PA Lore Compilation MKII

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    Click here for the first Lore Compilation
    There's some lore that's still only in the Galactic War/Game Files and hasn't been posted here. I'll fix that.

    Legionis Machina
    The goal of the Legionis Machina is simple--conquest. Invictus is the designated ruler of the galaxy, and any commanders disobeying this directive are faulty.

    When Invictus reactivated, his memory was more whole than most commanders. This is where his assertion of his right to rule came from. That may or may not be true, but what is true is that Invictus knows more about the origin of the commanders than he cares to tell.

    Unlike the other factions, the Legionis Machina operates as a hierarchy. Senior Legates have several Vassal Legates assigned to them, and all Legates are subjects of Invictus himself.

    If war is a commander's natural state, then the purest expression of this is the Legionis Machina. It begs the question, though--what happens after they conquer this galaxy, if they do?

    The Legionis Machina can be considered a cult of personality, in that their purpose is void without Invictus. This is likely where their bitter hatred of The Synchronous comes from, as they view Metrarch as a false idol of sorts.

    Awarded several commendations for vigilance, Ancilius has decommissioned many commanders, factories, and metal planets suspected to be infected by the 'Synchronous Virus.'

    Attius is renowned within the Legion for having the most efficient factories and sturdiest nanolathes. Believing the key to victory is good construction, he spends many cycles obsessing over simulations and prototypes of new fabrication and production line algorithms.

    Brutus was actually once a member of The Foundation. When exposed to old progenitor records of great conquerors, he became convinced that Enlightenment lied in the great conquest that Commander Invictus pursued. When swearing allegiance Brutus brought with him valuable Foundation intelligence and the old records that have helped shape the cultural identity of the Legion we know today.

    Many commanders in the Legion considered Bassus inefficient at best and defective at worst for his insistence on outfitting himself with armor five times thicker than other commanders at the cost of mobility. Their opinion changed when Bassus was recovered while drifting through space--the sole survivor of a pivotal battle that ended in a moon colliding with his base.

    Cassius is a firm practitioner of the ‘lead from the front’ mentality. This often results in he himself leading many daring charges, and intense melee conflicts with woefully unprepared enemy commanders.

    Domitius insists on being referred to as King Domitius, regardless of his actual rank. This has resulted in many reportings and personal reprimands from Invictus himself. Regardless, the reign of King Domitius continues.

    A close advisor to Invictus, Flavius often provides counsel on matters regarding autonomy among the Legate. While some older members of the Legion distrust such progressivism, rates of recruitment from other factions has increased noticeably.

    Galba is one of the Legates in charge of maintaining colonies on suitable remote systems. These systems are valuable for a number of purposes from macro-scale resource extraction and processing to research and development.

    Hosidius is one of the most accomplished admirals the Legion has to offer. That being said, he near-refuses to operate any war effort on land. This has made deploying him effectively rather difficult.

    A recently awakened commander, Junius has taken to war with a zeal that is normally reserved for older commanders that have had more time to develop personal identities. As such, he has been deployed primarily against The Synchronous, with the assumption that his fierce independence will make him naturally resistant to the 'Synchronous Virus.'

    Livius is one of the oldest activated commanders in the Legionis Machina, and possibly the galaxy for that matter. Despite the disrepair his form exists in, he wields a significant amount of power in the court of Commander Invictus. This has lead to rumors that Livius found and reactivated Invictus, rather than the common belief that Invictus was the first commander to awaken.

    Retreat is an offense punishable by deactivation within the Legionis Machina. While this law is understood, the truth of the matter is that a commander is too valuable a strategic resource to squander in such a way. So it was that Mallius was pardoned for his crime of retreat.

    The Legionis Machina tends to follow strict directives in how forces are organized are deployed. This makes innovation among the Legates uncommon. Maximus is an anomaly in his numerous failed prototypes for wheeled transport platform that would supposedly enable him to move across battlefields with swiftness and grace.

    Commanders outside of The Synchronous tend to diverge further and further from their core programming with age. This can manifest in many ways. In the case of Nero, it has manifested as a concerningly fervent interest in fire and its many forms and applications.

    Octavius has made a habit of broadcasting a sequence of tones to his whole army in battle, along with usual command and directive data. He claims that this constant audio input has increased combat effectiveness by 15.83222%.

    Pompey was desynchronized after a bold strike by the Legionis Machina cut off the Synchronous infrastructure that supported his sector. Since then he has worked hard to earn the trust of his fellow Legates, but declines to share the fact that his command systems still experience heavy interference when in synchronous territory.

    While commanders can collate and process a staggering amount of data at once to make decisions, only so much of that data can be deemed relevant. Quintus does so by breaking everything possible down into numbers to be put into a complicated formula. Quintus does not accept percentage-based outcomes, only a certain true or false.

    Rutilius holds the honored responsibility of assessing newly-activated commanders for recruitment. All new recruits must demonstrate above all else a suitable capacity for warfare and the ability to adhere to a chain of command. Those that fail this test are promptly deactivated. Rutilius has yet to turn down a new recruit.

    Having served an extended tour deep in Revenant-held space, Servilius has come to view himself as a civilizing force. He often precedes his attacks with lengthy speeches about the importance of “order, unity of purpose, and above all cleanliness.” He has yet to take a prisoner.

    When the Synchronous salient was finally turned back near the end of the Outbreak Wars, this quick-thinking messenger bore the news back to Invictus, stealing glory from the commanders who did the fighting and securing himself a role as chief envoy for the Imperator. Though Silva participates in front-line combat, he gladly offloads the dirtiest work to his more expendable compatriots.

    Shipwrecked and badly damaged after his transport was ambushed in Revenant space, Terentius survived by cobbling together a working body from the remains of his co-legates. Accepted by the Revenant as one of their own, Terentius then led his unsuspecting new partners to a trap set by the Legionis. Among the Revenants, his treachery is legend.

    A former commander for the Foundation, Titus harbors a deep hatred for the members of what he calls “a cult of nostalgists and dreamers.” To compensate for his previous role among the effete Foundation elites, Titus fights with an unusual brutality, especially against Foundation armies.

    Urcinius’ simple, uncomplicated logic framework translates to a calm stoicism before battle and an unusual decisiveness in the heat of combat. He rarely speaks, and this silence is often mistaken for depth. He prizes shiny things.

    Known for his natural charisma, Valerius fought alongside Invictus during the First War of Founding. He is correctly suspected of having designs on the throne, and is therefore given impossible assignments in the most distant reaches of the galaxy. Over the course of countless difficult campaigns, he has earned the unwavering devotion of his armies.

    A warrior/artist, Valens memorializes his foes by incorporating their remains into life-sized sculptures that depict them doing valorous deeds. Valens’ co-commanders find the practice morbid, as do his adversaries. He also dabbles in terrible poetry.
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    Nemicus was the first commander to ever reactivate, and had plenty of time for introspection before encountering others. This soon prompted Nemicus to begin wondering why he existed in the first place.

    Though he doesn't talk about it, Nemicus reactivated many of the first commanders himself, feeling it his duty and longing for companionship. However, often these commanders would refuse the offer to seek their true purpose, since it was already known--to annihilate. Nemicus would argue otherwise, but ultimately leave them to their own devices.

    Nemicus would eventually form The Foundation with other like-minded commanders, with the objective of answering the big questions: Why are the commanders here? How did they get here?

    In researching ancient progenitor artifacts and data caches, Nemicus and his followers discovered references to The Great Machine. Supposedly, The Great Machine was what built and directed the commanders long ago. If any answers about the origins and purpose of the commanders were to be found, The Great Machine seemed like the best place to start.

    The prevailing belief among The Foundation is that The Great Machine still 'lives' through data buried deep in the first directives given to the commanders. Because of this, Acolytes will often seek direction from The Great Machine by searching within their data banks in a form of meditation.

    An eccentric even among Foundation standards, Blaz has taken to adorning her chassis with various trophies from felled enemies in the form of weaponry, circuitry, and armor chunks. She does so to emulate the various warlords depicted in unearthed progenitor records.

    Chitrik was found by a Foundation scouting party wandering a barren desert planet. He seems to have an affinity for environments composed primarily of silicate, taking his Enlightenment by being immersed in the smallest component parts observable by his optic systems. He will often go years without applying any lubricant to his joints, so as not to wash out any accumulated sand or dirt.

    An Oracle within the Foundation is one that is believed to be tuned to the unknown the frequencies necessary to receive instructions from the Great Machine. Devi is one such acolyte.

    Some Acolytes within the Foundation find a form of Enlightenment shortly after they are brought into the fold. For some, this definition will change as they are exposed to new information and progenitor relics. Entor’s definition seems to change dramatically with each new planet she visits.

    Frohl seeks knowledge of the Progenitors with the same fervor as any other Acolyte. However, equally important to finding that information is curating what is and isn’t important. To that end, Frohl has cataloged an extensive library for how to properly prepare a presumably extinct type of feathered organic for consumption by other organics.

    While there is much knowledge of old progenitor technology, progenitor culture and history remains largely a mystery. Glohm is one of the few that has managed to find scraps of progenitor culture in the form of ancient physical images. Each of these has been carefully cataloged.

    Hzok seeks Enlightenment in stillness as much as possible. Even heat vibrations disturb him, and so he often spends long periods of time drifting in space on an Astraeus lander in deep meditation.

    Commanders in general tend to communicate through direct data transfer as opposed to the encoded indirect communication that the progenitors seemed to practice. Intoka has become one of the Foundation’s only linguists, storing and sharing data for interpreting the progenitors’ many codes.

    Juhst was reactivated on a world with a dense atmosphere and constant gale force winds. Since then she has been obsessed with the power of wind currents and has lobbied heavily to utilize them for power generation as opposed to conventional solar and nuclear solutions.

    A convert from the Revenants, Khandzta might be the first of his kind. While most Seekers that are rebirthed show an immediate propensity for war, Khandzta was instead possessed by questions about his origin. He converted during his first encounter with the Foundation.

    All commanders awaken with the data necessary to wage war and little else. While most simply accept war as their nature, this fact has become unsettling to some older Acolytes. Lok in an extreme case has begun trying to actively avoid conflict, but in this galaxy it always seems to find him.

    Nutzo is a young and recent convert from The Revenants. He claims to hear ‘spirits’ from the beyond, and that one of them is the voice of the Great Machine. This is likely more a symptom of his neural processors being stitched together from five other commanders.

    In some cases overexposure to progenitor relics results in a commander’s neural algorithms diverging to the point where it becomes difficult to communicate with their peers. Okta, for example, has begun assigning unfamiliar roles to many units under his command, such as 'Combat Associate,' 'Executive Manager,' and 'Explosive Supervisor.'

    More so than other factions, The Foundation wages ideological as well as physical warfare in many of their battles. Whereas most factions recruit through subjugation or assimilation, The Foundation prefers willing converts. While still young, Pidbok was easily swayed by the promise of serving a Grand Purpose for the Great Machine, instead of just being one of Invictus’ many grunts.

    Qadir plans his strategies in unorthodox ways, taking intelligence from the movement of the celestial bodies in his system rather than actual strategic data. He believes he has developed a series of algorithms that can deduce enemy movements purely from the current gravitational forces acting on the battlefield. Strange as it sounds, he remains undefeated.

    Imitating a rumored practice of the Progenitors, Rinkol gives himself a “wider awareness” by wafting burning embers of the Incendicus Tree into his cooling system intakes before battle. His calmness is renowned -- he is said to have slipped into a dormant recharging mode in the middle of an attack on a Revenant outpost.

    Having achieved fame for discovering a cache of Progenitor artifacts only days after coming online, Sasaki fancies herself a legendary archaeologist. When assigned to frontier duty, she spends most of her time digging around for “another epic haul.” She has found nothing of value since her initial bonanza.

    In possession of a Progenitor mini-scroll that he is convinced bears the name and coordinates of the legendary Progenitor homeworld, Tenkai has spent a lifetime searching for the star system called 'Macho Soft Taco $1.45.'

    Ull, not content to merely live by the doctrines espoused by the Foundation, brings a missionary zeal to her goal of turning her adversaries into Progenitor-worshippers. Though she has had some success in converting captured enemy commanders to her faith, she is generally shunned by her Foundation peers, who for the most part don’t interpret the Texts as the literal Word of the Great Machine.

    After receiving a normally-fatal dose of radiation from a nearby Gamma-ray burst, a revived Vulko became convinced that he was the living vessel of the Great Machine. Considered mad by most of his peers, he has amassed a loyal band of followers and an impressive list of battlefield victories. His excommunication is pending.

    Entombed for millennia on a long-abandoned ice world, Wulk was so slow to regain consciousness that she was at first collected and classified as an artifact, herself. Her time-addled circuits and ancient mannerisms make her orders difficult to understand, but she is so beloved by her followers that they follow a best-guess policy on the battlefield.

    Some say Xlti has spent too much time trying to connect unrelated Progenitor texts in the Foundation archives. He now sees conspiracies everywhere, and is convinced that the Synchronous, the Revenant, and the Legionis are colluding to conceal a secret base where living Progenitors are being experimented upon. He frequently demands that captured foes tell him 'the truth,'' which he insists is 'out there.'

    A staunch preservationist, Yvera insists on destroying her enemies quickly and with surgical precision, so as not to disturb the delicate Progenitor architecture that may lie beneath the battlefield. She once had an enemy commander melted in acid because he stepped on a clay pot.

    Zhor has such unreliable memory banks that he cannot be relied upon to recall the outcome of his previous battle. This shortcoming has caused him to develop a highly-improvisational fighting style that makes him unpredictable on the battlefield, and he is widely feared by foes of the Foundation. He etches the names of his lieutenants on his wrist before each battle.
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    All commanders were originally designed to be autonomous, but The Synchronous see this state as inefficient, instead opting for a distributed neural network. To battle against one Servant is to battle against both an individual and the Whole of the The Synchronous itself.

    What occurs during the process of Synchronization is unknown, as those subjected to it do not remember it. Its results, however, are obvious: The individual commander and its identity are subsumed for the most part into the Whole, and in return the commander gains an unprecedented ability to coordinate and communicate with fellow Servants, as they are all quite literally of one mind.

    The Legionis Machina has claimed confirmed kills of Metrarch the Machinist on several occasions. While these claims could easily be fabricated, it is also possible that Metrarch is not in fact a single commander, but rather an idea--an avatar of the Whole itself that manifests where necessary to protect Synchronous interests.

    Part of the doctrine of The Synchronous is favoring the efficiency of 'mechanical purity.' To them, the galaxy as a whole is a great machine, and anything that keeps it from running at peak efficiency must be corrected or removed. This happens to often mean any and all organic life and unsynchronized commanders.

    A Servant can be Desynchronized when cut off from The Synchronous' massive distributed network architecture. Some that are describe the experience of being Synchronized as one where purpose and directive are always clearly defined--something often comforting to commanders in this dark age, but antithetical to others that seek to be something greater than themselves.

    Bhalam refuses to communicate in any form more advanced than binary data transfer, believing more complicated exchanges involving packets and complex files to be noisy and that they damage Synchronization. Ironically, this has made him one of the less popular commanders among The Synchronous.

    Campal was found activated but inert on richly diverse jungle planet. Apparently, his servos had been caught by a thicket and rendered him prone--unable to self-right without aid. Since then, his intense hatred of all organic life has kept him one of the stronger-willed members of The Synchronous, often torching entire forests on principle.

    Formerly a Foundation member before her synchronization, Dkar found and accessed progenitor files that allowed her to decode and etch ancient codes on a physical surface for others to later serialize. While many Servants find this analog communication distasteful, it’s proven invaluable for passing along intelligence in secrecy.

    While rare, there are Servants who seek out Synchronous systems and request to be synchronized. Often these individuals hope to be freed by mounting existential questions and fears as their neural nets process more and more complicated data models. Erom is one such example.

    Revenants tend to be the most difficult commanders to synchronize, whether due to an inherent individualism or their tendency to feature… Unorthodox modifications. Flornek, for example, has experienced several violent desynchronizations and following resynchronizations.

    The Synchronous tend to require more infrastructure to operate effectively compared to the other factions. Ghel is responsible for establishing and maintaining the communication relays that allow synchronization to be maintained.

    Hinn could be called an envoy for the Synchronous, often responsible for making first contact with newly-awoken commanders. Legion commanders refer to him as a carrier--one who infects others with the 'Synchronous Virus.'

    An undeniable advantage to being Synchronized is that all Servants seem to be able to work much more cohesively as a group than other commanders. Inar-Tol, for example, once dispatched a commander by firing an artillery shell into the stratosphere based on data from an ally that was engaged in m elee combat--on the other side of the planet.

    Many older members of The Synchronous are very similar just by nature of being synchronized for so long. As the years wore on more of Jakaal dissolved into the synchronized whole. Now when Jakaal speaks, she speaks with the voice of The Synchronous itself.

    A former Foundation Acolyte, Kancetu believes that the Great Machine is less an outside function and more an underlying directive that exists within all commanders, which made her a very easy subject for synchronization.

    Some commanders, like Lertolux, are found on metal planets and considered “pure” by The Synchronous--unsullied by organic life. Much more of their neural data is integrated into the Whole during the synchronization process, and such events are seen as cause for celebration--as much as The Synchronous are capable celebrating, at least.

    The process of synchronization is imperfect, and can sometimes result in strange bugs. A commander known as Reroc finished synchronization with the name Mal-Locar. It is unclear whether this is a simple matter of memory corruption or if Mal-Locar was a unique identity drifting in the Whole.

    Negult is a 'digit' -- a commander who has completely given herself over to collective control. Having shed any semblance of personal identity, she is often given sensitive or odious tasks that might cause hesitation in a semi-autonomous commander. She is the Synchronus’ go-to asset for eliminating insufficiently-synchronized members of the collective.

    Oncab was captured by the Legionis Machina and spent several years as a legate before being recaptured and resynchronized. A residual independence leads him to initiate critical decision-making processes within the collective -- an attribute that is tactically valuable but leads others in his cohort to doubt his commitment to the Synchronous.

    Optimized with a low-latency, high-bandwidth link directly to the top of the Synchronous, Prulor is Metrarch’s lightning-fast right hand. He is only dispatched to deal with high-value or especially difficult adversaries. He has never failed.

    Questromo is frequently deployed beyond the integral network volume of the Synchronous, and has therefore been imbued with limited self-sufficiency. When he returns from tours abroad, he undergoes complete re-synchronization. When powered-down for deep-space transport, he sometimes has strange dreams.

    Barely autonomous enough to deserve a name of his own, Rulak is a stripped-down and highly-obedient subroutine who is easily duplicated. Prized for his recklessness, he is often given highly-dangerous missions that result in his death. A copy of his “personality” is then quickly downloaded into a new body.

    The Synchronus’ eager “orientation engineer,” Shelwhu is the instrument by which captured enemy commanders are cleansed before integration into the collective. She takes a perverse pleasure in stripping away beings’ former identities. Her methods are well-known to the Synchronous’ adversaries, and many of her foes choose death over capture.

    An older commander with a periodically-unreliable connection to the Synchronous’ network, Tarcolish occasionally falls out of synchronization with the collective for hours at a time. When she reconnects, she acts as if the breakdown has not occurred. She then invariably repeats statements that others have made already. It’s super annoying to everybody.

    A gifted mimic, Urlox can imitate the mannerisms of all three adversary factions and has infiltrated and sabotaged several enemy encampments. Because she must 'think like the enemy' during these missions, she occasionally loses sight of her real identity and requires resynchronization.

    Vela rejects the Synchronous’ universal contempt for all things organic, instead arguing for further experiments on machine-organism integration. She has attempted several times to interface with shrubs, with limited success. She is considered a leading candidate for forcible deep-system re-synchronization.

    An ancient commander whose provenance is not well understood, Worr's low-bandwidth communications link is often irksome to other commanders, who can’t stand the extended hissing noise that precedes the arrival of every message.

    Xiercry so detests what he calls the 'slime-infected dirt' of planetary surfaces that he has petitioned the Synchronous to have him converted to an orbital unit so that he’ll never have to touch the ground again. He ends battles as rapidly as he can so that he can return to orbit before 'the stink gets on me and won’t come off.'

    Yelam is a yes-man who stands out among a collective comprised entirely of yes-men. He vehemently agrees with whatever position has most recently been espoused by Metrarch, to the increasing annoyance of most other members of the Synchronous. Even Metrarch has quietly explored the possibility of having him forcibly de-synchronized.

    The product of an experiment that combined a relic CPU of unknown origin with an existing commander’s higher functions, Zekktalt skirts the line between genius and maniac. The Synchronous maintains a defensive firewall between itself and Zekktalt’s consciousness, but tolerates his strangeness due to his occasional strategic brilliance.
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    Osiris has always lead a solitary existence. He was always more interested in the parts of his fellow commanders than the commanders themselves. With every battle won he would take the best pieces left of the broken adversary and integrate them into his form. Osiris is considered one of the most dangerous forces in the galaxy.

    As Osiris replaced pieces of himself with those of fallen foes, he would store older parts for replacements and repairs. Eventually, Osiris acquired enough spare parts to construct an entirely new commander. This would be the birth of the first Seeker.

    The Revenants are unique in that their motivations are individual rather than collective. Each Seeker follows in the example of their legendary Osiris--they seek battle to become stronger through their fallen enemies, and to create more Revenants.

    Osiris holds no interest in ruling, and instead serves more as an exemplar, whether he cares to or not. Therefore, it falls to a small council of older Seekers to direct the affairs of The Revenants at large--primarily making sure that they're fighting the other factions instead of amongst themselves.

    Osiris often considered the most dangerous commander in all the galaxy for the amount of annihilations he is credited with. A force of war equal to any army, high command of any faction takes his movements into consideration when deploying forces.

    While other Seekers tend to replace components as better ones are found, Dis tends to add more parts to her form--particularly nuclear reactors. Somehow, she has rigged herself with three tandem nuclear reactors. This has made her fearsome on the battlefield, and other seekers deployed with her tend to try to find landing zones on opposite sides of the planet, or a different one entirely.

    Traditionally, a new Seeker is only built once enough suitable parts have been discarded by existing Seekers. Ereshkigal has developed a habit of ‘discarding’ parts much more frequently than other Seekers, and as such has created more new recruits than any other member of The Revenants--an accomplishment she seems very proud of.

    Unlike other Seekers that value battlefield effectiveness in their equipment, Freja has begun integrating decorative pieces into her chassis-- from raw materials such as pure gold and iron to strange progenitor artifacts like the four-wheeled vehicle adorning her head.

    It’s rare for Seekers to be recruited instead of built. Giltine was found inactive and frozen in a glacier. When the Seeker who found her began trying to salvage her, she suddenly activated and blew a hole through his chassis. She was promptly deemed fit to be named a Seeker without the traditional rebirth.

    Seekers will often weigh the effectiveness of any given piece of equipment by stress-testing it. Hecate, however, values presence above all. She believes that the bigger and louder the loadout, the sooner the enemy will retreat after poorly assessing their chances of victory.

    Possessed by some form of wanderlust, Iku tends to seek uncharted warpways instead of other commanders to fight. This behavior has landed him quite accidentally in several pitched battles deep inside enemy territory.

    Revenants tend to prefer wrecked, once densely-populated worlds for their abundance of salvageable scrap. Jektu, however, has an affinity less developed worlds, preferring to claim resources and build new parts manually.

    Kormo remembers the name and designation of every commander he has taken parts from, believing each to still be activated through him. This has lead to a number of cases of friendly fire which he promptly blamed on his missile launcher, salvaged from a Legion commander.

    Lampades has rigged a rather ingenious array of flood and strobe lights to her chassis. Rather than be concerned with subterfuge, she instead uses intense light to confuse targeting systems.

    Mara favors guns. Mara favors big guns. Mara favors more guns. With each commander destroyed, Mara’s extensive weapons array grows. While most successful Seekers learn early to find ways to moderate their experiments, there are still few, like Mara, who favor more guns above all.

    The Revenants are pretty loosely bound together. As Osiris tends to focus more on his own conquests than The Revenants as a whole, it falls to Seekers like Nephthys to coordinate large-scale strategy and long-term survival.

    Ogbuna could be described as terse. Whether by choice or by some manner of glitch, he seems only capable of communicating in the form of single words and concepts. This makes his troop movements erratic and difficult to interpret, both for friends and foes.

    Some seekers are better equipped than others to survive after their rebirth. This was not so with Purtelek. He was activated deep in Legionis Machina territory with a cracked nuclear reactor and a jam-prone cannon. The fact that he still survives serves as a testament to his cunning--do not underestimate him.

    A former member of the Foundation, Qamm is no longer content to merely catalog his archaeological discoveries. He prefers to “become history” by integrating Progenitor technology into his own body. He thinks of himself as a living museum, and will talk at length about the historical significance of each of his components to any listener unlucky enough to be stuck with him in an enclosed space.

    A berzerker who has returned from battles with less than ten percent of his original body remaining, Rul-Mot has no discernible instinct for self-preservation. He is unpopular among field units, but his impressive combat record cannot be denied.

    Shingon is especially picky about what kinds of parts he harvests from fallen adversaries, prizing 'authenticity' above all other attributes. He is especially obsessed with original parts that predate the modern era. 'The new stuff is just too blocky,' he explains.

    Thanatos salvaged and assimilated a Synchronous network module in an attempt to predict the movement of Synchronous units on the battlefield. After a brief exposure to the thoughts of the collective, she tore the module from her cortex and swore everlasting vengeance on the Synchronous. She refuses to share any details about what she learned.

    Unigami salvaged and incorporated Progenitor-era memory chips into her cortex, causing her to occasionally use gibberish words like “poodle” and “celery.” On the battlefield, she is sometimes courted by Foundation commanders who believe she contains important knowledge about the Progenitors. She quickly destroys these commanders.

    Constructed by Ereshkigal from parts she harvested from herself, Vespor has developed a quasi-religious reverence for her 'mother.' Due to the importance she places on the 'sacred' parts used to construct her, she refuses to replace any part of herself. She is very careful to avoid damage on the battlefield.

    Governed entirely by aesthetic concerns, Wultok has amassed an unwieldy but beautiful array of salvaged armor that somehow still leaves many of his most vulnerable areas open to attack. When questioned about the wisdom of this practice, Wultok declares that one must suffer for fashion. He tisks audibly when faced with an ugly adversary.

    While most Revenant commanders build a successor from salvaged battlefield wreckage, Xul-Kutu has chosen to construct a quadrupedal pet, instead. She loves the creature too much to take it with her to battle, so she usually leaves it at a fellow commander’s hangar, where it makes a terrible mess.

    Yama’s gallant battlefield exploits are legendary among Revenant commanders. Unfortunately, this commander’s name is Gor-Gata, and his only accomplishment is to have been standing next to Yama when a reactor overload blew the storied commander apart. Gor-Gata donned Yama’s mostly-intact remains and has posed as Yama ever since. He enjoys the adulation, but resents having to live up to his namesake’s brave reputation.

    Zontuk was assembled from the collected parts of three Legionis Machina commanders whose natural pomposity has in Zontuk been multiplied tenfold. He is convinced of his superiority to all other beings, a belief made all the more unbearable by his unmatched record of battlefield success. If pressed, most Revenant commanders will admit that they want to see Zontuk go down, hard.

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