-The Making Of X-
Disclaimer: I don't own any of these characters. In fact, Capcom does. That means, Mega Man/Rock, Dr. Light/Wright, Roll, Dr. Wily, Protoman, Rush, Bass, and Treble are not my characters, but are Capcom's. This story takes place before and after Mega Man 8, during Rockman & Forte (Mega Man 9 for the SNES), and afterwards. Please note that the information in this fanfic is mostly accurate, but I have a bad memory, so who knows? Please, Read and Review this one. This is my first story dealing with either the original Mega Man or Mega Man X.
Dr. Light's lab
"Doctor, do you need any help?" asked the blue robot. Standing at around 5ft and 4 inches tall, this little robot was likely the most powerful ever created. Thanks to his versatility and firepower, he has managed to defeat well over 80 of the world's most lethal Robot Masters. However, I smiled warmly to him as I wiped my brow and ran the same hand through my white hair. "No, Mega Man, I will be fine… though, I will have that voice enhancing chip ready for you soon. There's no need for you to sound like a little boy all the time, right?" I said, before going back to the computer program I was running. On the screen was the internal layout of my newest robot, even though, in all fairness, it wouldn't be a robot when completed.
"Okay, Doctor… Hey, watch out there, Roll!" the blue robot exclaimed, even as his sister counterpart came in and began dusting off the top of Mega Man's non-helmeted head. Though I hadn't programmed them to actually have feelings, she giggled as she flashed a grin at him. "Oh, come on Mega Man. A little dusting won't hurt you… especially your hair. Anyway, it looks like you could use a dusting." She replied, shaking her head as Mega Man's dirty armor. Mega Man simply shrugged, and then grinned. "I guess you're right… I really need to find a good way to clean my armor."
I simply laughed a little to myself, and continued my work. At the same time, the largest components of the internal skeleton of my newest project were being installed in another room, by automated machines hooked up to the computer. Saving the file onto the computer, I named the file 'X', before I took a look around slowly, my eyes finally falling onto the voice enhancing chip on the table. Slowly, I got to my feet as I walked over there, with the help of my trusty cane, which was most likely the only thing in my labs that had absolutely no technology on it. Reaching the table, I ran my hand through my white hair once again before carefully opening up the enhancement chip, as well as the screen and speaker set alongside it. "Now… for an upgraded voice…" I mumbled, and began my work upon the chip.
"Hey Rush, come on, let's go get ourselves a wash… I think I know a good place, too." I said to the red, robotic canine that was walking alongside me. "Jet mode, Rush," and the dog nodded obediently, easily switching to Jet mode. I jumped onto his platform-like back, and we blazed into the sky, in search of one of those manual car wash installations. They were fairly rare, but a few days ago, he'd come across one. "Good thing you're not a real dog, boy… You aren't afraid of taking a bath" I chuckled softly, and combed my armored-fingers through the dark black hair on my head, some of which was threatening to get into my optics.
"Here we are, Rush. Time to clean up!" I said, grinning slightly as I inserted the cred card, waited for the credit to be deducted, and then walked over to the manual nozzle. The other stalls were completely empty, unsurprisingly. Within a few seconds, the nozzle was configured for water, and with a push of the button on it, I began blasting Rush with the water before spraying it on myself. 'If I could feel that, I'd probably say that this feels good,' Mega Man thought, and I closed my eyes as I heard and felt the water blasting at my titanium hide. Opening my optic sensors, I glanced down to my blue armor and grinned, seeing the mud and dirt fall off… of course, there was that one stain down on the left leg, thanks to that battle against Gamma, and the Top-Spin that dealt the last blow. "Ah well… Rush, come over here, its time to finish cleaning up now!"
"Well, the dusting is all done, doctor… Hey, what are you building in the other room, Dr. Light?" a voice asked, and I looked up from the nearly finished voice enhancement chip to the housekeeping robot, which I called Roll. "Well Roll, I'm working on your soon to be big brother. But, at this rate, between upgrading Mega Man and Rush, as well as the science conventions and such, it will take years for me to finish my work upon him." I replied, smiling warmly. "Science convention? That reminds me, Dr. Light! You're expected at the University in about an hour. I can drive you there, if you would like me to." Roll said, walking over before smiling sweetly. "Ah… thank you for reminding me, Roll. However, Auto has asked for some help at the store, so if you could go help him, I think that would be best." I said, and in response, Roll nodded. "Sure, Dr. Light. I'll go help Auto."
Suddenly, the door flew open as the other little red robot ran in quickly. "Dr. Light! Mega Man is in battle with Bass and Treble, and they're in the city!" I quickly looked over to Eddie, and my face went into cold, hard features. "Looks like the university will have to wait, Roll. Go get the transport ready, we may need to get Mega Man out of the city quickly, especially if Dr. Wily is up to his old tricks." I replied, even as I walked over to the large computer. Typing in the search profile, and then finally hitting the enter key, I was quickly given the unfortunate answer. "Roll, go get Mega Man! Dr. Wily is going after the meteorite that fell into the ocean! I'll supply the coordinates once you get Mega Man. Now, go get him before Bass does!"
"Will do, Dr. Light!" I said, into the internal com-link that had been constructed into my chassis. Running through the halls, my mind was on several thousand things… how fast to run, how much pressure I could safely exert on the floor… wondering how Mega Man was doing, and so on. I finally got into the hover van, and after starting it up, I shot out of the garage and into the sky. Heading toward the city, in hopes of reaching Mega Man quickly… and soon I was seeing the craters and damage done to the suburbs, around where Mega Man had told me he was going to go for a shower, I knew that I was close.
3 months later…
"There we go, Mega Man… I've re-calibrated your blaster, and the design specifications for the weapons you've copied are in the computer banks with the others. I'm just glad Dr. Wily's back in custody." I said, grinning to Mega Man as he sat up on the reinforced worktable. "Yeah… that last bunch of robot masters were a real pain the circuits, Dr. Light." Was the reply, to which I couldn't help but to chuckle softly. "Here, Mega Man… lie down again, will you? I have to make some extra back up designs of your systems… Ever since Bass infiltrated the lab about a year ago, it helps to have extra back-ups."
'Not to mention,' I thought, as I hooked up the sensor packages above Mega Man's now prone form. 'Not to mention that I need the latest information from him for X.' and I connected the equipment to his vital systems. Soon, after Mega Man had shut down for the new diagnostic sensors, I began the scanning. Using Mega Man's basic database of combat and social experience, it was a simple manner to copy and download the information directly into the inert core memory of the new prototype. I didn't bother to completely erase the memories of the battles and Mega Man's friends from the prototype's memory banks, because, some day, that information might be needed.
"Let's see…. Memory, done. Physical structure needs a little recalibrating… now, to check on the buster design." I murmured to myself, before moving the diagnostic sensors to Mega Man's Mega Buster. The three plasma chambers, as well as the energy-plasma converter within the forearm, were aligned perfectly, and were very clean. "All right… now, for an upgraded blaster…" I said to myself. There were several new techniques to creating blasters that I had come up with, ever since creating the first one, for Mega Man. The different weapon types that Wily installed into his robots made it necessary to dabble in the weapons field now and again. 'However… this upgraded blaster isn't for Mega Man,' I thought to myself. 'It's for X, which means I can give him a much more powerful buster cannon.'
So, with several new designs to choose from, I decided to simply combine them all, while modifying the output and firepower ratios. Not only that, but I reshaped the buster slightly. Mostly looking like Mega Man's cannon, I added a small 'shield' type addition, which would protect the arm joint, as well as part of the hand. Given the amount of battles, and the likelihood that shield weapons wouldn't be very common, it was a good idea to have something that could lessen the damage slightly. Also included was Mega Man's semi-unique Variable weapon system (which was partially perfected by Dr. Wily in his use of the Robot Masters known as "Doc Robots"), which would let him copy the weapons of robots or even weapons of the new Android designs. "And now… time to check on the armor."
As the computer and automated construction systems began work on the blaster-conversion systems on X's right arm, I sighed softly as I began to look at Mega Man's armor plates. Created out of Titanium, it had proven to hold up against just about any weapon… well, other than spikes and long drops, at least, I told myself, as I studied the design. Fundamentally sound, the armor had few weak spots… but with a few enhancements and additions- At the same weight, but much stronger, Titanium X armor would be a huge improvement. I also added the ability to use stronger armor as the designs were completed for them, to X's body, making the armor shell he had now a modular design. Angular plates in the chest and lower torso areas gave X the new look he needed, especially since he looked so much like Mega Man already.
The new Helmet design offered several adapters to be set into place. Designed around a central 'jewel' system, I had plenty off ideas for it. One was a reinforced, armored helmet, which could easily shatter some rocks and blocks, if a headbutt was performed. Other ideas were radar-upgrades, which would locate hidden passages or even give X a map of the area in his head. I sighed softly as I realized the huge amount of possibilities for X… not just in the military sense, but also in the domestic sense. With the knowledge I give him, it will really be as if I am building another son. He could take up a job as a pizza delivery boy… as long as the car could support his weight, anyway. The large amount of Memory I give him will suffice him for at least 50-80 years of information, I theorized, before finally giving out on him… However…
I looked up, startled, as I realized something. The information download into C's memory banks… it was so sudden. Even for his enhanced mind, it would take years to process and understand the information given to him. Such a large information intake in such a short period of time… "Why, it would be enough to make even myself insane, if I'd been forced to learn and comprehend that much back when I was a child!" I exclaimed, and I shook my head slowly. For a robot to learn, it was the simple process of inputting data, either by vocal means or by direct-memory downloads. However… For the new 'android' design, it would take time to learn new things. Far less time would be needed to teach a human child, of course, than to teach an Android, but Androids could make real decisions with their knowledge, once they understood it.
I called up the memory download screen for X's mind, and my face went pale (well, paler than usual, at least), as I saw the information I'd given him. Mega Man's base attack memories… human history, starting from the mid 1800s, understanding of even complex sciences… and most importantly, perhaps, a total of a dozen full languages, ranging from Latin to Japanese, to modern day American English. Several book programs had also been included- War and Peace, the Hobbit, as well as the trilogy by JRR Tolkein, Huckleberry Finn, and one or two others. "Let's see…All this information… would take say, 50 to 60 years to fully understand and retain…and, at a rate of learning approximately 60% faster than a human…It would take at least… 25 years for X to comprehend all of this. 30 years would be required, to be on the safe side of things, though… I won't live that long." I said to myself, even as I walked back over to Mega Man, and reactivated him.
"Well Mega Man, I've got everything all nice and finished here… you go along and have some fun now, okay?" I said, speaking cheerfully as the son I created sat up on the table, before jumping to his titanium feet, a resounding thud ringing from the floor at the impact. "Sure thing, Doctor. If you need any help, just let me know, okay?" he asked, smiling as if he hadn't a care in the world. "Yes… sure thing, Mega Man. I'll be sure to notify you if I need any help… or, if trouble comes up." I replied, giving Mega Man a nod as I stroked the large, fluffy white beard upon my chin. Mega Man nodded, and then went to the door and left as I sighed, and got back to work on Rock and Roll's big brother. Little did I know about Mega Man's newest adventure, which would begin so soon.
September 18, 20XX
"Finally! Done!" I said to myself, and sighed. Age had begun to catch up with me, I noticed, as I wiped the sweat from my brow. The newest addition to the Light Family, the advanced android known as Mega Man X, was resting comfortably in his newest capsule. The old one had been destroyed a year ago, by an unfortunate lab accident. Fortunately, however, X himself had survived, thanks to the strong Titanium X type armor I'd built him with. With Roll and Mega Man's help, we created a much larger containment capsule for their big brother. "He certainly is bigger than them." I said to myself with a smile. At about half a meter taller than Mega Man, X was certainly looking the part of the big brother. More mature, taller, stronger, and with the ability to fully think and act on his own, he was the perfect person to succeed me…
"Now… for the warning program… in case anyone should try to disturb his rest before the correct time…" I said, and I began to type it up. No one should try to get into the lab… Except perhaps, Mega Man, Roll, Rush, and/ or Dr. Cossack, who I had signed the lab over to in my will. With my age creeping up on me, and with my newest creation for my family complete, I thought, now would be a good time to retire. In 30 years… X would emerge from the capsule to take over for me. In that time, I would die… but, hopefully, Mega Man and Roll, my children, as I think of them, will survive. I leave my notes set inside both a computer database, and an old fashioned, titanium-crafter file cabinet, as I leave the lab. I turn the light off for the last time, as I know, with Wily gone and no longer threatening the world, it is rightfully time to leave this place, and to get my rest. On the screen of the capsule, is a ever-scrolling text, with red background that flashes. To the direct right of the screen, a large amount of red lights flash, as well as a simple LCD display with the number 30 on it, and the word 'years' right beside that. The scrolling text on the screen depicts the last warning message that I leave for human eyes. I pray that the world allows X to choose a peaceful life… but as history is forgotten… it often repeats…
"X" IS THE FIRST OF A NEW
GENERATION OF ROBOTS WHICH
CONTAIN AN INNOVATIVE NEW
FEATURE - THE ABILITY TO
THINK, FEEL AND MAKE THEIR
OWN DECISIONS. HOWEVER THIS
ABILITY COULD BE VERY DAN-
GEROUS. IF "X" WERE TO BREAK
THE FIRST RULE OF ROBOTICS,
"A ROBOT MUST NEVER HARM
A HUMAN BEING", THE RESULTS
WOULD BE DISASTROUS AND I
FEAR THAT NO FORCE ON EARTH
COULD STOP HIM.
APPROXIMATELY 30 YEARS WILL
BE REQUIRED BEFORE WE CAN
SAFELY CONFIRM HIS RELI-
ABILITY. UNFORTUNATELY I WILL
NOT LIVE TO SEE THAT DAY,
NOR DO I HAVE ANYONE TO
CARRY ON MY WORK. THEREFORE,
I HAVE DECIDED TO SEAL HIM
IN THIS CAPSULE, WHICH WILL
TEST HIS INTERNAL SYSTEMS
UNTIL HIS RELIABILITY HAS
BEEN CONFIRMED. PLEASE DO
NOT DISTURB THE CAPSULE
UNTIL THAT TIME.
"X" POSSESSES GREAT RISKS
AS WELL AS GREAT POSSIBILI-
TIES. I CAN ONLY HOPE FOR
SEPTEMBER 18, 20XX T.LIGHT