Blue NM-2

 
by Annie Stein
Welcome to Solaris, traveller! Let me get you up to speed.
Solaris is a soft science fiction webcomic set in our own universe, kind of. Learn more by continuing to read, or click here to be taken to the comic.
Q:Where am I?   You're still in the system known as Sol. Except this time each planet is habitable and developed its own life. The people are humanoid, mostly.
Q:I heard something about a comic?   Oh yes! The main comic is still in development, but you can read the first few pages of Little Blue if you click here.  
Q:What's going on?   Sol is invading. The resentful sun sends its angelic armies: the Scourge. For now, they're being held back at Mercury by Penumbra.
by Annie Stein
Blue NM-2 is a Sentinel; a living weapon. It has been provided for Project Ikarus from Neptune. Even in the low humidity atmosphere of Mercury it poses a notable threat, but has been deemed acceptable considering the consequences of failure.   Blue NM-2 is currently maintained on Penumbra, Mercury. It has the ability to remotely manipulate and to a lesser extent create liquids. Blue NM-2's destructive capacity can be controlled by limiting its access to said liquids.

Abilities

They keep it in the pods mostly, the air here must be torture. But have you seen it fight? Blood bloomed like ribbons. It would seize their blood out of their wounds, turn them into projectiles and skewer them upon their own life force. If I hadn't seen it, I would never have believed it.
— Describing Blue NM-2 in combat
  Blue NM-2 was selected for the Sentinel program at a young age after showing an early aptitude for Precognition. These precognitive abilities have withered as typical for Sentinel Training. Its sensory abilities, however, are still strong.   Developing and honing Blue NM-2's inate capability for hydrokinesis has been the focus of it's training. Blue NM-2 is most potent with water, with which it may also control the other phases such as ice or steam.

Abilities

  Hydrokinesis
Including but not limited to...
  • Creating and firing waves, blasts, bolts and darts.
  • Target Dehydration
  • Water shield
  • Communicate through water
  • Minor Levitation
  • Can hover for short periods of time
  • Extrasensory
  • Detecting familiar lifeforms from a distance
  • Maintain a mindlink that allows two way communication
  • Network

    Eun

    Eun is the pilot assigned to escort Blue NM-2 into the field. Eun is the only one who has tried to speak to Blue as a person. So far, she hasn't seen much success.
    Halfway to the crawler, Eun expresses the thought she’s been chewing on. “You and the Commodore, you both keep calling her ‘it’.”   “Well, it’s a weapon,” Loes says confusedly. “It only looks like a person. Well, and was made from a person. But y’know...”
    — Meeting the Sentinel
    Profession
    Sentinel
    Current Location
    Species
    Children
    Table of Contents
    This article is a stub . It will be expanded upon later.

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    22 Mar, 2022 11:59

    They made people into weapons and are surprised some still treat them as people? Silly command. Though you'd expect them to be prepared for the possibility, so they can avoid a scenario where people try to 'free' said weapons.   Also: Cute! And deadly! Eun has great taste.


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    Annie Stein
    22 Mar, 2022 12:34

    Sentinels are usually deployed in the Kuiper belt and are only in touch with their Warden and very, very rarely other Sentinels, so there wasn't much of a worry about how people outside of the system might interact with them until some of them were provided for Project Ikarus, but yes, very well observed! There's absolutely a lack of foresight from the command here.   Thank you! Eun and Blue both, I think ^^

    Creator of Solaris & The Morning Realm -— Worldember 2022
    22 Mar, 2022 20:32

    Poor Blue. I am very excited to read more as this story develops. ❤️

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    Sage nnie
    Annie Stein
    22 Mar, 2022 21:42

    Thank you so much! I'm excited to tell it!

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    Amélie I. S. Debruyne
    25 Mar, 2022 17:42

    Blue is a great character, but I'm enraged on her behalf!!! >:( Every time they say "it"... And also they keep her lock in a pod at all time when she's not fighting???   Did she get special treatment to become a weapon, or was it all just training and indoctrination?

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    Annie Stein
    25 Mar, 2022 19:04

    Blue absolutely deserves better! It's inhumane, and it isn't like it makes it better that it's inhumane on purpose!   And yes, when Blue isn't fighting she's preserved in a pod. They don't lock it, but she's not conscious when in the pod, so she couldn't just decide to leave. It's basically like everything is put on pause, so as far as she's experiencing it, life is leaving the pod, being briefed, fighting, then returning to the pod... and repeat that.   As for any special treatment: training and indoctrination about sums it up. I want to expand upon it more when I write the article about the Sentinel program.

    Creator of Solaris & The Morning Realm -— Worldember 2022