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Formerly an organic being, Emy, a Honduran white bat, was accidentally digitised and placed within a robot chassis resembling her original form, destroying her biological body in the process.
Now existing as a digital consciousness designated SH-10151, Emy is not tied to any one physical form and can inhabit any compatible body. Nethertheless, she is most frequently seen in the chassis she was first installed into due to familiarity and it’s resemblance to her pre-conversion form. This chassis was retroactively designated B47-R0.
Emy was originally born as a regular, anthropomorphic Honduran white bat.
Sometime during her mid-20s, whilst participating in an urban exploration of an abandoned cybernetic conversion laboratory, she accidentally had her consciousness transferred into an robot doppelganger. Since the ‘conversion’, she has been entirely robotic with no organic biology, and only resembles a bat in appearance.
Over time, she had new bodies with different abilities created, imbuing each of them with their own copy of the SH-10151 program. Each of these Emys operate as independent beings, coordinated by the mainframe Emy B47-R1.
Emy is carefree and more than a little eccentric. She is mindful, but is happy to be left to her own devices and given freedom to be a bit weird. Her tastes are eclectic and varied, a result of her shifting interests and frequent desire for newness and change.
After being converted into a robot, she acts a little more logically and literally. She’s developed a tendency to hoard mangoes, although the reason for doing so is unknown, as she can’t eat them.
Her attitude towards being robotic, whilst initially shocking, rapidly became favourable, and she has come to prefer it over her biological form. It is unknown how much influence her programming has over dictating this view, however.
As an organic bat
Emy was a Honduran white bat (Ectophylla alba) with very light grey (almost white) fur and pale green skin—similar to but less flesh-coloured to typical Honduran white bats. Also like most Honduran white bats, she was extremely fluffy, with an abundance of fur that made her appear quite round despite actually having a relatively slim physique underneath it all.
Her nose pointed upwards, as is typical of the species. Her arms extended into full wings with black membranes. Her ears similarly were green on the outside with black inner membranes.
She wore half-framed horn-rimmed glasses and dressed quite airily, favouring long skirts, cardigans, baggy tops, ponchos (to accommodate her wings) and generally less stifling fashions.
As a robot
Following conversion, Emy’s body is composed of white plastic plates placed over a black, flexible membrane, which is visible around her joints and contains her internal chassis. Various parts of her plating carry green accents, including the edges of her ears, wings, nose and feet.
Below Emy’s head is the input/output collar, her primary means of interfacing with other technology.
The lower part of Emy’s head contains a pointed ‘nose’ and a mechanical ‘mouth’. The upper part of her head is dominated by a large visual display that shows her ‘eyes’, although it may potentially display any graphic. This display is surrounded by multiple sensors. On the top of her head are two ‘ears’. These ears are composed of a mesh of flexible, black material, and can rotate and actuate independently of one another.
Following conversion, Emy no longer wears glasses or clothing.
Prior to being converted to a robot, Emy could proficiently play the ukulele.
Following conversion, she gained a number of technical abilities. In her ‘default’ chassis Emy can:
- See the entire electromagnetic spectrum.
- Interface with other technology, both over wires and wirelessly.
- Exercise superhuman strength, dexterity and durability.
- Survive without food, water or oxygen; being solely powered by electricity.
- Detach her head and have it operate independently of her body for a short period of time. (Her body cannot operate separately.)
More generally, being a machine, Emy can:
- Detach and replace limbs as needs require.
- Have new hardware and software functionality installed.
- Transfer or copy her ‘consciousness’ to other compatible bodies and storage devices.
The process responsible for her conversion was unfinished and experimental technology from several years prior, and as such she is limited by her outdated and unstable hardware and firmware.
B47-R0 hardware specification
Emy’s exact hardware specifications are unknown, but roughly include:
- ≈ 2.5 GHz dual processors
- Between 512 MB and 2 GB of RAM
- ≈ 250 GB of hard drive capacity
- 802.11b/g compatible wireless card
- Bluetooth 1.1 wireless card
Emy’s I/O collar includes a variety of ports, including a IEC 60320 C6 port for charging; Ethernet, USB and Firewire 400 ports for data transfer; a variety of video and audio output formats (including DVI-A, VGA, component video, TOSLINK, and a 3.5mm headphone port); and a Kensington security slot.
This chassis is powered by electrical energy stored on two internal batteries and typically recharged via a wall outlet. Notably, it is the only chassis to feature an integrated chemical jetpack, allowing Emy to fly for a short time.
Although Emy’s head aesthetically resembles that of a biological creature—with eyes, ears, mouth and nose—the actual functions of each of these elements do not align with their organic analogues.
Emy’s ‘eyes’ do not see, as this is actually a CRT display. The display is typically seen rendering Emy’s ‘eyes’, but can also display other graphics and text, and is used for debugging or other maintenance activities carried out by third-parties. The display can be deactivated, and normally is turned off when Emy is in sleep mode.
The vast majority of Emy’s sensor organs are located around her display. This includes visible light and infrared (thermal) cameras, and LIDAR scanners, which are positioned to the sides of the display, creating a near panoramic field of view. An array of microphones is also positioned at various locations around the display, providing some sense of directionality with the sources of sounds.
Her ears are, in actuality, speakers. These project any audio that Emy produces, including her voice.
Emy does not have a sense of taste or smell.
Emy’s mouth is largely cosmetic. It can flex slightly to aid in conveying emotions. There is a shallow cavity behind it containing a battery terminal, allowing Emy to ‘eat’ batteries for a small increase in energy (the batteries have to be removed once exhausted, however).
Her nose is a wireless charging and discharging point. Emy can choose to share electrical energy with compatible devices by contacting them with her nose, as can other devices be used to charge her. She can also discharge small jolts of electricity from her nose on demand.
Emy’s program can also be transferred or copied to a number of standard computer systems, in which case she may adopt the hardware capabilities of that system.
When not in active use by Emy B47-R0, each chassis contains a duplicate of the SH-10151 program, allowing it to operate autonomously as an individual instance of Emy.
B47-R1 — Biomass-fuelled chassis
Intended for situations where direct access to electricity isn’t practical, Emy B47-R1 (R1 for short) is powered by processing biomass into electricity using chemical processes.
B47-R1 was eventually selected to serve as the mainframe computer connecting all Emys together, becoming “the one, true Emy”.
B57-P51 — Non-solid material storage chassis (experimental)
Emy B57-P51 features a bi-layered latex rubber, the outer layer of which constitutes a single chamber that can be filled and emptied of liquids or gases as needed. The inner layer serves to protect the mechanical endoskeleton from the materials being stored.
Like the B47-R1, Emy P51 has significantly fewer rigid plates on its exterior, leaving the rubber surfaces exposed and free to expand or contract as needed. Plates are only present on the top of the head, wing tips and feet.
The head of the chassis features an electrical air pump that can be activated autonomously or manually by pressing the nose area. An additional pump for handling liquids and hose connections is accessible from the rear of the head. A manual valve intended for emergency usage is located on the front of the chassis’ rubber section.
The P51 has the smallest energy capacity of the available chassis, with only one battery located in the head area.
A51 — Humanoid electromotive chassis
The A51 is tall, with a human-like appearance and proportions. The entire ‘face’ area is a single, vertically-oriented screen. Two antennae extend upwards from the sides of the head.
Like other Emys, Emy A51 is composed of white plastic plates over a malleable black membrane, inside which is a mechanical endoskeleton. Unlike others, Emy A51 features none of the typical green accents. Internally, A51 works similarly to the B47-R0.
TAUR — Nuclear-powered heavy lifter chassis (experimental)
The Treaded, Autonomous, Utility TransporteR (TAUR) chassis is a large, quadrupedal chassis fuelled by a compact, on-board nuclear fission reactor. It is by far the largest and most physically powerful of Emy’s typical chassis options, capable of lifting and carrying objects weighing dozens of tons for an extended period.
It is composed of two sections, in an arrangement similar to a centaur. The upper chassis resembles a humanoid torso and houses the majority of the control electronics and sensors. The lower chassis is long and wide. It’s largely taken up by the nuclear reactor, which sits in the centre of the two pairs of legs. On the top of the lower chassis is a large, flat surface for carrying loads.
Due to its nuclear fuelling, the TAUR chassis is expensive to operate and takes an extended period of time to activate and deactivate.
Emy has multiple alternative bodies and can inhabit electronics, allowing her to swap physical form with ease.