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Do not disturb by ILJackson Do not disturb by ILJackson
The Inquisition is mystified by the strength of the link between their psychotic psychoborgs and their psychic handlers. They originally thought that forcing empaths who had broken the law to mentally link with psychopaths to keep them under control and useful as cybernetic shock troops would solve several problems at once: what to do about the most dangerous criminals, how to supply more heavy armed and armored shock troopers and how to keep wayward psychics on a short chain.
It may have backfired in ways they cannot yet imagine.
The psychics control their murderous cybernetic partners by creating a psychic private world where they are victim to all of the cyborg's depravity, thus calming him and keeping the public safe. Every night, they must endure this in a mental world that feels more real than the real world.
Somehow, amazingly, this develops an incredibly strong bond....so strong that one of the reasons these duos are so deadly in combat is because they want to get back to their own private psychic world as quickly as possible. Thus, in the field, they can be bitter, callous and tempermental the longer they have to stay in the "real world." As soon as possible, the couple retreat to their chambers and into their private psychic realm of, one would presume, horrors. What is really confusing to the Inquisition is that the psychics who are victimized in these worlds night after night by their combat partners are the ones who seem most eager to return.
Theories on this abound, but the predominant one is that because they are psychically bound, the psychic begins getting pleasure feedback from the experiences of the cyborg. So if a psychic handler (usually called a Soother) is forced to bond with a rapist, even though they are the victim in the psychic world day after day, they also get the exact same rush of both physical and mental stimulation as the monster they are bound to. But the cyborg has been used to these urges for years, the psychic has not...and becomes addicted.
The one reason this theory hasn't become accepted as fact is simple: imagine having someone torture you to death, night after night, and there is no escape. Now imagine you become addicted to the experience. You even go into battle at the side of your tormentor. Think about what that would do to your state of mind.
The truth is that the Inquisition doesn't want to admit that while it appears that they've tamed psychopaths, murderers and rapists and turned them into bloodthirsty soldiers defending humanity, they also may have given them a cadre of well-trained psychics who are being bent into something even worse.
As long as the psychoborgs and their psychic soothers fight alien enemies, the Inquisition sees no problem. But they have begun to dread the thought of peace....and tens of thousands of these pairs being idle with nowhere to unleash their murderous tendencies.
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mrc0006 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Excerpt from the Journal of Zan Holindai, Nix Lord Magus:
"One the subject of the Colony of the Line and their Shocktroops, the Psychoborgs and their wranglers, the Soothers, I can only express... distrust and caution. Slade, a Psychoborg and his Soother, Jasmin, were not a pair of individuals I would ever trust to protect myself, much less the entirity of the Protectorate! The pair gave off the sense of being predators on multiple levels, as well as the foreboding that Jasmine, a Soother, possessed some level of psychic ability... and Slade...

Well... who would dare trust the mind of a psychopath that had been placed into the artifical powerhouse body he had been put in? Not I. I know he said that he had been 're-educated' by the Inquisition... but... I am all too familiar with what 're-education' might mean for some people...

And to think... These are the kind of people The Colonies of the Line sent out into 'civilized' places as their representation. The Terran Protectorate should take solace in the fact that -these- are the kind of beings, and worse, are the ones that protect them from the Sea of Dead Stars.."
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ILJackson Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I like these. Keep them coming as the game goes on.
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mrc0006 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
:) always nice to have a little flavor text from a players perspective.
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Jim-Zombie Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful looking characters, if somewhat of the run away quickly and quietly variety.
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mrc0006 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
I gotta ask though... The concept text suggest these psychoborgs are cybernetically enhanced... This guy looks more like a Full Conversion Borg...
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ILJackson Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
they are all full conversions, but they vary greatly in body type. Some are recon and smaller built while others are heavy combat units like this guy.
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mrc0006 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Great! The mind of a crazed lunatic in a military hardware cybernetic body!!

Didn't Robocop have to beat one of these guys...?
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MasterMikel Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Nice update of this concept. I like this execution better than the one you had before. Evocative imagery and well written as usual. I like the glow effects too - nicely done overall.
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ILJackson Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I liked the original, but I like these recent two much more. It can be hard to transmit emotion with characters whose faces are purposefully hidden, but I think I got some of that emotion through in this one.
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MasterMikel Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
I'll be honest I like this one over the other one you did recently (it has more of a heavy assault full conversion borg feel than the other), but I definitely liked both. Heck I loved the original, but this more fits my own vision based on what you wrote. But that's the fun of RPGs and art in general. :)
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