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NPC Bots - The Clock is Ticking! by stickfigureparadise NPC Bots - The Clock is Ticking! by stickfigureparadise

So I got involved in helping with another tournament back in the fall and we've been trying to get it off the ground ever since.
If you don't care for these things, please bear with me for a while. :)

The info is prone to editing. This is a second draft. I hope to make it shorter and more clear while still fun so I'd love some ideas if anyone has some.


Aside from Temporius, other ancient robots remain in the city. They, like their lord, are slowly dying, having once relied on the great tower to charge them. Generally emotionless, these lesser bots do what they are programmed to, though some seem to have… changed since Temporius began his decline. Possibly by some last bit of magic, some bots have become self-aware. Others, however, have had their programming run eschew, causing them to become less friendly and more chaotic.
There may be other types of bots still about, but the three main types to be seen are listed here.

Courier Bots are the most numerous of the robotic devices left in the city. Their job was, of course, the quick and efficient delivery of messages! They are equipped with acute vision and hearing via their large eyes and ears in order to track down specific recipients, and their timing is impeccable! A Courier can reach speeds of over one hundred miles (160+ km) an hour, putting them literal leaps and bounds ahead of all other bots in efficiency.
Many Courier Bots work for Temporius directly and do their best to carry instruction to the contestants wherever they may be. You might have caught a glimpse of one delivering your personal invitation, perhaps?
Unfortunately, these bots are not without their problems. While they are the least dangerous among the bots when they go haywire, Couriers are very susceptible to confused programming.
Problems include: Mixing messages, directional errors, and loss of control when at high speeds. A recent but common flaw found in broken Bots is a time and memory issue: several Couriers continue to race about the city, searching to deliver messages to people who are no longer there. They eventually run out of power, or burn-out, but can be sudden hazards when crossing streets.

Maintenance Bots are the city’s cleanup and repair system. These little guys were designed first and foremost to keep the Tower running and secondly, to keep the city well-managed. They are small in size; about that of a human toddler.
Their functions include: hovering above ground, scaling buildings, head-lights, and a full range of uses for their hands; bots can pull or carry heavy containers of tools, trash, or even bodies!
These days, for the most part, the Maintenance Bots gather around where Temporius is at. They are all broken more or less in some way because, of all the bots, they are most deeply connected to Temporius. Many Maintenance Bots even feel sorrow at their lord’s (and their own) impending passing and since his decline began, have given up their duties entirely. Instead, they follow closely around Temporius, pretending to fix him and basking in his prescience.
While the Maintenance Bots are a kind and sensitive sort in general, some have turned their devotion into obsession. A small number of these bots have decided that in order to save Temporius, all others must be destroyed.

'Security Patrol’, or Guard Bots were once popular among the law enforcement and citizens alike. They come equipped with a strong sense of hearing, smell, sharp ‘teeth’, and an infrared targeting system. Their eyesight was typically poor, but generally unnecessary as their other senses more than made up for it.
Some of these bots were once programmed to guard borders and clearance areas, while others guarded private property. Unfortunately, many continue to do so to this day. Broken Guards are by far the most dangerous to encounter; they are extremely territorial and programmed to attack all perceived threats. They also tend to travel in packs.
Of all the bots, Guard Bots are the least connected and concerned with Temporius and his plight.
Of course, not all Bots are the same. Who knows what one might encounter in this failing city?


Other notes/FAQ:
Q. Do I have to use/show these creatures?
A. It's up to you.

Q. What color combinations do they come in?
A. These robots come in all varieties of color! Collect them all! (Or maybe not)

Q. Can I make one talk/keep one as a pet
A. Yes you may.

Q. Can I make them attack and harm my characters?
A. Think of these bots as part of the scenery that you interact with. Like crumbling walls, they can be hazards to you and even harm you. You have our permission to involve them in your adventures, whatever the role you give to them.

Q. Can I use these bots to attack my opponents?
A. That you cannot do. This isn't Pokemon, I'm afraid. Once a bot joins your team/party, -even as a pet, the same rules that apply to tag-alongs applies to that bot. Only your character can fight your opponents.

Q. You mentioned that the Bots can be used as 'hazards'?
A. As stated above, bots can also be seen as scenery to interact with. You may exploit the numerous accidents waiting to happen when fighting an opponent much as one might exploit a weakness in the wall of an old building, however, it must be a direct result of something done by your fighter. IE, the only "accidents" allowed in this tournament are the kind sitting between two quotation marks. :devil:

We're still working on defining the limits, but our final verdict will be posted here by the time the tournament starts, so please check back.

Please ask if you have any more questions.
I read bad fanfiction for fun, so trust me when I say that no question you ask will even remotely qualify as 'stupid' to me. It's better to know for sure than to have a mistake show up in your hard work later!

Generic Robot Animals™ were designed for the use of #Clock-is-Ticking-OCT. Resemblance to Other Generic Robot Animals™ is mere coincidence based upon my lack of creativity.

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Pinkcatninja Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Starting groups/tourtaments/etc is hard work! I wish you the best of luck.
stickfigureparadise Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, thanks. Well, I'm just a judge anyway. Let's hope it gets off the ground.
Have you started a group before?
Pinkcatninja Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Uh, well, I am one of the admin for Holidays University now. It won't start til next September (sorta), so we will see how that works out.
stickfigureparadise Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats! Oh wow, a sequel group, huh? Is this because the first got so big or just for older students?
Pinkcatninja Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Just for older students. People wanna keep playing their old characters. (The group tends to get reallly big during summer but shrinks during the year)
Lupineblade Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Lookin' cool! I especially love the courier bots! Very nice designs~
stickfigureparadise Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, doncha just wanna cuddle them? I'm just glad I drew something robotic that didn't look like crap. XD
Lupineblade Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student General Artist
I'd definitely love to cuddle them, although I'm worried about how the guard bots may react...
stickfigureparadise Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The guard bots don't care if you stay off their turf, but I think the Couriers would run over your face if you try picking one up. XD
Lupineblade Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Looks like robot-cuddles will not be happening then... :(
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