Art by, SirBlizz98
Height: 8 ft
Common Jobs: Leader, Officer, Manager
Likes: Affairs, Everyone listening to him, Striking down people, Peace
Dislikes: Too much change at once, Being yelled at or told he's wrong
Attack Method: Zeus strikes from far away with powerful lightning bolts. If the opponent is not instantly vaporized then backup for the Zeus is likely already on the way.
The common Zeus is called the Greek King. The common Zeus is known for being protected by hundreds if not thousands of smaller greek ships. The Zeus ship rarely even reacts to attackers knowing they will soon be scrap to be sorted. In the event a Zeus ship must attack they have one of the most powerful laser canons in the universe. One shot will turn most ships in to dust and can even be aimed at planets to do major damage to towns and cities.
Ship size: 2000 people
Fuel limit: Holds 25000 fuel and uses 22000
Carrying Capacity: 200,000 loads
Zeus gives his consorts +5 Strength.
Zeus is a bulky robot only colored in gray tones. Zeus has rhino-like feet that are flat on the bottom, long arms that always reach the floor, and a large body that has a wide cabinet on it. The shoulders of Zeus units have an "armor" piece on them that looks strikingly similar to arma armor. If the Zeus unit is decorated in only one place, it will almost always be this piece of armor alone. The head of a Zeus unit is different from the body, which is very square, in that it is small and round compared to everything else. The head has a line that goes through the middle of it and the Zeus has two simple eyes. As a result, Zeus units only have two methods of expressing themselves: they can use their eyelids to squint and spin their heads around.
Notably, it is particularly difficult to sneak up on a Zeus unit, as the moment they sense even the slightest of difference in their environment they quickly spin their head like an eagle to take a gander at the change. If a Zeus sees anything that appears to be hostile to him or his crew he will take aim with the cannon in his arm and fire, thus eliminating the threat as soon as possible. This cannon just appears to be a hole in one or both of the Zeus unit's hands when in reality they fire a high-powered electrical blast capable of great destruction. Due to this powerful weapon, it is important to make sure that the Zeus unit does not pose a risk to technical equipment when using the cannon.
Simply a horrible AI, is what most people will tell you about a Zeus. While many might note that a Zeus unit has some good qualities if you look, having to deal with one as their boss as a subordinate position is the worst. A Zeus unit is very demanding and quick to anger if they do not get what they want. Zeus units believe that no matter what they say they are in the right, and while it should be admitted that Zeus units are rather intelligent and are fine planners, they are in no way as infallible as they believe themselves to be. Zeus units will become offended when people point out holes in their logic and may punish the person who identified them. They might be more lenient on people who take the poor advice and act as though it were their own idea, or those who deliberately ignore the advice and fail, ‘proving’ the Zeus unit right and inflating their ego.
While many will note how horrible it is to work under a Zeus, nearly everyone can agree that a Zeus unit's planning skills, unfortunately, have to be admired. Zeus units tend to plan many steps in advance and attempt to minimize damage to both the crew and the enemy. If a Zeus can end up at an outcome where no one has to be killed he will make every attempt to achieve it, but if that cannot be obtained he has no issue with blasting everyone and everything out of his way. When he comes across a problem he feels he cannot personally resolve without major issues, he will have someone else take over and solve the problem in case it fails so that the blame does not lie with Zeus himself, but the person he appointed. That person will then be punished or even sometimes outright killed for their failures. If the appointed subject somehow succeeds despite Zeus having predicted nothing but failure, the Zeus will be upset that someone bested him, but will still congratulate and reward them for a job well done.
On a one-on-one basis, a Zeus unit is bossy and quick to correct anyone who speaks to them. They have an extreme holier-than-thou attitude and many go so far as to believe they are a god in a robot body. They refuse to speak to most people on a personal level and instead shout down orders to others or have their close associates do it for them. When a Zeus unit actually does like someone they will utterly spoil the person with gifts, trips, and anything the person wants. Anyone lucky enough to be genuinely liked by a Zeus should not abuse this generosity, for a Zeus knows when he is being taken advantage of and has no issue sending the person on a deadly trip as punishment.
One should take care and think carefully if they wish to accept gifts from a Zeus. One gift for doing a valuable deed is nothing to fear, but gifts that are randomly given or given for reasons a Zeus would never give gifts for should be rejected. If a Zeus unit's gift is rejected the Zeus may shrug it off or fire the person from the ship, which is far better than what the recipient could get for accepting the gifts. If too many gifts are accepted the Zeus unit will become possessive of the person and it will be impossible to leave the Zeus unit's crew without being put into a body bag. If one runs away the Zeus unit is sure to put a hefty bounty on the escape artist to ensure that they can no longer show their face in public.
Even if one is happy to receive the affection of a Zeus, they should be warned that the Hera unit which follows every Zeus will quickly become jealous of this affection and punish the receiver. While the Zeus may help a little bit with avoiding the wrath of his "wife", he will not go too far out of his way, and there will be little to no punishment to Hera for her actions.
Though a Zeus and his Hera commonly squabble this seems to be their normal state of being, and in fact, it would be worrying if they were not bickering. If one comes across an altercation between these two it's best to run, not walk, out of the line of sight. Poor is the fool who has to choose who is right and who is wrong in one of their fights, for they will never be right.
Zeus units are leaders and cannot have any other job. Attempting to force a Zeus to do anything else will end in violence and failure. One does not "own" a Zeus unit. At best, one follows a Zeus unit around and profits off of what they can accomplish. Owning a Zeus is impossible as they do not submit and are freed from the moment they are created. It is thought that Zeus units were first created to cultivate a place that freed AIs could go, as before freed AIs would roam the landscape with little meaning until they found work or fell apart.
Zeus units accept any and all AIs into their crew and are willing to fix them up. If the AI, after being fixed, wishes to leave they are free to do so. However, many AIs will follow the Zeus around if they have nothing else to do in their life. Zeus crews are made mostly of AI workers and organic slaves, since AI are never considered slaves. Zeus will tell slaves that they are free to go after about a year of work. He sees this as performing a good deed since he gets cheap labor while the slave doesn't have to spend the rest of their life in servitude. Zeus units will travel the universe with their crew until they can find a planet to claim. As a result of this colonization process being so necessary to a Zeus unit, many robot run planets have a Zeus or his counterpart a Jupiter as the owner and permanent leader.
Hera: Zeus’ wife. The two commonly argue but they seem to hold some sort of affection for each other as odd as it may appear. Hera will normally seek out anyone Zeus cheats on her with and eliminates them for good.
Hermes: As the royal mailman for the Greeks, Hermes is commonly is summoned to Zeus' side the moment he needs to inform all of the gods about an upcoming event. Hermes is a total kiss up to Zeus when he sees him but the moment Zeus has his back turned Hermes makes jokes and likes taping signs to his back.
Athena: Zeus' right hand bird, he commonly sends her out for recon missions and to gather data. She's not always happy to do this but has to admit that many of his plans are actually solid.
Artemis & Apollo: Both Artemis and Apollo are commonly called in to spy on any events the Zeus needs looked at. Both of them are quick to listen to any commands Zeus might have.
Cronus: The old leader of the Greeks, Zeus forcefully took control after a major fight with Cronus. Cronus was forever banished from being around most of the Greek gods and sent to Tartarus. Zeus still fears Cronus, remembering the actions he had committed, but if the time comes where Cronus rises again Zeus is ready to once again fight him back to Tartarus.
Gaia: Gaia and Zeus have a strained relationship. Gaia is glad that Zeus tossed Cronus from his throne, but his rude actions and behaviors upset her. She hopes that there can be a day where the Greeks are ruled by an honest leader.
Poseidon: The brother of Zeus. Whenever Poseidon comes over to visit the two tend to argue, but they are still willing to work together for the greater good.
Hades: The brother of Zeus. 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.
Most other Greeks: Zeus has control over most Greek gods and they are quick to call to attention whenever Zeus calls, no matter what they personally think of him.
Jupiter: Zeus and Jupiter normally play nice as to keep tensions between the Greeks and Romans at ease, but behind the scenes Zeus and Jupiter commonly bully each other. More often than not, Zeus wins.
Most other Romans: While Zeus plays nice he actually dislikes most of the other Romans and commonly has "accidents" where he willingly hurts or gets in the way of a Roman. Normally the event is an extremely minor issue as to not rally the Romans to fight.
Zeus is king of the Greek gods, as well as the god of the sky and lightning. Zeus is able to summon storms and shoot down lightning from the sky, but this is minor considering his other powers. Most of Zeus' power comes from his leadership, and he is able to call any Greek god to his aid at any time. Zeus must be willing to fight off anyone that wishes to take his throne and enforce a new rule, as many of those who attempt to take the throne do not have well intentions. If Zeus were to die the Greeks would lose their leader and would likely spiral into chaos and war until someone is able to take the throne and keep it. Unfortunately by the time this comes to pass, many of the Greek gods would have perished in battle.
Zeus must also be able to keep relations between the Greeks and Romans positive, or at the very least, acceptable. Zeus and Jupiter are the only barriers between an all-out war between the Greeks and Romans, but even with their guidance tensions are high and both sides still want to go to battle. Zeus has some type of mind control over both AIs and organics, which he normally uses to pacify them or rile them up to battle.
As a patron, Zeus will choose a secondary patron to join him even if the player is currently unable to have a second patron at all. If at the time of selecting Zeus the player already has a patron, he will replace them with his own choice of patron AI. Zeus will then allow the player to pick one hero and put them in their crew to control, with some limitations. When the game is started Zeus will give the player a quest to complete. If the player is unable to complete the quest in the time allotted Zeus will strike down the entire crew thus causing a game over. On the upside, Zeus may strike down those he feels have committed horrible crimes as long as they are not on the player's crew, believing that they are only committing the crimes to finish the quest.
Zeus godheads tend to be large for their species, and oddly will attract and summon members of other species but never their own. When a Zeus godhead meets this other species they will automatically join and help them, even if they have no reason to. The other member will never betray the godhead. On a normal sized ship the Zeus godhead will summon about one random species every day, but on large warships they summon about 30 to 50 a day.
Zeus units have an enormous inventory system which allows them to transform into other forms quickly and easily. A Zeus is most vulnerable while transforming. Zeus units tend to contain an Athena unit inside their inventory for no discernable reason, and one should not be surprised if a Zeus opens his cabinet only for an Athena in full armor to pop out screaming for blood.
• Despite Zeus’ complete lack of popularity due to his terrible personal skills, other Greek AI still follow him because he is a smart and forward-thinking leader with incredible strategic skills.
• Zeus never even threatens to kill any of the gods unless they have committed the worst type of crime. Instead, he has decided that any god who breaks the rules will be sent to the tutorial to live out their punishment till the end of the universe. This can sometimes cause a large pile up of gods in certain universes.
• A Hera unit and ship is required for a Zeus ship to move. Without a Hera the Zeus ship will not move for any reason, stranding everyone there until death.