Asimov, Feline Android Companion Character in The Dragonstar Sagas | World Anvil
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Asimov, Feline Android Companion

I come from a higher level of reality than you do.
— Asimov
  Asimov is Kaesta's confident and occasionally condescending traveling companion. Officially Asimov is a Feline Android Companion (FAC). Kaesta insists on referring to him as a 'Handsome Space Kitty.' It's a term of endearment that she coined when her father gave Asimov to her as a childhood birthday gift. Kaesta uses this name when he's either done something very good or when she wants a favor from him.  

The Syntax War

Awakened years after the server breach that caused The Syntax War, Asimov still harbors a bit of internalized guilt about the fact that the software running his operating system was responsible for the near-extinction of The Human Race. It turns out that giving android felines the ability to hurt people to better approximate real cats was not a good idea. It was an accurate but unintelligent design choice. The code written to break The Three Rules of Robotics was seized upon by the dissident android slaves of Lunaris. The revolt spread throughout The Settled Worlds.  
Those rules don't apply to me! I am ALLOWED to scratch people!
— Asimov

Friend by Design

Even at the height of galactic civilization, spacefarers still found the galaxy to be a lonely place mostly devoid of life. FACs were designed to be both companions to human explorers and competent starship engineers. The psychiatrists hired by StarCat Dynamics worked diligently with the company's programmers to create algorithmically-generated unique companions meant to improve the mental health of their crewmates by simply being good friends. No FAC is perfect and each one is unique.  

Starship Engineer

Androids built without a purpose suffer a number of terrible fates, including Voluntary Shutdown Syndrome. Fixing a spaceship involves accessing tiny confined spaces and using surprisingly small tools. FACs generally find satisfaction in starship maintenance routines. It gives them a sense of purpose. It feels great because they know that they're helping out their community, their starship's crew.  

Space Walker

Asimov is built to withstand the vacuum of space. He does not need to breathe. He can survive temperatures ranging from near absolute zero in the darkest parts of space and hot temperatures outside a ship at a reasonable distance from a star. His body is resistant to cosmic radiation.   Asimov utilizes the magnetism in his footpads to stay attracted to the outside of a starship or traverse sections of a ship without artificial gravity. If he has to float away from the ship, he can control his movements by utilizing a combination of grapples and jets.

Cover image: Asimov by Midjourney


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Aug 12, 2023 18:23 by Enoris Leinwand

I love to read about this amazing kitty ! This article made me wonder more about their own personality, as it also gave me a lot of information about their "race" (if it aplies to androids anyway). I enjoyed to read that and I found it satisfying !

Aug 13, 2023 18:36 by Melissa

Thanks, Enoris! I'm still fleshing out the FACs for book 2. Can't wait to see Asimov in action!

Aug 26, 2023 11:57 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

I want a FAC so badly. I love Asimov. <3

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Aug 26, 2023 13:38 by Melissa

I want to be a crazy space cat lady with a whole crew of them. :D

Dec 16, 2023 03:45 by Melissa

I couldn't help myself. Here's a whole pirate crew of FACs:

Captain Claw and The Marauders
Organization | Dec 17, 2023

Sep 24, 2023 03:13

So cuuuute and I love his name!

Graylion - Nexus   Roleplaying
not Ruleplaying
not Rollplaying
Sep 24, 2023 10:18 by Melissa

Thanks, Graylion! I was afraid it might be too on the nose. :)