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We had lunch at an upscale restaurant (It kinda resembled a sushi bar though.) in the Capital. Mei made an appointment with Eagle Dynamics during the meal, and after we had our fill, we headed straight to the place.
The Capital branch of Eagle Dynamics was located within the military section of the Imperial Palace, and the branch building presented quite an imposing exterior.
“A fully functional production line seems to be located underneath the building.”
“Hoo, so they manufacture their stuff here as well huh.”
We got down in front of Eagle Dynamics’s building and I gave it a once-over. Un, it’s huge. Security-type combat bots stood guard imposingly in front of the building, and the wide square directly below it was filled with various models of combat bots on display.
“Waa, there sure are a lot of them! And they all look so strong!”
“There sure are. You rarely see most of these in the market. How interesting.”
Mimi’s eyes widened in wonder as she looked at the various combat bots on display. I scanned the displayed combat bots myself.
“We don’t need large models, right?”
“That’s right. We’re basically gonna use them to defend the inside of Black Lotus from possible boarding actions from pirates after all.”
“And we can also do the opposite and send them in for boarding actions ourselves, right?”
Since that’s the case, we can safely exclude the combat bots with sizes comparable to light armored vehicles and trucks from our list. The ones the size of light armor vehicles could probably squeeze themselves within Black Lotus’s main passages, but we’ll have problems when it comes to mass deployment, so they’re still no good. We could probably deploy a number of them with comparably less hassle in wide spaces such as the hangar bays and the cargo hold though.
“So we can only choose from small and medium types……”
“Chris-chan, don’t you think these look good?”
“They certainly look quite cute.”
Mimi and Chris crouched down to check out a small-type combat bot model of a standard size. It’s about the same size as a small dog and was equipped with a laser gun that had low durability but sufficient firepower. Depending on the specifications, it could also come equipped with a self-destruct function that would be particularly deadly if it charged in the middle of its enemies. It was a particularly troublesome combat bot type to deal with.
“Un, I guess it’s a question of whether we’ll go for a highly specialized configuration or versatility instead huh.”
“They would offer increasingly better performance in a particular aspect the more specialized they are, but it’s hard to pass up versatility as well. Ah, big sis. This one’s pretty interesting.”
“Hmm, it’s a module replacement type huh.”
Tina and Whisker seemed to be checking out the medium-sized combat bots. The types specialized for field installation are mostly of this size as expected. The medium-type combat bots ranged from being similar in size to large dogs to large two-wheeled vehicles. The humanoid ones stood as tall as 2.5 meters.
“Would it be better for us to get the humanoid models?”
“I wonder. I personally don’t think we need to be fixated on them being humanoid though.”
“Fuumu, that’s true as well…..”
The increase in height would serve next to no purpose after all. They would certainly look more valiant and heroic if they were humanoid, but I think a quadrupedal form with weapons mounted on the back would offer more advantages.
“But if we’re using them primarily for melee combat in enclosed spaces, they won’t have much room to maneuver anyway, so I think it would be better to pay more attention to energy shield strength, durability, and firepower instead of agonizing about what’s better between bipedal or quadrupedal models.”
“You have a point.”
Elma nodded in agreement and moved to the exhibition space for medium-type combat bots as well. The models there weren’t very mobile, but they seem to have very sturdy armor plating and equally durable energy shields. Their firepower was also quite substantial, with at least two laser rifle-type weapons and a grenade launcher.
“Should we choose from these ones then?”
“I think it also won’t be that ideal if they are too bulky. There’s no point if they end up being too slow in deploying after all.”
“That’s right as well.”
As the two of us continued to exchange our opinions, some people wearing suits who seemed to be employees of Eagle Dynamics walked up to Elma and me. It seems Mimi and Chris were tagging along with them as well.
“You are Captain Hiro, the one who made an appointment today, correct? My name is Pijou from Eagle Dynamics.”
“Nice to meet you. I’m Captain Hiro. This is Elma, one of my crew members.”
“Yes. I’ve already heard from Mimi-sama and Christina-sama. It’s a pleasure to make your acquaintance.”
The man calling himself Pijou was a middle-aged guy with a strangely well-built physique for a supposedly ordinary salaryman. It won’t even seem out of place at all if he introduced himself as a mercenary or a soldier instead.
“If you don’t mind, let’s continue discussions inside the company building. We will also offer you some recommendations from our latest models according to your needs.”
“Let’s go ahead and do that then. Tina! Whisker! We’re going inside the building!”
I called the mechanic sisters over and headed inside the Eagle Dynamics building with Pijou leading the way. Mei was following after us, but she’s been silent the entire time since we arrived at Eagle Dynamics.
“I’d be glad if you can offer some suggestions later as well, Mei.”
She sounded a bit hesitant when she replied, but Mei’s expression was as unfazed as usual. I inwardly got curious about her behavior as I continued to follow after Pijou and stepped inside the office building.
We were given a very warm welcome the moment we stepped foot inside the Eagle Dynamics office building. Was it due to the letter of introduction of Cmdr. Serena, or having an Earl’s heiress and granddaughter, Chris, and a Viscount’s daughter, Elma, among our group? Maybe it was due to me being both a Platinum ranker and Gold Star recipient. I’m not sure which of these factors was the reason for their VIP treatment, but it certainly didn’t feel bad at all.
“We’re really getting treated as super VIPs, aren’t we?”
“Is it really okay for people like us to be here……?”
“You’ll get used to it eventually, you two.”
Mimi comforted the jittery Tina and Whisker with a smile akin to a gentle bodhisattva. Uh, was she really comforting them though……? It might be more accurate to describe it as her trying to persuade herself to accept reality.
“Are you planning on purchasing a set of our military combat robots today, sir?”
“Yeah, that’s the idea. I plan on purchasing a full set, including the maintenance system and other optional stuff.”
“I see…… We have built a sterling reputation as an official combat robot supplier for the Imperial Space Navy. I’m sure you’ll be very satisfied with our products.”
Pijou smiled from ear to ear as he nodded several times while rubbing his hands together in a display of eagerness. I’m a bit uneasy about him acting a little bit too eager to please, but I’m sure he’ll think twice about pulling some underhanded stuff since I handed them a letter of introduction from House Holz. If he got found out, he’ll be spitting in the face of House Holz after all.
“It seems you’ve already checked the various display models we’ve lined up outside, but what kind of combat robot are you looking for, specifically?”
“I’m mainly going to employ them as a countermeasure for pirates pulling off boarding actions, but we’re also looking at the possibility of using them for boarding actions ourselves as well. There’s next to no chance of it happening, but I also hope we can deploy them if we ever encounter an emergency and end up crash-landing on a planet.”
“I see. So, in other words, you’d like a versatile medium-type combat bot model.”
“That’s right. That’s what we have in mind.”
Pijou nodded briskly. As expected of an expert employed by the company. He sure doesn’t miss a beat.
“You’d have the most options to choose from within the medium-type heavy combat bot models. If we take the maintenance and parts swapping system into account, the Alkeny model would be the most optimum choice.”
After saying so, Pijou fiddled with his tablet terminal and put up the information of the Alkeny model on the holo-display. The model called Alkeny was a heavy quadruped combat bot. Aside from its sizeable legs, it also had an equally sizeable body and had four arm-type hardpoints that could be installed with a wide variety of weapons and equipment. It seems that by replacing the backpack, you could change into various configurations such as an assault type, defense type, communications and reconnaissance type, and covert ops type.
“I see…… It looks cool.”
“Yep. That sure looks neat.”
“But it isn’t cute at all.”
Uh, Mimi, I think there’s something off with wanting a heavy combat robot to look cute.
“Hahaha, we all treat them as our cute and precious children here though. The military version of the Alkeny is equipped with a compact power generator, so it can run for a long time without having to recharge. It sports a considerable power output for its size, so there’s a lot of room for customization and optimization.”
Pijou then displayed various weapon and equipment configurations of the Alkeny model on the screen. The standard one seems to be equipped with laser rifle-class laser turrets on both main arms and portable shield emitters on the sub-arms. The backpack comes equipped with a micro-missile pod and a grenade launcher.
“This is the standard configuration. The energy shields on the sub-arms serve to block the enemy’s attacks as the unit concentrates on wiping them out with highly accurate shooting. The arm lasers can be replaced with split lasers or ballistic weaponry as well. Moreover, the backpack doesn’t only come in an attack configuration with the micro-missile pod and grenade launcher, but other configurations as well, such as a commander pack equipped with communication devices and anti-electronic warfare modules, a medic pack equipped with medical nanomachines, a repair pack that allows for emergency field repairs, an assault pack that enables advanced 3D maneuvers, and a stealth pack equipped with electronic interference devices such as optical camouflage.”
“I see. The more configurations you can choose, the more strategies you can implement huh.”
“Exactly. In addition, when not in combat, you can make use of their main and sub-arms to carry out simple work such as carrying cargo or emplacement fortification. And because the model sports plenty of payload for its size, you can also use them to transport supplies while marching during an operation.”
“How much is the price per unit?”
“The standard price is 70,000 Enels per unit. Of course, since you’ve handed over a letter of introduction from House Holz, if you purchase multiple units and the complete maintenance and equipment swapping system, we’ll give you a very generous discount.”
“For the time being, quote me a price for ten units along with the complete maintenance and equipment swapping system, plus a full set of optional equipment and parts.”
“Yes, with pleasure!”
Pijou started calculating with a big smile on his face. I’ll have him show me more models later and then decide on which type to buy afterward. Well, usually, it’s better to buy the ones that are recommended by pros when it comes to stuff like these. But you still have to pay attention since you may get duped and offered some unsold defective stock at times.
Thank you very much for the chapter
Mei… she not jealous… right???
I think so?……
Mei can have that feeling right?
not really jealous, more like afraid of being replaced by military robots.
but I think these robots will be more action oriented and won’t be as intelligent as Mei. so in the end there will be no problem.
Personally, I would think there’s going to be a scene where she asks why Hiro didn’t get more maidroids and he responds by saying “these military droids are disposable, you’re not. You’re my family now” which starts the AI shadow-council storyline XD
For the record, I have no idea if there is an AI shadow-council, I posted this when this chapter was the most recent. As a hobby sci-fi writer, I feel it’s been setup to go down that route eventually, but I have no idea how it’s going to work so….
Their mission is unrelated to Mei’s.
Mei travels with them as a bodyguard. She is also a full crew member.
The new ones will be confined in the ship normally as they will be the onboard intruder elimination force. They should only leave for boarding action and wilderness exploration. Unless they are independent AI, they will be equipment not crew.
Feels like that. Mei is the best combat asset of the team at this point, and getting some bots to replace that role, feels sad man.
Of course, she’s also maid and has some bed action rights (yeah, that kind of bed action), so it’s not like she’s suddenly useless, but stil she might feel like losing something.
Then again, she might have been busy analyzing various stuff 😀
Remember, Mei is the sole operator / pilot for Black Lotus. She would not be available to participate in any boarding action against pirates.
If some pirate was successful in boarding the Black Lotus, eww. Hope the combat bot’s come with a mop & bucket attachment. Gonna be messy.
i still can’t get over the name of the company. What’s the name in Japanese, I wonder?
The same. It’s written as Iguru Dainamikusu (Eagle Dynamics) in Katakana.
Thank you for the chapter
Uh oh, Mei is jelly
“ There’s next to no chance of it happening, but I also hope we can deploy them if we ever encounter an emergency and end up crash-landing on a planet.”
Another flag successfully raised.
Yeah, they did a lot of space combat, intrasystem fast travel, system to system warping, a little exploring, more combat, and space station action, various kinds, but no interesting planetary adventure (the resort planet wasn’t, well, fully natural, and this capital is a city planet, so yeah).
I hope they will somehow get to a weird planet, with a human-ish civilization, but not space faring stage, and try to go incognito there. I can dream, can’t I?
Hey he lamented that he bought those cloaks and will never use them. This was already the flag.
hiro: “the flag-disaster-lover”… 😀
I love the whole “stranded on a planet/paradise island” along with girls XD
Rather weird to mention here, but it just hit me. The morning, the very interesting morning a couple chaps ago, when Hiro captures Chris in his bed while not really awake, is very similar to a scene from Desumachi, when Aze tries something similar, and also ends up like that.
And now, Hiro and Co are getting some puppies, robopuppies, with plenty weapons… Maybe them puppies can get artificial skin, and look something similar to dogs? Imagine pirates getting boarded by fluffy puppies, that actually shoot them with laser rifles, and more nast… interesting weapons. Getting killed by a super weapon, eh, getting owned by a fluffy puppy, mega galaxy sized burn.
Thanks for the chapter! Awesome translation! May God bless you!
It is possible. Think about those defense systems on the resort planet. So those bots can be equipped with fur.
Yep, that was an epic moment. First those ‘animals’ might have looked sus, but when the enemy came, they became very interesting.
French poodle outer skin with the classic pom pom cut
Very classy boarding party🐶
I guess he will put to use these combat bot at later chapters.
Thanks for the treat.
Thanks for the chapters! Awesome work (as usual)!
We can see it now – our Flag Raising Hiro captures and boards a pirate vessel only to find out it is a slave ship (full of hot /sexy / cute females of course) and discovers a planetary princess or two.
Maybe the author will add some cat girls to Hiro’s Harem. Nyah!
I wonder if a combat specialized bot could outperform mei? I would personally see if i could get a incredibly powerful humanoid bot just because.
Combat bots are superior within their niche specialty. Cheaper per unit. Can operate longer without maintenance. Factory repair not necessary for all damage short of destruction.
Maidroids are accepted in civilian settings without alarming anyone. Combat capability similar to combat nots of similar size. Require frequent maintenance. Performance degrades quickly if regular maintenance is not performed. Cost per unit is 5x comparable combat bot. Cosmetic and major repairs require factory facilities.
Both are required by a mercenary squad that doesn’t specialize in one kind of combat/protection mission.
Both can handle internal defense of the ship.
i doubt you’d get duped but you might overbuy from their salestalk
Eagle Dynamics – pretty much like our current timeline Boston Dynamics that sells dog-like multi configuration bots.
I can imagine Black Lotus infiltrated soon…
It’s a case of better to be prepared and never use than to need internal defense and have none.
That said have to agree. Buying the defense 🇨🇿guarantees a hostile boarding action in the near future🐶
?Thanks for the Chapter!!! Lookin forward to the next Update!?
I was hoping Hiro and Co would just consult Mei as she would definitely know what would best suite the groups needs…I was also thinking Eagle Dynamics would have a Mei-like substitute after learning about Hiro’s desire to buy combat droids…OR something like the cute spider tank bots from ghost in the Shell anime series that all had their own distinct quirky personalities…
side note, *spoilers* for those who haven’t watched the anime
I cried during part where the spider tank bots AIs willingly sacrificed themselves by shooting their “cloud” storage satellite that houses their ghost (AI soul) to help save Makoto and Co. Them singing as the satellite was burning falling through the atmosphere brought tears to my eyes
I can only think that the company’s name is absolutely a reference to ED as they have a combat-oriented ship named Eagle manufactured by a company named Core Dynamics
I don’t get why all the authors like the salesman with rubbing plams. I really find this trope damn annoying