Post by drmemory on Jul 21, 2022 4:35:40 GMT
If there is another, better thread for this stuff, please let me know and I'll move.
All along, we've seen Robot do things that are very OOC for robots. Cult leader, plotting and scheming, volunteering to be a test subject for Kat experiments, etc.
By volunteering for this stuff and staying close to Kat, he's also learned an awful lot about what's going on - far more than most humans or other inhumans in the court and certainly far more than any other robots!
I like the theories people have posted about him maybe being Diego. This seems... possible? But I'm not sure it's consistent with things like his angelic form in the "Ocean" chapter, and some of his other behavior. Maybe though? He's also downright paternal with the NP, his new race. Diego never struck me as being like that, but he did think of them as his children towards the end, so it really can't be ruled out.
The other odd things about Robot are that he has not taken a NP form for some reason, and that his CPU has something extra on it - a green mezzanine card or something, with a Bismuth symbol on it if I remember right. Have we ever seen any evidence that any other robots have such a thing? Maybe the other Seraphs? AFAIK none of them have been given NP bodies, thanks to the ship incident... which Robot orchestrated. Hmmm.
Anyway, I'm wondering if that green thing on his CPU is important. Maybe it has extra programming? Maybe that programming only woke up when triggered, either by timey wimey events, by Kat passing some milestone in her development, or maybe just when Annie first gave him a choice.
I don't know what that programming is, specifically, but I think a case could be made for Robot undergoing a major personality change after he returned from the forest. Before, he was pretty robotic, and very grateful to Annie, even showing her affection and calling her Mommy. Not too long after, he started setting up his cult, and manipulating Annie pretty strongly. A case could also be made for it being a more gradual change - first he picked up some emotions, and made good friends with Shadow 2, even forming a relationship and setting up house eventually. Then, more recently, Shadow vanished from the scene (or Tom just hasn't shown us what Shadow is up to lately, who knows). Regardless, they were inseparable for quite some time, to the point where I feel sure Shadow would have met all the NP also, just by virtue of hanging out with Robot all the time. Which would enable him to be another one who could finger Jerrek/Loup.
So... a snapshot of Diego's mind? Programming left by Diego? Or something done to him by Coyote while he was in the forest, looking for a new arm? He certainly has new programming now, but it isn't clear whether he got it via an evolutionary process or by divine intervention or from a chip add-on. For that matter, maybe his little sojourn in S1's body has something to do with this - he retained some skills and memory from that, right?
I almost put this in my old "Questions about Robots" thread, but honestly I think it's pretty different - much more specific to Robot S13, whatever the heck he really is.