I do believe I promised these to everyone on the Kaza chat, based on a sci-fi project I was talking about that has quickly become called Yumemi And Friends because the name just stuck when I did it.
Since my tablet doesn’t work, I reverted to something I haven’t done in a long time, which is pens and colored pencils. That would be why everyone looks scratchy and like they’ve been made by slamming a spongy ink stamp on paper several million times and why all the colors are off.
I also ran out of paper right when I should have done the Junker. Whoops.
Luckily, even though I and my friend have crashed Planetarian into Seikai no Monshou in order to get a continuation that’s not Hoshi no Hito and is slice-of-life-y as all get out, the Junker looks a bit cleaner and gets to not just wear his green fatigues. So, not much changed.
That meant I was creating a bunch of other robots for Yumemi to meet and spend time with in the city of Nueva Avila, on a world called Septimanca…
First is Yumemi herself, or rather, a sort of Yumemi 2.0 given a higher-performance frame with more features rebuilt using custom technology as her AI architecture is really proprietary and required a lot of techniques which operating on Yumemi required. This is all to handle her new job with Astrographic Services, host of an observatory and regularly sent on missions to deploy space telescopes. She enjoys the extra height.
I might also have made her a bit too buxom so…oops. Well, she has to get used to that. She’s wiser than she looks.
The first new robot, Gina, works in cybernetics and worked on Yumemi’s new frame after her reconstruction and is a leading doctor on Nueva Avila in her field. She has a hard line to all of Nueva Avila’s emergency services and is used to making tough decisions when every second counts. All of her systems are antibacterial, antiviral and hypo-allergenic, and with the systems she has installed, technically she’s one of her hospital’s surgical robots. She’s basically the first robot Yumemi meets at Nueva Avila, and due to the unique nature of Yumemi herself, Gina remembers her well.
The first robot Yumemi meets in the city proper is this ostentatious character, Rose. Extravagant, overstated and with exotic tastes, she is the representative of a well-off landscaping company that snagged a deal to decorate an entire amusement park. She guides people around as the “Bride of the Garden,” a persona she came up with herself. She has an encyclopedic knowledge and a very deep love of two things: flowers from all around the stars that show up in the park, and cars, her passion outside her work. She wants to drive around Nueva Avila in a sports car, and in order to get one, she contacted…
Mari, representative of a shipping company that specializes in imports and exports in and out of Nueva Avila, especially the exotic things. Easily one of the brains of the group, she immediately takes an interest in Yumemi as a piece of engineering and a new face that can get her new business, and eventually comes to call her friend. She was also the one who tried to talk Rose out of buying the car that ended up fitting her desires for something exotic and fast…
The Ketennou Vampire GTO. How did Rose purchase something this extreme? Well, it’s an aging supercar from a company nobody’s ever really heard of, was bought when it was in awful condition, and developed as a homologation special, which means it’s a race car that was given the bare minimum to be considered street legal, then sold up to a certain quantity so it can legally compete in certain racing categories. Armed with a “Twin Drive” that has a pulse detonation turbine running each axle, one up front and one in the back, airbrake panels that open and close to keep the car under control and squishy Magnotta Traction tires that have about the bare minimum tread to not be completely undrivable in the rain, it’s about as loud and visible from space as its owner Rose is. Something of a character in its own right, it’s a cross-wired Millennium Falcon-style maintenance mess that the Junker is always restoring and repairing at Yumemi’s request.
It also is technically a robot, having the rudimentary CPU necessary to drive itself and access GPS and municipal records in order to safely navigate the streets. In this operation mode, it’s basically the gang’s big, dopey dog.