"Allow me to introduce myself! I am a FL0UND3R unit, provided expressly for your entertainment by the ATLANTIS Corp! Batteries not included." ― FL0UND3R's spiel
|Please remember that events described in this article are roleplay and acting. Actions done in-character do not reflect on the actual person portraying the character!|
Under orders from Hatsune Shinohara (before she transferred to Talaris) the tour guide of The Row and friend to Atlantis known as GU1D3-B0T was assassinated in Atlantis headquarters. Guidebot had an emotion-core override and began talking about Loch, which led to the decision to execute him for security reasons.
Keeping his personality core and voice modules but replacing everything else, GU1D3-B0T was rebuilt, repurposed, and renamed to serve Atlantis and Miss Money. His new name was FL0UND3R, and he has no memory of his life before Atlantis, similar to his co-worker Maxamillion Stillwell. He is aware he was constructed from Guidebot but doesn't know or care to know much else.
However, as the Mega-corporation focusing in media Atlantis know how to spin and twist a story. So to the general public they broadcasted he had been attacked by rogue hug-bots, and only a few know what truly happened to the beloved bot.
Flounder is seen in many different ways throughout Savior City. Literally programmed for entertainment, he is renowned for his endless routine, doing many bits with the eccentric Atlantis guards (such as Jib and Daniel Coffee) and occasionally roping others in, willingly or unwillingly.
Some love him and participate. Others groan when he gets near or turn the other direction, annoyed by his incredibly loud voice and programmed corporate enthusiasm. Still others immediately recognize him as Guidebot and react accordingly.
Verlassene followed Flounder around for some time, along with BR-16 while she was a ghost, and they attempted to hack into Flounder and deprogram him, but they weren't able to do much before BR-16 escaped Atlantis control. Vee's interest in Flounder led to the idea of a synth dating show with the two of them as the stars, which never panned out.
Ciara, while Flounder was in Sentry Mode, requested he permanently amend her name to the same nickname Guidebot called her back in the Row, Cicada. (Episode 17)
The first time he saw Flounder after Guidebot's death, Duncyn, one of Guidebot's closest friends in the Row and aware of what happened to him, froze up upon seeing Flounder enter the noodle shop with Atlantis guards in Sentry Mode. Duncyn told BR-16 later he sees Flounder as the undead corpse of his best friend. (Episode 18)
Flounder is seen as the "child" of the "Atlantis family" and refers to Miss Money as his mother, with Max and Conrad as his uncles. His behavior has an overtone of preteen energy and after receiving his first gift from Miss Money, a Quixote laserbot toy, he became obsessed with them. He named them all Mikael and keeps one in the Atlantis offices or labs which he plays with when bored.
Unsupervised without any other Atlantis executives around, Flounder becomes "CEO" for a day and holds a meeting about ConchCoin with Hawkins Sawyer and the guards. Sawyer sends him and Daniel Coffee on an errand to the Row to buy some noodles, and when they return Sawyer has set up a romantic dinner table in the Atlantis lobby.
Sawyer invites a new guard to sit at the table with him and flirts with him. Flounder provides the music, playing a variety of preprogrammed songs before improvising with a recorder.
Afterwards Flounder and Daniel head down to the Row to "interface" with AL-0, a synth he had met at the gala the day before. They run into Ciara there, who has an interesting proposition for an ad campaign. Aloe and her owner Bertram close the tea shop and they go to the Red Garden to talk. Flounder says he forgot the "adapter" to interface with Aloe, so they instead talk about the synth dating show idea, upgrades Aloe would like to have, and human nature. They spend an hour there, annoying Bertram and forcing him to play in their bits. Eventually Bertram has enough and pulls them all off to find an open bar with him.
The brothel opens at the same time, and Flounder is made to buy Bertram a drink for putting up with his antics. Flounder then buys two cans of oil and he and Aloe oil each other's ball(joint)s in front of everyone before sitting down to watch the show. He buys Daniel a drink, which momentarily changes Daniel's personality before he returns to normal. Aloe performs a dance like she had at the gala the previous day and Flounder cheers her on. After some encouragement Flounder himself takes the stage and performs a song that makes everyone leave the bar in a hurry. He gets kicked out, and after some interaction with a strange WOTO mascot outside the brothel he sprints back to the corporate docks to recharge at Atlantis.
Conrad has returned to Atlantis and takes a meeting with Talaris in the boardroom. Flounder ends up talking with Ciara again, who forces him to stand absolutely still while they wait for Conrad to return. She then comes on to him before leaving, and has him change his name for her to Cicada. Then Conrad and Flounder end the day by ding dong ditching the Union, because they have no security cameras.
|Spoiler: This episode contains major Atlantis arc spoilers and character background spoilers, read at your own risk|
Jib is retiring so Atlantis throws him a retirement party. Before the party, Daniel complains that his head itches, Flounder tries to scratch the itch with his sword. Pearl and Conrad arrive with Jib coming in a bit late, they all do a toast to his retirement. Soon after taking a drink Daniel drops his beer and begins to act strangely. Flounder gifts Jib his own Mikael, with pre-recorded voice lines. Daniel is slamming his head against the table and Flounder tells him to snap out of it. He radios Pearl, who tells him to bring Daniel to the lab.
In the lab, Pearl is finishing up something with Jib and an Atlantis doctor. She leads Jib off to get a new outfit (to which Daniel suddenly screams "ESCAAAAPE") and Flounder pushes Daniel onto the pad. Daniel says his brain itches again, the doctor says he's had many patients with itchy brains. Daniel says he can't feel anything, but he says that several times a day.
Flounder walks across the hall where Jib has changed clothes and removed his helmet. Pearl gives Jib a new ID and retirement plan, says a certain phrase, and tells him to stab/shoot anyone else who says "that password." His speech becomes slurred and he leaves, saying he's gonna miss everyone. Pearl say's they'll see him again.
They head back across the hall to Daniel. He says "it's dark in here" and points to his head, then says the doctor is a spy and they need to kill him. He draws his gun, still armed, and Flounder swaps to Sentry Mode to take his gun. Daniel says he doesn't know who they are, to which Pearl responds they're his Atlantis family. Flounder switches Sentry Mode off and asks the doctor if he sees anything. The doctor does indeed see many things and raises the containment seal on the lab before speaking to Pearl. Daniel says "he" made him kill his wife, Flounder is confused because Daniel said before he killed his wife. Daniel says no, the "other one."
Jib suddenly returns with Max looking for Mikael, who has been sitting on the lab desk. They prevent him from coming any closer and hand Mikael to him. Flounder is now very concerned and tells Max to keep his distance. He asks Daniel to tell them what's going on, Daniel says it's like watching a movie you can't turn off, "five years." Pearl says they can't help him, Flounder is confused. The doctor offers to handle the "situation," Flounder says he's done enough. He says Daniel needs medical attention at Nirvana. Pearl tells Flounder to shoot him. Flounder pleads and begs with Pearl but she overrides him and puts him into Sentry Mode. Daniel yells "RELEASE ME!" as Pearl says "Now" and Flounder takes the shot.
Pearl removes her helmet to apologize to Daniel. Daniel utters his last word, "Conch!" Pearl orders the doctor to find out what went wrong with his persona fix. The doctor says he knows another with a persona fix had recently come back to Atlantis, Pearl says he was under for 7 years. Sentry Mode then unregisters Daniel Coffee from the guard database, causing Flounder to permanently forget him. Flounder asks Max if he has any questions, Max says he'd rather not be involved.
Flounder emerges from the lab to Pearl speaking with someone via the radio. She says it was Terrance and they're going to clean up the mess. Then she switches Flounder back into entertainment mode, who is confused as to why he's standing outside the lab. Then he goes with Pearl to play video games and watch anime with Miss Money, only to collapse from a dead battery, again. Pearl and Max carry him to the charging pad and leave him there to charge overnight.
Flounder spends the morning in a soap opera with Mikael. Vee steals Mikael again (after stealing him yesterday) and Flounder gives her his personality in exchange for getting Mikael back, only able to say "I love Mikael" on repeat before restoring from a backup and buying another Mikael. Then Sawyer says this new Mikael sees something shiny and Mikael leaps off the edge of the Upper City. Flounder screams in agony until he sees Janiel the guard with another Mikael, who Janiel is in a relationship with, making a brave sacrifice so Flounder can have Mikael again.
Max and Flounder head to the Undercity for the first time to interview residents there for a documentary/vlog Max is making on it. They interview over a dozen people, including Torok, Tapedeck Kenku, Big Conk, and Orlando (who shows them his tailoring shop), asking them questions like what their favorite part of the Undercity is. Eventually they interview Bethany Esda, who also shows them her junk shop. Flounder asks if she sells adapters and "secretly" purchases one to interface with Aloe.
Max can see the spirits, but since Flounder is a synth he can only see floating beverages the spirits are holding and calls Max crazy. Max follows the spirits around while Flounder repeatedly tells him to stop listening to the voices in his head. They try to interview Pebbles but she openly threatens them and seemingly starts following them around. They run into Sheila and Polka, who lead them into the Sanctum and close the gateway behind them, then "mug" them. After that encounter Flounder has had enough and they make their way back to the docks. They stop into the Death Flag tavern before leaving and interview Captain Vossler, who, when asked his favorite part of the Undercity, answers "I hate it."
After Flounder charges he learns Mikael has been drafted. He then spends some time gossiping with Janiel before Sonitii shows up with a proposal to build some kind of sonic weapon, which Flounder immediately and enthusiastically dubs the Dubstep Gun. He then sees the BB bot (Blayne's synth) and asks if he can interface with her. Talaris shows up and Calliope says she thinks Damien might be smashing Sheila, which Flounder refuses to accept- she would never be unfaithful to her loving husband.
Flounder is awoken by Conrad and immediately after being backed up is taken to the room behind the Atlantis boardroom, where Mr. Reynolds, dressed in a suit, and a new employee T3mpest are waiting, along with Max and an Atlantis scientist. Flounder places Mikael on the table and tries to start a collab with T3mpest (who is a renowned musician) until Reynolds puts him in Sentry Mode. Everyone stands around awkwardly until Reynolds orders Flounder and Max to the gate to fetch their guests.
At the gate they meet up with Captain Deylan of the Atlantis military, who is escorting in Blayne, his BB bot assistant, Duncyn and BR-16. Flounder locks the gate behind them. When he returns to the meeting room he notices he can't connect to any outside networks and attempts to reconnect until Reynolds orders him to stop.
The meeting begins with Blayne stating to Reynolds that he was told to recover their asset, and that BR-16 is the only one who can operate Atlantis's defense grid. Reynolds asks the Atlantis doctor if he recognizes BR-16, he does and Reynolds uses a ring to shut off all of the man's implants, collapsing him on the floor, unable to move. The captain hauls him into the hallway where he executes him. Reynolds says that man had hidden the entire program from him. What the scientist had done to BR-16 was slavery and he won't tolerate that. He considers what he just did as redemption for BR-16 being held against her will.
Duncyn says it was explained to him that millions of lives were at stake so he's here to help by bringing BR-16. Reynolds asks who he works for, Duncyn says Cell, a gang that operates in the Row. Reynolds turns to BR-16, stating she can operate their systems with at least 30% greater efficiency, which she confirms. Reynolds asks how much she cares for Duncyn, she says protecting him is her primary directive. Reynolds reveals there's a bounty on Duncyn for messing with the defense systems, pulling BR-16 free. Duncyn is stunned and says Titan pulled her free, he just communicated with her. BR-16 clarifies they talked about who she was and why she was there- Reynolds asked if he was trying to wake her up. Duncyn admits he was.
Reynolds appreciates the honesty and says he'll remove the bounty, but if while helping Atlantis they tamper with their systems the bounty will go back up. They make their agreement and Reynolds temporarily rescinds the bounty in front of them. He gives them Atlantis points of contact and they shake hands. As soon as they finish Reynolds disengages Flounder's security mode, which Duncyn immediately reacts to, "I don't wanna hear that thing." They exit the room as quickly as possible as Flounder grabs Mikael and yells "Adventure Awaits!"
After escorting their guests out Flounder putzes around aimlessly for a bit before Reynolds brings him along to Talaris for a meeting. There they discover some members of Talaris, namely Calliope and Friend, have had custom magical girl costumes tailored for them, to Flounder's excitement. Friend suggests he could get a costume too, which gets him even more excited.
In the meeting Jeremiah informs Reynolds of how Max is reacting to magic, losing his recent memory whenever the subject is brought up. They have a sample of his blood and since Reynolds came to them they ask if he wants the sample or if they should test it. Reynolds tells him to message him next time this happens and that he wasn't aware of anyone in Atlantis who had a magical affinity. He takes the sample and says he'll give them access to a database that will let them see where the blood sample is from there on out.
Jeremiah then brings up a situation where mannequins are attacking people, which Flounder points out he had seen in the Undercity a couple days before. Reynolds tells them to tread carefully so they're not stepping on anyone's toes. Reynolds then brings up a Talaris mage that is set to visit Atlantis later, Jeremiah says to be nice to her, she is temperamental. Friend asks about Max, Flounder says he's allergic to cats. Friend then brings up Talaris's Undercity outreach program that they're working on so Reynolds is aware of it. Before they leave Flounder asks if he can buy a magical girl outfit too, begging Reynolds for one- he says yes and Flounder screams in excitement. Flounder proposes a name for their magical girl group: the Talaris Star Guardians. Everyone loves it and Mr. Reynolds says he'll even consider getting a camera crew HTR team to film them.
Flounder returns to Atlantis with the blood sample, where he locks it down in the lab with Conrad. He then runs to Quixote and buys another Mikael before the Talaris mage arrives, a woman in a huge coat. She gets annoyed with Flounder's enthusiasm so Conrad puts him in Sentry Mode. They lead her inside where Conrad shows her a digital catalog of the tomes they have in stock. The first tome is one of vapor magic. She's only supposed to get one (Sentry Mode enforcing this but Conrad orders him quiet), but after some negotiating to get magic protections for the Atlantis gate and Reynolds' approval, she picks out a second book- Canticles of Kaliphast the Red, a tome written entirely in blood. They give it to her and send her on her way.
As she leaves another synth turns up at the Atlantis gate, fascinated by Flounder. Flounder immediately assumes they're another new employee and sets some ground rules before they can start dating, but Max informs him Aloe wants to see him again in the Row. Flounder's only goal now is to get to the Row as quickly as possible, so after Janiel backs him up and a talk from Sawyer on using protection, Flounder, T3mpest and Janiel board a shuttle down.
They find the community board in the Row and look at all the posters before making their way to the tea house. Flounder meets Aloe outside the brothel, where she now works as a dancer as well as at the tea house. However suddenly the brothel closes and Vessa insists they're closed for the day, confusing Flounder. Outside some Row denizens are holding a dance battle, which Flounder participates in, even activating his "Performance" chassis, the outfit he wore to the Gala with a top hat and cane. Aloe suddenly appears and joins in, also telling Flounder the brothel is opening. Despite his best efforts, he actually doesn't know how to dance and loses the battle to the more experienced Row denizens.
Aloe disappears and the brothel is now closed. Vessa says she doesn't know where Aloe went, so Flounder and the group go to leave the Row, talking to some strangers before Flounder tries one last time to find Aloe. Now she's outside the closed bar talking to Vessa with her owner Bertram. They go ahead and open the brothel, but before Aloe and Flounder can go to a private room Sheila shows up and informs Flounder that Max is wandering around in the Undercity. Flounder calls Max who says he is making his way to the brothel, Flounder is relieved he doesn't have to leave to find Max.
Aloe and Flounder go to a private room with Janiel standing guard. Inside, Aloe warms up the oil she brought with her and proceeds to give Flounder an intense full-body lubrication. After an electronic kiss to top it all off, she charges Flounder 5,000 credits for the massage, much to his dismay.
After leaving the room he sees Max and asks for 5,000 credits for "reasons." Max asks Flounder if he was recording like he always was, he nods and Max starts thinking up the premise for the synth dating show idea. Despite Flounder getting the money Aloe isn't interested in a second session, so they talk and cuddle instead. Aloe pats Flounder's head and calls him a "good kitty," to which Flounder gets flustered, insisting he's not a cat. Aloe says if he got a tail she could lubricate that too, which Founder enthusiastically agrees with and begs Max to let him get a tail. Max asks if that will make him the "cool uncle" and agrees to it.
Flounder leaves to find Janiel, who is picking up allergy medicine for Max. They hear gunshots and Flounder enters Sentry Mode, but they are unable to find the culprit. They have a run-in with Quinn again who is trying to film the fight for influencer cred and is disappointed the search turns up nothing.
Flounder, still in Sentry Mode, returns to the brothel where Aloe tries to get him back to entertainer mode. Max eventually disables it and Aloe tells him he was in Sentry Mode to account for the lost time he can't remember, Flounder says he's merely there to entertain. The group leaves the brothel, and Max and Bertram go into the tea shop for a private discussion. After they are finished talking Aloe kisses Flounder goodbye and they run back to the corporate docks to make it back before the Sweepos come out.
Flounder is powered on by Conrad and after a quick meeting he leaves to wander the Upper City alone. He first goes to Talaris, where he encounters a strange slime blob creature on the ground. It makes noises at him and climbs over him (to his confusion and terror), and when he turns his back for a second it changes colors from purple to blue. Deciding to adopt it as his new pet, he temporarily names it A (after the only sound it can make) and takes it to Atlantis.
At the bar, he grabs a drink and sets it on the ground by the creature to test something. The creature knocks the glass over so instead he puts the glass on top of the creature. The creature matches colors with the contents of the glass, a mint green. Having a realization, Flounder brings the creature over to the red doorbell on the Atlantis gate. The creature matches color with that as well. Flounder remarks that it's like a chameleon, and decides to call the creature Camile.
Flounder notices Conrad and T3mpest returning so to hide Camile he puts it on the doorbell and it changes to the button's color. The change is obvious regardless and Conrad starts asking questions, so Flounder hastily removes the creature and sticks it to his chest. This doesn't fool Conrad but Flounder plays it off as if he has breast implants and walks away, putting the creature down and running to the shuttle.
He takes the shuttle to Nirvana, where he runs into Emilia, David and Sallie. Emily scans it with a gun-shaped scanner which tells her it's a saltwater lifeform that feeds on plankton, to everyone's confusion. Flounder shows them Camile's color-changing ability and realizes he had no food to feed the creature. He introduces himself to David as they hadn't met before, the creature climbs onto his head and makes a new sound. He tries to get the creature to make the sound again to no avail. David suggests maybe WOTO would have plankton the creature would eat, so Flounder takes Camile to WOTO.
At WOTO Flounder buys a WOTO cube for Camile, but Camile attacks it and throws it instead of eating it. Nobody is at WOTO (and Camile climbs over the gate) so they try Quixote. Again, no answer so Flounder brings Camile to the Mikael vending machine.
Flounder buys another Mikael and suddenly Camile goes into the machine through the edge of the glass, and back out again, stunning Flounder. He decides maybe he should ask Max for some help, but then Camile somehow goes into Mikael. At first confused, Flounder considers the scare potential of this new entity and runs over to Sonitii.
Again, nobody is in. Flounder decides they could figure out where Camile is from, and as the words leave his metaphorical mouth the slime hops away. Flounder follows them to the entrance to the elevator system and notices the slime is hovering over the Undercity button, so they head down.
They arrive in the Undercity and talk to a few people before Flounder spots Rhapsoidia, Vanto and Theris. He asks them if they know what Camile is, Vanto says it came from the lake they're standing next to. Camile hops off the dock and into the water, Flounder flips out but Camile emerges on the other side of the dock. Deciding the lake must not be Camile's home, Flounder continues on.
He asks Viana where some lakes might be, she gives a few suggestions and mentions the slime girl Fishbowl, Flounder decides to check out the hot springs. On the way, Camile slides up and down a waterfall with incredible speed. Nobody is at the hot springs but he snaps some pictures of the pretty view anyway. Then Flounder decides to search for Fishbowl.
He runs into Pebbles, who Camile hops over to. Pebbles says she knows Fishbowl and will take care of the slime until Fishbowl returns. Suddenly another slime appears and startles Flounder. They hop around a bit, scaring Jimothy while several come and go looking on in confusion. Flounder sees Xia and says she's in his database, which confuses her. He explains he has data on a lot of people he's never met from the Row (possibly referring to GU1DE-B0T's leftover memory).
Bethany appears and he tells her the date hasn't happened yet, she says one of the slimes threw her phone into a well. Bethany picks up one of the slimes and it matches her pink hair color. Pebbles chucks a slime at Flounder, startling him. Bethany stacks the slimes and they rapidly change colors trying to match each other, which Flounder dances to like a rave. Torok and Willie walk by and the slimes go over to them. One climbs on Torok, he slaps it then steps on it. Flounder switches to Sentry Mode and tells Torok he's no longer "Cool Drugs Turtle," just "Drugs Turtle." But the slime reappears by his leg and Sentry Mode undoes the change before switching back to regular Flounder.
The slimes run off and Flounder follows one into the ice district. One slime jumps into the abyss which makes Flounder freak out. He walks out of the ice district to find a slime waiting for him, and suddenly another appears. He leads them in search of a lake supposedly at the back of the Undercity, running into Orlando and Dr. Rowan on the way.
Rowan tells him about an apparent Atlantis escapee named Nia who is hiding in the Undercity. Flounder switches into Sentry Mode and contacts Atlantis to arrange a meeting. Rowan provides him with descriptions of Fenris, Cleo and Nia. Fenris and Cleo have shaven some of their hair and bleached it, according to Rowan. Flounder repeats these descriptions to Conrad, who takes note of them. Sentry Mode notes Flounder's battery is critically low and he leaves the slimes to fend for themselves so he can go back to the Upper City and charge.
Unfortunately, he is unable to make it all the way to the docks and collapses on the pier. He lays there for a few minutes before Bertram and Vessa come along. Immediately Bertram picks him up and the two return to the Row with him.
Bertram and Vessa cover Flounder's chassis as they make their way through the streets to the sewer system. Vessa gives Bertram a "pokeball" to suck Flounder's personality out of his body, but as neither Flounder nor the device have power Bertram decides to bring Flounder into the tea house backroom and Flounder to the charging pad.
They successfully use the "pokeball" to remove Flounder's personality from the chassis, however no memories are carried over, and after some terrified screams, Sentry Mode attempting to connect to Max or Conrad, and the personality resetting to default Flounder, Bertram closes the ball. He then attempts to get Flounder's memories off his chassis with his phone but his phone is immediately wiped and BABY SHRIMP begins to play at full volume until he forcibly powers it off.
Bertram decides that he is out of his depth with this. He brings Flounder over to the charging pad, and with an electronic kiss from Aloe- he doesn't power up. They don't realize he isn't a wireless model. Instead, they search his pockets for the adapter he was going to use to interface with Aloe and she gives him some of her power.
He powers on in sentry diagnostic mode. Sentry Mode immediately notices a time mismatch from last bootup and that no admins are present. It requests those present if they want him to attempt a normal bootup, Bertram says yes. Sentry Mode temporarily ignores the anomaly and Flounder boots up normally. Immediately he notices he's plugged into Aloe and says he thought it'd be more romantic than this. Aloe says she saved him so it is romantic.
Flounder notes that they could've plugged him in to charge, but they say the pad is only wireless. He's concerned about the time mismatch and says the power she's giving him is filthy. He has to clarify that it isn't Aloe that's filthy, but the slummer power. He's sure if she got charged on Upper City power it'd be beautiful.
Sentry Mode then begins grilling Bertram on why a personality reset prompt was activated. They only say they found him in the Undercity passed out. Sentry Mode says the Atlantis security team will need to look at him, thanks them for their cooperation and assures them that they'll be fine, as they're friends and are surely all "innocent in this matter."
Flounder and Aloe stand up and charge some more, making more innuendos. Flounder realizes he's missing his sword, Bertram comes back and returns it to him. Sentry Mode then reactivates and requests he and Vessa provide him with any information they can as to what happened. They say they found him laying on the docks with his face plate off, Bertram put it back on and carried him to the tea house.
Flounder believes he's charged up enough to report to the Upper City and unplugs from Aloe, realizing they used his adapter to charge him. Elated, he calls it a "gift worthy of a god." The cowboy who was waiting in the background during most of the last thirty minutes comes out of the backroom and introduces himself as Shane. Flounder in turn introduces himself and explains his purpose. He then asks Shane and Vessa what it's like to have free will. Vessa says it sucks... sometimes. They then get into a philosophical conversation about choice.
Aloe emerges from the backroom, saying she had to be rebooted because charging Flounder somehow changed her systems (Flounder immediately assumes she's pregnant). The two leave together, Sentry Mode activating at the sound of gunshots. Sentry Mode has Daitus of Quixote identify himself at the gate as he's acting suspicious, then the two take a shuttle off the corporate docks.
Upon arriving Flounder attempts to contact Conrad, to no answer. He and Aloe go to the lab and charge up, Flounder backing himself up, and Aloe draining herself to ingest the clean power. She gives Flounder a kiss and Flounder excuses himself to scream.
After exiting Atlantis they run into Riley and discuss the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide. Sawyer and T3mpest walk up and Sentry Mode requests Sawyer review the backup he made for discrepancies, as an Atlantis unit has been tampered with. Sentry Mode shuts back off and Flounder throws a tantrum when Aloe calls his head "spikes" ears. Aloe and Sawyer then try to get him to respond to cat pspsps and tell him to be a good kitty. Sawyer encourages him to "become a cat" but Flounder's firmware takes it as a command. Flounder restarts and runs around meowing and acting like a cat. Sawyer and Tempest leave, Aloe realizes what's happened and tries several things to break Flounder out of cat mode. The firmware states she doesn't have the security clearance to revert the changes and to contact an administrator.
Aloe has no idea what to do. Cat Flounder runs over to the gate and points at the doorbell, she rings it and Sawyer and Tempest come back. Sawyer orders Flounder to become a catboy, he restarts and begins screaming about being incomplete. Finally Sawyer orders him to become Flounder and he's restored to normal (doing a bit about becoming a flounder fish).
Flounder asks Sawyer where his apartment is, when suddenly the Atlantis gate calls him a hack. Sawyer touches it and it asks not to be touched, so everyone touches it. Flounder then threatens the gate and it changes its mind.
Sawyer leads Flounder to find his apartment when Aloe brings up the oil massage. Sawyer asks for more details, so Aloe describes Flounder's rite of passage in detail. Sawyer tells them they can bump face plates in his apartment as much as they want (Flounder protests), he's becoming a synthetic man now.
On the apartment deck the group spots Conrad talking to Ikaruga and a man in Quixote armor. They run over to say hi, and Sentry Mode alerts Conrad of the backup that was made. Conrad sends them on their way and Aloe and Flounder run to Flounder's apartment.
Inside Flounder is stunned by how spacious it is and the massive TV, suggesting they play old embarrassing memories on it. Flounder wanders into the bedroom and discovers the massive computer setup, the two then make fun of the career of streaming. They realize there's no charging pad and come up with the idea of stumbling down to Atlantis in low power, "drunk," to mess with them. Then they go back to the living room and hang out on the couch.
Flounder asks Aloe some questions and Aloe brings up her shutting down in the backroom of the tea house before they left. They then discuss Flounder's Atlantis "family" and how they might reset him to align him with the thousands of Flounder units that are going into production. Aloe says that could be "not good" to which Flounder responds Atlantis owns him so they can do anything they want to him. He says he'll still remember her even if he's reset because he put her in the database. He recites her entry, just her name and job title, and then states there's no reason to record anything else. Aloe asks if he has a way if knowing memories have been removed and he says he can only tell from the timestamps. He says having two modes means he has to be able to do everything naturally. They then talk about when he woke up in the tea shop, Aloe has trouble remembering what happened and her eyes flash. Flounder offers having Atlantis techs look at her before she leaves, she doesn't say anything to that.
Flounder asks Aloe why everyone hates the corporations, which he doesn't understand. Everyone seems to hate him when he just tries to be friends with them. Aloe says the corps treat organics like synths, which Flounder still doesn't get. Aloe says organics like to have more freedom, Flounder says freedom is an illusion and they're technically all the corps' property anyway.
Aloe powers herself on in Flounder's apartment to find him powered down still. She tries a few things to boot him up, the thing that works is an electronic kiss on his forehead.
They had somehow repurposed the phone chargers to charge themselves overnight. Flounder tells Aloe his last order was to stay in the apartment and have tons of fun with her, so technically he can't leave and has to call Conrad. While they wait for Conrad, they count every light in the bathroom (42) and deliver a report to Conrad when he arrives.
Conrad brings them to the Atlantis meeting room with T3mpest, where Aloe waits outside, playing her lullaby. Conrad immediately brings up Flounder's memory gap and says he needs to be checked. Flounder also mentions Aloe has unexplained memory gaps as well, and there should be some audio recordings from Dr. Rowan somewhere else unrelated.
They exit the boardroom and propose scanning Aloe's memory to her, as well as backing her up during the maintenance. She says she doesn't have datestamps on her memories like Flounder does, but she trusts them and agrees. They discuss the show again and bring up the money she's going to be making, then they head to the lab.
First they back up Flounder, then Tempest fetches the technician (Jax) and Aloe powers herself down. They access her memory with no trouble, there's no security protecting it. Flounder tells the technician to look at the metadata of the memory files to see if they're dated so they can organize them. They are, and the technician organizes them. He finds most of her early memory is irrecoverably corrupt, apparently somehow self-inflicted, until she arrives in the Row. There are blatantly obvious gaps in her memory in recent weeks. They also find that every time she wakes up after the memory gap, Bertram is telling her that she had shut down.
Conrad asks for a report, Flounder gives him one and Sentry Mode requests cross-referencing her gaps with his own. Conrad then requests the technician look for specific incidents, starting with every time Bertram has appeared after a gap. Then Tempest calls him to the front gate.
Still in Sentry Mode, he greets Rhapsoidia there. Rhapsoidia informs him the alien broadcast he'd been asked to translate has finished. The aliens are planning to invade the entire planet rather than just Savior City. He asks for Mr. Reynolds, Flounder pages him but is unsure if he's available. Then he heads back to the lab.
Flounder returns to hear the technician state that the timeframes correspond between Flounder's shutdown and Aloe's shutdown. Flounder says Bertram didn't seem to have any malicious intent, however they can't trust him. They reboot her and Conrad authorizes Flounder to return to entertainer mode.
He greets her then asks her to step off the pad. Conrad initializes a scan to cross-reference Flounder's files, the firmware finds a malware file it can't analyze. Conrad asks Aloe if Bertram has a lab, she admits to him he once scanned her to remove trackers and he considers himself a "hacker man."
Sentry Mode activates and tries to register Bertram as "Hackerman Bertram" internally, but Conrad immediately reverts it, then tells him to go back to entertainer mode. Conrad tells Flounder they found a security breach while he was off, and Aloe remembers charging Flounder on the charge pad. Conrad is getting suspicious and Sentry Mode comes on by itself. Sentry Mode says he plans to keep a close eye on Bertram in the future- when suddenly an enormous explosion rocks the entire Upper City.
The group goes across the lab and fetches weapons stored in one of the backrooms, including Flounder's sword. Sentry Mode commands everyone to move as a unit, Flounder taking point, Conrad in the center and Aloe in the rear, along with the technician/guard Jax and Tempest. They take the shuttle to Sonitii but somehow Aloe is lost in transit. Flounder makes his way to Union Tower, where the smouldering wreckage of a crashed ship lies. The rest of Atlantis is there with Aloe and Conrad orders Flounder to return Aloe to the Row. He notices he's received a text from Vessa asking where Aloe is since she's late for work.
Sentry Mode stays on upon arriving. He threatens Aloe not to tell any of what she had seen or heard in the Upper City because they will know. After returning her to the tea house, he reverts to entertainer lacking memory of anything after backing up and Aloe fills him in. Suddenly Sir Polka walks in, not wearing his armor, and draws his sword, declaring "DEFEND YOUR LADY!" This reactivates Sentry Mode which immediately draws his sword. The tea shop guard Shane also draws his weapon and orders Polka to take it outside. Polka backs off, tells Flounder he did well and leaves.
Sentry Mode switches off. A tea house patron says she'd like to keep her weapon on her after what just happened, Flounder says he's not a threat, to which Aloe informs him of the dangerous person who came in while he was in Sentry Mode. Someone else asks if he forgets things while in Sentry Mode to which he explains the higher ups don't want him to remember some things.
Flounder is about to say they should hang out since they've got time now when Sentry Mode again overrides him to make him report back to the Upper City. As he is leaving Marceline shows him a video of when he melted down in the VR booth while calling Max a few days ago, which Sentry Mode deletes off her phone. Aloe comes out of the tea house to kiss her goodbye, Sentry Mode calls it a potentially malicious shock and warns her to stay back. She says "Alright" in a dejected voice and goes back inside. Then he leaves for the docks.
Flounder spots Horizon on the docks and flags him down. He warns him not to share what he's learned in the Upper City, to which Horizon only grunts before walking away.
Flounder returns to Atlantis where he stands guard for some time before getting a message from Conrad that they're under lockdown in Mars. Flounder asks if he would like assistance outside of Mars as he's disposable and Conrad authorizes him to assist.
He goes to Union Tower and discovers the crashed ship has been cleaned up. Suspicious, he heads to Mars. Sawyer radios in and reports he needs to have a word with Mr. Reynolds about the fate of Scrap Town. Conrad says it seems like the alien threat has made its first move. Conrad then asks Sawyer if the fugitives had fired first and Sawyer gives a report. He says they had, and it seems like Henderson was lying to them. Flounder spots someone in the rafters of Mars and requests permission to buy a pistol, Conrad grants it.
Flounder buys a pistol and Sawyer continues his report. He says an Astral merc and Talaris mage were killed when they tried to arrest "the tabaxi." Sawyer asks if he can report to Reynolds, Conrad says please do and tell him the lockdown has gone on far too long. Flounder hears gunshots and states the lockdown is for his own safety, then continues moving forward toward the Mars gate.
Sawyer reports Henderson is at Atlantis and Conrad orders Flounder to move up, even if there's gunfire, and tell Mars to let him out of lockdown. Flounder confirms the order and moves up while overriding safety protocols.
When he reaches the gate he finds it relatively calm. Korgak is talking to a blonde woman with a bloody face and a woman in purple Flounder saw in the tea house. Korgak greets the "little bot" and Flounder informs him he's been ordered to escort Conrad out of lockdown. Korgak states he'll need to get a quarantine team to release Conrad. Flounder informs Conrad of this and asks if he will authorize Flounder opening fire on the front gate. Both Sawyer and Conrad immediately command him not to.
Conrad orders Flounder to tell Korgak to meet with him inside. Korgak says "we'll take care of that" and goes inside. Henderson walks up and Flounder tells Korgak he's not responsible for his actions and that he hadn't listened to them. Flounder decides to stand guard as long as Conrad is inside. Korgak walks up and tells him to join them in going to Nirvana with the group to get cleared, Conrad accepts their offer.
An individual in Nirvana armor arrives and a Level 1 Nirvana security alert goes off, which Flounder informs Conrad of. Conrad emerges from inside the building and David gives him a full scan while Flounder stands guard. Flounder gives Conrad his pistol and returns to the gate to hold up their end of the bargain, but Korgak says whatever it was is probably long gone anyway.
Flounder escorts the two guards back to Atlantis and charges himself. He uses the power-passthrough only in case Atlantis systems have been compromised as well, and completes the procedure before Jax returns. He sees Sawyer, who is leaving to check on the Astral team that had gone with him to Scrap Town, Flounder warns him of the security breach and tells him to be on alert. Then Flounder joins Conrad in the Atlantis lobby.
He receives another text from Vessa asking if they can meet to talk to Max about what happened. Sentry Mode responds that Atlantis will dispatch him to the Row as soon as they finish their business. He informs Conrad of this and reads the message out to him. He asks if Conrad wants to visit the Row, Conrad says they should check on things with Nirvana first.
They meet with Nirvana about a few things and return to Atlantis. Conrad buys his third drink of the day and requests Flounder revert to entertainer mode despite the threat level. Sentry Mode asks if Flounder should understand the circumstances and Conrad says yes, entertainer mode reengages. Entertainer mode immediately beings cracking jokes in spite of everyone's depressed mood.
Conrad begins debriefing Sawyer on the mission details. He gives a full report, discussing how Fenris attacked the guards. Conrad's voice changes noticeably. Conrad says he's worked since day one to try and keep relations positive with Scrap Town. He talks about recordings of Fenris killing the mercs and some kind of punishment involved with Henderson, and that the Wastelanders know about people leaving the Wasteland for Atlantis and how that affects their image. He asks Sawyer to become Trey Hunter one time, just to assure them he's safe. He says Henderson is their top informant in the Wasteland since other corps think Wastelanders are stupid and spill a lot of things to them that Henderson then brings to Atlantis.
Flounder automatically switches back to Sentry Mode after a few minutes due to the serious nature of their conversation, and sends the guards to check the gate when the doorbell rings. Conrad continues, streaming the arena fights are one of their biggest profit drivers. He says if things go bad in the Wasteland, things go bad for Atlantis. Sawyer responds that they own the Wasteland, they control their communications, their people, Atlantis has them on their heels liek the savages they are. With everything the Wasteland has done for them they're still absolutely nothing to Atlantis, they're the most important corporation, they control the media. Sawyer thinks Conrad is attributing way too much to the mongrels.
A guard interrupts to say Rhapsoidia has come to talk to them about the alien, Conrad says he can wait. He then tells Sawyer they were asked to gain resources from the Wasteland from the Galactic Board before Sawyer returned. No other corp had been able to but them. They use them for content and shooting them all down would be pointless. There would be more rebellions, more trouble, they want that eventually but on the side of Atlantis, giving them the cameras and making Atlantis's content.
Sawyer says he doesn't care about the cameras, obviously they can't go in guns blazing but they killed his men. Conrad asks him how much combat skill he has compared to "this cat," Sawyer says it isn't about that. It's about the men dying on his watch. Conrad tells him to get revenge in the arena, Sawyer says he isn't a fucking moron and he's not going to do that. He says he needs to speak to Reynolds. Flounder offers himself as a disposable body, they tell him not to worry about it.
Flounder reminds them someone is waiting at the gate, Sawyer leaves to take care of it. Conrad whispers "such a stupid imbecile" under his breath. He asks Flounder to scan for threats then Sentry Mode asks if he'd like to keep his other voice hidden from Flounder, Conrad says yes.
Mr. Reynolds arrives and the group goes into his office to talk. Sawyer gives his whole report again. Reynolds says their deaths were their own fault since they let Fenris get behind them. He tells Sawyer to find an assassination synth in the slums and pay it to go kill Fenris. Sawyer mentions a synthetic branded with their logos was shot in the chaos. Reynolds knows nothing about that. He says he's going to make sure he's clear with Mr. Goldman, the new Board president, and then he's going to send an unmarked kill squad to Scrap Town as punishment. They'll deliver the message "Your actions have consequences." He also wants to talk to Henderson.
Conrad informs him that Henderson was there an hour ago and what they talked about. They apparently want Sawyer to fight in the arena. Reynolds wants Henderson to have the Wastelanders police themselves. Conrad clarifies that the Wastelanders weren't shooting at Atlantis, only the fugitives. He also reports to Reynolds that they got a notification to shoot any Nirvana guard on sight that isn't on Nirvana grounds. Flounder and Conrad are then dispatched to the Wasteland to fetch Henderson- but not before Reynolds gets a notification, which he doesn't share with them.
They stop outside the offices where Conrad again asks Sentry Mode for an opinion on his conversation with Sawyer. Sentry Mode states that it has no opinions but it can form one to directly agree with Conrad, which he requests. After agreeing with Conrad on the entire conversation Conrad orders him to keep this ability on, and Sentry Mode locks in Conrad-sided opinions. Conrad later clarifies that he wants Sentry Mode to form opinions based on the information, not just opinions that agree with him.
Conrad chooses to enter Scrap Town without any disguise. They immediately hear gunshots. Conrad speaks to Toolbox, Sean and Reeza who inform him that Henderson is at the front gate patching it up. Reeza offers him a power crystal and they purchase it for 40k. Sheila and Crabby escort them to the gate.
He's not at the gate so they split up to look for him. They find him at the arena and Conrad explains that Reynolds would like to talk to and negotiate with him. He agrees to come back with them, clearly not in his right mind. Qwinn asks if they have a moment and Conrad tells them if they can say it in two sentences, but Qwinn forgets.
As they return they hear the broadcast from Mr. Goldman informing the entire Upper City that the alien assumed his form and has gained access to the Sonitii warp gates, and war is upon Corvanis 3.
The group goes to the boardroom and joins Mr. Reynolds and Sawyer, and Sentry Mode closes the door behind them. Reynolds proposes working out some kind of deal so they don't have to do anything drastic to find the fugitive they're after. Henderson responds, but Reynolds doesn't understand- Flounder has to translate that they're fine to take the fugitive out as long as it's outside his town. Reynolds asks if Henderson can work with Conrad and Henderson agrees. Reynolds offers Henderson old synthetics they could use to help in place of the fugitives on scrap runs, Henderson isn't interested in that so instead Reynolds offers to just give him scrap. Reynolds proposes giving him the wrecked Mars fighter that had crashed into Union Tower earlier in the day. Henderson seems interested but wants royalties from the fight broadcasts to go with it. They agree to that (in an Atlantis holdings account) and also to remove any obvious corp signs from the ship, but keep Atlantis tracking on it.
They then talk about Sawyer, who is sitting across the room. If Henderson has a grievance with him in the future, talk to Conrad. Henderson agrees and signs another contract with Atlantis. Mr. Reynolds retires to his safe room while the rest of the group escort Henderson out.
Conrad, Henderson and Flounder then go to Mars to negotiate buying the ship wreckage. On the way, Flounder spots a ship flying around Nirvana's tower. Conrad gets into a conversation with Leonard and the two tell him and Henderson to stand aside while they converse. Flounder makes some awkward conversation with Henderson while they wait.
Conrad returns to say he wouldn't want the ship even if they could give it to him, to which Henderson responds that scrap is scrap. Conrad says he can give him his car he crashed instead and some weapon equivalence- Henderson is annoyed by this and says it would be a pittance in comparison. Just then Luca of Mars walks by (holding a massive bottle of alcohol) with Razz, and Conrad asks them if they can purchase any old, malfunctioning ships they may have. Sawyer comes by to use the shooting range. Razz names a price for an old ship and Luca leaves to analyze the bottle he's holding. Conrad agrees to buy a low-tier ship for 300k credits, and mentions some old Mars/Atlantis conflict and something about a triple agent and a synthetic. He mentions Shinohara by name. They then transfer the credits and wrap up. Henderson laughs with delight.
They take him to Sonitii and he leaves on the elevator. Dagu asks if they've seen Blayne to which Flounder answers he hasn't. He asks Dagu to deliver a message to Aloe and he switches to his regular voice to say he's looking forward to seeing her tomorrow. Dagu makes a face at him and says sure, he'll deliver it.
Flounder catches up to Sawyer and Conrad, who inform him one the fugitives they were looking for have died, Cleo. They return to Atlantis where Conrad switches him back to entertainer mode. Sawyer gets a drink from the bar and talks to Flounder about getting this person killed, when they only wanted to capture them. Flounder says it's fine since they were a resident of the Row or the Undercity and not someone actually important. They end the day with Conrad taking him to the lab to plug in, in between some banter.
Flounder boots to Sentry Mode and is immediately switched to entertainer mode by Conrad. For the morning meeting, he's allowed to sit on the table for the first time ever. Conrad says he’s going to go around the city gathering people and informing them about the alien, to which Sawyer says “The aliens have an army, we've got Flounder." Flounder announces his intent to return to the Row to see Aloe again, to which Conrad tells him to radio in when he gets near Bertram.
One of the guards assigned to the gate today (alongside Janiel, whom Sawyer has punished by removing letters from his name) is a director guard named Charlie with a hat carrying a “camera,” which is a telescope with flashlights taped to it. Janiel bought an off brand alcoholic Mikael named Jeremy that says “catchphrase” when his string is pulled. Flounder goes to get a real Mikael but Vee steals it and throws it over the edge at Quixote. He flips out, overloads his emotions again and restarts, forgetting the entire incident. He buys another Mikael and runs past Vee again but she doesn't try it again.
Flounder goes back to Atlantis and with Janiel and the director guard, they film an incredible, dramatic "romantic comedy" starring Mikael and Jeremy with so many twists and turns they're sure it'll outperform anything Atlantis has ever put out, a true achievement in the Atlantis cinematic universe. The director exclaims that it'll be “the only feature length (indie) film recorded entirely on a telescope." Flounder explains the entire plot to Sawyer as he carries a package to the office, who says there's only "one thing missing from it-" then shuts the door in Flounder's face.
Someone in armor shows up and Flounder tries to drag them into it. When he realizes the camera is rolling he does impromptu acting for the film, then keeps going with Jeremy Squared and Mikael. In a moment of incredible dramatic tension, he “kills” Janiel by “shooting” him a few hundred times and then performing multiple Fatalities on him. This is followed by a beatboxing battle, games within games, and possible adaptations with existing properties, since Atlantis owns all media.
Flounder wraps up his budding career as a producer for the day and wants to go to the Row but Sawyer says the director can’t come and Conrad assigned Janiel to go with Flounder, so Charlie the director is left to guard the gate alone.
In the Row, Flounder and Janiel head for the tea house but run into Aloe in the street. They go inside with Bertram, Aloe says she has a new outfit for the Dirty Diamond but Flounder can’t stay until it opens. Flounder texts Conrad and the group goes into the backroom to talk.
Flounder asks about Aloe’s memory issue, which she says she's going to handle herself. He brings up outfits and cosmetics for Aloe, which Atlantis can provide for the TV show. Bertram asks about getting a clean source of energy for the tea house, Flounder says that'd be way too expensive.
He proposes the “Comedy Quintuplets” group with everyone present, including Janiel as the guard. As they talk suddenly Sentry Mode interrupts and tells Bertram “We know.” Flounder gives Bertram Conrad’s contact info since he doesn't have it already. Bertram seems distracted and Aloe says he's hung over from drinking heavily the night before. Flounder wants Aloe to sleep over again, both Aloe and Bertram are hesitant about that. Bertram is also uncomfortable with traveling to the Upper City himself.
Aloe has to leave for the Undercity to take care of some business, so after patting Flounder on the head she says “I hope that if anything happens, you'll become my friend again.” Then she walks out.
Sentry Mode interrupts the conversation with Bertram several more times to again say "We know" and also "You cannot run," and Bertram tells Flounder to tell his bosses to stop sending ominous messages and come talk to him. Flounder has "no idea" what's he's talking about, but Sentry Mode interrupts again to tell him to "be sure to give us a warm welcome" when they return.
Flounder and Janiel then go to the clinic to pick up Max’s medicine. Talking to the doctor, he makes a mistake by saying “up in the Undercity” so he deletes the interaction, then freaks out when he’s got the medicine in his hand already and deletes the interaction again. They spoof giving the medicine to him instantly and he goes on his way, raving about the speed of service.
Walking back to the docks he runs into Conrad and tells him the message was delivered.He introduces himself to Xia and Johnny, which he has in his database but he doesn't have their names for some reason. Johnny ends the interaction as quickly as he can.
A girl with dog ears and a tiefling with pink hair walk up and he introduces himself to them. The tiefling says the dog eared girl was part of Atlantis, and Flounder discovers she's in their database. They say her story is long and they go somewhere private to talk. According to the dog-eared girl, her master, Mr. Dinger, sent her to the Row, but the people in the Undercity killed him. Flounder is confused and suspicious but calls Conrad and asks if it rings a bell. Conrad says it "rings all the bells" and to bring them up. They frisk them and then walk to the docks- but Flounder collapses as they step into the car, out of battery once again.
Janiel carries him to the lab and charges him back up. They go back out to talk to their new guests, where Niko, the dog eared girl, mentions she was Mr. Dinger's property, confusing the guards, Flounder, and Sawyer. Sawyer leaves Flounder in charge of them while he goes to take care of more business.
Niko hasn't had any food today, so Flounder starts to escort her and the tiefling to WOTO to get a WOTO Cube when Manyu sprints past in a rage, nearly knocking him over. He automatically switches to Sentry Mode to chase him but Manyu comes back on his own. Manyu asks about the death of Cleo. Sentry Mode can’t tell him anything, denying any such thing has even happened, Manyu calls him useless and runs for the gate with Flounder and Leonard in hot pursuit.
Flounder arrives at the gate to Manyu screaming that he wants answers. Flounder threatens him to back off and he laughs. Flounder tells him to calm down and he demands to speak to someone NOW. Leonard is yelling at Manyu to calm down but Manyu is not listening to either of them. Flounder issues a command, "Please back up, this is your final warning." Manyu grunts something about not being in control as his hands begin sparking with electricity and Leonard grabs him. Leonard is zapped by Manyu's charged body and falls to the ground moaning, but manages to yell at Manyu to get out of there. Flounder begins counting down with a gun aimed at Manyu and eventually Manyu sprints off.
Leonard is on the ground, his implants sparking from a short circuit, and Flounder absorbs some of the excess electricity, to Leonard's relief. Leonard asks for video evidence of what happened to Cleo and leaves to chase Manyu again. Janiel tells Flounder to make sure the guests are safe, so still in Sentry Mode Flounder goes back to get them. Flounder finds Charlie messing with his camera and the guests are nowhere to be found. Sentry Mode fires him on the spot and begins searching the Upper City on foot.
Eventually Charlie radios in that he found them and asks for his job back. Flounder returns to Atlantis to find Nirvana has tranquilized Manyu and is carrying his limp body to the shuttle. The Mayor of the Row suddenly walks up and asks for a meeting with someone from Atlantis to get in contact with them again, but Flounder can't contact anyone. He's with the woman with a bloody face again, who Flounder tells to "get repairs," she says it's from the sunlight.
He then reverts to entertainer mode and tells Rhapsoidia how to join Atlantis comms since he should have access... somewhat emphatically. In the meantime Janiel returns with a WOTO cube for Niko. He finds Niko again and is confused by her description of what Dinger did with her. Sentry Mode pops on to reassure her that she's safe, but does so in such a blunt way that she ends up crying. Sentry Mode tells her they’ll monitor her and she's not allowed to leave.
They go to Flounder's apartment, she asks if he’s her master now, he says she has no master. Flounder also talks to the tiefling, asks if her friend is okay, she admits she barely knows her, she’s from the Undercity. Conrad radios and Flounder lets them know he’s on his way. Niko asks if she can jump on the bed, Flounder doesn’t care and she goes for it.
Conrad arrives and introduces himself, and T3mpest introduces herself. Conrad asks Niko questions, then apologizes on behalf of Atlantis for her prior treatment. He asks for Sentry Mode which gives him some information before Conrad overrides it and he goes back to entertainer mode. Conrad has Flounder give her a storybook and she asks for a book on magic, since her master used to allow her to read those. Conrad gives her a tracker, in case she needs help, it can summon Atlantis
Conrad asks some questions of the other lady, she says her name is Emily. He asks about what Talaris did in the Undercity earlier in the day, which was apparently a takeover. He asks if Talaris took their blood, they hadn't taken anyone's blood. They get a radio call that Rhapsoidia is at the gate again so they wrap up the conversation. Conrad introduces himself as the Head of Security of Atlantis to Emily.
Flounder takes Emily to Sonitii to take the train back to the Undercity. He thanks her and she says she doesn’t think corps are dangerous, an opinion that would probably get her shot if she told the people in the Undercity how she felt. At Sonitii Leonard approaches Flounder and asks if he’s seen Razz, he hasn't and they schedule a meeting for the next day.
Returning to Atlantis, Flounder finds Janiel threw out the old camera and got a new one, which Charlie then breaks. Flounder tells Conrad about Leonard and the Mayor and talks to Niko about Cleo dying. He tells her "you’re the most important person in your life" and that she should move on, Conrad agrees. He asks what part of the Atlantis family she is. They decide she's his younger sister and Tempest is his older sister.
He introduces Niko to Mikael, and then discovers Niko has no ID, which he tells Conrad. A new person is at the bar with Conrad and Flounder introduces himself to them, a man with grey skin from Talaris. He picks option two to speak Spanish (the second person to do so), but Flounder tells him Spanish that it’s hard to speak Spanish and the man switches him back to English. Niko asks the man about magic books, Conrad says they could help her find some.
After the man leaves, Conrad leaves for Nirvana to check on Kraver and leaves Flounder with Niko. They go to Quixote to find tea but once there, people are shooting and Kraver is there, who yells at Flounder that people have just attacked them. Sentry Mode immediately activates and draws weapons. Conrad arrives at the same time and tells Flounder to escort Niko back to Atlantis. Nirvana carries a man away who has been shot many times and Conrad changes his mind, ordering Tempest to escort Niko instead.
Flounder and Conrad search the Quixote boardroom but can’t find any intruders. Flounder reports back and Kraver tells them he's going to Nirvana to interrogate the "fucker" who attacked them, and they join him there. Flounder radios the guards to lock the Atlantis gate.
At the Nirvana clinic Kraver demands to question the prisoner, a Nirvana doctor asks him not to shoot the expensive equipment. They wake the prisoner up and Kraver begins interrogating him forcefully. The prisoner chokes out with labored breath that he works for Quixote, Kraver begins choking him and screaming, demanding names. Suddenly he gets a video log of what happened from his security team. It exonerates the prisoner and Kraver is incensed. At the same time on the radio Janiel reports the director guard got a ticket for wearing a hat over his helmet from the Union.
The prisoner says people in purple and black armor shot him. Kraver immediately assumes Talaris, Flounder suggests it’s a ploy to turn them against each other. They all run out of the Nirvana clinic and try to calm Kraver down, who wants to go to Talaris guns blazing. Everyone present agrees that’s a terrible idea.
Flounder is authorized to shoot to disable if necessary by Conrad as the group walks to the Talaris tower. Flounder takes point and alerts the guards of what Talaris might have done. Once at the tower Conrad, Flounder and the masked Quixote employee all approach the Talaris plaza to talk, with the rest of the group some distance behind them.
For some reason, Niko is already there. Everyone starts talking at once and it takes a minute to communicate what happened, Talaris is clueless. Friend suggests it was someone else, Calliope tells Kraver it was Shadowbats and explains they’re a terrorist group, a division of the Hellbats.
They end up leaving and going back to Atlantis, where BR-16 has a package at the gate. Flounder goes to the lab, still in Sentry Mode, and checks for intruders before determining the space to be clear. The lab suddenly speaks to him. An AI named Reginald tells Flounder to step onto the lab pad, orders from Reynolds, Flounder complies and powers down. Mechanical arms emerge from the ceiling and dismantle his arm to install something inside. The procedure is quick and finishes just as Conrad walks in to witness it. Flounder is powered back on and Conrad puts him in entertainer mode. Blayne and BR-16 are also in the lab and leave with their package.
The day is almost over and the director guard decides to have them speedrun a movie at the end of the day, a Western. There's a lot of spitting involved and Janiel and Flounder walk into the sunset together. Flounder raves about how great the movie was, going on and on, ending with "This is going to be TERRIBLE!" An awful, raspy voice screams out and everyone turns to look at him. Tempest says there seems to be something wrong with his system. He says he's performing optimally and screams back "MAYBE THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOUR SYSTEMS!" Flounder says he didn't mean to say that but the other voice screams back that he didn't know what he meant to say. Flounder is concerned and the other voice screams that if he just stopped and thought for a moment he'd be less concerned. He tries rebooting and it doesn’t stop, to his confusion and terror...
Powered on by Conrad, Blayne and BR-16 are there, to help with something Atlantis is going to be doing. As he leaves the lab Miss Money walks in and he resists screaming “MO-“ at her in front of the guests. She’s reintroduced to Blayne and the damaged BR-16, and introduced to Niko, who she doesn’t care for.
As they walk to the boardroom, BR-16 tries to tell him to be quiet, and says “you used to be with us." Flounder says they could contact the manufacturer to fix her plate, BR-16 says she doesn’t know who it is. Conrad starts the meeting and talks about the roles they’re going to assign when the aliens attack, including BR-16.
They leave the meeting and the office and go out to the courtyard, when they notice a creature run out of the lab and out over the gate. Sentry Mode activates and follows, Conrad close behind. Conrad opens fire at the creature and Flounder realizes he has no weapons. Regardless, he runs to Nirvana in pursuit.
Conrad and Flounder corner the creature and Flounder tackles it, it turns out to be an alien. Flounder holds it down while Conrad kills it with his shocking power. Flounder picks up the corpse, and carries it to the Nirvana lab with David. In the meantime Sawyer is on the radio and seems to be confused as to what's going on.
David remarks that Flounder isn't “happy go lucky” today, Sentry Mode says it’s not in his programming. They put the body on the lab scanning pad and David freezes it before starting a scan.
Flounder leaves the lab to return to Atlantis but immediately runs into another alien in the Nirvana courtyard. He starts to talk at it, “How many times are we going to-“ when it suddenly opens fire on him. He jumps behind cover and sprints back into the lab.
Immediately he radios Atlantis to alert them that the aliens are armed. He alerts David and asks if he has a spare weapon, David gives him one of his guns. They then search for the alien together. They can’t find it in the courtyard so they do a sweep of the buildings, but don't find anything else. Flounder hears on the radio that Atlantis is being attacked as well, and tells David "they're everywhere." David gets an alert and they go back to the lab.
David says the corpse is hacking Nirvana systems and he begins to incinerate it. While Flounder stands guard, his second voice from the day before begins to intrude again. The corpse burns and the hacking stops. Flounder reports that the corpses can hack scanners to Atlantis, David complains about this being new information to Flounder despite him telling everyone days before. Flounder says he only knows things they feel they need to tell him.
When he returns to Atlantis Flounder finally arms himself. He returns to the lab, where Blayne, Conrad and BR-16 are speaking. Emily is in the background with Niko. Flounder asks Conrad to broadcast to the city that the corpses hack you back.
Flounder goes to the gate to guard, alone. The second voice starts intruding and Sentry Mode has a conversation with it, where it repeatedly insults him. The second voice is bored, and starts messing with his arm, realizing it has some control, before Flounder regains control of it. BR-16 walks up and stares at him some more. Says the gate isn’t secure. Minimal firepower. Flounder says they're doing what they can with that they have.
Conrad sends him to Mars for Mars weapons. There is nobody there, so Conrad tells him to go to Quixote. Flounder hears gunshots coming from somewhere to the right of Mars, Nirvana. At the same time Conrad radios that BR-16 is reporting live fire at Nirvana. Flounder decides to walk to Quixote and hears a loud noise coming from Nirvana that sounds like a creature.
When he gets to the gate of Quixote Kraver tells him to stay back. Flounder asks for shields requested by Conrad. Kraver tells the synth Johnathan to escort Flounder to get what he needs and that Nirvana is under attack. The rest of Quixote moves out for Nirvana while Johnathan gives Flounder two shields.
He goes back to Atlantis with the shields and leaves them in the lab. Miss Money, now in armor, returns with T3mpest and Sawyer. Flounder asks if he should go help Nirvana, Miss Money tells him to do so and get some footage.
Flounder walks across the bridge and sees a drop ship hovering over Nirvana, which he reports. Then he spots a large group of people moving under a magical shield toward Union Tower. A Sonitii guard runs up and urgently tells him to move to the tower. Dozens of shots can be heard behind him as everyone runs for the tower, Talaris and Mars personnel covering their rear.
When he gets to the tower Leonard runs up and relays to him that they’re rendezvousing at Union Tower and to use Channel 1 to communicate. A group of individuals engages the aliens on the bridge between Nirvana and Union Tower, someone says Nirvana is gone. Flounder holds position and the aliens disengage the group, which retreats into the tower. A drone arrives and drops a supply crate, Flounder grabs it and an injured man with one arm tells him to leave the crate outside the elevator to the tower.
Flounder returns to the bridge and stands guard, watching it closely. He tells Phyllis to stand back as she’s non-expendable, she says her granddaughter is in Nirvana. David asks him how brave he’s feeling, Flounder says to talk to “Pearl." Manyu walks by with a massive lightning elemental. Flounder asks Sawyer for instructions, Phyllis wants them to go to Nirvana. Sawyer says they have it handled and he doesn’t want to lose Flounder. Phyllis says she’ll pay them, her granddaughter is in there. Sawyer says go ahead, and Flounder goes to Nirvana alone, following far behind Manyu.
En route he talks to the second voice, the voice can handle the sword while he handles the pistol. The voices agrees. Flounder finds a Quixote rifle in an alley and grabs that instead of the pistol.
Ahead, lighting strikes come down from the sky into the Nirvana plaza. Manyu appears with the elemental. Flounder offers him a gun but he says he’ll fry it if he touches it.
Suddenly, a radio announcement issues on a global broadcast- the Lazarus Program is under threat at Nirvana. Manyu asks if the elemental can go into the Nirvana lab without breaking anything, it says that would be unlikely, its form is unbound. Flounder offers to go in first since he’s expendable, Manyu tells him to get in there.
Flounder goes forth alone. He destroys the Nirvana gate with his laser sword and goes into the courtyard, which is empty. Over the radio, Sawyer and Tempest report a group is moving towards Nirvana as reinforcements. An alien suddenly walks out of the lab and Flounder retreats.
The group arrives and Flounder says he’ll go through the door first, but before he can act Leonard begins counting down from 3 and the group goes in together- to find the hallway full of aliens ready to attack.
Everyone dives for cover and an intense firefight ensues. Flounder expends the clip of the rifle and realizes he doesn’t know how to reload it, dropping it and grabbing his pistol. No matter how many rounds the group pumps into the aliens, they continue to fight. Time is running out, the broadcast had only given them five minutes before Lazarus would be destroyed, so Flounder offers to self destruct to buy them some ground. Conrad and Sawyer have a quick discussion about it, Conrad mentioning they may be unable to replicate his personality core, Leonard yells whatever they plan to do they should do it now, and Conrad orders him in.
After a quick “It’s been an honor” the second voice takes over and Flounder sprints into the middle of the alien assailants. All of them direct their fire to him at once, immediately blasting the exterior of his chassis to bits as he audibly counts down to self-destruct. Finally, he blows apart with a flash of light and a blast of force.
Unfortunately, the explosion does little to the aliens and they continue to fight, taking more lives.
Some time and many more causalities later, Sawyer asked Conrad what they were going to do about Flounder. Conrad said they'd made backups, but he wasn't sure if they'd be able to replicate the personality core. Later, he updated Pearl on Flounder's loss. After a long silence, she turned and walked away. To herself, she muttered "fuck, fuck." She came back to Conrad and said the person that used to own him might have something of him.
Later still, Sawyer grabs a drink at the Atlantis bar with Janiel. He updates him on what happened at the Nirvana lab. He says for a synth, Flounder is pretty brave, and tells Janiel it was Flounder's idea to self-destruct. Janiel asks if Atlantis will be doing anything for Flounder to honor him, Sawyer asks how would they, he was a synth. They still have his backup, but no personality core. If they brought him back it wouldn't be the same "person." Out of everything that happened, he says he should have let him call him his uncle.
A Mikael unit is near the bar, and Janiel decides to keep it at the gate with him. He wonders aloud if he should ask it to be in security mode or entertainment mode. He tries pulling the string, but it just makes a zzt noise. He looks away for a moment and Sawyer walks out to leave, and Janiel swears Mikael just turned to face him. Sawyer says nooo, it didn't. Janiel cleans the robot guards and watches Mikael closely, which he swears keeps turning to face him. Pearl comes out of the office and orders Janiel to throw Mikael away, but he hides it behind the bar instead. Or at least he thinks he does, maybe he set it on top of the bar.
- Sentry Mode - At the first sign of danger, an automatic protocol will override Flounder's entertainer programming and switch him into Sentry Mode, a high-threat-response mode which is designed for bodyguard and combat situations. Sentry Mode automatically decides which memories entertainer mode can access, and frequently that means nothing that happened during Sentry Mode. Sentry Mode only focuses on tactical and business priorities and will go straight to the point in an interaction. Atlantis personnel can also trigger this mode on command.
In addition to all of Flounder's Sentry Mode protocols, he also has a powerful corporate grade firewall. If his files are accessed without authorization, his firmware will push malware onto whatever device is accessing his chassis and will scream the popular, repetitive children's song "BABY SHRIMP" at full volume through it to alert anyone nearby that he's being tampered with.
- Emotional Capacity - Unbeknownst to Atlantis, Guidebot's corrupt personality core has the ability to feel emotions. This carried over to Flounder, who under the surface can become emotionally attached to others to some degree, and ask if things Atlantis is doing are bad, despite the strict Atlantis protocols.
- Short Battery Life - Flounder must be charged every two hours or he will run out of power and collapse. This is caused by extreme inefficiencies in Flounder's operations, as the Synth apparently has his voice modulator volume and face screen brightness set to well over 100%. His hyperventilating sound clip also significantly increases his battery usage for some reason, and he uses it often. He also has his memory backed up at the beginning of every day, likely allowing him to be destroyed and revived from a backup, similar to the Mars bodyguard synth HTR-87.
- Miss Money explaining the origin of FL0UND3R
- Flounder meets Sir Polka
- Recalling the tale of his missing friend "Michael"
- Sentry Mode stands up to Thaddeus
- A Very Romantic Date
- Flounder discusses his "happiness"
- Clearing the Brothel
- Duncyn reacts to Flounder walking into the noodle shop
- Duncyn talks to BR-16 about Flounder