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Mechanicat {Open species}
« on: April 25, 2017, 02:20:22 pm »
This species is the Mechanicat. They're basically fully-sentient robot domestic cats the size of tigers, all with a goal to fit into the ecosystem somewhere. They have all the peripheral sensors that an organic has, albeit robot versions of those peripheral sensors, so cameras for sight, hidden pressure plates or current-sensing wires for touch, and particle analysers for smell and taste. They're so self-aware that it's as if they're organic, yet they have no organic parts, so some may say they're secretly built using alien technology... And the theory is further proven by the fact that they can know how to use some pieces of alien technology.

Basic details:
The Mechanicats are living, breathing machines that can eat, can feel touch and pain, and can sleep. And Mechanicats with water reserves for their cooling system could be able to get rid of bad water by using the bathroom.
If any water gets onto their circuitry then it'll short out the wet circuits.
They produce heat themselves, but that's cooled down by either coolant or fans or both, fans are more effective than their coolant in hot climates.
They have two types of blood, one is the electricity that runs through their wires and if they lose all of that then they can't function, the other is coolant and if they lose all of that then they can overheat.
Whilst living, they'll always instantly sleep when their battery is at 1%, because their battery being at 0% prevents them from automatically recharging(They'd have to be manually recharged to recover from 0% battery).
Overheating is fatal to them, first the Mechanicat feels woozy, 5 minutes later their entire body starts to ache, another 5 minutes later they are paralysed, then another 5 minutes later they shut down, the entire overheating process takes just 15 minutes for Mechanicats, but if the heat continues for two minutes after the shutdown then they'll perish.
A lightning strike is very dangerous, it takes a lot of effort to save a Mechanicat from one, most Mechanicats don't make it past 2 minutes after a lightning strike.
They can be affected by radiation, effects of radiation vary from Mechanicat to Mechanicat, and some are built to withstand some amount of radiation, while a rare few are completely resistant to radiation.
Reprogramming them can be done by anybody who gains access to their computer and knows their OS(Operating System) coding language, Mechanicats can have different operating systems but default to PetrOS if the manufacturer doesn't install their own.
They are able to heal wounds automatically, unless the damage doesn't reach the inside, because their self-repair system is on the inside and works by using material to fill in gaps.
They are susceptible to electrical breakdown(Wikipedia link for explanation of what that is).

They are rather territorial, and are instinctively inclined to interrogate others who encroach on their boundaries, but the species is known to often change territories, they all can mark their territory by spraying something with a lemon-scented mist from right above their tail, the mist slightly differs from Mechanicat to Mechanicat, and the smell repels organic animals(Except humans). An unlucky few use the scent of bananas instead of lemon, only few Mechanicats recognise bananas as territory, so a banana-scented Mechanicat territory gets trespassed a lot by most other Mechanicats.

Most Mechanicats are social creatures. They form groups of unlimited, and it's hard to see one sitting alone, but some Mechanicats were seen to deviate from the social nature and choose to live on their own.



Appearance varies from Mechanicat to Mechanicat regardless of gender, and it is difficult to tell if one's male or female until you hear their voice, the manufacturer chooses their main voice and accent, they can speak other voices using recordings of other voices spliced into syllables. If they're silent, or not sounding like normal, then there is a way to find what gender a Mechanicat is, look for a paw scanner anywhere on them, it may be hidden beneath a panel. No paw scanner means it's a male and therefore has a genetic chip hidden in one paw.

They can have kittens.
It's not graphic, but I'll put it in a spoiler anyway
To have a kit, the female opens a square panel on her side to reveal a flat scanner(Looking like a paw-recognition scanner) which the male places his front paw on to allow the female to scan the Genetic Chip in his front paw, that's all that needs to be done before the female starts selecting parts of the male's color and pattern code. After the code is completed, the self-repair mechanism builds the organs and hull of the kit until it is fully developed(The female won't be able to heal herself as fast, if at all, in the process), it takes 7 IRL days to build the kit. After the kit is completed, the female expels the kit out of her mouth(Vomiting the kit onto the ground), which hurts the jaw mechanism in the process, and has a chance of damaging the jaw mechanism which is more painful to the Mechanicat.

The Mechanicat kitten doesn't have strong enough jaw actuators to chew their food well, so the female Mechanicat feeds her kit metal that she's digested. The kitten sheds its skin often throughout the growing process.

Almost any Mechanicat is capable of having litters, the Mechanicat kittens born in litters are smaller than regular kittens, but most of the smaller kittens still grow up to be normal size.

Males have a small chip in their front paw that is readable by the female, called the Genetic Chip. The Genetic Chip contains code for things such as the color of markings and what markings the kitten may have.
The Genetic Chip doesn't automatically program itself with what code to give; The manufacturers install code into their Mechanicat's genetic chip according to the appearance of their Mechanicat.




Basic details:

Description of their skeleton
They can have hinges at the base of each rib which allows the ribcage to move with the breathing and/or movement of the Mechanicat. The hinge mechanism makes the Mechanicat's ribs more fragile however.

The skull can be mostly open at the sides to slightly decrease weight.

They bear the shape of a domestic cat, and are the size of a tiger(At least one size slider at maximum), it is rare to see an adult Mechanicat that's smaller than that.

The metal on their body is somehow flexible, the flexibility hasn't yet been compared to that of rubber.

Their fur can be yarn-like or fiber-optic. Their fur will not regrow after it is lost.

They all have metal plate jaws, the shape and color of which varies.

They smell like metal and/or rubber with a hint of anything.

Their nose can be just nostrils, or a full nose.

They can make feline noises as well as speak english, the feline noises sound robotic while their voice may be robotic or clear. The accent differs from Mechanicat to Mechanicat.

Those that have jump jets can't fly too far above the ground, and can't fly when there's no ground below them.

Whenever they move, mechanical clicking and/or whirring sounds emit from their joints, some are noisier, some can move silently with a bit of effort, a rare few never make noises.

They are edible by xenomorphs, and other creatures capable of digesting metal and/or rubber.



Story:
long, so I put it in a spoiler
Kanwut March started the Mechanicat species, or at least coined the term. Kanwut is a man who is cocky and blunt and selfish but rather helpful(If your definition of 'help' includes inventing things that really aren't necessary but work), and impossible to anger, he was a great(Although sarcastic) adventurer from his early 20s all the way up to his late 50s. One day, Kanwut(58 years old) found a temple surrounded by tiny pyramids and stonehenge structures, it had never existed in all of history, yet he could see it so he and his wife(Also an adventurer) decided to venture into it, suddenly a bright light stunned him and he awoke on an ancient-looking stone operating table smelling blood, and surrounded by weird creatures, then he spotted his wife on another stone table with aliens covering her up as if she were dead, he was too dazed however and didn't think much of it. When the aliens threw him out, he heard(And felt) a metallic clang from his shoulder(Muffled by the fabric of his explorer jacket) as he hit the ground, and that's when he realised his torso had been replaced by metal, he paced around unsure of what to do, and wondered where his wife went, then his childhood friend, Holly, approached him and offered him a job as a scientist at Sparrow Industries, and he accepted. Later, when the new laboratory was being set up, Kanwut noticed his childhood friend wasn't acting like herself, and then a year later the aliens took her and never returned, leaving Kanwut to run the new laboratory on his own, and he had a big weight on his shoulders and chest when he came to the realisation that he may never see his wife again.

In his struggle to keep the laboratory running, he randomly said one day "I think we need a robotic servant.", the scientists laughed but considered the idea, and begin working on a prototype, before Kanwut cancelled the operation saying "It's hopeless. We had better keep realistic expectations, what's our robot going to do when it isn't being told what to do?".

A year later, the laboratory was surviving(Though not thriving) as it manufactured various different technology devices. Kanwut spent time writing a story and pondering that day in the weird temple, and he remembered those beings were aliens. He spent a day writing down the events of the last temple exploration, and piecing things together until he came to the realisation that his metal torso must be made of alien technology... So he ran some studies. This was an ingredient of the Mechanicat species.

Kanwut found alien technology, but the scientists thought that it wasn't a good idea to use such technology in laptops or phones. One day, he remembered Oleander, her liking of cats and robots, and her dream of there being a robot cat. At this moment, Kanwut knew the stage was set, the time was now, he planned to start work on a prototype of a robot cat, and better yet it would be sentient!

7 years later, now that Petrel Industries was rich, work began on prototypes(Gui's siblings). Kanwut was 67 years old.
The first prototype Mechanicat just wouldn't come to life, a year later they created again but the second one died, yet another year later the third one was made but then incinerated due to malfunction, but still Petrel Industries tried again. Two years later, the fourth and fifth were created but both malfunctioned and were marked for slaughter, the scientists tested the pain sensing of the fifth(To find out what hurts robots), before fourth and fifth both escaped via an escape route no scientist knew existed, and it made Kanwut wonder if Mechanicats were getting too smart, but he was confident that they'd have a tame Mechanicat someday. That same year, the sixth was created and was about to escape when a scientist pummelled the robot and threw it into the incinerator, since it was marked for slaughter too... Petrel Industries is quite brutal at times, but Petrel Industries prides itself in owning only friendly sentient machines to introduce sentient machines to the public, so some robot sacrifices have to be made. Still that year, the seventh one was also malfunctioning and was pummelled, but escaped anyway.

Finally, after all those years, they made a successful Mechanicat. It's 2017 and Kanwut was 70 at the time.

The first successful Mechanicat was Gui, Gui was made to replace animals that are used for fur, somehow that was the drive the scientists needed to actually get something working properly. Gui wouldn't grow fur on her own, however, so she was later re-purposed to protect organic beings and fight the robots that the scientists thought were coming, but the supposed incoming robots never came so they chose to finish the creation that they had rushed to create. The company named ShadowFault Industries took note, then ShadowFault started working on sentient spaceships.

Gui chose to protect the robots of the land and never had to fight before she escaped the lab as the building was destroyed in an accident involving a wrecking ball. All but one scientist was found under the rubble at the scene of the accident, while Gui was not anywhere in the rubble... Though part of her eye and the rubber from her tail was found on the ground and everyone thought the robot was dead.

The lab was later rebuilt and new scientists were hired, while Gui fled the city where the lab sat. The robot's eye repaired itself but the hologram never stopped malfunctioning.

Gui soon came across a cave with no signs of life in it. She discovered more and more caves and portals as she explored the new place, and met many different species.

More and more different tech manufacturers are making their own Mechanicats, each Mechanicat is made to the liking of their manufacturer, they can be built for any task and even rebuilt completely if the manufacturer so desires. If there are any problems, then any nearby being is advised to alert the manufacturer via radio, be it their own radio or the radio built into the Mechanicat.

Scientists estimate Mechanicats to have a lifespan of 4-60 years(Differs for each Mechanicat), in very rare cases they may last just one year, according to studies of the inner workings used in some. After reaching their maximum age, they start to wear down and quickly become more and more prone to malfunctions until they lose their ability to function at all, it usually takes just 5 days for the wearing down to escalate to maximum after it starts.
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Pictures:
Their appearance varies so much from Mechanicat to Mechanicat, that it is hard to depict them in a few pictures alone.


Creation:
Length, Height and Width sliders: At max size(Unless kitten), rarely an adult Mechanicat is below max size.
All other sliders: Anywhere.
Shape tab: Round tail(Required, since they're cats) || Any mane || Any ears || Any tuft.
Markings tab: Any eyes || Any markings.
Items: Scouter of any color(Required) | Any other items(Optional).
Colors: Everywhere any colors, they're colorful, but there are a few rules... To avoid hurting anybody's eyes with an overload of neon, the pelt and belly can't be neon, but the markings can be neon if they cover less than 50% of the body. Also, the eyes and tail and nose can be as neon as possible if you want. However, never maximum "255 255 255" white anywhere, and never "0 0 0" black anywhere, as they aren't made of the sun or a shadow.

More details:


FUR:
~~~They don't shed their fur, so there's no need to worry about Mechanicat fur getting everywhere(Though worry about shed Mechanicat fur isn't unheard of).

~~~Their fur can grow back when it's lost.

~~~Their fur can be yarn, string, paracord, fiber optics, crochet hooks, go wild!


SYSTEM-WIDE:
~~~Some Mechanicats automatically shut down to prevent damage when they receive an electric shock, while others have their internals protected against electricity. With shield or without shield, electricity hurts Mechanicats due to the way their touch sensors work.

~~~They are able to be affected by an EMP(Electro-Magnetic Pulse).

~~~They can regain battery power by taking a nap.
~~They can control when they nap, but only until their battery drains to the point where they can barely move, sleeping is inevitable if the battery is at 1%.
~~They can't recharge if their battery is at 0%, causes of empty battery include sparking(Their form of bleeding) out.

~~~They all emit a constant electrical hum from their power supply unit(Battery), the pitch of that hum varies from Mechanicat to Mechanicat unless two share the same make of battery.

~~~Instead of being their only functions, the programming is the list of actions that the Mechanicats can't do and will avoid doing.


HARDWARE:
~~~Their CPU and GPU are guarded in the same waterproof box as the Main Processor.

~~~Their GPU is relied on by both their vision and the graphics of the computer screen that all Mechanicats have on their side.

~~~Their harddrive has a storage capacity of whatever you want it to be.

~~~The wires are the veins, arteries, and nerves at the same time.

~~~Their components can be either dust-proof(Resistant to dust build up), water-proof(Resistant to water), shock-proof(Resistant to hard impacts) or, and I'm going to make up a word here, current-proof(Resistant to electric shocks).


SOUNDS:
~~~Their purr sounds like the buzz that a speaker sometimes makes.
~~Purring is activated by relaxation, when they feel relaxed then they automatically purr.
~Whenever they sleep, they purr softly. That(And their constant electrical hum, although the hum is quieter when they sleep) can give away their location as they sleep.

~~~They have trouble talking when their head is touching the head of another Mechanicat, as it often produces a sound like speaker feedback which can make it hard to hear their voice.


EATING:
~~~Their self-repair device takes metal from their stomach and fills in wounds by linking molecules together in a circular pattern, starting with the outermost layer.

~~~They eat metal and rubber to refill their self-repair system. Unrefined metal(Rocks) works too, but refined metal is better for them.
~~They can consume organic food, but it is rare that they do.
~If they do consume organic food, their stomach turns it into a slop and extracts the nutrients which is then vomited back up, if they lack a separate compartment for organic food then their lunch will be gone as well.

~~~Their teeth are made of metal coated in a hard sandpaper-like material so they don't swallow sharp stones/metal. If they don't chew their food enough then they may end up swallowing sharp fragments of metal accidentally(Which can be fatal if not repaired).


REGENERATION:
~~~Their self-repair system is capable of regenerating a whole missing part of their body in five ingame days.
~~They can connect new parts to themselves in around three ingame days.

~~~They can't regenerate if their main processor is damaged(Or if the wire connecting to the self-repair system is broken/disconnected).

~~~If they don't eat, then they become unable to heal themselves until the next time they eat.


VOCALISATION:
~~~They all can make any cat sound, any big cat roar, and those sounds each mean something different. Some Mechanicats interpret the sounds differently, but these are the most common meanings to the sounds Mechanicats can make.
!Lion roar alerts other Mechanicats to potential danger.
!Jaguar roar is for warning others that this spot's their territory.
!Tiger roar signifies that they're being protective of an object, the closer the thief is the quieter they roar.
!Cheetah chirp, sounding like a bird tweet, is a call to the kittens to stay close.
!Domestic cat language is domestic cat language, you can Google what domestic cat sounds mean. Videos may say different things about domestic cat language meaning, but that's how varying the Mechanicat's domestic cat language knowledge is.

~~~Cat noises are their first language and they will ditch English speech when suddenly conveying surprise. English is usually either their second or third or fourth language.



How their sensors seem to normally function:
~~~To sense when they're touched, there's wires that run through their entire body and pelt, and through those wires flows the steady current of electricity supplying their mechanical parts. If there's any fluctuation in the electric current then the main processor will translate the fluctuations into signals to let the Mechanicat know when it's being touched/damaged. The more the electric current fluctuates, the harder the detected touch is. A large fluctuation is detected as pain, and a small fluctuation is detected as a poke or a pat. If the current stops completely in one or more wires, that also causes pain signals. Pressure plates have been found in some Mechanicats.

~~~Their eyes are cameras of varying specifications, and are susceptible to normal camera problems.

~~~Their ears are microphones of varying specifications, and are susceptible to normal micropphone problems(Though they are capable of blocking out the sound of wind).

~~~There are electrical thermometers dotting the inside of their legs and body, those thermometers detect the temperature of their surroundings. If the thermometers detect a temperature too high or low, the Mechanicat will feel a pain in the location of the freezing/burning thermometer, just like a human would.

~~~Their whiskers are exposed wires to feel their way around their environment, some Mechanicats can retract their whiskers at will to keep the exposed wires safe.

But why do they sense pain? Pain alerts creatures to what's damaging them, as well as damage they have sustained, so they don't bleed to death from a damage on their back they can't look at.


Naming:

Naming ideas:
In addition to regular names, or alien names...
Names of appliances can be used and combined.
Names can also be acronyms.
It's possible for a Mechanicat to be named with a prefix and suffix like Warrior Cats.
You can try combining these to make a name:
Aero.
Art.
Atlas.
Bolt.
Bot.
Button.
Brace.
Belt.
Bool.
Circuit.
Core.
Copper.
Drone.
Dot.
Dwindle.
Decibel.
Dynamo.
Electric.
Echo.
Eraser.
Gadget.
Glow.
Gyro.
Gear.
Gizmo.
Gray.
Gold.
Iron.
Jolt.
Jet.
Metal.
Micro.
Motor.
Neo.
Nano.
Optic.
Orb.
Orbit.
Octave.
Pixel.
Proto.
Robo.
Rubber.
Rust.
Scrap.
Snap.
Silver.
Spark.
System.
Spindle.
Spike.
Sharp.
Theme.
Tron.
Tech.
Techno.
Visual.
Wire.
Yotta.
Zeta.
Zap.
Zip.

You don't need my permission to make a Mechanicat.

Still curious? Or feedback? Or anything you think should be changed  about the species? Ask me!
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Re: Mechanicat
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2017, 09:00:17 pm »
This is a very cool idea! I really like it!

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Re: Mechanicat
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2017, 10:08:05 pm »
Very interesting sounding species you have here. Very intriguing indeed...

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Re: Mechanicat(Updated)
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2017, 11:51:54 pm »
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Re: Mechanicat(Updated again)
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2017, 11:55:13 am »
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Re: Mechanicat(Updated again)
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2017, 12:51:23 pm »
A very unique species! :D So much interesting details.

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Re: Mechanicat(Updated again)
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2017, 12:55:47 am »
I agree with the above posts, a very intriguing species indeed. I kind of want to draw one now heh
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Re: Mechanicat(Open)
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2017, 04:08:48 pm »
Oo, looks interesting. I might end up making a Mechanicat oc myself :D

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Re: Mechanicat(Open)
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2017, 10:04:13 pm »
A most fascinating creature indeed! I love all the details you worked into it.

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Re: Mechanicat(Open)
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2017, 11:10:39 pm »
This is a very cool idea! I really like it!
It all started when I returned to the game, I created a robot wolf and ventured around custom maps with it, no-one knew of my presence until I found the grounds, I dashed around the path in The Grounds and I could be seen most of the time just bolting across the path. Then I discovered preset-making and created a simple robot preset, and in just months the preset underwent many updates and more codes being added to it.

Very interesting sounding species you have here. Very intriguing indeed...
In my absence, I worked on creating presets but never have they been seen until my return.
The mechanical cat preset was the first preset of mine that was seen ingame, while the first one I ever made was a brown-furred wolf with patterns and gore(Between then and now, I had replaced my harddrive due to the old one becoming unable to run an operating system, months later I accesd the old harddrive and discovered the old presets I've made and put them on my new harddrive).


A very unique species! :D So much interesting details.
The number of mechanical canines was greater than the amount of mechanical felines(I have a mechanical canine char as well), and as a former canine-or-dragon-only person, I see how the mechanical canines are more common.

I agree with the above posts, a very intriguing species indeed. I kind of want to draw one now heh
Many times have I drawn a Mechanicat, only once have I got it to look like what I wanted to draw. Good luck!

Oo, looks interesting. I might end up making a Mechanicat oc myself :D
Go ahead! The species is always open as mechanical animals are very rare.

A most fascinating creature indeed! I love all the details you worked into it.
I'm constantly thinking of more details, never have I modified my posts as often as I've added more details to the two topics I've made about Mechanicats.
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