, seamless improvements have been made to the roboticizer technology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
Commander William Romero, Savior of Humanity and Founder of the Alpha Centuri Colony
Converting all mobians to robians wasn't the ideal solution by a long shot, it was the only solution.
And seriously, I still love this painting. It's powerful story telling.
Oh! And i'm nearly finished another CyberSally pic. Should have that up within the week.
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. "
"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."
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.
Hope you like.
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.
Reminds me of Watchmen but without the intent by the author of destroying the very idea of heroes.
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.
It's like 'Yves Saint Laurent' meets 'Bio Shock'...
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*
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.
Wait, he has an entire story behind this?