Thursday, October 15, 2015

289. Architect Ants

An experiment in emergent behavior and programming, designed to autonomously create cave-complexes suited for transhuman life, architect ants were the brainchild of precocious roboticist Gi Young. During the Fall Young was killed, his startup company dispersed, and control of the ants lost.

Since the Fall the ants have been doing what they were made to do; tunneling out organic cavern systems suitable for transhuman habitation. The ants are no longer produced and cannot produce more of themselves, but were designed to be virtually indestructible and energy efficient.

The ants do not create from pre-made plans, but, just like real ants, from a simple set of rules resulting in the construction of cave systems.The largest complexes exist within the TITAN Quarantine Zone, although many can still be found near the borders. There are also a few complexes, fully inhabited, on Luna. These complexes consist of smoothly curved, circular tunnels interspersed with hemispherical domes of various sizes.

The ants themselves are one meter long, with an ant-like body, tool-mandibles, colored yellow and black.

Mechanics

Architect ants can be treated as walking automechs.

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