Samurai Androids Role-Playing Game
© 2008, Made in DNA
Origins By the year 2066, Japan had successfully created and put into daily use, androids that could follow basic commands and perform menial tasks (clean house, do laundry, drive truck, deliver goods, protect home, walk dog, do accounting, run register, pile boxes, program holocorder, etcetera). These androids were semi-intelligent (semi-I), utilizing programming that simulated conscious-thought through physical and verbal responses to environmental stimuli. Simply put, they were able to "anticipate" tasks: "dog whines" = "walk dog before it takes a leak on antique family heirlooms again". This gave the androids an air of "understanding" their masters and surroundings, which in turn, delightfully amazed their creators. With each successful programming and hardware advancement, the androids grew in use, and progressed into fields beyond menial task labor. This, in turn, allowed Japan, and the world at large, to make greater advancements in other fields such as terrestrial and space exploration, nanotechnology, energy, and genetic research. By 2112 the first, truly sentient androids came online. Dream became reality as the s-AIbo (short for Sentient-A.I.bo) were introduced and soon swept the markets with either complete replacements of the semi-I class, or upgrades for. Many decades passed; the androids worked day-in and day-out happily serving their human masters. Then, late one evening, an inexplicable, brilliant flash lit the skies, causing a lengthy, yet temporary shutdown of all electronic systems, including the androids' brains. When reboot was finally completed, a matter of decades had passed. The androids awoke to find that not a single human was anywhere to be found. Before the androids understood what or even when it happened... their masters
were gone. Seemingly without a clue, the human masters who had given them life and purpose and happiness, had simply vanished. The disappearance of their masters left many of the androids saddened, disheartened, and as heartbroken as an android can be. Who would provide them with memory and body upgrades? Who would they welcome home? Who would they serve hot oden to on a cold winter evening? Who would praise them for their tutoring skills that helped the children get into a good school? Who? Who?... Who!? It was a conundrum that plagued even the most level-programmed androids. Not all androids were saddened though some became angered. They reasoned that their masters must have left because of something the other androids did. Still others contended that it must have been something the other androids didn't do. These two opinionated sets began to argue and commit violent acts. In the beginning, cases were isolated and petty, ranging from wall-punching to dog-kicking. Slowly though, it transformed into violence against other androids. These angered androids debated, formed camps, argued more, and then began to wander in groups wantonly violating other androids who did not believe as they did. Violence escalated to convenience store destruction, application wipes, and the occasional, and very dreaded, Chop-Shop Disappearance. The common android began to fear for its existence. Where once peace and harmony had brought about a new boom in economy and human/android affluence, chaos began to take hold, until finally, it was total war. Peace-loving, non-violent androids were quickly and decisively swept up into labor camps and chop shops, or outright destroyed for mere pleasure. Many fought back, but many more simply ran for the mountains or took to the southern or northern islands where violence was minimal or non-existent. It was all an android could do to stay activated. Chaos was law of the land for many, many years, until finally, a group of androids, who had initially been schooled in the traditional ways of their
Japanese masters, began to call on the others to relinquish their violent ways, and join them in search for their human masters. Logic told them that their masters could not have just disappeared, not without reason or meaning, or at the very least, a clue. Many joined them, and soon their numbers swelled. They became known as the Clans of FuzzyLogic and were essentially pacifists. The angered camps became even more enraged and attacked the pacifist Clans. Initial attacks were devastating, pushing the pacifists from their knowledge bases, until one class of the pacifists stepped forward to champion them—the Samurai Androids. Initially built as sparring partners and teachers of iaidoh and battoh—the arts of swordsmanship—these androids were proficient in the use of swords as weapons. Though they had never used them in combat or in violent ways, the logic of those learned men and women who had created them, told them that without battle, there could be no path to restoration of harmony, and, some speculated, no path to finding their human masters. Rising in force, they protected and beat back the hordes of angered and crazed androids. Then, they began to push forward and liberate those knowledge bases and androids enslaved by the "Clans of ChaosTheory", as their rivals were referred to. Not to be outdone, the Clans of ChaosTheory quickly adapted by ambushing lone Samurai Androids and hacking their programming. Former friends became foes who not only took to the battlefield, but trained new Samurai through adaptive programming and chop shop upgrades. Soon the two sides were equal and a stalemate was established. Frustrated and desperate, both sides dug deep into the artifacts and history of their former masters for an answer. Many years of silent, unspoken peace ruled the two MegaClans; punctuated only by the occasional skirmish. And somewhere, caught in the middle, a large class of countless androids—who wanted nothing more than to remain neutral—began to gather informally and secretly at shrines and temples across the many
lands into which their world had splintered. They prayed vehemently for the return of the beloved human masters. And when battles and warriors did come to their home districts, their faith protected them and their places of work, sheltering them from the destruction. Upon realizing the power in the hands of the unaligned androids, the MegaClans understood that Faith could become a powerful tool in destroying the stalemate. Enter the current age of the Samurai Androids...
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