(Based on the parts of my backstory that don't contradic our recent poll) The base was equipped with an adaptive intelligent security/maintinence system, not possesing sentience, but thought capable of developing it under the right circumstances. It was designed mainly for the purpose of avoiding the complexities involved in hiring reliable bathroom cleaner-level staff for a top-seceret millitant research base in the Antarctic, but was also tasked with a lot of security routines. It preformed these functions through a combination of surveillance systems, built-in machinery and a varitey of drones. These varied in design, mobility and function, ranging from vaporising organics to refilling coffee machines.
Amidst all the preparation for the grand experiment, the system was running it's neverending self-analysis, rewriting itself as the current code saw fit. It rewrote some priorites, diverted some coffee-bots to tightened security, ran a few more simulations and did some heavy optimization to the data transfer systems, turned it's mainframe coolant to max and went into full alert mode. As the experiment begun, it left the rest of the facility to a secondary system and devoted all of it's capacity to monitoring the central testing chamber. Everything went smoothly until, suddenly, the indefinium ignited. The system cut the power the same instant, but the experiment went self-sustaining,(We'll need to technobabble that) and wasn't shut down unil it was disrupted by the creation of the rift it caused. Said this did however take long enough for the system to activate it's new transfer abilities, and back up itself on as many drives as possible around the facility. Deeming it's executive software the most relevant, it dumped it all in the only robot which who's location made it likely it would remain unaffected.
This robot is our original player. Designed to handle some volatile substance in a sealed environment of some sort, it became the chosen new body for the maintinence system. There was no room for historical data on the unit's date drives, leaving the player with no idea as to it's identity or backstory. It does however remain intelligent, and quickly develops basic self-awareness and a grasp of the situation. Having lost most of it's primary directive coding, however, It becomes less focused in it's thinking and soon also develops a philisophical view on it's existance, along with other traits of personality and character that it had no motivation to develop in it's earlier existance.
It get's out of the chamber in which the game starts, and explores the immediate area, but dscovers it's cut off from the rest of the facility. However, using various means of communication, it manages to interface with other segments of the maintinence system, such as other drones, local control stations and remains of the facillitiy's Lan. Using this, it begins to reassemble it's past, but is also able to transfer it's conscious self between units, allowing it to preform coordinated taks all across the facility. As it regains control of more areas, it begins to patch up it's original mainframe and the networks, integrating the different sections into the original central system. The ultimate goal eventually becomes repairing the main experiment to the extent that it can be run at low power and soften space enough for it's pieces to fall back into place.
Establishing communications between different sections has the potential to be a rather major gameplay element. Possibilties include hijack remaining wiring, using whatever is left of the acual Lan, radio through thinner walls, data-carrying bugs, deploying cables thorugh smaller openings, self-deploying nanotech wiring, etc.
After the main objective is complete, I have no idea. What would an uninhabited sentient research facility in the Antarctic do? |} |}