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  1. Gizmo

    Field Test (IC)

    Ryder's grin faltered a bit and he looked down while sliding the indicated smoothie in her direction. "I'm being weird and making you uncomfortable. Sorry. People tell me I'm sort of 'a lot'." He let out a heavy breath and took a sip from the remaining drink. "It's not like nobody's been crappy to me my whole life or something. I have to make an actual effort not to let thinking about those times make me be crappy to other people, if that makes sense? Like, I've already decided I'm going to try to give May another chance and that's probably going to be, like, frustrating at best. Didn't tell her my real name, if you didn't notice. But it's like building stuff." He reached up to pet Black's carapace, the robug leaning into like a cat. "You have to go in knowing that you're going to set some stuff on fire and break an arm and whatever else before you make something really special. I guess that's just worth it to me."
  2. Gizmo

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    "Oh, super easy, yeah. It's my family's restaurant, so there's a time saver!" He gave a short laugh but cleared his throat ruefully when Black gave him a reproachful series of mandible clicks. "Anyway, you wouldn't want to mess with my sister, believe me. But also maybe it'd actually be a really good thing for you to know where I am if I was in trouble, yeah? I just think treating people like they're bad is the fastest way to get them to act like they're bad." He paused to consider for a second and blinked in mild alarm. "Oh! Is this putting you in like a weird, awkward position? 'Cause you totally don't have to tell me any of that stuff, I wasn't trying to make you feel obligated or anything. You've obviously got a certain comfort zone and I respect that. Although I guess there can't be that many pretty girls with gold eyes running around the city." He shrugged again. "Maybe I just need to make sure I stay useful to you. You want mango-pineapple-chocolate or the super food berry blaster?"
  3. Gizmo

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    "Sure, I figured it was like 50/50 with you knowing a lot about villain lairs and repeatedly threatening people with massive blunt force trauma," Ryder agreed with a breezy nod, depositing a pair of tall to-go cups onto the newspaper rack. "But you were worried about me getting hurt and have a cool style and I'd rather take a chance to make a friend and deal with whatever later if I have to. I mean, I've been told I'm, what was it, 'distressingly, possibly terminally bad at risk assessment' but I gotta be me, yeah? So I go with my gut!" He finished emptying the bag of two wrapped sandwiches, a heaping fruit salad and a container of vegan brownies before crumpling it up. "Dietary restrictions?"
  4. Gizmo

    Field Test (IC)

    "Oh, right. You probably don't have a change of clothes after the whole kidnapping thing, huh? Do you want to borrow my hoodie?" The garment in question was a grey-blue with the mostly faded logo of a gym in the centre, obscured by the myriad of paint colours splattered across it. Ryder tugged at the fabric in demonstration, his fingernails also painted in a mix of matte black, lime green and glittering lavender. "And I'm actually Ryder, but you can keep using Cricket if you want. Nobody's ever given me a cool nickname before!" Black made a few clicking sounds on his shoulder, skeptical of his definition of 'cool'. The energetic pace Ryder set quickly took them the block or so to the front of the building Mechanica had been using, the unmarked vans still parked outside. "There we go!" He retrieved the takeout bag from the sidewalk and brought it over to a row of empty newspaper racks, unloading the contents onto the makeshift table. "I was the delivery guy she wanted to test," he explained. "Big oops, right?"
  5. Gizmo

    Field Test (IC)

    "Good point. I should have asked first. As for finding you..." Chitin spun the robot's head between his index fingers. "I'm pretty good at doing things people don't think I should be able to do. I think you probably get how that is." Tucking it under one arm he added more quietly. "And I don't think she was ever going to actually hurt you. Just don't tell her I said that!" He straightened up and gave a wave to the brightly coloured hero. "Thanks for keeping an eye on things! I better go after Nocturne. Cool costume by the way!" He jogged off, his top heavy armour making it a little comical in motion. Catching up to his new friend he slipped past and turned around to face her while continuing to walk backwards. "C'mon, I just remembered something!" He spun around on his heel again and ran ahead to the end of the alley, ducking his head out and looking up and down the street before ducking back in. He toggled the chambers on his belt, producing a series of descending tones and in a flash of light and displaced air that tossed litter and detritus about the space his armour vanished, leaving a ginning teenager with slight dimples and loose waves of strawberry blonde hair with an oversized robotic beetle on his shoulder. "This way!" Ryder gestured for Nocturne to follow and started off in the direction he'd left his bike.
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    "Hnnh..." Chitin made a quiet noise of distress as he tried to figure out the proper response to Mechanica's blasé resignation. "Okay, well, I'll just put the arms here, then." He set them down as delicately as the oversized hands of the Kabuto Instar allowed. "I'm going to put the gorilla head somewhere safe though, like I said. I'd like to be able to give it back to you at some point." He paused to turn so that his back was to Nocturne's irritated expression. "I know you didn't have a lot of choice but thank you for opening the exit for everyone, May. Would it be okay if I checked on you later? Or asked somebody to?"
  7. "Neat!" Ryder replied, brushing past the slightly aggressive preemptive litany of clarifications. "So then how did you get around the need for compressive strength and micro-actuators while maintaining elasticity for stuff like facial expressions? 'Cause you're still stuck with the general skull structure just for shape and then it's like, there's never enough space for everything!" He slotted a solid state drive onto a flex cable and experimented with different orientations within the casing. "Man, and designing your own look from scratch, that's gotta take so much, like, self-assurance. I feel like I'd be all just, woah, decision paralysis! You should meet my sister, she's confident like that." He looked up as Yellow buzzed overhead and dropped a stick of memory onto the grounded mat on the table. "Wait, so did you just drink the smoothie to be nice? Aw, thank you!"
  8. Ryder looked over his shoulder to follow Eira's gaze. "I mean, we're a lot taller than them, so there's that." The joke didn't really land so he set about gathering components from around the lab. He ended up with an unwieldy pile that made keeping his balance difficult before he dumped them onto the adjacent table. "So..." He cracked open an appropriate casing and twirled a hexagonal screwdriver between his fingers while taking stock of the mounting points inside. "If this is a private thing totally don't worry about it but like, the thing with the big magnet kinda suggested you've got a lot of metal and I think I picked up on some strong feelings about ethics in artificial intelligence? And you're writing that code just impressively quickly." He bobbed his head back and forth in an implied question, looking for any reaction that told him he needed to rapidly backpedal from a sensitive topic.
  9. Gizmo

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    "He was pretty bummed out, too." Chitin shrugged his shoulders apologetically. "People sometimes tell themselves that they have to hurt people to succeed but when you beat them without being a jerk about it, then they didn't get what they wanted and they hurt people for literally no reason, which is pretty demoralizing." He sighed heavily. "Sucks. Hey May, wait up!" As he jogged after her he scooped up the robotic gorilla head and added it to the pile of prosthetic limbs. "I'll put this somewhere safe in case you want it later. So I'm going to text to somebody about, uh, this. Okay?" He paused and looked down at everything he was carrying then tilted his head to one side. "Send message to Dragonfly." There was a brief pause. "Drag-on-fly." Another pause. "Hey! So, met a really good roboticist who made some not as good choices and did some kidnapping? She makes her own arms! Angelic should totally talk to her. Can you help maybe? Send message!" He turned to Mechanica, giving the distinct impression that he was grinning encouragingly behind his mask. "Oh, wait. Send message to Dragonfly. It's Chitin! We're in Southside! Thanks! Send message!"
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  12. Chitin 10 + 17 = 27 Kids Table - 10 posts Field Test - 17posts Ref point can also got to Chitin!
  13. Gizmo

    Field Test (IC)

    "I actually do know how hard it is to make something non-lethal on a budget!" Chitin retracted his proffered hand a little awkwardly now that it was clear she wasn't in any position to shake it. "And I know you were hoping to do the wall thing, Nocturne. I'll make it up to you! Ideally in a way that doesn't end in blunt force trauma?" He hesitated for a moment before stooping down to pick up the discarded prosthetics, not wanting just leave them lying around. "I have a friend you should really meet; she makes her own arms, too! Uh, do you feel like telling us your name? Nocturne could give you a nickname but I feel like you probably wouldn't like it very much. At this point it'd probably be pretty mean."
  14. Gizmo

    Field Test (OOC)

    Chitin Diplomacy Check: 1d20+5 20 Friendshiiiiip!
  15. Gizmo

    Field Test (IC)

    Chitin rose slowly to his feet, one clenched fist practically vibrating with emotion. "There's plenty of 'data', right there! Look at them!" He pointed to the ragged group of hostages, silenced behind the reinforced glass. "You hurt them. Not just physically, you made them feel afraid and helpless! You hurt everyone who cares about them and doesn't know where they've gone, you hurt everyone who relies on them for support! And for what?!" He gestured around the space with both hands raised above he head. "Some third-rate androids and a middle school science fair flamethrower? I can tell you have skills but your output is garbage because your heart's not in it. This can't be your dream." He shook his head in frustration as he got closer to look her right in the face. "You could be making amazing things, things that help people, things that make the world better! But you never will until you understand that people's lives aren't proof of concept, it's always the production model." He extended a hand toward her. "That goes for your life, too."
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