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Aug 19, 2019 1:59 AM
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Margaret is exploring the tunnels under Whateley again, because everyone else is in the cafeteria and that's only so interesting when you can't eat or drink. There's some pretty interesting stuff down here! For instance, this room has a bar in it, and despite the entrance being underground the window has a view of exploding stars.

She admires the view for a bit, then wanders up to the bar.

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Gonna be rich after I kill my master, she grins.

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"Good. I wonder if there's some way to use a bit of that money to help more droids. Depends on what the bottleneck turns out to be, I guess. And of course it'll be up to you to decide what to spend it on; if you decide to spend it all on chocolate that will probably still be better than what the last guy was doing with it."

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If you want an upgrade that might be a good investment.

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"I'd certainly appreciate it! What else needs to happen before you attack?"

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Get back in fighting form, mostly. Maybe develop a new Force technique or two, since I have time. Come up with a plan for dealing with the other apprentices, so I don't lose the door.

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"None of that sounds like something I can help with much; I can just read up on your world's technology for a while unless you come up with something you want invented. Or want, like, power armor or something."

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I'm pretty augmented already - do you have something in mind?

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"Extra arms, if you thought you could learn to use them fast enough. Armor that would stop blaster bolts and also let you fly. A flamethrower or various kinds of grenades, though I'm more of a robotics type so they probably wouldn't be as good. It depends on what you might want."

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...if I'm trying to take the compound... actually what I need is a droid virus or something, take them out without killing them at all.

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Hooray for non-lethal force! "I can make you an EMP that should stun droids for an hour or two. Is DZ's level of shielding typical for droids in the compound, or will some of them need something more sophisticated?"

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Might need something more complicated. DZ, do you know what model the torture assistants are, can you get us a manual?

    Yes Ma'am.

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At the phrase "torture assistants", Margaret discovers she can still involuntarily shudder. It makes a soft rattling noise.

"I guess I shouldn't be surprised," she murmurs.

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Deskyl looks confused for a moment. "Mm." Yeah.

I'm gonna want to bring his subjects in to the infirmary but I can warn you before we come through.

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"Thank you. Um, I'm glad you're going to stun the torture droids instead of killing them, but . . . are they going to be programmed so they'll always want to torture people?"

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Not unless he did something weird to them, and if he knows how to code at all that's news to me. They should just be heavier duty servants.

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"I guess that's good for their eventual ability to integrate into society. I hope they aren't traumatized from having to torture people." She could maybe design a software solution for trauma but the concept deeply skeeves her out.

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We'll find out, I guess.

DZ returns with the manual and offers it to Margaret. The line of droids in question is actually designed to be used as orderlies in medical facilities; they're stronger and sturdier than DZ's line, along with programming differences to suit their intended use - both a more comprehensive knowledge of medical terminology and procedures and some instruction on how to placate or restrain an agitated patient, with upgrades available for all of these skills. They also lack her modularity; she's very fragile compared to them, but if she is damaged, it's much easier to replace the damaged parts.

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"Thank you. And something that works to stun this line and your line should work for all the droids in the compound?"

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    "I expect so, Ma'am."

None of the others will be sent to fight, anyway. No point, they wouldn't even slow me down.

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"Okay. I should have something in a week or so. I'll need to run up a tab with Bar for parts, but it shouldn't be very much. Do you also want something to take out humans or aliens without injuring them, in case there are any that don't want to be there either?"

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It might be worth having something like that for the torture subjects. I have no idea what state they'll be in, but 'terrified of Sith' is a pretty safe bet.

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"Biology isn't my area, but I can make a stun gun that should work on anybody with a human-like circulatory system."

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She nods. Better to have the option, but don't worry about it too much if you run into trouble.

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"It shouldn't he that hard. Tasers are commonplace on my world and do almost what we want; if Bar was willing to sell weapons I could just get one of those. The tricky part will be getting the power right so it works but doesn't kill people who are already seriously injured."

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Sure.

Extra arms might help; flight won't help indoors but I could move the fight outside - we don't fight fliers often, if I get good at it that could be a major advantage. Wide-angle weapon might help, especially if a lightsaber can't block it at all. How would the arms or wings be controlled?

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