S-16: Lost Eagle

Iteration 1

Iteration 2

Addendum: Memo to the committee regarding S-16

I want to reiterate that S-16 is a free agent who operates on principles and personal beliefs rather than programming or crude orders. For example, the subject both understands and speaks English. However, S-16 refuses to communicate in any language other than French. Based on prior conversations with S-16, this is out of the principle and a desire to refrain from speaking the “enemy’s tongue”. Additionally, be aware that S-16 considers itself to be a prisoner of war who never formally surrendered. Ergo, it considers all who enter its vicinity an active combatant. Negotiations with S-16 with the assistance of Associates from the French Empire have been attempted. The subject, however, perceives them as collaborators and refuses cooperation.

At the recommendation of SCA, we are looking into arranging a meeting with a trustworthy representative of the Imperial Army in the hope that S-16 might accept their chain of command.

Dr. Absinthe


C-16/S-16 is an automaton whose humanoid form stands an impressive 2.5 M in height, weighing an estimated 280 kilos. Its frame has been constructed of steel and used to be covered with brass plates resembling human musculature for aesthetic purposes, of which a few have remained.

S-16’s personality is stubborn, suspicious, and borderline fanatical. The subject has refused to cooperate in our investigations and has rebuked any attempt at inspection due to the subject's suspicions of espionage. Whether S-16’s actions and beliefs are informed by programming, or personal belief, cannot be confirmed. One hypothesis states that S-16 contains Tier IV - or higher - artificial intelligence of unknown origin.

The second possibility is that S-16 is operated by a functioning human brain, thus making him, as Dr. Absinthe has called it, a Cyborg. Attempts have been made to take X-rays or other means of remote investigation of its interior.

At present, C-16/S-16 still wears the remains of an early 19th-century French military uniform believed to be inspired by those worn by Napoleon’s Old Guard. This attire includes the well-known bear-skin shako-style hat, enveloping the top of S-16’s head, whose crest plate covers the whole of S-16’s face. How S-16 can perceive its surroundings as well as it may testify to some yet-to-be-discovered sensory system.

S-16’s purpose and reason for its construction appear to be purely military. S-16 has extensive exterior damage. Its uniform is tattered, and its frame is riddled with holes and dents, suggesting battle damage. However, judging by S-16’s baroque appearance, it might also have served in public displays to boost morale or as a means of propaganda. S-16 refused to comment on any of the assumptions.

Discovery and Containment

At the moment of writing, S-16 is contained within a tungsten wire cage, shackled by the wrists and ankles with thick iron chains, within a chamber with two-foot thick walls of reinforced concrete.

There is no documentation regarding the Association’s capture of C-16/S-16’s acquisition or containment. On ******, S-16’s sealed-off storage area, Basement XVI, was discovered during the preliminary investigations of the previously undocumented wing of Sanctuary that was uncovered during planned renovations. Objects recovered inside the sealed-off area include, ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ ▓▓▓▓▓▓ ▓ ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ ▓▓▓▓ ▓▓▓▓ ▓▓▓ ▓▓▓▓▓ ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ ▓▓▓▓ ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ ▓▓▓▓ ▓▓▓▓ ▓▓▓ ▓▓▓▓▓ ▓▓ ▓▓▓▓ ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ ▓▓▓▓ ▓▓▓▓ ▓▓▓ ▓▓▓▓▓. See addendum C16-2 for details.

Document C16-2: Statement by Mr. Butler

Mr. Butler has been a chief caretaker of Sanctuary’s occupants and the associated responsibilities regarding their accommodations, recreational facilities, and staff areas. In order to make room for new accommodations, Mr. Butler was overseeing work done in the basement when C-20 was unexpectedly unearthed. C-16/S-16 was one of the constructs contained within.

The following is an excerpt from his report on C-16’s discovery:

“ […] I [Mr. Butler] happened to be nearby when the construction workers discovered the secluded wing behind the wall. According to our research, there should have been nothing but bedrock, making me suspect we might have struck a mineshaft or tunnel that had been part of the medieval castle.