*PROCEED. SYNAPSE CHECK:*
*FIRINGS PER SECOND SUFFICIENT*
*PROCEED. VITALITY COUNT:*
*EIGHTY DASH FIVE.*
*SYNAPTIC CAPACITY NORMAL*
*VITALITY CAPACITORS INEFFECTUAL. VITALITY CAPACITY MINIMAL*
*OCULAR CAPACITY NORMAL.*
*DISABLING VIRTUAL VISUAL CAPABILITIES. PROCEED.*
From deep within a fortified sarcophagus, fleshy remnants pulsed and contracted,
straining to experience the concussion that should have come with the violent shake that had penetrated into their anaerobic womb.
The metal-bound chimera regained its bearings, sending hasty half concentrated thought, half reflex commands out to its haptic sensors.
*CONDUCT. HAPTIC DIAGNOSTICS:*
*//FRONT RIGHT MANIPULATOR MOTORS 1A 1F 2C NON-FUNCTIONAL//*
*//BACK MAIN MANIPULATOR MOTORS 13RT NON-FUNCTIONAL//*
*CONDUCT. ESTABLISHING OCULAR CONNECTION.*
As imperceptible as the beginning of a dream, vision returned. Grainy at first, it widened its view to encompass a landscape of bent metal and rubble.
Gently, perception and logic returned to the entombed creature, and it ran another set of commands to its extremities.
*CONDUCT. ALL/ MANIPULATORS. COMPOSE UPRIGHT.*
Gears, motors and other birthrights of machinery jarred as they failed to complete their duty, leaving the thing's metal body floor-bound.
The thought-code that coalesced into an analog of a human personality considered its predicament.
Accessing the memory stores of its last remaining organic component, it attempted to explain why its current physical position lay horizontal when it should, in all actuality, be vertical.
A video-recording played inside the control room of its mind, composed of evanescent images and strings of code—reloading fourth-arm weapon, flesh-men bearing heavy weapons, smoke,
viscera from a dispatched animal,more smoke, audio feed frequencies exceeded, left body non-functional, ocular connection ceased.
Satisfied with the explanation given, the machine-thing focused inward on its algorithmic data storage. Pulling coordinates from a metaphorical cabinet, it sent out a distress signal:
*CONDUCT. SEND SERIAL 488(L)-V-FD-1337. TAG: “Without Skin.”*
*IRREPARABLE DAMAGE SUSTAINED. VITALITY CAPACITORS FAILED.*
Against regulations, the machine-thing paused and added an informal post-script:
*I fought well. Please remember me.*
*END SCRIPT. CONDUCT. SENDING...*