Only the original characters, Alex Doxen, Alex's mom, and Henry, are my inventions. And R.I.C. is adapted from Saban's PowerRangers S.P.D. All other characters are the property of Marvel. This is my first FanFiction, so please bare with me. I'm using this as a type of advertisement for my official work, but since it's still just an adaptation, I don't currently have much room to work my "magic", so to speak. The Iron Warriors Part 1 is based on the live action movie Iron Man. I hope you like it.
I have modified Chapters 1,2 please reread them if you first read them prior to 3/29/2011. You can add your review of those chapters to this one. If your reading them on/later than that date, disregard this.
Chapter 3: Back story on R.I.C.
Before Alex joined Stark Industries, his only friend was Henry, his best friend since second grade. But they lived so far from each other that they hardly ever saw each other outside of school. Alex didn't like being a social outcast, but he disliked the thought of being popular evermore because, at least at his school, "populars" were bullies. So he decided to literally make a friend. He took his Power Rangers S.P.D. Base Megazord toy; a small scale version of the "real" thing; and disassembled it while being careful to note where each piece went. Alex was a genius when it came to small-scale robotics; one of the things that classified him as a nerd; and had cooked up a blueprint that would make it a type of cross between the S.P.D. base and R2-D2. He engineered it with the ability to transform into its three natural modes, and move all its parts under its own strength. Plus, he replaced the plastic wheels and fake plastic tracks with real rubber tracks connected to small high-strength motors capable of holding up to fifty pounds so it could have the ability to travel at high speeds of fifty-fife mph on flat to semi-flat surfaces, as well as carry most small objects. The experiment was going better than expected. That is, until his parents got the month's electric bill.
That's when Alex discovered that his experiment's nighttime charging was sucking up more current than a high school computer lab operating at full strength. (The robot charged it's batteries through his cleverly designed wall-mounted charging unit that connected to the robot in base-mode through the two places on the back of it originally used to unhook it so it could go from Base mode to carrier/cruiser mode.) But Alex quickly found a number of solutions, and he found a way to make three of them work. The first one was: in base-mode, the dog-like head that was designed to split from nose to back support could function as a large solar panel. The second one was: in cruiser-mode, the dog-like head was assisted by the "Photon-beam canons" that could also act as solar panels, enabling the Cruiser to "aim" at a light source by tilting upward and downward. And the third one was cover-all solar panels and a manual-charge option that were both available in all three modes. The cover-all solar panels were transparent solar cells that covered the inside of each plastic red lights and the outside of the blue "window-areas" as well as the ends of the "finger lasers" in Megazord-mode. And the manual-charge option allowed Alex to hand crank the red handles on the toy's "hands". He rigged it to where, by twisting the red pieces, they turned the grey pieces in the opposite direction, and spun between the handles and their black holders, forming a miniature generator. The solar panels charged the batteries better, obviously, but Alex wanted to cover all the bases. He even put a generator design in each wheel of each track; making a total of fifty small generators. The solar panels also gave Alex a reason, outside his dad's constant nagging, to go outside. It also gave Alex a reason to get some exercise. Once the power problem was officially taken care of, with a little excess, Alex continued to work on his robot.
The idea that it looked like a dog sitting and begging in base-mode, gave Alex reason to call its front yellow and white appendages it's front "paws", even though they would never touch the ground the way real paws would. Add to that, the dog-like head and the idea that it looks like a dog in cruiser-mode, gave it an all around dog-appearance. So Alex decided to name it R.I.C. after the SPD robot dog R.I.C. witch stood for Robotic Interactive Canine; although, that robot was designed to transform into a dangerous laser cannon. To make it seem more like R2-D2, Alex rigged R.I.C. to be able to flip up the "badge" on his front piece and extend a USB cable that allowed him to plug into any computer.
One day, when Alex had R.I.C. plugged into his computer to try to get a few upgrades, he logged on to the Stark Industries web site and came across a link that was labeled, "Have a robot you want to have all the latest programming tech on? To register your robot and unlock its full potential, click here." Once he clicked on the link, it sent him to a design page where you could learn to build, adapt, and upgrade any small robot. When he clicked "upgrade", he typed in R.I.C.'s toy serial number, and clicked on the port he was plugged into at the time. Ten seconds later, a printable diagram appeared on screen that showed R.I.C. upgraded in ways Alex hadn't even dreamed about. The programming cost was $15.95, but Alex needed enough hardware first. Luckily, he had a lot of old computer parts hanging around; some literally hanging. After some soldering, melting, molding, and cutting; R.I.C. was ready for the software. Every compartment R.I.C. had was full of circuit boards and wires, and real lights were added to R.I.C.'s dog head's yellow parts, where his "eyes" and "mouth" where; as well as where his eyes and mouth were in his Megazord "head"; allowing him to see and speek in all three modes. Alex also rigged R.I.C.'s dog ears to be able to hear, allowing him to hear in all three modes as well. An add benefit to that was that R.I.C. could hear twice as well in Megazord mode. But to prevent too much power being used and bulb-life being wasted, opening and closing the lid over the Megazord head acted like opening and closing the lid on a music box (turning the power on and off). Motorized fans were added the bottom and back of R.I.C.'s top and lower half where the "vents" were, enabling him to hover a few inches off the ground and slightly steer as he flew forwards or backwards. If he wasn't hovering, steering was much easier with his tracks by moving similar to a tank. The only difference was that R.I.C.'s "Megazord mode" arms were able to bend at the shoulder. And the arms themselves had their own tracks, allowing R.I.C. to have a bit more control while steering. Once the upload was completed, R.I.C. was given personality upgrades, motor control upgrades, even computer linkup upgrades.
From then on, when he came online, his eyes glowed, enabling him to see, and his mouth lit up for every word he said. But it wasn't like a parrot talking, R.I.C. sounded like a real human. For the most part, R.I.C. had been turned into a Canine form of R2-D2 crossed with C-3PO. Although, flying in Megazord mode proved to be a problem. At the point that R.I.C. was completed, Alex wanted to work for Tony Stark. But as he grew older, and stronger in his Christian morals; and learned more and more about what Stark Industries did; he quickly learned to dislike the idea.
But he needed to pay for High school and since his friend left their old school after the last year of middle school, he was desperate for help, so... But shortly after joint the Stark team, he was actually made Tony's apprentice; possibly because he was the youngest member. Tony didn't treat him so well at first; the biggest thing was restricting Alex's free time. Luckily, Ms. Potts agreed to help him with school. She worked with his mom to start him on a home school program; enabling him to do his school work whenever he was at one of Tony's parties. Neither Tony nor Alex wanted him to go, but Tony's dad fixed it to where all apprentices had to go with their masters; be it to work, parties, or R&R.
Fortunately, little by little, Alex was able to upgrade R.I.C. even further by using Tony's discarded tech. He gave R.I.C. highly advanced microchips that thinned down both the "congestion" in R.I.C.'s robot body, and R.I.C.'s weight. Thanks to the new space, Alex was able to give R.I.C. a recording function similar to a video camera. Eventually, Alex was even able to give R.I.C. a tractor-beam that R.I.C. could emit from his "front paws". He also installed virtualization technology that enabled R.I.C. to virtualize anything his hard-drive could hold and de-virtualize it anywhere he wanted. Virtualizing something means to literally turn anything into digital data and store it in a hard-drive or computer memory stick. And to de-virtualize some thing means to transform digital data into solid (or sometimes liquid) matter. (When R.I.C. "welded" the copper wires of Alex's magnet together, what he really did was virtualize the molecules at the tip of the end of the wire and then de-virtualize them to the nearest copper wire coil, soldering the end of the wire to the coil at the molecular level.) R.I.C. modified and used the tractor beam to virtualize things, and modified it back when he wasn't. Unfortunately, vertulization technology was still in the development stages and R.I.C. could only use it on objects as big as a common light bulb. For R.I.C.'s last upgrade, Alex rigged him into the Stark Industries main-frame and connected him to Jarvis who treated him a bit like a pet. The new hookup allowed for R.I.C. to ride on a series of hidden magnet systems dialed specifically to R.I.C.'s operating frequency, allowing him to hover and fly quite easily. Although, for some reason, R.I.C. stills seemed top-heavy in "MegaZord" mode, Alex may never be able to solve that one. Unfortunately, R.I.C. was restricted to Tony's home. As Mr. Paul Harvey used to say on WRNS, "Now you know the rest of the story."
End of Chapter 3
The concept of virtualization technology is actually inspired by Cartoon Network's Code Lyoko. In the show, one kid uses a supercomputer to virtualize three other kids into the virtual world inside the super computer so they can fight an evil virus and save and de-virtualize a girl whom the virus is holding prisoner; all the while keeping the computer, and virtual world within it, a secret by living their day-to-day lives as ordinary boarding-school kids. Please give me your honest opinions of my work. And as per the rules of , I'll take the good and the bad. And if I get even one good review, I'll keep posting chapters. But please, check out the "Frequently asked questions." section of my profile before you write a review. They're separated by the chapter as not to confuse you. It may answer your questions before you write me, if not, by all means, ask away. My current hoped-for rate is one chapter every two to three days.