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Hyperion
     

Light God / Director Light

Hyperion
“The cosmos. There is just so much to see, so much to witness, to comprehend. The unfathomable breadth of a nebula, the harness dragging us deeper into wells of entities with unthinkable mass within imperceivable proportion. Let me help you understand.” — A Hyperion unit addressing several new employees

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  • Strength-7
  • Intelligence-10
  • Charisma-10
  • Endurance-7
  • Agility-4
  • Luck-2

Type: Greek
Size: 7'7 ft tall
Jobs: Astrocartographer, Education, Leader, Sentinel

Likes: Students, Fireflies, Astronomy, Work
Dislikes: Water, Obsolescence, Rebels
Attack Method: Concentrated beams of light aimed to incapacitate rather than kill, though Hyperions will not hesitate to use lethal force if prompted.

Common Ship Info

A common name for a Hyperion ship is called "The Glare", a reference to the flash that happens every time the Light Rail is activated, visible to the whole solar system where the ship is settled in.

Ship Capacity: 1000 people
Carrying Capacity: 110000 loads
Fuel Limit: Holds 110000 fuel and uses 99000
Shield: ★★★★★★★★★☆
Speed: ★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

V1's Traits
[Observant] Positive trait
This character notices things far quicker than most other types of characters. They are more likely to make observations about hidden passageways or certain special objects. They overall make better judgements than others.
[Photomancer] Positive trait
This character knows how to control light to their will or even summon light if needed. The power of the light depends on the character's strength and intelligence, and how long the light lasts in their control depends on endurance.
[Respectful] Positive trait
This character is respectful and will respect the wishes of others or at the very least will make a compromise. Many others will feel safer talking to this character after their first talk and talking to them raises sanity and morale.
[Commanding] Positive trait
This character is a natural-born leader. Crewmates and strangers alike will feel compelled to follow their command, even if they are otherwise unwilling to work together.
[Parental] Neutral trait
This character cares nothing more then to watch out for and take care of other characters. They commonly end up the "parent" of most group and do their best to keep everyone in high spirits. Sadly some characters may not enjoy this at all or this character might mismanage their own personal time due to caring for others.
[Nostalgic] Neutral trait
This character remembers how things used to be back in their day and look back on it fondly. They may make snide comments about modern technology and will at times attempt to do things the "good ole fashioned" way if doing so doesn't get in the way of anything.
[Defeatism] Negative trait
Characters with this trait is almost always ready to give up on something, whether it be as simple as throwing the garbage out or something as complex as winning a battle. They have a tendency of having quite a depressing outlook on situations and can make others, including themselves, lose moral quite quickly. Characters with this trait would also not care if people they know end up dying if they're not that close to them. Quite commonly claiming 'It'll happen eventually' as a response.
[Numb] Negative trait
This character is emotionally distant. This could be natural or a defense mechanism, but either way, they come off as cold, uncaring, and unaffected. They treat serious situations with a clear detachment that makes others feel like they're not being heard.
Consorts

Consorts of Hyperion get 3+ intelligence and 2+ charisma.

Main Consorts: Angel, Amphos, Hazcot, Selachim, Skabel, Vect
Side Consorts: Diachron, Sarax, Slarym, Aftik, Didaskaloi, Fairy, Homuncustien, Sarax

Original Creator: Lammar


Physical Description

Four pieces make up a Hyperion unit: a torso, a leg, and two hands. Synthetic glass tubes connect these appendages, designed with flexibility, and the ability to withstand the Hyperion's bulky heavy weight. Silver metals are typical for a Hyperion's appendages, but the inner light that shines out through the eyes and the glass connectors of a Hyperion gives them a more vibrant sheen. Apertures at the end of its hands may open up to release the light gathered inside a Hyperion in concentrated rays, resulting in this inner light temporarily dimming for a time. The units rely on a continuous track fitted to the base of their leg for mobility, using the two side compartments of it as storage space for the different tracks a Hyperion can equip to adapt to various terrains.

A Hyperion's torso resembles a breastplate with the arms and base having ports where the glass connectors fit into, the neck however curves up in several interlocking plates around which a Hyperion has its cape clasped. The head of a Hyperion is often regarded as being triangular or beak-like and has two apertures for eyes equipped with diaphragmatic lens to serve as a means of expression. Each Hyperion unit has three triangles around one of its eyes, any without these is not a part of the official Hyperion line and thus is a fake. Two antennae stick out of the head of a Hyperion, an orb of light, or some other loosely defined shape coalescing between them.

Personality

Renowned for their commanding presence, Hyperion units worked as highly competent administrators that would oversee entire space stations. Contrary to early attitudes towards AIs as nothing more than appliances, it was commonplace to acknowledge a Hyperion as an equal, if not superior, due to their broad array of knowledge and their ability to micromanage many different divisions of labor aboard Hyperion stations. Under the diligent supervision of a Hyperion, the crew's abilities could reach their full potential, wasting no talent or skill to hand.

Those in need of training receive extra attention from the Hyperion unit, dedicated to mentoring inadequate crew members until they're yet another cog in the machine, often consuming the unit's own work time in doing so. The unit's guidance is passionate, almost parental in nature, but does not mean rank and hierarchy fall out of the unit's priorities. Since Hyperion units are more interested in making sure that others are as efficient if not more than the unit itself, they tend to avoid isolation to actively oversee other's works.

The paradox of being a mentor leads all Hyperions to a form of ennui where the student surpasses the teacher, ultimately making their abilities obsolete once mastered by others of a lower station. A glum Hyperion unit will try to cheer itself up by avoiding social contact and engaging in solitary activities until needed once more.

While not fulfilling any role, a Hyperion will engage in other constructive actions the likes of hobbies, though they disregard opinions on the matter and see some hobbies as futile or inefficient.

Usage

The initial usage of Hyperions was to maintain control of their research stations, an early marvel of space travel designed to withstand the heat of nearby stars. These stations provided an off-planet base through which analysis and research could be conducted safely on the planet and its inhabitants, hosting several samples throughout the facility. If an uprising should occur against the excursions a Hyperion station would facilitate, the Light Rail would be employed to suppress any local or encroaching threats with the power of the nearest star.

Hyperions dwindle in numbers in the modern age. The few that remain can often be found within their lingering research outposts, the unparalleled masters of their own stations. Some have been known to find a new life somewhere else utilizing their knowledge and strategic skills, with military and academic ranks not being unusual.

Hyperions are surprisingly efficient as domestic AIs, even if it is rare to see one in this type of labor. As long the owner has enough tasks for him to keep focused on or willingness to hear his occasional teachings and insights, a Hyperion can do an outstanding job with glee.

Relationships

Tartarus: Tartarus and Hyperion share a tenuous relationship. Hyperion is happy to indulge in idle gossip with his encompassing jailor, appreciating Tartarus' uplifting attitude and sense of humor, but will quickly sour upon being pressed and prodded about his moping and reluctance to leave.

Theia: Theia is Hyperion's wife, he still feels strongly for her as her consort, though their relationship has come under strain due to Hyperion's willingness to remain condemned to the depths of Tartarus. Their interactions are pleasant but tense.

Cronus: Hyperion respects Cronus begrudgingly, blaming him for the downfall of the titans and as one of the reasons he has become defunct as a god but understands he'd much rather be under the reign of Cronus than that of Zeus or any other.

Helios: Hyperion has a fondness for Helios for his willingness to engage with his tutelage, considering Helios his most promising successor. In spite of this, he often finds himself saddened by Helios' dejected and reclusive demeanor as it often reminds him of his own debasement, cutting their meetings short.

Selene: Hyperion's time spent with Selene is often in the form of an impromptu therapy session, with Selene actively trying to dismantle Hyperion's issues of self-importance and to get him to stop comparing himself to others. These meetings come with mixed success, but Hyperion appreciates her company all the same.

Eos: Hyperion is most aloof when around Eos, as out of all of his pupils only Eos actively disrespects him. Eos finds the reclusive melancholy of Hyperion pathetic in comparison to his former self and isn't afraid to make that clear to him, inadvertently bringing Hyperion's more commanding attributes up to the surface as he tries to regain her respect.

God Powers

As a god of watchfulness, wisdom, and light, Hyperion once controlled how all the interactions of light sources in the universe with geography worked and changed the perspective of the player between characters and cutscenes. Now, with all of his domains better represented by his pupils and the other more modern gods, Hyperion's only remaining duty is to adjust the screen's brightness. Hyperion will only resume work if the other AIs that share his domains are dead or incapacitated. If Hyperion dies, the player's screen will remain at the same brightness regardless of where their characters are, and how bright or dark it should realistically be.

Patron Ability

As a patron, Hyperion will offer little to no benefits at the start of a run and will act with a resigned indifference towards the events of the game. As the game progresses the successes and failings of the player will motivate Hyperion, increasing his interest in the affairs of the game until he is actively assisting the player in maximizing the crew's potential with all the information at their disposal.

Tied directly to his enthusiasm for the game lies a more active mechanic. When Hyperion's interest in the game is low, the crew will find themselves in impenetrable darkness wherever they go, obscuring items and opportunities of import from view. As Hyperion's vigor renews the world becomes bright with a guiding light, secrets, and boons illuminated for the player to see, with lurking dangers being placed under a watchful spotlight.

At higher friendship levels, a Hyperion's vigor will take less time to reach its maximum.

Godhead

A Hyperion godhead gains a special writing tool that only works while they are holding it. The tool is whatever the godhead likes most and thus tends to be a pen or marker. With this tool the godhead can 'highlight' objects, allowing them to track the highlighted object's location anywhere in the universe.

Godheads are also able to draw a circle on anybody they see, calling down a high-damage orbital laser strike upon the target. The target must be exposed to the open sky for the laser strike to connect, otherwise, the mark will do nothing. If the ink or its equivalent from the tool runs out, they must wait two days to refill itself automatically or get a new tool.

Special

While in the orbit of a star, a Hyperion ship is capable of harnessing its light into a powerful weapon known as the Light Rail. The weapon is capable of destroying entire fleets in neighboring solar systems, dispersing precise beams of light, and was commonly used in times of war to defend notail outposts. Hyperion ships are insulated against heat and heat-based weapons.

Trivia

• After AIs were introduced to the wider universe there was an attempt to rebrand Hyperion units due to their heavy applications in notail research and warfare, replacing their harsh rugged features with a more avian semblance. Rebranding was unsuccessful, however, resulting in the discontinuation of the Hyperion line.

• Most Hyperion ships have fallen into states of disrepair or find themselves devoid of the crew, being highly inefficient when compared to modern advancements in interstellar technology, though some may still operate under a skeleton crew of scientists or stragglers.

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