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How would android renewal affect an exocortex?


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Brief background: Android with exocortex commits a crime, is caught, chooses to let the Machine Court hears his case, found guilty, android chooses renewal instead of his sentence. Player's character begins when this android wakes after however long.

What do you think the status of the exocortex would be? Functional? Memories intact?

Not really a rules question, I'm just looking for quasi-logical explanations for whatever the status of the exocortex is.


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It seems to be left open, at least until future books elaborate.

My in-development Android Mechanic, named Double, is the second soul to inhabit their body. (So clever, I know.) The Exocortex contains a remnant of the previous soul's personality. When Double's time is up, the personalities will coalesce, adding their collective wisdom to the Exocortex, which will be used by the third personality. And so on.

It's a very One For All thing, if you get that reference.


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I am actually surprised that the Court doesn't remove the exocortex when the original android "dies" just to prevent this scenario.


David knott 242 wrote:

I am actually surprised that the Court doesn't remove the exocortex when the original android "dies" just to prevent this scenario.

I don't like the idea that a mechanic with 1 rank in computers can create a limited AI exocortex so this was a more plausible solution.

But you're probably right. The Machine Court would not "punish" the AI by leaving it in a dormant host. Maybe the new soul came to the host almost immediately after renewal, before the exocortex could be removed.


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I was thinking that, if the Court understands the renewal process, they would want to minimize the chance that any memories from the pre-renewal (criminal) android's soul would contaminate the new (innocent) soul.

And non-android mechanics would have to come up with a different explanation for their exocortexes anyway.

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I was toying around with the idea of making a character who comes from a line of mechanics. When one is ready to move on, it uploads part of its personality to the exocortex and it becomes a parental AI that guides the new android through life. The exocortex doesn't really have it's own true intelligence, but it is a comforting echo of what has come before.


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There's a machine court? Where can I find more I for action about it?


Ravingdork wrote:
There's a machine court? Where can I find more I for action about it?

It's in the Aballon section of the Pact Worlds setting chapter of the core book.


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David knott 242 wrote:
I was thinking that, if the Court understands the renewal process, they would want to minimize the chance that any memories from the pre-renewal (criminal) android's soul would contaminate the new (innocent) soul.

For the reason cited above, an android mechanic who wants to pass on his exocortex to the next soul to occupy his body probably has the best chance of success if he can undergo renewal while he is not in custody. Even being a fugitive on the run would work for this purpose, and it would provide the additional complication of the new android having to prove that he is not the fugitive who previously occupied his body.

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