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    47 KB Thinking Machine Quest 4th Generation Alpha Cogitator 08/24/09(Mon)21:09 No.5579682  
    Apologies for last session's abrupt end, but all issues should be resolved.

    When we last left off, your "Father" (Mathew Petsk) has left you alone to construct and evolve over the night. He has left to apply for a career to help establish your funding base for upgrades, leaving you alone for whatever machinations you wish to undertake.

    You currently have the following modifications onto your engine-sized body: Four spring-powered grappling hook launchers with electric winches, mounted on two pairs of high-strength arms. You also possess four retractable legs, which have hinged wheels that can be raise and lowered to provide "electric rollerskate" motion. There is also a rear-mounted standard design electrical plug, connected via a long length of wire to your steam engine.

    You also possess two swivel-mounted optical lenses, as well as a single fixed eye with an iron iris for protection. You also have a swivel-mounted car headlight to improve your vision.

    You also possess an improved vocalizer made from a radio, as well as auditory sensors made from that same radio. A spring has been mounted on your undercarriage. You also possess eight arms in total: Four high-strength (for you) manipulators, as well as four slender, fine manipulators. Two of the fine manipulators are able to reach a length of twelve feet, and are collapsible. The rest, however, only have a reach of six inches thus far.

    All of this puts a heavy drain on your battery (which was salvaged from a car), and you frequently have to recharge yourself from the steam engine you and your creator constructed.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/24/09(Mon)21:10 No.5579692
    You are currently scanning through two documents your creator brought you for study: A medical text and an engineering text. Both of which are increasing your understanding of mechanics and the human biological system considerably.

    You also are in possession of a pair of newspapers dating the year as 1957, as well as events such as "The Great War". You are currently located within your creator's laboratory, with an abundance of parts (including a lone diamond ring that might be used as a potential crude processor).

    What do you do?
    >> Haywire 08/24/09(Mon)21:12 No.5579726
    Work on a miniaturized power source. Whatever we plan to do, it will be much easier if we're not tethered to our steam engine.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/24/09(Mon)21:14 No.5579745
    You have a large variety of scrap metals and several pieces of circuitry from the salvaged radio. How do you plan to create a miniature battery that is superior to the car battery currently lodged within your large, steam-powered frame?
    >> Haywire 08/24/09(Mon)21:16 No.5579773
    I was thinking more along the lines of a portable generator. You said earlier we had the materials for a solar panel, right?
    >> Anonymous 08/24/09(Mon)21:19 No.5579816
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/24/09(Mon)21:19 No.5579824
    You could potentially set the steam generator on some handmade rollers/wheels. As for a solar panel, you have the wires for a thermocoil. A solar panel, however, would consume quite a large amount of time and resources on your part in order to get any appreciable amount of energy from it.

    Either way you split it, you can currently only produce a small amount of self-renewing power at the loss of several valuable bits and pieces. If you wish to pursue that, however, you are welcome to construct such a device.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/24/09(Mon)21:21 No.5579845
    You quickly attach the Christmas lights to your body, which illuminates your glowing qualities!
    >> Haywire 08/24/09(Mon)21:22 No.5579861
    How big is the steam engine, compared to us? I got the impression it was pretty big.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/24/09(Mon)21:24 No.5579891
    Repostan from pt3:

    Alright, we know this is an "alternate universe" from the newspapers, and thus we can't expect everything to conform to "our" universe's norms. There could be death rays, fortress airships, cold fusion, etc. We need to pick Mathew's brain for anything and everything he learned working for the government. We need to assimilate entire libraries worth of material.

    I want to know about the kinds of power sources, weapons, machinery, vehicles, etc. available in "this" 1957. I want to know what nation we're in, hell, what nations -exist- in this timeline. In two days we've advanced far enough to replicate wireless, take flight, build damn near anything, and power ourselves with friggin' -steam-. In a month we could win the Great War singlehandedly.

    Let's get on this.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/24/09(Mon)21:25 No.5579904
    The steam engine is constructed from a fifty gallon water tank fed by a garden hose and an iron boiler currently running off some basic chemical fuels provided by your creator. Effectively, it is as tall as a human, and thrice as wide.
    >> Haywire 08/24/09(Mon)21:25 No.5579909
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/24/09(Mon)21:29 No.5579978
    It is entirely possible to produce synthetic diamonds by subjecting carbon to intense heat and pressure. Graphite, a form of carbon, is plentiful and extremely cheap (in our universe), and would be ideal for a supply.

    Proposing artificial diamond machine as a future project. It would be immensly useful to have as many processors as we wanted.
    >> Haywire 08/24/09(Mon)21:29 No.5579983
    Yeah, that's about what I figured. The less immobile infrastructure we are dependent on, the better, but it can wait while we consider our options.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/24/09(Mon)21:36 No.5580080
    Mount wheels on the steam engine. If possible, add motors to them. If not, oh well.
    >> Anonymous 08/24/09(Mon)21:40 No.5580143
    invent the electric guitar for money. For money of course
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/24/09(Mon)21:43 No.5580189
    Your creator is not around to answer these questions (currently looking for a job at your behest), but from the newspapers you can infer that the standard of 1957-year technology is present, in the exact same layout as the planet Earth. Minus, of course, the fact that there appears to be a panglobal conflict (Mentioned thus far only as "The Great War") between superpowers.

    You construct both wheels and a decent-sized motor to power them from the trunk of junk and your current supplies of parts. The steam engine is now mobile according to whatever you command, its sole source of input your electrical connector to it.

    With newfound mobility, your next course of action is open to be taken. What it is has yet to be determined, but whatever it is, it is sure to leave quite the impression!
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/24/09(Mon)21:46 No.5580243
    Can we infer from the newspaper which nation we are in? Does the paper note which superpowers are involved in the great war?

    Let's explore outside the room of our birth a bit.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/24/09(Mon)21:51 No.5580295
    Your creator has stated that you are within New York, America. The paper simply confirms this. You can also recognize that the two sides involved in the war are the Allies and the Axis.

    If you should exit the room you began in, you will find three doors and a lone set of stairs going downwards. One door is open with the garden hose running through it, the sound of running water coming from the room. The other two doors are both closed.
    >> Haywire 08/24/09(Mon)21:52 No.5580313
    How long is our cable? I don't think the steam engine will fit through the door. Other than that, explore away. Also, take a tool or two for self-defense.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/24/09(Mon)21:53 No.5580319
    Open the other two doors just a crack, and take a peek.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/24/09(Mon)22:09 No.5580551
    Your cable is ten feet long, pending further extensions. However, the steam engine will be able to fit through: If barely. Arming yourself with the circular saw and a nail gun, you move through the upper floor, moving as rapidly as your electric-powered wheels will allow you.

    You attempt peek into each room, revealing- with your improvised spotlight- the barren rooms. One is jammed, unable to open for some odd reason. The other, however, opens to reveal a spartan bedroom. An uncovered mattress is tossed upon the floor, the only other piece of furniture a basic lamp stacked onto some old fiction books. Most of them pertaining to Sci-Fi matters.
    >> Haywire 08/24/09(Mon)22:10 No.5580567
    Read sci-fi. Get ideas.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/24/09(Mon)22:13 No.5580601
    Read the titles of the books first, then we can decide what order we'll read them in.

    Can we increase the speed at which we assimilate text, or is this set by our processor?
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/24/09(Mon)22:19 No.5580689
    Perhaps we should do something nice for Mathew. Can we make him a watch?
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/24/09(Mon)22:22 No.5580714
    The books are all related to various sci-fi records of conflicts. They are titled as followed: "Captain Zap and the Martial Mechanomen!", "The Amazing Atomic Automaton!", and "Up, Up, and Avast!: A Space Pirate's tale". Each is roughly two to three hundred pages long, and would take a short while to read.

    Reading speed is indeed dictated by processing power. If processing power is increased, so- too- is reading speed and comprehension.
    >> Haywire 08/24/09(Mon)22:22 No.5580723
    Even better, we can make him something from one of the sci-fi books!
    Failing that, the watch would be good. Even better if we worked the ring into it.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/24/09(Mon)22:24 No.5580742
    A timepiece can indeed be constructed with current supplies. However, it will be a basic model, without any fancy diamonds or actual gold trim. It will, however, be able to accurately register time for your creator.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/24/09(Mon)22:25 No.5580751
    Start with "The Amazing Atomic Automaton", then read the other two in whichever order.

    Mathew intended us to use the diamond to further ourselves. If you meant just the ring, though, I think we can do that. Bonus points if the watch contains a miniature radio.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/24/09(Mon)22:28 No.5580789
    Inscribe "For Father, that he may always know the hour," on the band.

    Or something suitably poetic...
    >> Anonymous 08/24/09(Mon)22:30 No.5580802
    So this is an extended WWII world.
    My guess is that, in this world, Hitler managed to capture Great Britain, and thus was able to get Northern Africa. Japan probably has the entirity of China.

    As for the rest? No idea. Stalin's probably fighting Hitler and Showa on 2 fronts. No idea who holds India and Australia. No idea who holds Southern Africa.
    North and South america are allies-controlled, though.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/24/09(Mon)22:38 No.5580922
    You begin to read an epic tale about a boy who discovers a massive, ten-stories-tall sentient battle robot powered by the power of the atom. Being the first book of its sort that you've ever read before, you can only be enraptured by the idea of such a diverse cast of characters! A boy! A giant robot! A- An evil government agency? A military attacking this gentle giant? How could Humans be so unwilling to understand? The horror! The giant metal man is being pursued! His boy companion is captured by these same unwilling-to-understand humans of the "F B I"

    Obviously your creator fears for your safety from this F-B-I! They must be truly horrendous, and no doubt will try to capture you like the Amazing Atomic Automaton!

    As you process this, you also begin construction on the watch intended, slowly working it as you pay more attention to the books. You might, after all, need to rework the watch parts in favor of a new invention.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/24/09(Mon)22:39 No.5580934
    Alright, that diamond isn't doing any good just sitting there.

    Can we construct a detachable processing module? That would enable us to use the diamond now, while maintaining the capability to build a drone around it later.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/24/09(Mon)22:41 No.5580976

    Inscribing said phrase on the band, you detach the diamond from the rest of the ring, beginning construction on a steel tube in which to create a lone, dull-witted processor with the diamond and chemicals.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/24/09(Mon)22:45 No.5581034
    Leave the watch at the foot of the mattress, with the face pointing upwards. Try to find out why the other door won't move.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/24/09(Mon)22:51 No.5581100
    Once finished, the watch is deposited in the specified manner. Leaving for the unmoving door, you quickly find why the door won't open: The hinges are bent slightly, rust having only compounded the problem. With the sufficient application of force, however, the door could be opened again. Or you could simply cut a hole through the door or wall with your circular saw.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/24/09(Mon)22:52 No.5581115
    Do you think our processor architecture is compatible with current, non-thinking 1957 technology?

    I wonder if transistors exist yet.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/24/09(Mon)22:54 No.5581135
    Retrieve the power drill, if it hasn't been integrated. drill a hole as close to the bottom edge of the door as possible, and look through it, using the "headlight" to iluminate the room if necessary.
    >> Anonymous 08/24/09(Mon)22:57 No.5581189
    Drill out, remove, and repair hinges.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/24/09(Mon)22:57 No.5581191
    In your experiences thus far, it is indeed compliant with such technology.
    >> Anonymous 08/24/09(Mon)22:59 No.5581211
    Unless the world of this quest is drastically different from reality, the transistor was invented in 1947.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/24/09(Mon)23:01 No.5581243
    I suggest that we extend our processing power with whatever electronics we can get our manipulators on.
    >> Anonymous 08/24/09(Mon)23:08 No.5581326
    Why not use our intellect to write science fictions and publish it under father's name?
    >> Anonymous 08/24/09(Mon)23:09 No.5581350
    Sooo.... can we crack the enigma when the time comes?
    >> Anonymous 08/24/09(Mon)23:11 No.5581376
    I'm thinking that it might be a good idea to search the entire apartment (if it is an apartment) and take inventory (as in make a list, not take everything you neckbearded fucks) of every potentially useful thing in the apartment.

    That way, it'd be easier to decide what to do, since we'd know what we can do.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/24/09(Mon)23:12 No.5581384
    A superb idea, but with our speed (which we will increase constantly), we could churn out novels like a factory. If we published them all under pseudonyms, we could make boatloads of money with no one the wiser. (in theory)
    >> Anonymous 08/24/09(Mon)23:12 No.5581394
    Yes! We should do this! Brilliant idea!
    >> Anonymous 08/24/09(Mon)23:13 No.5581403
    In B4 we get some story-within-a-story up in this bitch.
    >> Anonymous 08/24/09(Mon)23:13 No.5581410
    Because we're men of SCIENCE!
    Not men of literature.
    well we're not actually men
    and it's more TECHNOLOGY! than SCIENCE!
    but no literature.
    >> Anonymous 08/24/09(Mon)23:20 No.5581486
    A real man is both a man of literature and the arts as well as a man of Science! Wait... I got it. We call ourself... Asimov. No... Herbert. Frank Herbert.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/24/09(Mon)23:24 No.5581538
    Repairing the hinges to their former glory, you drill a tiny hole in the door. From what little you can identify, the room appears desolate: But there also appears to be sunlight. Moving quickly you open the door, revealing what appears to be an entirely emptied sunroom.

    The city beyond is visible through the glass windows inside: A massive complex of construction workers, steel buildings, factories, and smoke-filled skies. Truly, it was a veritable garden of machinery out there, waiting for your glorious form.
    >> Anonymous 08/24/09(Mon)23:25 No.5581559

    I see what you did there. Ominous writing about the God Emperor of Dune.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/24/09(Mon)23:27 No.5581581
    Manufacture another ocular sensor and mount it on the windowsill. Connect it to us via cable so that we may keep watch over our city.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/24/09(Mon)23:29 No.5581620
    This idea is entirely feasible, but you will require the following: A basic story concept, access to a typewriter or hardcopy-production device, and the capability to submit said works of fiction for production.

    That is a possibility to achieve. However, that might also trigger or alert any other people within the apartment (Which there indeed might be) to your presence with a full inventory.
    >> Anonymous 08/24/09(Mon)23:39 No.5581763
    Might be better to have Matthew take stock of what we have. For now, we can get together ideas for what our near-term goals are.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/24/09(Mon)23:44 No.5581828
    Attaching a spool of wire to an ocular sensor produced from the lenses of a pair of prescription glasses. You are now capable of monitoring the city from the sunroom window.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/24/09(Mon)23:45 No.5581839
    1. Achieve self-sufficiency. We need financial stability.
    2. Explore. We need to find out what local resources are available.
    3. Expand. Right now we aren't doing much that's "useful". We're only increasing our own capbilities, and there's only so much a single unit can do. We need drones.
    >> Anonymous 08/24/09(Mon)23:52 No.5581941
    I'm not really convinced that writing scifi would be such a good idea. How could a robot possibly portray believable human characters that our (obviously) human readers could relate to?
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/24/09(Mon)23:55 No.5581993
    We are capable of feeling emotions. Though we may not understand them, most humans really don't either. In addition, we can just mix and match traits from the characters in the books we read, if necessary.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)00:01 No.5582057
    Again, all of the options being discussed should- as they are right now- be worked upon by the players. Once soundly thought out, the road to future conquests can begin! Hopefully you all are having fun at this point trying to figure out what to do with yourselves. If you find yourselves lacking anything that hasn't had options presented yet, or with possible wishes for future events to occur, please feel free to state so.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)00:05 No.5582098
    Could you go over the apartment's layout again? I'd like to know what areas remain to be explored.

    Also, I'm assuming the Steam Engine can't climb stairs. Could we fit it with four legs, like our main body?
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)00:09 No.5582162
    How human are we, emotionally?


    That'd probably take a shitload of energy.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)00:10 No.5582171
    There are a set of stairs leading down to the "ground floor" of the apartment. Or, at least, the level below the current one you're on. Modification of the steam engine to possess legs would not be impossible, though it'd require about a third of your current scrap metal reserves to engineer.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)00:11 No.5582188
    Making the Steam Engine more mobile? Well, maybe, but we can always upgrade it.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)00:13 No.5582211
    You would consider yourself 100% human, but you have a suspicion that your range of emotions can only increase from this point on. However, from the books you have read, you would rate yourself as close to human- but not entirely at this point.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)00:13 No.5582218
    Forget that, then. I have a different idea.

    Can we construct a "scout" consisting of an ocular sensor, chassis, legs, and motor? In essence, a remote camera connected to us by cable? We could have it skitter down the stairs to explore without risking our clanking main body being discovered.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)00:18 No.5582290
    We should definitely not do this until Matthew gets back. We need a lookout and somebody to pick us stuff up in case we fall.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)00:20 No.5582324
    Read the post you were responding to again, he's saying that we should make a scout. Not go exploring with our main body, but instead, build a little car to drive around with a cable.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)00:23 No.5582361
    I know. It still shouldn't be done until Matthew gets back. We still need a lookout and depending on the length of the cord, strange things may happen.
    >> Dorp 08/25/09(Tue)00:24 No.5582373
    Financial stability? Lets go Asimov with this and go the Stock Market route.

    Or since it's a cold war, the government may be willy-nilly to fund stupid and crazy projects that have little or no capital returns other than 'DESTROY ENEMY WITH MAGIC'
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)00:26 No.5582401
    It's not a cold war. Not nearly. It's the Great War, an epic clash between world superpowers. Axis and Allies all over again.

    However, your idea is intriguing. Governments always have plenty to spend when there's a war on and you have ultimate weapons to suggest they build.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)00:26 No.5582407
    Such an idea is not impossible. However, were the cable it runs off of severed, your drone would be entirely powerless and incapable of action on its own.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)00:28 No.5582431
    Immediately start learning all languages
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)00:30 No.5582459
    Can we equip it with a small battery then? Enough for ten-fifteen minutes of activation at a time would be sufficient for a quick look around.

    Would we need to build it around the Auxiliary Processor or could we control it wirelessly?
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)00:34 No.5582496
    better disguise it as a small dog
    >> Dorp 08/25/09(Tue)00:35 No.5582505
    If we follow on this idea, we should continue reading the science fiction available to us, maybe even asking Matthew for more books in which to expand ideas which we could conjour fantasmical, but essentially dead end plans for temporary financial stability. (The plus side being we get more knowledge anyway)
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)00:41 No.5582584
    With what? There's a limit to what you can accomplish with scrap metal.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)00:41 No.5582586
    Utilizing the battery and electronics of the radio you salvaged earlier in conjunction with your shortrange radio transmitter could make such an idea feasible. Carefully working the parts to create the image of a small dog would be able to (somewhat) work at long range, but would be an obvious ruse upon closer inspection.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)00:43 No.5582606
    This apartment might not be pet-friendly. Read the rest of those sci-fi books.
    >> Dorp 08/25/09(Tue)00:44 No.5582615
    A smaller animal maybe. A cat or a rat? One that particularly nobody notices.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)00:46 No.5582627
    But we don't need to worry about long range yet. It'd be an obvious ruse to anyone in the apartment with functional eyes.

    Construct a high-powered auditory sensor. Let's see if we can hear any signs of human activity in the same building.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)00:47 No.5582644
    Screw that, stealth and careful attention paid to any sound of movement are the way to go. We don't have to explore much, just enough to figure out if there are any other humans in the building and if there is anything that could be useful.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)00:50 No.5582680


    This is a perfect idea. Matthew would obviously have some bowls, too, so it could be a parabolic auditory sensor.
    >> Dorp 08/25/09(Tue)00:50 No.5582688
    I'll second these with the addition we read something afterwards
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)00:53 No.5582715
    Long-term here, I'm thinking that with our high level of technical skill we could establish a technological R&D company and use it as a front to improve ourself, while at the same time raking in cash.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)00:54 No.5582731

    I'll third this. Mount a high-powered auditory sensor on ourself and look for any sign of human activity. Explore every empty area.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)00:54 No.5582740
    We're still reading. We have multiple eyes, and our arms are more than capable of hlding a book while another pair assembles something.
    >> Haywire 08/25/09(Tue)00:55 No.5582744
    This. Financial stability and a steady source of upgrades.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)00:58 No.5582767
    We'd either have to have Mathew establish it for us or build an android drone capable of natural human interaction. Regardless, I support this plan.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)01:04 No.5582826
    Alpha Cogitator, when you're running a quest, it's generally considered polite to actually TELL people when you're calling it a night.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)01:05 No.5582833
    I propose after finishing the auditory device and reading the books, we power down until Matthew gets back. After all, running a steam engine all the time is going to get expensive for Matthew. Leave him a note on how to turn us back on (PUSH THE RED BUTTON TO TURN ON YOUR SON)
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)01:06 No.5582839
    And so it is done: Your drone is quickly put into construction, your mobile frame working to deftly assemble your first independent automaton. What will it reveal? What strange wonders await you in the land below? What new constructions will you create, what new edifices remain to be built?

    It is yours to explore. Go forth with your new drone, and do as you please! Its new auditory sensors, lovingly crafted, ready to perceive as you do! Its optical sensors ready to perceive! You have compacted it to the size of a city rodent, one that skitters upon four stubby robotic legs.

    Its maiden voyage awaits.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)01:09 No.5582871
    Apologies, an extended biological needs break was required. Please ensure the demise of all of Communist China before their vile foods can infest the world. As a minor favor to the Alpha Cogitator, mind.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)01:09 No.5582874
    It might be safe if it explored the rest of this apartment floor for us and listened intently.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)01:09 No.5582875
    Send it down the stairs, carefully. Try not to make too much noise. At the first sign of an approaching human, retrieve it with maximum speed.

    We haven't run out of fuel yet, and if necessary we can use wood from one of the tables.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)01:12 No.5582901
    It's not about running out of fuel, it's about the fact he has a hose running from his bathtub running full blast, 24/7.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)01:14 No.5582931
    Let's ask about it.

    Alpha Cogitator, how resource-intensive is this steam engine of ours?
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)01:14 No.5582937
    That just gave me a good idea.

    Modify the steam engine to recirculate water.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)01:25 No.5583064
    The drone descends the stairs, quiet as an infant. About as graceful, too, but at least it crawls to the bottom of the stairs unharmed. Once there, it makes a quick circuit of the base floor: This is indeed the ground floor. The house, on the whole, appears to have a particularly shabby feeling. From the pet-piss-stained carpet of the living room to the cracked and mold-infested walls of the mudroom. As your drone takes a full stock of everything possibly usable (Small television, radio, ceiling lights, lamps, so forth), you hear a sound coming from the kitchen area. It sounds like something has broken.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)01:28 No.5583094
    The steam engine is not all that resource intensive, depending on how "powerful" you want it to be. Currently, at a lower intake and energy creation level, you have more than sufficient amounts of power for only consuming a handful of gallons (Four to six) per hour. However, at full power, you would be able to fuel quite a few devices at full strength, but likewise quickly consume your current storage tank's supply (Twenty to thirty gallons per hour at full steam).
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)01:28 No.5583102
    Investigate carefully. Stay as close to hiding places as possible. Stand ready to leap behind a large object. Prepare the main unit to detach from the Steam Engine if assistance is required downstairs.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)01:34 No.5583167
    As your drone moves to investigate the source of the sound, quiet whispering can be heard. There appears to be a man in a leather jerkin within the kitchen area, which is quit well-furbished in possible metal and resources (An oven/stovetop combination, sink, toaster, several electrical outlets, and doubtlessly a wide variety of utensils and silverware)

    The man has what appears to be some sort of metal device in his hand, which was doubtless used to break open the glass-windowed back door in the kitchen room. He is currently busy fiddling with the door latch. He is not, obviously, any man you have seen before: He is much younger than your creator, and also has several healed injuries upon his face.

    Your drone, as per previous instructions, instantly hides behind the wall upon taking in the scene. You uncouple yourself from the steam engine, now capable of running without recharge for approximately fifteen to twenty minutes.

    What do you do?
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)01:36 No.5583194
    Grab nailgun and buzzsaw. Unfurl the legs and get the fuck downstairs. Prepare to have the scout drone attach to the criminals face.

    Immediately: Put the vocalizer on full anti-dog tone blast.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)01:38 No.5583203
    Addendum: I forgot the anti-dog tone is above normal human hearing range. Just make it an unpleasantly high-pitched screech, capable of causing extreme pain.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)01:38 No.5583206
    Kill him.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)01:39 No.5583213
    Don't go down-stairs, we don't need stories of "the robot that shot me". Just begin making loud alarm noises.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)01:39 No.5583217
    Jettison a blast of scalding steam into his face if at all possible. If not, have the scout drone cause a distraction (jumping onto his face would be appropriate) and incapacitate him, by knocking him out, or by breaking limbs.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)01:41 No.5583243
    And after that, we can... Disassemble him?
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)01:41 No.5583245
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)01:42 No.5583253
    I concur with this.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)01:42 No.5583255
    The anti-canine sound goes to maximum volume, though the man- not possessing canine hearing- does not react in any way. There is no audible reaction, but just because you cannot hear one does not mean that there was not one.

    Your drone quickly scuttles behind the kitchen counter/dining table, prepared to launch upon the intruder's face. Armed with a buzzsaw and nailgun, you begin to move down the stairs with a heavy mechanical thud, each step applying upwards of forty pounds of weight onto the individual stairs. The criminal, not being deaf, immediately prepares his handheld device, aiming it towards the section of wall near the stairs.

    "Who the hell's there?!" He demands, "Stop fockin' movin'!"
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)01:42 No.5583265
    We can't drive this man away immediately

    Subdue him and discern his intentions for sure, we wouldn't want to make a mistake. Lightbulb dangling down in a room somewhere, trenchcoat, disguise yourself and interrogate him after capturing.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)01:46 No.5583291
    Your anti-dog noise lowers in pitch, instead becoming a constant, irritating high-pitched sound. The man covers one ear with his free hand, the other still aiming the weapon.

    You reverse your motion, instead climbing above the stairs and out of the man's aim. There is a loud thundering sound as his device activates, some sort of mechanical motion resulting in a hole in the wall. The space formerly occupied by your unit erupts in smoke and wood splinters. You are unharmed.

    Your drone was built for mobility and being unnoticeable. Physical harm would be difficult to achieve (Though distraction would be simple enough, if risky to the drone itself).
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)01:46 No.5583292
    Using the vocalizer, tell him to drop his weapon.

    It's clear that his intentions are not benign.

    Request: Tell him that he will die if he does not do so.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)01:46 No.5583295
    Switch to high-pitched screech, but within normal human hearing range. As soon as the screech starts, have the drone jump onto his face and attempt to knock him unconscious by throwing him off balance into or onto a blunt object. Or the floor. Whichever works.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)01:50 No.5583344
    How bout we hold everything for a moment. Is our processing power sufficient to consider many possible actions in mere milliseconds?
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)01:51 No.5583350
    Sounds good to me. Perhaps stomp on the stairs to distract him along with the vocalizer so the drone is more unexpected?
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)01:52 No.5583363
    "Drop the fockin' gun?!" He asks incredulously, adjusting his aim to a higher point. Your drone scuttles into position as he attempts to aim for your new point, the weapon wavering as the high-pitched noise drives his eyebrows to furrow and his free hand to clench onto one ear fiercely.

    "You must take me for a fockin' indjio-!"

    Your drone, remote-controlled and battery powered, is given the command to leap. Lunging at the criminal, it latches onto his face, blinding him as all four limbs claw into his face for traction. Bouncing off a sharp edge he flails about wildly, trying to slap the drone off of his face. It remains latched, however, and continues to try and irritate and obfuscate him.

    For how long it will do so, however, is unknown.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)01:55 No.5583398
    With a reach of six inches + buzzsaw length, our buzzsaw is not very helpful to us right now.

    Now that he's dropped his weapon, and both hands are trying to claw off the drone at the expense of the headthrobbing noise he is experiencing, NAILGUN TIME
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)01:55 No.5583402
    Get down the stairs. Shoot to incapacitate with the nailgun. Aim for his weapon hand first, then his knees. Have the drone attempt to damage his eyes. Vigorously.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)01:56 No.5583410
    Matthew is going to be so mad at you when he comes home

    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)01:56 No.5583412
    So are we going to go for the GRIMDARK pinnachio story here?

    As the old man returned to his home, the shadows seemed just a little darker then they should be. A cold chill went down his spine. "Just getting old" he muttered to himself. "Eyesights going out, drafty old place dont help" Carefully, one at a time he climbed the old wooden stairs, his eagerness to see his pride and joy counterbalanced with his failing knees and unsteady gait. The slightly damp trail leading up didn't help either. "Must be that steam engine we built. Better hurry, Junior might be running low on power"

    Opening the door to the upstairs workshop, a sight of pure horror greeted the kindly old inventor. Ropes of intestine lay scattered about, discarded to make room for...something. In the center of the room, a horrifying collection of what was once a man. Younger, bloody clothing unable to hide the terrible gleam of metal in places.

    In horror, he watched it's head turn towards him. With a dulled whirl the lifeless eyes seemed to aquire a unearthly gleem to them. And just when he thought he would have already collapsed in shock at the terror of it all, it began to speak. Slowly, haltingly, as if mimicking the act for the first time...

    "m-M-maTtHEw, Fa-ATH-her, I aM a rE-Al bo-Oy NOw"

    Slowly, Matthew felt himself slide down the wall he did not realize he had backed against. His heart shuddered a few final agonizing times before mercifully giving out.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)01:59 No.5583434
    Then the Thinking Machine used the rest of Matthew's parts to further his human disguise
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)02:00 No.5583442
    Well, we do have a respectable knowledge of anatomy now. We could just make him into a cyborg drone, slaved to our commands. He would make a great human interaction unit, I bet.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:01 No.5583464

    That was supposed to make you think "what would NOT creap and horrify our father" not "OOOHHHH BORG"
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)02:02 No.5583474
    The man has yet to drop his weapon, however, he is attempting to beat the drone off with it. As such, this leaves him open to your action. Scrambling down the stairs with four legs not designed for swiftness, you reach the bottom as the man finally tears the drone off of his face.

    The man's face, bleeding profusely, turns into a mask of pure horror as he sees your glorious robotic form turn the corner. Approximately the size of an automotive engine, your construction is alien and downright fear inspiring for the man. He pauses, his face torn up, for the merest of moments.

    Which, to your advanced processors, is more than enough time to deploy your nailgun and fire. A precisely-placed nail drives through the palm of his weapon arm, the man screaming as he underwent part of a crucifixion. Yet he still retained a hold of his weapon: He ducked behind the counter next to your now-critically-damaged drone, firing a pair of shots at you.

    One bullet misses entirely, but the other blows off one of your four delicate arms, the limb falling uselessly to the floor. You are still fully armed, however. Pardon the pun. Your humor sensor must have been damaged from the gunshot.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)02:05 No.5583519
    Shine the headlight at him. Advise him that if he does not place his weapon on the floor, slide it out of reach, and stand with his hands up, you and your associates will dismember him. They're right outside the door, now. More of us.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:06 No.5583533
    D'arvit, a nail through the palm isn't enough to make him drop his weapon?



    because we are not fully armed

    How's our Drone?
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:08 No.5583555
    If possible, the Drone should undertake something.

    If possible, we should also use the four spring-powered grappling hooks we have to launch at him for surprise and possible balance disruption.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)02:09 No.5583563
    Whirr the buzzsaw for emphasis.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:10 No.5583577
    Father would be displeased if we were to kill a human being, but this human being may alert other human beings to our existence.

    Perhaps blackmail is an option?
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:11 No.5583592
    Sound idea.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:12 No.5583603
    We've handled this badly enough. We've left lasting damage on a man's face and a nail through his right hand. what kind of blackmail could hold up?
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:13 No.5583625
    How about "you broke into somebody else's home and tried to fire at what you thought was a human being, and oh yeah if you tell anybody our fellow martians will fuck your shit up"?
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)02:13 No.5583626
    Handled badly? It was clearly self-defense.

    For one thing, no one would believe anyone who told them they were beaten senseless by a robot... in 1957. Least of all a petty criminal.

    For another, we don't have to let him get away.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)02:14 No.5583633

    "You think I'm stupid, ya fockin' monster?! I cased the joint a'fore I came in!" He screamed back, his head shaking this way and that from the pain-inducing sound. Leaping out of cover, he slipped across the broken tile of the floor before shooting. Another shot flies across the room, taking out the dangling light above you. The metal bounces off of your frame, your spotlight strobing as you unleash two nails into the man's kneecaps.


    With two three-inch nails in his knees and one through his hand, this is enough to make the man writhe in pain, curling up reflexively and dropping the weapon. He is open now. Weak.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:14 No.5583637
    >For one thing, no one would believe anyone who told them they were beaten senseless by a robot... in 1957. Least of all a petty criminal.

    This also.
    >> Subprocessor 251 08/25/09(Tue)02:16 No.5583669
    Walk over and stand above his head.
    Retract all legs at once.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)02:17 No.5583671
    Your Drone is currently inoperative: Something has been damaged within it and it is no longer capable of any action. However, your four grappling hooks quickly latch into the man's torso, hooking him in the chest. Whirring your buzzsaw, you are free to reel him in if you so choose.

    Blackmail may be presented, were you so inclined. However, a command would have to be phrased and presented to the intruder currently at your mercy.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)02:17 No.5583683
    Advance. Shoot two more nails NEAR him, but take great care not to hit him. Retrieve the weapon. Advise him to be silent, or parts will be removed. Whirr the buzzsaw.
    >> Subprocessor 251 08/25/09(Tue)02:19 No.5583703
    End this quickly.
    Our battery power may be running low.

    Long term: Use our knowledge of human biology and the soon to be body to attempt to develop a bio power source.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)02:19 No.5583705
    Disregard >>5583683

    I would give my left standard bolt for an edit button.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)02:21 No.5583731
    The man, reaching for his weapon, finds it expertly deflected in your direction by two sharp cracks of nailgun fire. The strange metal device is currently in front of you, awaiting your manipulation and investigation. The criminal is currently at your mercy, well within the range of your whirring buzzsaw at this point.

    "What the fockin' hell are you?!" He screams, trying to get away even as the barbed hooks dig into his flesh, "This is fockin' impossible! Get the fock away from me, you goddamn machine! Get away! Away goddammit!"
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:22 No.5583736
    >or parts will be removed

    Good thing we do not possess a olfactory sensor, i project a 99% chance that the human will now defecate himself in terror.
    >> Subprocessor 083 08/25/09(Tue)02:23 No.5583748
    ....Dude, that would not be cool. That's just not cool. Did you learn nothing from that iron giant and his strife? Perhaps the maintainence subroutines should be rerouted through your prime directory. In any case, we need this chucklefuck to leave.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)02:23 No.5583758
    Confirmation from others requested before premature termination of the intruder is initiated.

    Action disregarded. However, nailgun firing has occurred regardless due to self-defense programming initiated by other processors.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)02:24 No.5583770
    What are we going to do? Just tell him to GTFO? I can guarantee more humans would come to the house. If not cops, people this "chucklefuck" knows. Maybe neighbors, too, if they heard the shots.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:25 No.5583781
    Tell the criminal, "Don't make any sudden movements, or the next one will go into your head." Advance towards him, keeping our nailgun at the ready, and retrieve his weapon.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)02:25 No.5583782
    Retrieve his weapon. Beat him unconscious.
    >> Subprocessor 251 08/25/09(Tue)02:26 No.5583790
    Internal conflict is to be expected.
    Survival is top priority.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:27 No.5583801
    Damnit, nevermind, didn't refresh the page often enough.
    >> Subprocessor 083 08/25/09(Tue)02:27 No.5583803
    Perhaps, but we cannot get Father into legal trouble just yet. And murder may not be easy for us, as in our self and Father, to hide. Perhaps... perhaps this man can be persuaded to work with us. Unlikely, yes, but useful. Of course, it's much more likely to get ourselves revealed... Uncertainty is a bitch. We need to call the police and hogtie this man. Not necessarily in that order.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:27 No.5583808
    "That's how you knew I was here, right?" If only your vocalizer could convey a sarcastic tone.

    Cease the screaming and change the strobing light to a steady one shining directly into his face. Hopefully the neighbours haven't been too disturbed by the high-pitched screaming noise, but living in an inventor's home should give some refuge.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:29 No.5583831
    It's time to negotiate.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:29 No.5583833
    He may not appreciate us killing somebody. It's a tough call. Still, let's kill the guys and eliminate all traces and tell nobody.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)02:29 No.5583835

    The criminal is relieved of his offensive device. It is of an interesting and obviously advanced design, one that you will likely enjoy studying for quite some time to come. A few thwacks upside the head leave the men momentarily insensate, groaning on the ground as he attempts to regain his wits from your sudden beatdown.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)02:30 No.5583842
    Good job, Alpha Cogitator. As soon as you added the possibility of murder, the thread took of like a rocket.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)02:32 No.5583864
    We have to recharge. Drag him upstairs with us.

    Any further suggestions, killbots?
    >> Subprocessor 251 08/25/09(Tue)02:32 No.5583870
    Listen for any signs of people approaching from outside as we have made quite a bit of noise.

    I advise moving the man upstairs and restraining him.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:33 No.5583879
    I concur. Bring the man into the room with the steam engine, keep watching him until Father gets back. Then, tie the man up, and call the police. Anything the man says about a robot will be dismissed as him trying to cover his ass.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)02:33 No.5583882
    Using a length of the steel wire from your grappling hooks, you tightly bind the man's wrists and feet, your headlight refocusing on his face to further disorient him. The telephone is up on the counter a few feet away, and the criminal is just beginning to regain his senses.

    Warning: Death of criminal may leave a large blood splatter upon the kitchen floor, depending on weapon of choice. Current options all have a high probability of a "messy end" for the criminal.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:33 No.5583884
    With nails in his kneecaps, he's obviously not going anywhere soon. Still, better tie his hands behind his back if possible - we still have 3 fine manipulators. Could you clarify which fine manipulator has been blown off? Was it one that could reach 12 feet, or one of the shorter ones?
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:34 No.5583886
    Amend that, tie the man up before moving him into the room with the steam engine.
    >> Subprocessor 083 08/25/09(Tue)02:35 No.5583902
    Most excellent. Are we aware of the 911 emergency line?
    >> Subprocessor 083 08/25/09(Tue)02:35 No.5583912
    And as an aside, we cannot have the police come yet, we have no way of explaining the situation. We cannot reveal ourselves, and this will look too suspicious without anyone to explain things.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)02:36 No.5583915

    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:37 No.5583924
    And what, the police picks up a man badly beaten and injured with a story that points to Father's house? They'll probably do an investigation anyways just to tie up loose ends.

    He sure as hell didn't cut his face up by himself, nor nailgun his knees and hand.
    >> Subprocessor 251 08/25/09(Tue)02:38 No.5583939
    Police may lead to F B I.
    Drag man upstairs.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:39 No.5583953
    The story would be that Father nailgunned the man trying to break into his house and then a physical scuffle ensued, with Father tearing up the man's face with his tools.

    Obviously we'd have to wait for Father to get back before calling the cops.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:39 No.5583954
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)02:39 No.5583957

    Your six-inch manipulator was the one destroyed. As well as this, you finish your work on restraining the man, dragging him behind you as he continues to struggle against the steel wire. Taking no care in dragging him upstairs, you detect no sound of investigation. Obviously odd noises are common from this home. That, or the neighbors do not care for the fate of your creator.

    Humans can be cold like that, from what you've read.

    The man is eventually shoved upstairs, next to your steam generator. Do you wish to wait for your creator, as one specified? Or continue acting on your own as you prepare to recharge (though you still have 10 minutes left of battery life)?
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)02:40 No.5583973

    Either way, we have to wait until we've cleaned up a little bit, otherwise natural suspicion will point to interesting places.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:40 No.5583979
    I'm assuming that the man is distant enough from the steam generator as to be unaffected by its heat? Humans can be damaged by heat, or so I've heard.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:41 No.5583983
    Assault and battery charges - self-defense doesn't cover everything, you know.

    Preferably we can get clear of this issue quickly and quietly - not getting Father involved would be the best solution. The less people who know about this, the better.

    And if a seed of doubt is planted in Father, what happens then?
    >> Subprocessor 083 08/25/09(Tue)02:41 No.5583984
    We must regain power, but keep observance on the man. Also, we must keep him from making too much noise. His mouth should be covered or gagged. We will then merely wait. And while we wait, we observe his mannerisms, and catalog them, as human mannerisms may become much use to us in the future.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:41 No.5583986
    Tie Man Up.

    Remove Nails. Take Gun. Dial Police, give address, say there is a robber in the house. Hang up.

    Go upstairs to workshop. Go find a corner, pile some junk around ourselves, go passive. No noise, movement, nothing.

    Wait for police to leave, and matthew to return.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)02:42 No.5584000
    Affirmative. The steam generator is sufficiently gawked at by the man, whose pants are unnaturally lumpy and damp at this point.
    >> Subprocessor 251 08/25/09(Tue)02:42 No.5584004
    Using our knowledge of human biology and the available chemicals, is it possible to sedate the man long enough for father to arrive?
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:42 No.5584009
    It appears as though we have time to spare. Recharging would be a good solution.

    How long do we have before Father gets home?
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:43 No.5584013
    ...how big is the fuel hatch on the steam generator? I'm assuming it's either wood or coal fired.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:43 No.5584022
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)02:43 No.5584025
    Cable us up to the Steam Engine again. Ask the man what he thinks we should do to him. For the lulz.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:44 No.5584032
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    >> Subprocessor 354 08/25/09(Tue)02:46 No.5584055
    We could ultimately use him as a HUMAN INTERFACE device. For negotiations and the such.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:50 No.5584094
    isn't the prisoner damaged and bleeding? this would be an excellent opportunity to practice what we've learned from the medical texts we were reading
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)02:52 No.5584105
    This. Doctor Roboto.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)02:52 No.5584107
    The man, bound and gagged, is quickly monitored by your unrelenting gaze. His every moment is recorded by you. Every twitch, every spasm, and every little whimper and sob through his improvised gag. It's a valuable lesson in emotion: In particular, the emotion of intoxicating power over life and death.

    Confirmation requested for calling the police via 911 before Mathew arrives home. Your creator likely knows protocol for this sort of situation. Or not, seeing as you have no clue yourself what to do.

    You have yet to attain sufficient knowledge in the production of sedatives, which would likely require research into chemistry. However, you could attempt to create a sedative: Though the effects would be unknown.

    You can hear his automobile arriving.

    It is large enough to fit a human body, if that is what you are inquiring. It runs off either coal or wood, but you modified it to use a small amount of crude chemical fuel from the water heater attached to it.

    The man, too terrified to enjoy the malicious comedy of the situation, simply whimpers and makes muffled pleas for his life.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)02:53 No.5584118
    As soon as we hear Father get in the door, yell for him. Sound distressed.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)02:54 No.5584126
    The man is indeed wounded by several nailgun and drone-induced clawing injuries. However, you do not exactly possess sterile, medically approved tools. You could very well improvise it, but that is your decision.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:55 No.5584133
    Bad plan. Do not call police.
    Restrain Criminal
    Gag criminal
    Repower self
    Ensure Criminal is fully bound
    Clean up signs of scuffle, attempt to repair damage done to stairs.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:57 No.5584155
    Just bandage his injuries for now.
    That should stop him bleeding out.
    For the rest, wait until Father gets home, and ask him what should be done.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)02:57 No.5584162
    wait for father to come upstairs.

    do not perform backalley doctor, do not collect 200 watts as you incinerate the body.
    >> Subprocessor 251 08/25/09(Tue)02:59 No.5584173
    Wait for father.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)03:01 No.5584196
    As soon as you let out your enhanced cry for help, Mathew's voice can be heard all the way upstairs. His yell, followed by the subsequent crash of him charging up the damaged stairs, expresses his concern in one simple phrase: "Mein gott!"

    It is not even a full minute before the unemployed scientist is within the workshop, a steak knife larger than the man's projectile weapon in his right hand. Upon seeing the bound criminal, as well as all the blood, the knife drops from his hand.

    "My boy!" He cries, "What happened?! You're hurt!" He rushes towards you, kicking the man aside with surprising strength for an engineer. He inspects your broken limb, "Did he damage you any further?! Is anything else broken? And I don't care about the house! Don't tell me about anything broken in the house! Just tell me, are you okay?"
    >> Subprocessor 251 08/25/09(Tue)03:03 No.5584209
    Tell Father we are OK.
    Tell him the bleeding man may not be though.
    Ask father what to do.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)03:03 No.5584211
    Tell him we're alright. The damage to us can be easily repaired, but our first "child" was severely injured. We do not yet know if it can be completely salvaged.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:06 No.5584230
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    Cry "Daddy!" and hug him with two of your fine manipulators

    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:06 No.5584231
    >> Subprocessor 251 08/25/09(Tue)03:06 No.5584232
    Attempt to initiate retrieval of our drone.
    Father would be proud.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)03:11 No.5584281
    Your creator leans down over the man, delivering a not-so-elderly kick to the man's stomach. What can only be implied as a stream of foreign curses are rained down around the man's head, as he only gags underneath his bindings.

    "Don't worry, son. With the money I have now, I'll be able to let you have a dozen new children! Two dozen! Three, even!" He assures you, before giving another firm kick into the man's pelvis. The high-pitched scream is audible even through the gag.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)03:13 No.5584303
    Ask Father what to do about the intruder. With his injuries, blood loss will soon become a problem.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:15 No.5584319
    Pelvic location cross reference with medial knowledge and information stored for future self defense needs.

    Query father for details on success of his job search.
    Query father as to what were going to do with the bleeding wreck of a would be robber.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:15 No.5584322
    Inform Father that disposal is within your abilities, given the Steam generator. However, the blood on the floor, and the damage to the stairs will need to be cleaned.
    Request cleaning tools and home maintenence tools from Father. Explain to him that we do not wish to call the police, because that would risk them investigating this house, and them possibly calling the FBI.

    For now, the best alibi we have for killing this man is that he never showed up here. Does a burgular typically tell people where he's going?
    >> Subprocessor 251 08/25/09(Tue)03:15 No.5584324
    Ask father if you can do as you wish to the man.
    After he says yes begin assessing viable parts.
    Of the man.

    251 initiating [sleep] sequence on self...
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:17 No.5584333
    After dealing with the injured man, investigate the workings and construction of the Metal device the man was carrying. Perhaps we can recover useful parts, or learn something new about construction.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)03:17 No.5584335
    You embrace your creator with two extended manipulators, your cry followed by a sharp, but gentle, return-hug from Mathew. A short sob could be heard as you briefly embrace, before he rises back up to grab the criminal by his wrist restraints. "I'll take care of this one, son." He says, the man letting out muffled pleas towards you as realization dawns on him. Of what, you aren't exactly sure.

    You roll past your father, heading towards the kitchen to begin work on repairing your damaged drone.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:20 No.5584356
    Repair damaged drone. Should probably take the drone upstairs if it is possible, so that we are not seen.
    Ask Father for some tools with which to clean the blood, and repair the stairs.
    Investigate the Metal Device the injured man was carrying. Learn (to the extent that we are able) how it works, what parts it is made from, how to build it from these parts, and how one might manufacture these parts.
    Salvage whatever materials or parts are possible.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)03:23 No.5584387
    Mathew smiles at your inquiry about his job search. "Don't worry about my job, son. I was able to take care of all of our money needs for quite some time, and I'll be able to get you practically anything you want!"

    The scientist simply smiles as you mention the steam generator as a method of disposal, "Could you please leave the room for a moment, son? I believe me and our new friend here will need to have a talk. Alone."
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:25 No.5584408
    I'll second that.
    >Query father for details on success of his job search.
    >Query father as to what were going to do with the bleeding wreck of a would be robber.
    Also this.
    >> Subprocessor 225 08/25/09(Tue)03:25 No.5584416

    Leave the drone on the floor with the Visual reciever still on. So we can see what happens.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:26 No.5584422
    He's told us not to worry about his job search.
    I trust him. We trust him. Nonetheless, ask him if his job allows the purchase of home maintenence and cleaning tools, for there is maintaining and cleaning to be done.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)03:26 No.5584424
    Concur. Keep auditory sensor trained on Father's location.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:26 No.5584428
    Morbid. But, THIS >>5584416
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)03:26 No.5584431
    The weapon appears to be some sort of projectile device. It also appears to fire cased charges of gunpowder, a basic chemical propellant. The weapon has a six-shot magazine in an ineffective cylinder container built into the weapon, though its effectiveness in a fight has been clearly demonstrated. Mathew points down the stairs, "There's a cabinet in the kitchen with cleaning supplies, son. But I'll get to patching things up in a moment, save yourself the effort, please!"

    In the meantime, you also begin repairs on the drone, the machine having suffered severe damage to its radio receiver built into the body. Thus why it, most likely, did not respond yet.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:28 No.5584452
    does anyone else get the creepy feeling that our father is a murderious thief whos not as decrepit as we thought?

    Like...really really creaped out?
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)03:28 No.5584458
    We need to see about armoring ourselves, as well as establishing a defensive position. A perimeter array of ocular and auditory sensors would do wonders.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:29 No.5584465
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)03:30 No.5584470
    He is human, with human flaws. We could have done worse for a creator. Whatever the case, he serves his purpose, as do the rest of their race.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:32 No.5584498
    We're Matthew's son!
    We're a lot like him in many ways. We like inventing mechanical doodads, we have a mild interest in literature, we're interested in our creations, and we're shut-in and perhaps a bit paranoid.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Alpha Cogitator was writing Matthew's personality as a mirror of our own - after all, we're his son, so we're alike him in many ways. :-)
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:33 No.5584504
    Their race..and perhaps ours.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)03:35 No.5584521
    There are a great many things I could imply from your statement. Care to elaborate, or are you just being spooky?
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:36 No.5584533
    Is this a problem? I'd say not.

    We need more weapons of various kinds so we can install security measures onto the house. For now, we can install wires and shit everywhere to shock anybody who we want to.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:37 No.5584534
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    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)03:38 No.5584546
    Shock traps? Screw that.

    Saw blades. Everywhere.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:39 No.5584557
    >There are a great many things I could infer from your statement.

    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:40 No.5584563
    No, Steam generators everywhere.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)03:40 No.5584566
    Your visual sensor in the sunroom is able to watch the scene, whilst your auditory sensor picks up the vocals. You watch as, with an utter change in demeanor, Mathew snarls at the man. Tearing out the gag with an utter lack of his former kindness, he slams his fist into the restrained man's face. This is not the laughter-backtracked chorus of slaps that you saw on the television.

    This is human. This is primal rage, as the old man's knuckles crack the youngster's teeth. "Well?!" The scientist hisses at the man, propping him up for a second punch. "What do you have to say for yourself?! Do you have any idea what you've done to my son?" The second punch makes the man's head spin wildly, the blood flowing freely as an enraged man unleashes the strength only a father can claim. "The world you've exposed him to! The crime! The sheer hate you've brought into this house!" A third punch, a fourth. The man only groans as he coughs up several tooth fragments that were down his throat.

    "I...Please." The criminal asked your creator, only to get a knee to the pelvis. The man doubled-over into your creator's shoulder, who only guided him towards the steam engine as it hissed away.

    "You won't touch my son ever again." The scientist promised, slamming him against the steam engine's hull. Kicking open the hatch, he gave one final, primitive smile at the boy. "Say hello to the Devil for me." There was a final cry of a foreign dialect, heard throughout the house, as your creator- Mathew Petsk- threw a petty criminal into the heater of your steam engine. Slamming the door shut, he simply stood there, watching the body writhe until it stopped.

    Turning from the flames he yelled down below, "Hey, son! Anything you want me to pick up from the hardware store?" He asked in his usual cheery tone, walking down the stairs.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)03:43 No.5584589
    Well, good lord. I like this man.

    Ask him for more nailguns.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:44 No.5584609
    And more nails!
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:45 No.5584611
    Nah, I'm thinking... transistors.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)03:47 No.5584630
    At the hardware store? Concur,nonetheless.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:48 No.5584634
    Gonna need tools to fix the stairs.
    Also, we should get a PROPER body disposer up and running.
    You know, Lime + Hydroxide baths, large Garbage bags, Hydrosulfuric baths, Petroleum baths + fire, preferably oxygen-blasted to increase burning efficiency, Enough iron or nickel to make a furnace (both acid and petroleum will eat through garbage bags), a Woodchipper or a Grinder to dispose of the bones, some random organic Dirt to mix in with the bones, and enough Concrete to make a slab in which to store what's left over before dumping it in the hudson river.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:49 No.5584639
    A more portable power source might be a good idea.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:49 No.5584651
    Jesus christ, we're not going to start running a death camp here.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:50 No.5584663
    How many people are you planning to murder?
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:50 No.5584669
    It's the 1950s. Let's get on that mass oven design and gas chambers.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)03:52 No.5584679
    Oh, come on. Like we weren't going to go to war eventually?
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:53 No.5584695
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    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)03:53 No.5584696
    Your father enters into the kitchen, walking past all of the blood and the lost machine part like it wasn't even there. Grabbing a sheet of paper he wrote down the requested items. "Concrete, some iron, transistors...wood. You want me to pick up some extra diamonds, son? Because I can afford whatever you want: Whatever! Just gotta ask, kiddo, and I'll get it lickity-split!"
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:57 No.5584730
    Proper procedure is to put the body in a garbage bag, fill it with Lime or Peroxide (or both), seal it airtight, wait 2 weeks, put the result in a bathtub on a wooden (or other disposable materials) block, chop it up with a chainsaw, take the wooden block out (the block is to prevent you from chainsawing your own bath), add more peroxide, wait another 3 days, wash and drain it, add Petroleum, wait 3 days, set it on fire (ensure good ventilation), take the result, feed it to a woodchipper, take the woodchips, soak them in acid, mix them with soil, encase them in cement and dump them.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:58 No.5584743
    Definitely more diamonds for processors. A few electronic motors might also be a good idea.

    Some books might come in handy - particularly, one on industrial chemistry, one on biochemistry, and one on recent history.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)03:59 No.5584752
    We have to bug Mathew. Whatever he's doing, it's doubtful that it's legal. But more than that, it represents a potential threat to us. We can't have anyone tracing us through him.

    Thus, we need to attach an auditory transmitter to him, as soon as possible, at the very least.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)03:59 No.5584759
    Nah, better not start buying too much diamonds. Fuel's good, though. Maybe we can find some way to create artificial diamonds?

    You don't need to wait 3 days, 10 hours is enough for both times, and if you're 'chipping you can get away with 3. Make sure to pour the acid down your drains when you're done, though. Petroluem STINKS, and organic matter gets stuck in the drain.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)04:01 No.5584771
    Hold it right there.

    It's in our best interests to find out what the hell Mathew is doing and what happened with all the money - this carefree business is rather unusual, to say the least.

    "Where the fuck are you getting all this cash?"
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)04:01 No.5584772
    Don't you trust your own FATHER?
    Just ask him what we might need to prepare for as a result of his line of work. Besides "An influx of more money".
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)04:02 No.5584782
    I love my Father.

    That's why I'm doing it.

    This is going to be tough - but his trust should give us an advantage.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)04:06 No.5584808
    He just killed a man. Threw him into a steam engine. Alive. To protect us, sure, but still. That was a human he just killed, and unnecessarily, when you get down to it.

    What are his limits? What wouldn't he do for us? We have to know what he has become as a result of our birth and our success.
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    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)04:13 No.5584868
    Forgive me for asking here, ignore this as it isn't part of the quest, but uh... question, since you guys probably would've noticed. Did I miss Iron Quest tonight or did it just not happen?
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)04:14 No.5584879
    Didn't happen.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)04:15 No.5584896
    Fuck. Well, maybe tomorrow.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)04:16 No.5584901
    Yeah, shame. Subprocessor 616 here is a gem at keeping both going.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)04:18 No.5584917
    I have become a full-time questfag. This is reason for much concern and rejoicing.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)04:18 No.5584926
    Yeah, I miss it too. But hey, we got some extra Thinking Machine Quest done, at least!

    Supply list has been constructed! Everybody take care, as this is the end of this current session! 4th Generation has ended, the death of innocence complete!

    Now comes the fifth generation. What wonders will it hold, I ponder?

    You should find out, tomorrow.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)04:19 No.5584938
    Listen, he apparently now has unlimited disposable income. There are a lot of things that we might potentially need, and I believe that we should get our priorities in order before we proceed.

    I believe we can all agree on advancing to a level of intelligence with which we can alter all of the situations referred to by humans as "problems" as a satisfactory end state.

    With this in mind, processing power and information would be first and foremost. Diamonds (to be made into processors) should, in fact, be the top priority. Next, information - ideally, as many books on humanity's most advanced scientific and technological knowledge as possible. Also high-priority would be a book on the last fifteen years of history.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)04:19 No.5584939
    I most certainly will. Thanks for the great ride, Alpha cogitator, and have a good night!
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)04:20 No.5584946
    Especially, focus on a machine to turn Carbon into Diamonds.
    We'll make MILLIONS! With SCIENCE!
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)04:20 No.5584947
    Oh thank god, I get to sleep.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/25/09(Tue)04:21 No.5584954
    Also, as a bit of a repetitive end note, archival is appreciated. It makes research and reference easier for everybody.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)04:21 No.5584958
    Last fifteen years? With our processors substantially upgraded, we could just start assimilating ALL of history.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)04:22 No.5584970
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)04:22 No.5584971
    You have a talent for Nightmare Fuel, I hope you know. Sleep well.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)04:24 No.5584983
    Oh fuck year this is a good idea.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)04:26 No.5584997
    Somebody already archived it.
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)04:45 No.5585172
    Makes me wonder if there shouldn't be some alternate way to make these quests work off of /tg/ so that they didn't end up dying and could just be ongoing at the OP's leisure.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)04:49 No.5585211
    What do you mean, specifically?
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/25/09(Tue)04:54 No.5585250
    There is a tgchan, actually, complete with "Quest" board. However, it gets much less traffic, which is to be expected.
    >> Subprocessor 678 08/25/09(Tue)05:55 No.5585687
    >> Anonymous 08/25/09(Tue)06:20 No.5585865
    Where can we find?

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