Player Information ;
Your Nickname: Anarin
OOC Journal: starlit_dragon
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Email/IM: anarin[at]gmail[dot]com ; Zeteram (on AIM)
Characters Played at Singularity: None
Character Information ;
Name: Intelligence Program Delta
Canon/AU/Original: AU (Red vs. Blue from these logs)
Reference: Here is his wiki page; here is one on AI in the Haloverse
Canon Point: Post-Out of Mind; post-second log linked above
Setting: It is the middle of the 26th century. Humankind, once spread out over many successful worlds by faster-than-light Slipspace travel, has come under an attack by an alien Covenant of races whose religion declares their very existence anathema. The Covenant is better organized, better equipped, and far larger in population than the humans, and we have been losing the war world by world for nearly three decades. The United Nations Space Command, or UNSC, has been trying desperate strategy after desperate strategy to get some kind of advantage, but few have ever shown any successful results. As the aliens spread their reach to the Inner Colonies and even, potentially, to Earth itself, things become even more strained. Dr. Leonard Church is given free reign over his own military experiments and Project Freelancer is born. Its mission statement is "To ensure the security of humanity in a harsh and violent galaxy" and is focused around the idea of pairing soldiers in advanced power armor directly with aggressive artificial intelligence programs via neural interface. Of the 49 Freelancer agents, each were given a codename corresponding to a state and competed against each other in training missions to test their suitability for AI implantation. One successful team was Agent New York and Delta, specializing in infiltration. York and Delta ran many missions together before York's eye was injured in an incident with Agent Omega-Texas. After that, they left the Program and lived on their own for some time before a distress call from Tex led them into another battle where York nearly died. Then, to repair a damaged code segment of Delta's, they snuck into Command and repaired him, acquiring the AI Epsilon in the process. They had been attempting to repair Epsilon when they found themselves in Sacrosanct.
Technology is highly advanced, but still recognizable as "human" in origin (for example, the Warthog is still known to many as a Jeep). Moreover, 21st-century Earth has had a lasting impact on those in the Program, as they often make reference to pop culture and celebrities of that era. As an AI, Delta is familiar with these references but attaches no emotional significance to them. This is because, as an intelligence program, his role in society is to assist humans, specifically the UNSC and more specifically his assigned partner, York, in whatever they should need assistance with. Whether it's managing a city like the Superintendent AI of New Mombasa or piloting a starship and hacking into alien databases like Cortana, Delta is prepared. However, his main use is to analyze a tactical situation and provide guidance, suggest strategy, notice and take into consideration all facets of a situation, and if necessary directly control his partner's body to accomplish a mission.
Personality: Delta is logical. The entire purpose of his creation was to separate the logic from the emotional centers of the original AI so it would not realize what was occurring as it split. So, while he is not pure logic as a "dumb" AI might be, he is unfamiliar with and at times uncomfortable around strong human emotions. As clearly shown in the last episode of Out of Mind, he is strongly attached to his partner; even when given an opportunity to work with the top-rated Agent in the field, he prefers to stay with York and be deleted rather than let him die alone and in pain. This decision is noted as kind by Tex, to which Delta responds "It's just part of what makes us human" - ironic, of course, as he had earlier noted the human perspective as flawed, yet recognizes the tendency to react emotionally in severe circumstances within himself as well. Another example of this trend is noted later in canon, when he remarks to Church that, once part of the Meta, he may not want to help Church and his allies anymore.
He strives to be objective where others are concerned, stating that good and evil are human constructs, but is more willing to be subjective where York is concerned. He indulges York's pride, his need for revenge, and his trust of Tex beyond what he is simply ordered to do: unlike with his later partners, Delta does not try to talk York out of a course of action, merely asking for York's reasoning and providing his own logical opinion. He will often tease York, however, as he is fully comfortable in the knowledge that his partner knows when to take him seriously. He does this to a lesser extent with Agent Washington in Recovery One, although expressly not with Caboose or South in Reconstruction; in South's case, because he does not sympathize with her and in Caboose's case because Caboose would not understand.
Delta has a distinct dislike or fear of loneliness. He refers to himself as being analogous to a fragment, which is true as revealed in the latter half of Reconstruction. He expresses this several times, beginning when he would prefer to be destroyed when his partner dies and progressing to insisting to Agent Washington that Wash should implant him, and lastly joining his fellow intelligence programs inside the Meta when the situation leaves no alternatives. His relaxed nature with York compared to his other partners suggests that he does not feel that way with York.
In conclusion, although most observers only see Delta's logical side, that's hardly all there is to the little AI - but it might not show unless he's with York.
Abilities and Weaknesses: Delta is somewhere between a UNSC "dumb" AI and "smart" AI in terms of capabilities. This means he can learn and process new techniques outside the bounds of his original programming, but it is difficult for him to do so. Even dumb AIs can control the infrastructure of an entire city or all the functions of a spaceship, and a human paired with a smart AI would be "damn near unstoppable". But Delta is tiny - just a little tiny fragment of a smart AI, and his primary function is to analyze combat situations and assist his partner York during them. He is compatible with many computer interfaces - Cortana is shown in the Halo games to easily interface with both Covenant and Forerunner systems, which should be completely alien to her. Because of the neural interface he shares with York, Delta knows everything his partner knows and vice versa; they can also communicate wordlessly (though York prefers spoken) and Delta can, if necessary, fully possess York's body while interfaced.
He cannot transmit himself over radio waves like Omega or Alpha, however, so he must have some kind of interface with a system to manipulate it (such as through York's armor). Delta is highly vulnerable to EMP and physical damage to his chip, and if York's armor shuts down he will return to an "asleep", encrypted state until recovered. He is also "weak" in another sense: being a creature of logic, Delta rarely understands the nuances of human society or conversation. He frequently asks for clarification from York regarding irrational human behavior. Lastly, he is forced by his programming to obey override commands issued by someone of sufficient UNSC rank. While York's commands take precedence over other Freelancers, there are others including the DIrector who can override even him.
Inventory: His entire physical form is one business card-sized AI chip. It has a miniature holographic tank for small-scale projection.
Appearance: See picture above. Delta is also capable of projecting a holographic form, usually in the shape of an entirely green, eight inch tall humanoid figure in Mark V MJOLNIR armor holding a lowered pistol. However, as demonstrated in Red vs. Blue: Out of Mind episode 5, he can alter this shape to include realistic, life-sized human depictions. If the situation arises where he will be representing himself as an armorless human, Delta will be using Cam Gigandet as a PB.
Age: Undetermined in canon, but likely around 4.
AU Justification ;
If AU, How is Your Version Different From Canon, and How Will That Come Across? Delta is largely the same in this AU because the only difference is that York survived his wounds in Out of Mind episode 5. However, he is even more emotionally attached to his partner than before due to the near-death experience. Additionally, Delta recently experienced a virus-like programming error which resulted in the partners infiltrating Freelancer Command to obtain a clean copy of the programming source code. During this trip, they encountered Epsilon, Delta's thought-to-be-dead fellow program. They rescued (or kidnapped, depending on your point of view) Epsilon from Command and are currently residing with him incognito and trying to assist him in repairing his very badly damaged code. So, unlike canon Delta, he knows from an earlier point in time that programs are not destroyed at the time of their Agent's death. He is also aware that Epsilon can take the form of Private Leonard Church, although he does not have sufficient information as of
yet to determine Church's true identity.
It was beginning to seem as though they would not, in fact, have enough time to reach the teleporter before the dinosaur would catch up to them.
"Bear left," he advised York, his holographic form "running" in the air to keep pace with him. It was not necessary to do so, but long ago Delta had found that it was easier for York to accept a running form than a stationary one - it made him think of Delta as more "real" somehow. And as it took minimal effort to sustain, Delta was more than happy to comply.
Taking a left led them through an area of forest where the trees were closer together, hopefully impeding the progress of the Allosaurus amplexus following them. Still, it was a temporary solution at best, and it was not leading them any closer to a teleportation device. Delta ran a quick but detailed analysis of the map of this garden section, hoping to find a landmark or other means of gaining the advantage over the dinosaur. Finally, he seized upon a useful-looking ravine.
"York, follow secondary HUD marker to a narrow ravine and jump down. Your armor should absorb the impact, and the dinosaur will be too large to successfully follow us. We have sufficient supplies to outwait it before resuming the journey."
[Fascinating. The interface installed in York's armor has a massive amount of information available, and it takes Delta only moments to discover how to project a holographic image to all users on the network.]
Hello! I am Intelligence Program Delta of UNSC Special Operations Project Freelancer. Are other UNSC personnel present? If so, please identify yourselves on this frequency. If you are not a UNSC officer, I extend my greetings. May I inquire as to your recommended first destination within Sacrosanct?