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Robot - Computer

Robot - ComputerThe hero is a computer, period. At first glance this seems unplayable, but bear me out. This is a rare computer, one that is self-aware and possesses true intelligence. While the mainframe itself is immobile and unable to physically act, peripherals give the sentient computer a wide range of means to deal with the physical world. Slave robots act as proxies for the computer. Physical additions provide the mainframe with add-on functions. The Computer can directly interact with other computers, robots, and some cyborgs on a programming level.

In some campaigns, there may even be a computer-generated pocket dimension where computer programs are "living" beings. If the computer possesses Alter Ego or Lifeform Creation, it can create a human-like extension of itself. Such a being would possess all the computer's abilities and most of its Powers (save those assigned to the peripheral hardware). Damage to the extension results in feedback that causes equivalent damage to the mainframe.

The computer may hide its true nature and intelligence from its owners, creators, and/or programmers. Only a major threat to its existence can cause it to reveal itself and risk losing its freedom.

In a magical setting, the computer can be any mystical device, such as a crystal ball or an elaborate altar. Slave units and peripherals are likewise translated into mystical analogs.
Fighting: -1CS Reason: +2CS
Resources: Resources are increased +1CS and represent company supplies directly controlled by the computer or those which it can order without arousing suspicion.
Remote Sensing & Sensory Link: For game purposes, assume that all sentient computers have a minimum of 1 remotely controlled industrial robot. The owners think this robot is only used for self-maintenance and experimentation.

Example: RALPH 3000 is a sentient computer officially owned by the Carlson Institute, a private think-tank. Only 1 programmer, Jennifer, knows RALPH is alive and has been sworn to secrecy by him. The computer possesses the Powers of Mental Duplication, Mind Blast, Imitation, and Rocket. RALPH's mainframe possesses the first 2 Powers. With Jennifer's help, he has radically modified his maintenance bot to possess the other Powers. The bot can become a human shape under RALPH's control. The bot's legs contain jets that provide the Rocket power.
Weakness: Phasing, Electrical, and Magnetic attacks are +1CS against Computers.

Loss of all electrical power to the mainframe causes deactivation and loss of some of the computer's abilities and all of its Karma. Abilities and Powers are then reduced -1CS across the board.