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Height: 14 ft
Common Jobs: Scrap collector, Trash collection, Sales, Protection, War bot
Likes: Peace and quiet, Making money, Persephone, Clarifying statements, Dogs
Dislikes: Drama, Being taken advantage of, Sudden responsibility, Surprises, Rule brekers, Hecate
Attack Method: While not many people would attack a Hades unit, considering that they are giant robots, if attacked Hade units will attempt to grab attackers and hold them to pacify them. If that cannot be done he will crush attackers or shoot sharp scrap metal and fire at the attacker.
The common Hades is called "The Collector" as it is used for scrap collection, but also because it's a ship that's used by many loan collectors. The ship is heavily fortified, able to shrug off most attacks for long amounts of time. While taking these blows a Hades ship can signal for help from other ships, who may be excited about the idea to of getting paid by the workers. If worst comes to worst the Hades ship is able to use 3000 fuel to turn on a reflect shield. Any non-physical attacks will be deflected at the attacking ship, this shield only lasts for a short time though.
Ship size: 10 people
Fuel limit: Holds 10000 fuel and uses 6000
Carrying Capacity: 20,000 loads
Consorts of Hades get +5 to endurance.
Hades units are large upright bull-like robots, with long hands that reach just below their knee. They can be of any color but are always rather dark versions of the color. Their head is boxy in shape, with one box being their main "skull" and another box with a mouth acting as the snout. On the main headbox the Hades will have anywhere from four to eight eyes, but six is the norm. Four horns erupt from this head, two larger ones to the side, and two smaller ones from the back which tend to bend forward and around the larger horns. These horns can be styled and pointed in any way, and some Hades units will add jewelry to them to show their wealth.
Just below the neck is a small area with a keyhole. Every Hades unit comes with a key to open this area, but many of them keep the key to themselves, hiding it if possible. Below that is a section that can be opened freely. This opening leads to a chamber that the Hades can set aflame and is big enough to fit most people under six feet into it with ease. Shoulder pads adorn the long arms of the Hades which ends in either long fingers or claws for pulling apart or ripping into metal.
On top of every Hades unit except for a select few, there is a hat with a single eye on it. This hat contains the real Hades, a robot which looks like the tailmic on Eukaryote, a long and many-legged bug which tricks animals into thinking it is another creature. This true form of Hades contains all of the Hades' knowledge, allowing for it to escape if times get tough and hide out in hard to reach places.
Hades units keep to themselves, a strange trait considering that they're one of the biggest AIs. Created for long collection, transporting, and gathering missions, Hades are the boss of their ships, and they're a gentle one at that. While their voices are loud and booming they aren't one to scream at others for making mistakes. Instead, Hades just silently show their disapproval and tell the person how to correct it. If the person keeps failing they just quickly fire them, hire someone else, and carry about with their day. There is no room for emotions in the trash job market.
This doesn't mean that Hades units are emotionless, just that it has no place in the workplace, and considering they live in their workplace it can be difficult to find a time and place to express themselves. Overly monotoned, Hades hand out commands each and every single day, making sure to clarify everything as much as possible. One mistake, after all, can send someone to their deaths on a ship that's constantly opening up to grab debris from space. Questions are answered promptly, papers are submitted on time, and if there's time after work then it's off to look for ways to streamline the process as much as possible.
When there is absolutely no more work to be done many find Hades units to be fairly kind, assisting other people and talking about their hobbies. Granted some may not want to talk to a Hades unit after hearing about their hobbies. Their hobbies tend to be on the rather strange side, to the point not many people would either not find interest in it, or be frankly weirded out and decide to not talk to the Hades ever again outside of work. If this happens enough, the Hades may move their hobbies to be more private, instead, they will talk about their other big hobby, the collection of money. Any type of riches is their domain, and they're always willing to show off a rare object they brought with the money they earn. Hades units feel that this makes them more interesting and relatable to people who, well, just can't relate to a giant robot.
Hades units are rather loud when speaking and often times scare off people, not only with their size but their booming voice and frightening looks. Hades units seem to take no notice of people who run off in fear. They're entitled to their judgments as they would say. Despite their looks, they are passive and avoid confrontations as much as possible. If confrontation demands that a Hades unit comes out and fight it, they better look out. This bull has horns.
Hades units are used in the collection and scrapping of ships destroyed by warfare, abandoned, or ships that are endlessly drifting off in space, constantly emitting distress signals. The original purpose of Hades units was to have an automatic towing system, as well as a group of AIs who would all by their own, collect scrap and move it out of the paths to wormholes so that other ships do not get damaged while flying by. The ship of a Hades unit has an amazingly long range signal tracker. Hades unit checkout every signal they can, and while rather morbid, attempt to figure out which ones are from ships where the crew has long passed. If they accidentally go to a ship that has a crew alive and well in it they will gladly tow the ship to safety, though they will be expecting a reward for their kindness. The big money for Hades units does not come from towing though, instead, it comes from scrapping.
Once a ship has been found and put into the Hades ship the Hades unit can single-handedly scrap and sort through a ship all by themselves. With claws that can rip open through most ships, they will take out the valuables, any dead bodies, and then proceed to rip apart and crush the ship into orderly blocks for shipping back for money. Hades units absolutely do not disgrace the body of the dead, instead taking much time out of their workday to attempt to locate the next of kin so they may be contacted to pick it up. If no one can be located, the Hades themselves will perform a short funeral for the deceased, placing money on their eyes, before burning them to ash.
If a Hades unit doesn't have a ship, they will take up salesmen jobs so they may accumulate their money to invest in, or start another business. While many do this so they may buy another ship to return to their scrapping business, sometimes they never return to their old life of scrapping ships as they find their new business more enjoyable.
Strangely, for a giant robot, Hades units do just fine in settings where they are owned by another person. Instead of working they will just meddle around in their space, and commit to their hobbies. They can be gone to for advice or help and can be used as a furnace or a garbage disposal. Anyone looking to own a Hades unit would either need to buy some of the much smaller Hades or have a large space for the Hades to live in. It's also required that one checks their local laws to see if owning a giant robot is legal.
Persephone: Persephone is Hades' dear wife who he loves very much. There's no way to get around the fact that he kidnapped his wife instead of asking her out on a date though. Their relationship has stabilized and Persephone does enjoy being with Hades, but she'll be quick to note that she was originally forced to be here if she really wants something, noting that she can leave Hades if she wanted to. Persephone also makes jokes in the same vein, and while Hades does love her, sometimes the jokes really get to him, and he's too passive to tell her.
Cerberus: Cerberus is Hades' loyal dog who will always stick by his side. Unless someone offers them treats, or wears something shiny, or speaks in a cute voice to them, or if they walk past them and Hades and decide to they like the other person and want to find out who they are, or, well, Cerberus attempts to be loyal, and that's all that matters to Hades.
Pluto: Pluto and Hades work together, seeing very little reason to fight, as most underworld gods care not for the fights between Greeks and Romans. Pluto's dominant personality overshadows Hades' frequently, which is a tad annoying to Hades, but as Pluto rarely makes any bad deals he just walks away and lets Pluto do the talking. When Pluto does make foolish deals Hades fumes, silently fixes the problem and tells the large bot to call him next time he makes a deal like this ever again.
Zeus: The brother of Hades. Hades and Zeus rarely meet as Hades tends to stick to his domain and Zeus in his. Hades will still come if called but will be highly annoyed if it was for petty reasons such as Zeus and Hera having an argument and Zeus wants someone to agree with him.
Poseidon: Poseidon thinks his brother Hades is cool. Hades, on the other hand doesn’t want to have anything to do with Poseidon; he’s too nice to say this, however. Poseidon will commonly visit Hades and offer to take him somewhere. Hades will politely decline to this offer. Poseidon believes that Hades is just saying no to be nice and thus tends to drag him to the event anyway.
Thanatos: Thanatos listens to Hades, sometimes. Even though Thanatos will yell and scream against most of the things Hades says, when Hades gets blunt with Thanatos he grumbles and listens to the king of the underworld.
Hermes: Hermes is Hades trusted mailman and his goto guy when it comes to sending messages to other gods. While Hades finds him a little too "jumpy" for his tastes, people's personalities come second to their work ethic, and Hermes is the best messanger out there.
As the king of the underworld, most of Hades' powers come from his leadership. The gods of the underworld listen to him when he boasts down orders from his throne, Greeks, and Romans. Hades is able to summon an underworld god to his side if needed, and it is rare for even the most fickled of underworld gods to reject his commands. Hades is also one of the few gods that keeps the balance of money in the universe.
With the death of Hades money slowly becomes unstable and prices, mainly of gas, may randomly hit rock bottom, before proceeding to skyrocket into impossible prices, never mind the chaos it would cause in the underworld.
As a patron, Hades will allow the player to buy anything from anyone. If a character refuses to give the crew fuel until they finish a quest, Hades can make it so the crew can just simply buy the fuel from the person. A priceless heirloom that just could never be sold to anyone? Hades will put a price on it. A gun being pointed at a crew member? Hades will put a price on it.
As long as Hades is around, everything has a price, everything can be bought and money seems to rule the universe. Characters will be convinced that the price of the object is fair enough to sell for, even if it conflicts with their tasks or morels. It should be known though, that the prices tend to be inflated from their normal prices, and these prices are not allowed to be lowered.
Godheads of Hades will grow horns, gain longer claws, and may also decide that a stylish hat is within their fashion tastes. They may become more shy or reserved, and gain strange hobbies. These godheads will also gain [Blood Money] and are fairly good at guessing locations where treasure may be.
As a Hades unit's true form is under their hat, they can detach from the main body and flee, taking all their knowledge with them. The body left behind will go on autopilot, with it's main and first job being to get the real form to a safer location. Once that is done the body will fight off any oppositions. If by chance the body destroys all opposers, it will seek out its core automatically so that they may rejoin.
Hades units may hijack other AI bodies by jumping on them, and ripping their way to the core. There they detach all the wires to the core, leaving it "alive" and use these wires to move the body until it is finished with its job. If possible the Hades unit will attempt to reattach the wires to the core before escaping.
• Many gossip about the mysterious keyhole on all Hades units. Some say that opening them up leads to an entryway to another location. Others say that there is a great and wonderful object within it that was specially put inside Hades. The answer is so much more boring though, that's the safe of all Hades units. There is no safer place in the universe to carry your stuff than the inside of your body after all.
• Many are rather suspicious about how similar limpoturts and Hades units are. Some believe that someone attempted to create an organic Hades unit and succeed a little too well seeing as the origin of limpoturts is unknown.
• Hades units are commonly spotted in new settlements where they operate as the trash removal system, roadside assistant, and furnace. They are almost always found around their settlement companion, a Persephone unit.