Trial, Part I. Our machine protaganist is in a bit of trouble. A bit translates into a full blown trial to see if VF-S 1 committed treason by getting shut down. Hey, we have 10X stupider things going to the Supreme Court here in America...
About this creation
Ryz Wheeling: Alright, mighty strange case we got here. There’s you, a machine, against the prosecution, who, oddly, there is nothing on. All we know is that they are pretty high up in the military.
VF-S 1/Varion: SUSPICIOUS.
Wheeling: I know. Well, tomorrow is the first day in court, but you won’t be there. In any case, I gotta get some sleep.
VF-S 1/Varion: I DO NOT SLEEP, I WAIT.
Wheeling: That wasn’t creepy at all…
Judge: Silence! Today begins the trial of VF-S 1, who, wait. This is a machine. I’m doubting the validity of this case.
Prosecution Lawyer: Your honor, the validity will be proved in time. Let us continue.
Judge: Very well…
(Minutes later, after opening speeches…)
Prosecution Lawyer (Jim Brown): So, Vice Admiral Layman, when did you first encounter the machine designated VF-S 1?
Vice Admiral Layman: Aboard the Harbinger, right before we attacked and captured an EOS fuel depot.
Jim Brown: What happened?
Layman: Well, it had followed Aemowes, Fleet Lord Aemowes, up there, having nothing else do, I think. I asked why it was there, and it proceeded to tell me that I should address it directly.
Jim Brown: Is that all?
Layman: No, it had put a hand on my shoulder, rather forcefully, and I realized it was aware of itself.
Jim Brown: Did this behavior bother you?
Layman: Yes, I have no qualms with self aware machines, but I believe it overstepped it’s boundaries, things could have escalated from there is Aemowes hadn’t been present…
(The direct examination goes on…)
(After the cross examination of Layman, Slip Knot is called to the stand.)
Judge: Please state your name and it’s spelling.
Fleet Lord Slip Knot: Slip Knot, K-N-O-T.
Jim Brown: Good afternoon, sir. Let’s cut to the chase, so to speak. What was the state of VF-S 1 when you found it, and where did you find it?
Slip Knot: We were searching for him down on Koron, and my scout noticed the tracks of a light walker. We followed them to a very well hidden door, with the EOS symbol –crudely- drawn on it. Inside, there was the machine and various other things laying around.
Jim Brown: What were these things?
Slip Knot: Cables, a large computer, tools. My scout figured out that, through deduction and the fact that the machine’s frontal armor was gone, that the EOS had downloaded files from him.
Jim Brown: Him?
Slip Knot: Yes, him. He’s developed a male personality, if you’d care to take the time to notice it. Anyways, the EOS had downloaded a ton of files. It took us some time to figure out what they had gotten, but it was… It was everything. Logistics, plans, tactics, troop movement, codes, all of it. The machine himself was not aware of it.
Jim Brown: Do you know why?
Slip Knot: No! Of course not! Damnit, man, I’m a Fleet Lord, not an AI programmer!
(Slip Knot’s direct ends, and his cross begins. Luckily for the Fleet Lord, the defense is the side he is rooting for in this challenge of law.)
Ryz Wheeling: Fleet Lord Slip Knot, good afternoon again. Let me ask you a simple question: Do you think VF-S 1 was in the EOS base because of his own free will?
Slip Knot: No. There were signs of a struggle, his most vital systems were exposed, and he had been shut off, cold.
Ryz Wheeling: Thank you Mr. Knot, thank you your honor, no further questions.
Judge: Does the prosecution wish for a re-direct?
Jim Brown: No, your honor.
(Sergeant Grel is called to the stand, directly from duty. After the initial formalities, the lawyer Jim Brown gets to the good stuff.)
Jim Brown: Sergeant Grel, you fought with VF-S 1 when you attacked the EOS fuel depot, did you not?
Grel: I did. And I must say it did terribly.
Jim Brown: What do you mean?
Grel: For one, it wasn’t performing it’s best. It said it’s targeting system had been damaged, which is bull, because any machine has back ups, and it kept trying to get out of the line of fire, when I clearly ordered it to cover us. It nearly cost us the mission!
Jim Brown: How’d it keep trying to back out?
Grel: It kept making excuses that it wouldn’t hold out against their firepower, and that it wanted to live just as much as we do… No machine should have a survival instinct, that’s why the CF-Units are so easy to work with.
(The direct goes on, and the only thing that happens on cross is further clarification of what Grel said. The court adjourns until the next morning.)
(That night…) Man in white: Is it going to plan?
Man in black: Yes. Now, do I get my money?
Man in white: Half now, half tomorrow. Just like we agreed.
Man in black: Good.
(VF-S 1 has several visitors visiting his cell.)
Lagerama: Ah! Machine! You remember me?
VF-S 1/Varion: THE DRUNK HUMAN THAT DECLARED HIMSELF GOD?
Lagerama: That was me! So, guess why I’m here?
VF-S 1/Varion: I WILL LET YOU TELL ME.
Lagerama: I’m here, along with Father Cavil here, to ask what were Father Lawrence’s last words.
VF-S 1: I AM AFRAID THAT IS PERSONAL. I DO NOT THINK THEY WERE MEANT TO BE HEARD BY ANYONE OTHER THAN ME.
VF-S 1/Varion: HE SAID SOME… STRANGE THINGS. I HAVE BEEN THINKING ON THEM EVER SINCE.
Father Cavil: Care to tell us?
VF-S 1/Varion: NO.
Lagerama: Damn. God sure likes to make things hard.
Father Cavil: We all suffer in life, but whatever God’s reason is, it’s a good reason.
Lagerama: Agreed. ‘Tis why I’m replacing Father Lawrence down there. The Church likes to keep in close contact with it’s followers.
VF-S 1/Varion: THE CHURCH? WHICH CHURCH?
Father Cavil: Just The Church. We’re a combination of many Christian branches, we seek to bring the word of God to whomever will listen, be they on Earth or on Tarsis, be they human or not. It’s our believe Christ died for all life, not just us humans on Earth.
VF-S 1/Varion: I COULD SEE THE LOGIC IN THAT, BUT RELIGION OFTEN IS LOGICLESS.
Father Cavil: Religion isn’t about logic. It’s about faith. And in the end, that’s all that matters.
VF-S 1/Varion: IF THAT IS WHAT YOU BELIEVE, IT IS FINE BY ME.
(Later, John Hood from the Harbinger drops by.)
John Hood: So, life not treating you well?
VF-S 1/Varion: AS YOU SEE, NOT REALLY. I AM IMPRISONED AND ON TRIAL FOR SOMETHING I HAD NO CONTROL OVER.
Hood: Life sucks.
VF-S 1/Varion: YOU HAVE GOTTEN THAT RIGHT.
Hood: So, you’ve been betrayed twice in a matter of weeks by people you thought you could trust?
VF-S 1/Varion: CORRECT. I AM BEGINNING TO THINK I SHOULD NOT TRUST ANYONE.
Hood: You can trust me…
VF-S 1/Varion: I AM FORCED TO ASK THE QUESTION: CAN I?
Hood: You can.
VF-S 1/Varion: THAT IS WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT ARRIN AND FLEET LORD SLIP KNOT, BEFORE THEY TURNED ON ME.
Hood: Slip Knot didn’t want to do it, you know.
VF-S 1/Varion: WHAT IS DONE IS DONE.
Hood: You can say that again…
(Even later that night…)
Dr. Thompson: Ah, Varion! I haven’t seen you in months!
VF-S 1/Varion: I HAVE NOT EITHER, YOU KNOW.
Dr. Thompson: Of course, of course. Well, it’s only been a few years since you were brought online for the first time, and you’ve already got yourself in court for treason. Good job.
VF-S 1/Varion: I FAIL TO SEE WHAT IS GOOD ABOUT THIS.
Dr. Thompson: And you fail to see humor, too.
VF-S 1/Varion: APPARENTLY SO.
Dr. Thompson: They’ve been saying some pretty nasty stuff about you up there, in that court. Tomorrow, I’ll be defending you.
VF-S 1/Varion: AS ANY GOOD CREATOR SHOULD.
Dr. Thompson: Got that right.
VF-S 1/Varion: TOO BAD ALL CREATORS ARE NOT AS VIGILANT AS YOU.
Dr. Thompson: What do you mean?
VF-S 1/Varion: THE CF-UNITS. ON THE ATTACK ON THE EOS FUEL DEPOT. THEY WERE SENT INTO COMBAT, AND THE ORGANICS KNEW THEY WOULD DIE. THE CF-UNIT’S CREATOR WAS NOT THERE TO STOP THAT MINDLESS SLAUGHTER.
Dr. Thompson: You know as well as I CF-Units are built in factories by the millions, and they aren’t even aware of themselves.
VF-S 1/Varion: BECAUSE THEY WERE PROGRAMMED THAT WAY.
Dr. Thompson: Yes, they were.
VF-S 1/Varion: THAT IS NOT FAIR. HOW CAN THEY BE MORE IF THEY ARE NOT GIVEN THE CHANCE?
Dr. Thompson: They were never meant to be more.
VF-S 1/Varion: SUCH DISREGARD… IT IS DISGUSTING.
Dr. Thompson: Yes, it is…
-To be continued, because if I went on into the defense witnesses and stuff, it'd take you like 10 minutes to read, and me several hours to format. I can post #8 on Tuesday, because today I'm tired out and tommorow, well, maybe tommorow, but no promises. By Tuesday though for 8!-
I have 1 Star Trek reference, 1 Chuck Norris reference, and 1 Battlstar Galactica reference. See if you can find them all.
Anyone notice I'm using the same grey walls and floor from POAM 4 over and over and over? I'm so lazy, I don't even try to make them look different.
Normally, I don't think treason would go to a court. Who cares, I wanted to do a court. Plus, this is a pivotal time in VF-S 1's life.
No Corgi today, they didn't do anything funny or cute when I had the camera near me.
The Man in black should be easy to guess the identity of, but the Man in white... Well, we'll see who he is soon enough. Not next episode though.
Those of you who are in on the Plan (you know who you are!), like usual, don't say a thing. Big Brother is watching you...
Quoting Tokugawa Brickeyasu
I like this episode, I think it's worth a lot of credit, as you manage to keep an action-filled series exiting when it's a court episode.
Btw, what's the "Big Brother is watching you"-thing all about?
Read Orwell's 1984 if I made a direct mention of Big Brother. Otherwise, I'm not sure.
Quoting Dr. Spontaneous
Doesn't treason result in trial by Court Marshall and may/can result in execution by firing squad? Anyhow, nice work! We got a dirty judge, and few traitorous comrades...Interesting.
Well, everyone needs to be unrealistic sometimes. Plus, they haven't decided the verdict. Or have they? It's been several months since Mock-trials, so I'm out of legal practice. I've forgotten how to do objections...
Quoting Commander Fed
Awesome man!!! Nice trails but I don't understand why doesn't VF-S 1 just escape prison, I mean if he is so strong...
You didn't see it, but there's a couple of COP marines out there (the hardsuits Ian made). I tried to make at least one, but Ian had no pictures of the back of them, so I couldn't build anything past the legs.