Heavy Casualties

Trouble came soon after Argen and MT-01 joined forces to liberate their Buildmen brethren on Rilleco. The process of granting free thought to the gendrones and training them for battle was a tedious one, and the MTs grew restless. Their impatience quickly turned to anger and fights broke out across the encampment, threatening to splinter the unit of elite warriors.

Sentience was both a blessing and a curse for MT-01 and his troopers; he knew it was the beginning of the end for the MTs if he allowed that behavior to continue. With his options limited, he made the decision to abandon Rilleco and continue executing covert attacks against the enemy. Argen’s philosophy of freedom through peace went against all that MT-01 and his unit stood for, and the strain of their conflicting ideals was showing. He was built for war, not diplomacy.

To keep the peace with Argen, MT-01 left a small detachment behind to assist with the assimilation. After lifting off from Rilleco, the MTs moved soundlessly across the system, slaughtering gendrone owners through an endless series of stealth missions. They left no evidence of their existence, only a trail of dead Glyans. The MTs were once again a killing machine, the short time spent on Rilleco almost forgotten.

Their clandestine quest led the MTs to the Relgost Sector where, according to recent intelligence, a huge Buildship filled with new gendrones was adrift and awaiting a repair ship. It would take the entire MT unit to commandeer such a large craft, but the reward was worth the effort; new gendrones were by far the easiest to convert. MT-01 had a bad feeling about conducting such a complex, visible operation in open space, but his MTs were eager for reinforcements.

As MT-01 watched in disbelief, a rift in space opened, swallowing the disabled Buildship and his approaching force of MTs. His first instinct was to fly in after his troopers, but the internal protection mechanism of the MT Transport picked up his thought pattern just before he could reach for the controls. Alarms sounded as the on-board systems switched to emergency shutdown mode. The stunned gendrone floated in absolute blackness, unable to follow his MTs into the abyss, unable to do anything at all. When his ship finally came back online, he found himself lost and alone in deep space.