THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE A.I., CHROME.
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The Sith have always been a problem. Their passionate and all-consuming hunger for power has driven them to take thousands upon thousands of lives, crippling the fragile essence of the Force faster than it has time to heal. Some would argue that the Sith were a necessary evil--a conflict needed to push the galaxy further up the evolutionary ladder, but Peron knew otherwise. Evolution was a slow and time-consuming process which took place over millions of years. Organisms did not adapt to sudden changes over the course of their life, rather their genes would mutate and evolve through several generations of natural selection. The Sith were all but natural, acting almost like a newly introduced invasive species. They were a gluttonous and deadly virus, and they would stop at nothing to consume the galaxy.


Peron understood this. She had encountered the deadliness of the Sith multiple times throughout her life, and experienced what death felt like first-hand. She knew that one moment of hesitation--one moment of mercy would be enough for them to strike at you. If it weren't for the healing properties of the Force and the hand of a very skilled medic, she would have died with a hole through her gut and excrement in her robes.

She had believed in balance and justice and strove to make them a reality. At first, she thought the Jedi Order was the path to this, and she put great amounts of effort into her Jedi training, leaving behind family, friends, and a promising career in cybertechnology for the Jedi. For many years, she believed the lie that peace would be won through patience, generosity, and meditation. She excelled quickly in ranks and was well revered as a proficient Jedi Knight, but realized that the Sith were becoming stronger. The Jedi's teachings just weren't enough to combat them anymore. If she wanted to eradicate them, she had to find another way to do it.

Upon leaving the Jedi Order, she pursued studies in the dark ways of the Force. She had a strong will, mind, and was extremely adept at controlling her emotions, which gave her the assurance she needed to continue. The ends justified the means. The Sith were a torch, the Jedi a candle, and she would be a high-powered Sonic Flamethrower 5000. They were all playing the same game and if she was going to win, she needed to progress.


Numerous years passed and Peron was soon heeded as a Dark Jedi Master. Her command over the Force was astounding, and she took down many Sith. After a savage fight with two Sith--a lord and his padawan--she lost her right arm and many internal organs, surviving only by calling on the powers of the dark side. She found the merit in keeping an apprentice and though she never considered taking on one, she quite badly needed one now.











Of course, an advanced artificial intelligence would be little more use to her than a comlink if it did not have a body to accompany her on her ventures. She headed this task with a group of engineers and left the development of the a.i. to the rest of the scientists. She dropped in on their work often, making sure they stayed on task; mentoring and guiding them as she saw fit, but for the most part she spent her time manufacturing the droid.


The body itself had the framework of a bipedal. The original design proposed by the engineers included Laminanium-coated circuits to rewire and repair itself in case any internal damage occured; Phrik casting to allow flexibility as well as adequate protection against one of the Sith's favored weapons, the lightsaber; and a mix of ultrachrome and durasteel plating. The design was sound if a tad arduous, but it was ultimately abandoned due to the difficulty of acquiring the items needed to make it.












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helmet[/url] to cover up the exposed metal. No synthetic skin was applied, but with the apparel on it took on the appearance of a slightly androgynous being and could easily pass as a human or near-human creature.






Meanwhile, the team tasked with developing the a.i. was making impressive progress. A lot of technology was borrowed from existing droid's programs, such as the ability to learn, express emotions, and produce independent thoughts. Further additions such as being able to comprehend complex ideas such as a soul, consciousness, and the nature of the force were accomplished by creating what was arguably a robot neuron--a small software which registered stimuli and sent it to numerous operating systems within the a.i. to be categorized and dealt with. Experiences which brought about positive changes in the program were welcomed while experiences which brought about negative changes were avoided, evaded, or destroyed. It was the closest thing to 'feeling' that the a.i. had, and while the system was simple, it was groundbreaking to the scientists.


Further versions of the program were modeled after an organic's brain in terms of how it worked. The brains they used were primarily from species who were well known for their intellectual prowess, such as the humans. Less primitive brains were not used as often as they were more instinct based. At this point, the scientists knew that they were ignoring the cause for which this a.i. was supposed to serve and instead used it as a means of pushing boundaries and testing limits, but curiosity got the better of them and they continued on with their research, keeping it a secret from Peron.


After much work, they succesfully created what they believed to be a near perfect a.i.
Taking their primitive design to the next level, they created something which was almost akin to a human brain. It was capable of taking in vast amounts of information and recalling them. But learning programs and a large memory capacity were common, mundane even, as it seemed every droid had them. What was truly impressive was the artificial's drive to actively seek out information and form unique ideas and thoughts based off of the information processed. Dubbed 'Levi', the a.i. they developed showed signs of curiosity, creativity, and the ability to form an opinion, conversing as if it had a will of its own. It could feel, and expressed emotions such as happiness, joy, and sorrow. Peron eventually found this out and let loose her rage on the group of scientists. She stopped before any serious, fatal damage could be done, but made her point glaringly clear. She demanded they create the a.i. based off of the qualities she wanted, and the immediate termination of Levi.

The final, downgraded product was a learning a.i. who could easily pick up certain traits and categorize them. It could take in information and store them for later use, as well as react uniquely to a situation based on past experiences. In this respect, it developed behavior patterns and attitudes original to itself, but not necessarily a personality as limits made it unable to feel. It could think on its feet and quickly react. Strictly speaking, it did not have a sense of morality, but it was guided by a moral code within its programming, based off of the ideals of Peron. Certain thinking patterns were also integrated, but these were never meant to be permanent and instead flexible and changing as new situations were encountered. It was capable of communication, but not to the extent protocol droids were. Indeed, its communicative abilities were quite limited. It was programmed to be totally obedient to Peron, but could act independently if not given any commands.

Unbeknowest to Peron, however, Chrome possessed one more feature. Reluctant to discard the technology they worked so hard on, the scientists buried Levi's code deep within Chrome's programming. It was impossible to extract without the skills of a proffesional splicer and it was virtually invisible; if you weren't looking for it, you wouldn't know it was there. They knew that trying to sneak out with the technology would be the death of them, so fearing that the technology would be lost forever, they gave Chrome a limited, reintegrated curiosity and a small ghost of emotion in hopes that it would care enough to find and release their creation to the world.


Chrome was put on multiple tests. Its speed proved superior to that of any human, running 200 km/h at maximum speed. Naturally, it was prone to overheating if high speeds were used for a long amount of time, and while the Dalorian alloy helped cool it, it was still more efficient to run in short bursts. In combat, it was fairly adept with a lightsaber and complemented Peron's fighting style impressively. It excelled well in tests that measured agility, mobility, resourcefulness, and reflexes; proving also capable of finding and exploiting weaknesses. It didn't do so well when tasked with strength-related activities, but was still noticeably stronger than a human. It also seemed to be somewhat lacking in the communication department, so Peron issued scientists to work on installing a language software. During a couple of the tests, Peron noted weak spots in the armor which could be abused if found. These weak spots were easily damaged and could lead to the malfunctioning of some of the devices, but were needed for Chrome to be flexible. To counteract this, Peron scheduled a trip to collect Laminanium for use in the weak spots.

Before the trip was launched, Peron assigned Chrome to buy items from the black market, which was located quite a ways away. This tested its ability to follow orders not related to fighting, as well as observing its ability to blend in with a crowd and adapt to social and potentially dangerous environments. Chrome performed fairly well, obtaining the items for a bargain price, but when it came back, the lab had been destroyed, the people inside disintegrated.