More bloody fanbots, I can’t seem to get rid of the things. I keep designing them in my head. Sigh. I’ve decided, what with Trinket’s military background, they’re all going to have been in a kind of squad with her. That’ll give me some room in case even more of the things pop up.
Not sure if I like the middle one’s design, though. Might modify it some. Smith, the rusty one, is my favorite.
Anyway, backstories under the cut.
So basically, back around WWI the army got a bunch of robots from people who wanted to help the war effort etc. Despite having vastly different functions, many of the robots were put in a kind of makeshift squad together. They were distributed across different branches - some actually fought, some spied, some broke code, and so on - but they were still technically under the command of one man, and they had one mechanic to care for them.
SO, from left to right, these dear things are:
Adagio. Built in 1905 as a dancer, by the same factory as Trinket. The man who commissioned her was a dancer as well, and wanted a perfect partner, one who wouldn’t complain or make mistakes, and one whose range of motion was beyond that of a human. He was a strict, exacting person, one who worked her very hard, but since she was programmed to dance, she enjoyed it. Unfortunately, he was injured and lost mobility in one leg, and was thus unable to continue dancing. Bitter at this turn of fate and unable to earn a living, he sold her to the government, who re-purposed her into a war machine just in time for her to enter WWI.
The adjustments she went through meant she could no longer dance, and her beautiful porcelin face, of which she was very proud, cracked in several places. She became bitter and silent, refusing to speak except when necessary. When the squad was discharged, she completely broke down, unable to think of what she could possibly do next, but Aquil pointed out that her reprogramming could be reversed, and she could go back to dancing. An attempt was made, but it didn’t work completely, so at the moment, she’s trying to retrain herself and get back into dancing. She refuses to have her face fixed until she is back to her original starting point. She has a large variety of wigs.
Todesengel. A German war machine from WWII originally, but was captured and brought in to be questioned. They send Trinket in to translate, but could get nothing intelligible out of him, so they decided to reprogram him. She warned him of this, and asked if there was any particular way he would like to be in the future. He said ‘something charming. Not like this.’ Trinket relayed this information to her superiors, who thought it was silly, but she pointed out that perhaps he could be useful as a spy, so they agreed. They did pretty all right by him, too, fancying up his new chasis pretty well.
Now, he is a flirtatious and friendly fellow. He is good at manipulating people’s emotions, but he doesn’t like to, so he mostly uses it to cheer people up if they need it. During his army service, he spent most of his time disguised as a human, developing contacts and spying, and so he is very good at looking and acting human. He loves humans, too, having spent so much time around them, and generally speaking, he’s the only one of the group who would really like to try being one.