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This article is about the Marathon Story.


The term Battleroid first appeared in Marathon, and the passage in which it was first seen appears to hold the key to the origins of the player.

The following excerpt is from a Marathon terminal, originally posted by the AI Tycho, on the level Beware of Low-Flying Defense Drones...

<Excerpts from "The History of Battleroids">
In 2194, a war was fought between the Independent Asteroid Government of Icarus and its neighbor, the Republic of Thermopylae on the asteroid of Onicis 492. These two small governments soon became the testing grounds for new weapons. Dead soldiers were recycled in makeshift battleroid factories. Easy to manufacture chips enhanced the fragile human brain, and genetically enhanced muscles and titanium bones replaced the fragile human form. The modern battleroid was born. Of course, the war was short. Battleroids got onto both asteroids and killed almost everyone.
The rampage of the Battleroid was short lived.
Twenty years later, the United Interplanetary League set up rules for the appropriate use and storage of Battleroids. Of course, any nation that used them for the allowed purpose, also had them lying about in stasis chambers in case of war.[1]

In the same terminal (prior to the above passage), Tycho recalls an equally intriguing passage. The following is from the logs of Bernard Strauss, the Marathon's first science director:

November 15, 2209. <2209.11.15.19.34>
Thank heaven, the ceremony is over. The UESC president came aboard Marathon and gave a speech. Short, but to the point. He was surrounded by his 'bodyguards'. How ironic. "This, the grandest technological achievement of all of mankind..."
Had he only known that it carried also all of the destructive knowledge of mankind. Ten cyborgs.
I'll be glad to be put in stasis for the next three hundred years. Marathon was the only good idea that the UESC has had in a long time.

Sources Edit

  1. UESC Marathon Public Access 1066-g<123.412.452.255>, Marathon, Beware of Low-Flying Defense Drones...

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