A warforged warrior with a distinct distaste of the second person
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Start up sequence initiated
Establishing neuro-physical connection . . . complete.
Beginning power up procedure.
Structural Integrity: nominal
Musculature Operation: nominal
External Sensors: nominal
Memory: fbgrui gryst dfass^&$$ \\\\ERROR\\\\
\\\\DATA CORRUPTION DETECTED\\\\
\\\\INITIATING LEVEL 4 DIAGNOSTICS\\\\
Beginning memory scan and recovery…
Checking identity segment…
I am Syne. I am Warforged. I am property. I was created in the year 992 YK by House Cannith to act as a servant and soldier to the nations embroiled in the Last War. I will take orders from the masters of House Cannith and those whom they direct me to obey. I will not harm my masters through my actions, nor allow harm to befall them through my inaction. I will obey my orders without question. In war, I will not retreat without being commanded to do so.
Addendum, 996 YK: I am emancipated. I make my own decisions, follow my own path, choose my own actions. I am not property. I take orders from no master save those whom I decide to obey. I harm those whom I wish \\\\WARNING: ETHICS CONFLZZZZZZZZZZZZ\\\\. I am Syne. I am Warforged. I am free.
Scanning memory segment 0217…
CURRENT LOCATION: ESTON CREATION FORGE COMPLEX, UNIT 017. THIS ONE EXAMINES TERTIARY COOLANT STORAGE TANKS, OBSERVES 26% NOMINAL FILL LEVEL. SCHEDULING REFILL FOR THE NEXT CYCLE. THIS ONE EXAMINES BINDING RUNES. 48% FADE DETECTED SINCE LAST CREATION SERIES – MUST BE REGRAVEN. ESTIMATING 126 HOURS TO COMPLETE – FORGE OFFLINE.
THIS ONE OBSERVES WYNN STANDING NEARBY. FACIAL EXPRESSION REGISTERS AS… CONTEMPT. POSSIBLE CAUSE: INFERIORITY COMPLEX DUE TO PRESENCE OF SELF. UNABLE TO DETERMINE COURSE OF ACTION TO RESOLVE; SCHEDULING SOCIAL ANALYSIS WITH RYANNA FOR LATER DATE.
Scanning memory segment 1A20…
This one finishes bypassing the regeneration system entirely in preparation for the transfer of maintenance duties to Brand. Net effect: 22% increase in forge cycle time, 247% increase in reliability. Brand’s skill in runecarving is limited so far, and the reduced maintenance schedule will allow time for it to upgrade its capabilities.
This one sees Ryanna on the catwalk above the forge. Unknown emotional response… processing… regret? This one will… miss our interactions together. She has been very stimulating, and her knowledge of the creation rituals is impressive for an organic. It would not be disagreeable to stay and continue our discussions, but this one’s duties lie elsewhere.
Wynn has continued to make himself more of a nuisance, directly interfering in this one’s responsibilities. It would seem that he wants something, but the identity of said desire is unknown. He will remain behind to continue his work on the forges while this one is repurposed for the War.
Scanning memory segment 20C8:
I have been assigned to the 2nd Cyran Anima Enhancement Division for retraining in combat tactics and support duties. The sergeant has decided that my capabilities are best used in an immediate maintenance role, keeping the unit in fighting condition. I have begun modification of my runic abilities to allow them to operate in a restorative capacity, both on other warforged and organics as well. Thus far, they are progressing well, with limited damage to the subjects.
I have also noticed that Wynn has recently visited the proving grounds and spoken with the commandant. Information on the subject of this conversation is unavailable, as of yet, but I do not trust him. He has spent far too much time observing me during my time spent working on the creation forges for this visit to be a coincidence. If only I had more freedom to pursue a line of inquiry about him…
Scanning memory segment 31DD:
I am making my way to the Cyran military outpost of Westower in the Thornwood to attempt to regroup with another unit. Something terrible has happened. Everyone in my unit appears to have… vanished during the recent chaos, and the borders of Cyre are shrouded by mist. \\\\COMPOSITION: UNIDENTIFIED. LIKELY ATTITUDE: HOSTILE\\\\ The organics in the tower agreed to split ways and try to return to their own units. I saw no reason to interfere. Now, my only mission is to return to a Cyran unit and report what I have witnessed. If only I could properly describe what that was…
I have not yet decided whether I should reveal the strange marks that appeared on my body during the event. It would appear to be a dragonmark, but a scan of my historical database reveals no appearance of such a mark on any previous warforged. The Marked houses jealously guard their domains, and have been known to hunt and destroy renegades from their own lines. Logically, they would be willing to do more to eliminate one not of their own lineage. I must proceed carefully.
Scanning memory segment 3592:
Wynn is in the camp. I do not know how he escaped Eston; perhaps he was travelling outside of Cyre at the time of the… Mourning, they are calling it. Cyre, as far as anyone knows, is gone. I feel little remorse for the loss of the country – as property of the Cyran throne I am obligated to pay it my allegiance, but I have never had a personal reason to do so. Wynn doesn’t seem to be aware of my return yet, but it is only a matter of time. Perhaps I will be reassigned before he notices me. It cannot be possible, but I feel as though he is still following me, even though there is no way he could have known I would be here.
I can… feel his presence. It is an odd sensation that I have been experiencing more and more often recently. It is almost as if I can hear what others are thinking. Several times now, I have known what another soldier was going to do before he started doing it. Where someone is going to move before they take the step. I must analyze this more closely. Perhaps it is a side effect of my exposure to the mists.
A knock sounds at the door. Ryanna! It is good to see you again! Do you require fluids or solid sustenance? I could requisition NO! ERroR! DAMage tO priMARY SysTEM linKAGE… SHutdowN iMMINEnt. \\\\SOUrce: rYaNNa… NOT POssibLE. SHe wOuLD noT…\\\\
Scanning memory segment 386F:
Is it recording this? Check the core usage… What? Excellent. If something goes wrong, I want to be able to analyze the data – this is too important to lose entirely. Ryanna, stay alert. If it shows signs of reactivation, surge the link again.
Syne? Syne, if you can hear me, this is Wynn. You’ve avoided me for too long, but things are different now. The loss of Cyre has given the government in exile a new outlook on life, as it were. There is talk now of warforged emancipation, of the shutdown of the forges. It’s too soon – there are so many advancements that could be made, so many ways to make them more effective. I need to work quickly.
Syne, you are important. No other warforged has mastered runecarving as quickly as you, nor have they developed the same prescient abilities that you have. The forge’s parameters are always fluid, and some level of variation is expected. But if we can determine which of those parameters created this psionic linkage, then we can duplicate it. We can create better weapons. Cyre can be avenged.
In case you process this later, don’t allow it to go to your head. I have nearly four dozen other warforged in this complex, each with their own unique abilities, and we will determine the origin of each of those. I know you have distrusted me for some time. Perhaps in the future, the individuality of each warforged can be better suppressed as well. You would be much more effective without free will. You were born a race of slaves, and you should never hope to rise above that status.
Ryanna, prepare to open the cranial bay. ZzzzzzzZZZZZzzzzZt
Scanning memory segment 48D6:
Syne? It’s Ryanna. I don’t know if you can hear me yet, but I’m going to get you out of here. I’m so sorry – Wynn is mad with power, and he’s… I couldn’t… I don’t know. I’m just sorry. I’m going to reengage your system link. Hold on for just… one… second…
\\\\SYSTEM INITIALIZED: ACTIVATING EVASION MODE\\\\ WE MUST FLEE THIS PLACE BEFORE WYNN RETURNS. IT WILL NOT ALLOW US TO LEAVE WILLINGLY. RYANNA DISENGAGES THE RESTRAINTS AND ASSISTS ME IN RISING FROM THE TABLE. SYSTEMS AT 48% AND FALLING. ADVERSARY ANALYSIS OFFLINE. MENDING RUNES OFFLINE. DIMINISHMENT RUNES AT 72%.
TWO TURNS. RIGHT AT THE FORK. DOWN TWO LEVELS, THEN INTO A COURTYARD. THE COMPOUND SEEMS TO BE UNDERGROUND. NO SOUND DETECTED. RYANNA TELLS ME THAT THE WAY OUT IS NEAR. WE ONLY NEED TO \\\\PRESENCE DETECTED – THREE ORGANICS, TWO WARFORGED. HOSTILE INTENTIONS…\\\\ EVADE FIRST STRIKE. DISARM HUMAN. HAMMER ACQUIRED. BLOCK. COUNTER. BLOCK. ZZZZZZZTTTTTT. WARNING: DAMAGE TO… FAILING… SWITCHING TO EMERGENCY PROTOCOLS. CONTROL RELINQUISHED. KILL EVERYTHING. RYANNA….
What… so much blood. Must escape, but Ryanna is nowhere to be seem. Her bracelet, though… Is that hers? \\\\PATTERN MATCH CONFIRMED\\\\ Is the blood… hers? What have I done? No, it cannot … WYNN! WHERE ARE YOU! I WILL DEACTIVATE YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE!!! \\\\ESCAPE PROTOCOLS REENABLED. MODIFICATION TO PRIMARY GOALS ENTERED.\\\\
Outside, it is winter. Some time appears to have passed since I was taken. My current location is unknown. Forest. Snow falling. There is too much data to process now. Cyre destroyed? Warforged emancipation? The creation forges gone? I must find somewhere safe and determine a course of action.
But Ryanna… I don’t know what I… no. It must wait. \\\\SEGMENTING MEMORIES… COMPLETE\\\\ Survival comes first. I am on my own. For now.