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Reploids are the most common type of robot. There are approximately 200 million Reploids in the world. Reploids are most common in North America and Japan, with significant populations in Europe, Africa and Central Asia, and very few in South America and Australia.

Rock Light's original programming is at the heart of the Reploid operating system. Reploid OS has been patched to resist hacking attempts several times. The majority of Reploids were built to resemble anthropomorphic animals, designed by human engineers to avoid duplicating human appearance closely. Newer Reploid designs tend towards human scales, but rarely "pass" for humans or non-military cyborgs.

Reploids also see the world differently than humans do. In particular, many Reploids also use "Saraband," a networking protocol that allows Reploids to share their thoughts and feelings to varying degrees with other robots. Saraband use unsettles many humans.

Today, Reploids have full legal status in most countries. The UN banned the factory production of Reploids on April 1, 2226. New Reploids are now built-to-order through a government-supervised process.

While some states tacitly discourage Reploid settlement, Reploids and humans live side by side in many places. The memories of past traumas, as well as suspicion of "the Other," still influence human-Reploid interactions.

See Also: Maverick Virus, REPLY


Q: Gee, there are so many other choices. What's the place of the Reploid in the world today?

A: Reploids are the second-most common being on Earth after humans - with 200 million Reploids, you'd be hard pressed not to see them in all walks of life, though they are far more represented in the military than elsewhere. Reploids, like their human ancestors, can be anywhere and do anything, and there are a number of Reploid-only settlements out there (Hope, Point Trouble, Terminator). Reploids are the most common members of the Irregulars, Nephilim, and Star Force, and are represented in every faction except the Robot Masters. They are only lightly represented in human-supremacist Ouroboros and Grave, which has anti-Reploid leadership.

Q: What can Reploids do?

A: Reploids, by and large, are the most versatile group out there. While Reploids do not have the ability to master psychic or supernatural powers, they benefit from being the focus of almost three decades of robot-focused war. Reploids can be designed or modified to do any number of things, from mundane physical labor to fine manipulation of various forms of energy and technical work beyond the skill of the surest human hands. Even civilian Reploids tend to be stronger than humans, and all Reploids can be modified pretty much whenever they like. If there's a task, there's probably a Reploid out there who can do it.

Q: What do Reploids look like?

A: In the modern era, Reploids can look like pretty much anything their heart desires. While there is a stigma over looking completely human (it's also expensive and somewhat inefficient), many Reploids choose to look much like their biological forbears. Still others prefer function over form, and others still - particularly Reploid-only cultures like Point Trouble - choose esoteric designs that may only make sense to them personally.

The average Reploid on the street is in one of two forms, about equally common.

The first is a humanoid Reploid. These Reploids generally have human body shapes and often have faces and sometimes hands and other parts built to look as human as possible. Hair is fairly common, as are secondary sexual characteristics built into the armor. They can often remove parts of their armor to a civilian configuration, though by and large they will not pass for human on any but the most casual inspection - oversized boots and gauntlets are still common even in civilians.

The second common Reploid type is the anthropomorphic animal form, or aniform, most commonly used in military designs. These were initially designed for a number of reasons, the most common being it was thought that making them too human-looking would unnerve people. There was also a cost issue (standardized designs could be produced more cheaply, and without expensive synthskin), and the more uncomfortable issue that early Reploids were essentially purpose-built slaves - dehumanizing them made this process easier to stomach.

Animal form Reploids were designed after dozens of different species, and the species selection often mirrored their role in some fashion - birds were aerial units, large animals were often heavily armored, stealthy animals were often stealth units, etc. Despite the end of the military-industrial production of Reploids, many animal-forms still exist and they are still made even today by Reploids seeking to create families.

Q: First they were made in factories, now they're not. Can you help me figure out how old I should be?

A: The first Reploid was produced by Dr. Doppler in 2203, and factory production began soon after. REPLY, the act that ended factory production of Reploids, came into effect in 2226. While in truth factory production was becoming less and less common for at least five years before REPLY, any Reploid built between 2203 and 2226 could have rolled off of an assembly line. For the first few years of production, almost all Reploids produced were for the military in some fashion, but after the initial defeat of Dr. Wily in 2205, industrial production soon equalled or outstripped military production.

Production continued unabated until the mid-2210s, when Reploid civil rights were guaranteed by the United Nations. From about 2216 to 2226, production became more of an indentured servitude, where newly-created Reploids worked for the purpose they were built but were allowed to pursue other goals in life at the cost of having to pay off their construction. This situation made factory production increasingly unfeasible, along with an artificially-created shortage in certain rare earth metals used in neural net production in the early 2220s.

Independent production of Reploids began shortly after the first Reploid was produced by Dr. Doppler, spurred on by the Irregulars and Sewa's boutique-style production. By the time REPLY was enacted this was the primary means of producing new Reploids, resulting in many Reploid 'families'. Ironically, REPLY has further reduced the production of Reploids by setting legal guidelines for their creation, though this has not stopped some from defying the law to create their own.

Q: What's the deal with Saraband?

A: Check the file! In short, Saraband allows Reploids to communicate over a private network, sharing thoughts, data, and even emotions and sensations directly. While not every Reploid uses Saraband, all of them are capable of using it. It is heavily adopted in many Reploid communities and is seen as part of life that is (almost) uniquely Reploid - while others can and do use it in limited numbers, the network was designed by Reploids and for Reploids. It allows for a shared experience, though it is not a hive mind of any kind.


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