Shinobi SKG - special force droid concept


Shinobi SKG info card:
AOM classification: Special force Droid (SFD)
Surface Material: Obronium (OB)
Operating system: BPR-CMN V.1.1
Engine type: Supercharged Ion System Converter (S-ISC)
Manufacturer: Weiss-Pickerton Foundation

Inspiration:
Ninjas, covert agents and the assassins of feudal Japan were the primary inspiration for the droid version of the shinobi. Because the ninja uniform is so simple, I also looked at some samurai references. The SKG in the name of this model refers to the Sengoku period, when ninjas were particularly in demand.

Basic info:
The Shinobi SKG is a special force droid within the realm of the Age of Machines. Like all machines within AOM, it doesn't carry common human-made weapons (guns, cannons, etc.) but is made for advanced technological warfare.

The SKG is a meticulous search-and-destroy machine with the ability to track organic and mechanical forms of all kinds and sizes, even those as small as a common fly. It is smaller in size than the Mamluk SAD but possesses specialties such as bullet speed, full transparency and silent modes that give it advantages in confined spaces and covert deployments. Just like the Mamluk SAD, the SKG is also guided by storm-cloud AI and able to execute thousands of the most complex formations, particularly those for close combat and confined and enclosed spaces.


Surface:
The SKG, just like the Mamluk SAD, is made of chemically processed obronium (OB), a complex metal that is found on Tlendon, Yilon's moon.
In nature, obronium is extremely dense and heavy and has a dark-green tint. However, once successfully processed, obronium becomes far lighter, while still maintaining its density. Further processing and fragmenting of obronium adds a unique feature to the metal: elasticity.



Operating system:
The SKG is equipped with the second-generation combat-programmed artificial intelligence BPR-CMN V.1.1. This version of storm-cloud AI includes a sophisticated locating and tracking feature, BPR-TRK, that is capable of instantly analyzing the environment for tracking purposes (for example by identifying blood or liquid, foot- and fingerprints, distant sounds, etc.). BPR-TRK can identify and hold up to five hundred special targets until they are destroyed.

All features of the previous version of BPR-CMN, including the floating hierarchy, remain intact in the updated version. BPR-CMN V.1.1 also instantly synchronizes with the older version on the battlefield. This puts SKGs and Mamluk SADs under one command umbrella. Depending on the task that needs to be done, the AI then decides what type and which particular unit gets the leadership role.



Under the hood:
The Shinobi SKG is powered by the Supercharged Ion System Converter (S-ISC). Unlike the regular ISC, which transforms only one source of energy at a time, the supercharged version is capable of converting two sources of energy at once (e.g., wind and sun), giving the SKG even more power. Like the Mamluk SAD, the SKG relies on diamond-shaped elements on its outer surface to collect energy sources.

Weapon system:
The Shinobi SKG fires destructive ion rays. Its main areas of firepower are its six eyes (three on each side), fifteen chest outputs (three in the middle, six on each side) and two palm outputs (one on each side).

In addition, the SKG has the ability to time a hit so it detonates after a delay, like a bomb. This is done through built-in sensors on the tip of all fingers. When the fingers touch a surface, the destructive ion rays infiltrate the surface and spread like a virus. The speed of this process is completely in the hands of the SKG, and it can take as little as a second to finish this operation.

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Mamluk SAD - combat droid concept


Mamluk SAD info card:
AOM classification: Combat Droid (CBD)
Surface Material: Obronium (OB)
Operating system: BPR-CMN V.1.0
Engine type: Ion System Converter (ISC)
Manufacturer: Weiss-Pickerton Foundation

Inspiration:
The long-lasting phenomenon of the Mamluks, the slave soldiers in Islamic societies, was the primary inspiration for this combat droid. Particularly relevant are the Mamluks of the Ayyubid Dynasty under the first sultan of Egypt and Syria, Salah ad-Din (known also as Saladin), whose letters I have incorporated as the extension for this model's name.


Basic info:
The Mamluk SAD is a heavily armored combat droid within the realm of the Age of Machines. Like all other droids within the AOM world, it is not equipped with classic human-made weapons (guns, cannons, etc.), because this robot is a weapon in itself. The SAD is made for advanced technological warfare, and human troops with their weapons don't stand any chance, even if a large number of them are arrayed against a single one of these droids. 

The SAD is a classic destroyer meant to make instant impact on the front lines. Reliable, it comes with enormous strength, great speed and the ability to make high-speed jumps as well as to fly. The traditional "front line" in human warfare doesn't apply with this droid. Using their advanced operating system, SADs employ spread offensives that transcend this pattern, and they are capable of executing thousands of complex military formations. 

These strategies are fluid and constantly change, sometimes even in seconds, depending on the battlefield. This can, of course, lead to troops scattering. But because all units are under a superior cloudlike artificial intelligence that computes billions of data points each second, the chances of destruction by friendly fire or critical breakdowns in strategy are practically nonexistent.


The surface:
The Mamluk SAD is made of chemically processed obronium (OB), a complex metal that is found on Tlendon, Yilon's moon. It was first discovered by Yilon scientist Nevis Bora. 

In nature, obronium is extremely dense and heavy and has a dark-green tint. However, Bora successfully processed obronium to greatly reduce its weight while keeping its density. Further processing and fragmenting of obronium adds a unique feature to the metal: elasticity.

Operating system:
The Mamluk SAD is equipped with a special combat-programmed artificial intelligence labeled BPR-CMN V.1.0. The first three letters were chosen in honor of the deceased founding member of Weiss-Pickerton Beratain Pickerton, who was famous for his thrill-seeking hobbies. CMN stands for cumulonimbus (storm cloud). 

Storm-cloud AI is known for its speed and its ability to connect all units, command them and establish a unique hierarchy depending on the battlefield. Because all SADs have the same abilities, it is the AI that chooses generals, officers and soldiers depending on current circumstances. This is called a floating hierarchy, in which victory on the battlefield is the first and only goal. This eliminates favoritism and all side effects of human emotions (like the blow to moral that may otherwise follow the loss of an important general).

Another important feature of this AI is its speed and the volume of data it is able to process within one second. Like the winds, tornados, downpours and thunderstorms a cumulonimbus produces in nature, this AI replicates this power in the digital world.


Under the hood:
Mamluk SADs are equipped with the Ion System Converter (ISC) as their source of energy. The ISC is a sophisticated converting generator able to filter any energy source to charge the droid. The ISC operates the droid without need of a recharging station and with no fear that it will ever stop working. 

This is how it works: What look like diamond-shaped decorative elements on a SAD’s outer surface are actually energy collectors with the ability to draw from absolutely any force or energy source found in the environment. The energy then goes into the ISC, which changes the outside energy into an ion power system that charges the droid. If multiple sources of energy are recognized, the ISC always filters the strongest source. 

Weapon system:
Using energy created by the ISC, the Mamluk SAD fires destructive ion rays. There are three major areas of output of ion energy. The first is the head. There are a total of eight firing outlets on top of the helmet, four on each side. Even more precise fire comes from eight built-in digital eyes, again four on each side. The secondary firing area is from outlets on both palms, one on each side. The third is in the chest area, which is the most powerful source.

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Weiss-Pickerton Foundation


I'm slowly starting to shape the world titled Age of Machines. The AOM will consists of big time organizations and characters from advanced "third level" civilizations that I develop for fun in my own free time. I will attempt to write and visually create characters, logos, etc... This will be the first time for me to visually concept characters. Surely, some mistakes will be made but hope improvements come in a long run.

All AOM organizations will collectively be labeled as "industries." This is the story of one of these: Weiss-Pickerton Foundation. Enjoy.

Weiss Pickerton, basic info:

The Weiss-Pickerton Foundation is a pioneering nonprofit organization, the largest on the planet Yilon, a third-level civilization in the Yilon Galaxy. The WPF was founded by Agadore Weiss, and its primary activities are related to advancements in science, space exploration and artificial intelligence. In recent years, the foundation has become known as a major benefactor of the military’s Top Gun program. The program designs and manufactures the combat droids that have replaced the Yilon population as the planet’s primary military force.


With endowments in excess of 1K trillion, the WPF constitutes a major entity within the realm of industry in the Age of Machines world.

Brief History:

After graduating from college and serving five years as financial assistant to his uncle, Agadore Weiss teamed up with his college friend Beratain Pickerton and opened a small investment bank. The bank, named simply Weiss-Pickerton, survived its first few years with the help of influential family ties and powerful friends. At this early stage, the duo made headlines with risky investments highlighted with spectacular profits and losses, earning the young bankers the nickname "Gunslingers."


After these tumultuous beginnings, the gods of fortune blessed the young duo with a string of lucky investments that skyrocketed Weiss-Pickerton into the top ten investment banks just four years after it was founded. "We want to be the best, and we'll get there at all costs," the media quoted Weiss at the time. Only three years later, Weiss-Pickerton climbed to the top of the banking world in Yilon and never looked back.

Monopoly trial, breakup and death of Beratain Pickerton:

In the twenty-five years of its existence, Weiss-Pickerton acquired over 75% of the financial market on Yilon. In response to the now-megalomaniacal bank, the Yilon government charged the company with being a monopoly. "We're not a monopoly," responded Weiss to the charges. "We simply like to be better than all of our competitors. This trial is a charade. It punishes success and sends the wrong message."

The court found Weiss-Pickerton to be an unhealthy monopoly and ordered WP to break into fifty different companies spread throughout the financial sector. Just after the court decision, Beratain Pickerton, founding member of Weiss-Pickerton, died in a tragic accident during one of his thrill-seeking space journeys.

Crushed by the loss of his good friend and business partner and not willing to "bother with peanuts," as he was famously quoted, Agadore Weiss exited the financial world. However, as the only surviving founder and majority share holder of the bank that spawned fifty other institutions, Weiss become wealthier than ever. His net worth was calculated to be greater than the wealth of 60% of the Yilon population and 25% of the population of the entire galaxy.

Early days of the foundation:

"I am a man of faith. I believe I am destined to do something nobody else ever has. I also believe this is the beginning of that something. Something special." These are the words with which Agadore Weiss greeted the media as founder of the Weiss-Pickerton Foundation. Explaining the name and the rather interesting motto Harness Life, Weiss paid tribute to his friend Pickerton. "Bert, as friends called him, had extreme hobbies. Ordinary people would say he led a wild life. Many times he told me that the risky investments in which we involved ourselves so often seemed easy to him in comparison to his attempts to 'harness his own life,' as he termed it."

With the help of its wealthy founder and his network of powerful friends, the Weiss-Pickerton Foundation soon made stunning impacts on science, especially chemistry, biology and physics. Advancements in artificial intelligence, the creation of so-called cloudlike storming, and the invention of perpetual energy-conversion systems have made the foundation a household name.

Top Gun program and creation of droid army:

No written records of the so-called Top Gun meeting exist; however, unnamed insiders claim that Agadore Weiss approached the top military councils on Yilon after scientists funded by Weiss-Pickerton created the first cloud-like artificial intelligence and energy-conversion systems. Insiders claim that Weiss offered to create an entire army of war robots capable of achieving what "organic forms could only dream of." The program was so secretive in the beginning that the population of Yilon didn't find out about Top Gun until five years after it was allegedly initiated.

"I'm not creating a private army," Weiss downplayed his role when confronted with questions about war droids. "Military officers, people educated in these matters, are fully in charge. I'm here only if they need me. And only in a consulting role. But let me be clear. We, the leaders of Yilon... we're constantly looking for solutions to improve the security of all of our citizens in this volatile universe of ours. And even if you're a person with a strong aversion to conflict, I assure you... we're doing this for you, too."

Despite his words, many who are close to the program assert that no major decision is made without Agadore's approval. In the years following the initiation of Top Gun, the first model of the combat droids filled Yilon’s armed forces. They sent shockwaves throughout the galaxy and beyond. At a military parade featuring the first squad of war robots, Weiss tried to calm the broad public. "Yilon is committed to peace. This is a force of peace. But you are witnesses, too. We live in turbulent times, with more and more space pirates entering our settlements and enclaves. Security in our bordering galaxies is deteriorating. We just want to make sure we keep our freedom and our way of life."

So far, the Top Gun program has produced more than twenty thousand droids for advanced technological warfare.


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Shinobi SKG concept

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Just a few more rough sketches before I officially launch Age Of Machines characters and industries. This time it's a robot I named Shinobi SKG. What you see is very quick and dirty look that most people would never show to others. But, in my case... I mean what's the difference? It's not top secret or anything. I'm doing this for fun.

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The robot is pretty much done at this point, so I can say that all basic shapes remained virtually the same but I changed almost all body details. I'm a novice in visually creating characters, so I stuck with easy shapes, human-kind of look until my skills get a bit better. How it really looks at the end? You'll see soon.

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