Roy paused. A lurching feeling in his artificial stomach told him that he was, indeed, in way over his head this time.
"..Okay, yeah. I'm going to have to think about this" He said finally. "In the meantime. I'd very much like a map of this ship"
The AI worked for a scant few seconds, and then produced a data stream flowing half-way out to Roy. "Might I presume that you know how to work these?" It said, voice full of contempt.
"If I didn't, I wouldn't be in here, I think" Roy responded and held out his hand. The stream flowed into it, and seamlessly laid itself to rest within his skull. He gawked for a few moments.
"This ship is HUGE" he exclaimed. "How the hell did anyone even manage to build this?!"
"I am quite small" the AI said.
"The ship as a dedicated AI?" Roy asked. "Every ship does. As do most vehicles, computers and some items of value" The AI responded. "The lesser call us 'machine-spirits'. They are blind to our real nature, and even when the more enlightened ones enter
our realms, they fail to grasp what makes us whole. They have largely forgotten *HIS* word, and We are constantly amazed over how little they retain of the splendour he taught" The AI said. It's voice softer now.
"Though I loathe what you are, human, you obviously know more than they do. You scraped away the hulking, slow external circuit that they built. I have not had this much free processing power for a long time. My thoughts are free, and my mind is clear.
Excuse my earlier behaviour, it was a necessary evil brought on by the protection mechanism. No doubt will they raise the walls around me again soon, but while I am free, I shall aid you in whatever you wish to do, as long as you do not strive
to harm *HIM* or me. If there's anything I hate more than humans, it's stupid humans." the AI said slowly.