Infinite Eradicons Theory
I was wondering if eradicons (or, like we call them in ru-fandom, eroticons) are full-fledged transformers or closer to drones. And I decided they are neither.
I think there’re three categories of beings among cybertronians:
- True cybertronians. These are transformers we all know, and primary difference is that they have spark.
- Tributary cybertronians. And these are where eradicons belong. They were made by transformers to implement any sorts of works, and main difference from 1.p. is that they don’t have spark, and from 3.p. is that their mind works just as well as 1.p.
- Drones. Ad-hoc AI of all kinds.
Why 2.p. is not the same as 3.p.? Because tributary cybertronians think and act the same way as true ones, they have emotions and it’s important for them to maintain experience. They are not strict programmed like drones, they are self aware and have individuality. But, since they don’t have spark they unable to reproduce in original way (though that way is almost unused at present). Other advantages that spark give are my pure fiction: as I think, some way it take part at energon circulation - more energy extracted for example, higher endurance; provides self-repair, higher self-sufficiency. And, when energy ran out, spark tins and transformer can be re-activated long time since that. Unlike tributary tf.
On other hand, their minds can be back-uped without much effort. And here’s where we get infinite eradicons: if one is damaged hard enough, it’s easier to restore him in new body from back-up. And here’s why they die so easy - decepticons use light materials to produce their body frames. Aaaand that also why they look alike.
That’s the idea.
Feel free to suggest any thought of your!
I really like your concept here of Eradicons being able to back up their minds so they can be reborn over and over again in new bodies. That’s fascinating to think about, how even though the Eradicons are “lesser” (I’m making an assumption here that the true Cybertronians would look down a bit on the unsparked tributary ones, but I don’t think it’s that much of an assumption?) they’re functionally immortal, whereas their ‘sparked’ superiors are pretty much done once their sparks are snuffed. As long as you have a valid back-up copy of any given Eradicon’s mind, it can theoretically live forever… I can’t imagine that’s a very comforting thought to a “superior” sparked Decepticon, especially, say, one who’s just lost his long-time partner, or perhaps his split-spark twin.
And the whole thing leads to some interesting questions of identity, I’d think. Like if you have an outdated or corrupt-but-functional backup file, do you still restore the Eradicon? Is it the same individual as before its most recent death? Are the Eradicons protective of their individual identities, or do they roll with the punches, so to speak, if they don’t come back quite the same way they were when they died? I imagine they have a very fatalistic sort of subculture when it comes to death, especially as compared to the sparked Decepticons they fight under… What do the tributary Cybertronians think of the sparked ones, who consider themselves superior but only get one life to live?
I think there’s a lot of room in this concept to explore some neat ideas and build a really dynamic set of clashing cultures between the sparked and unsparked Cybertronians.
As for my own ideas of Vehicon/Eradicon provenance, some of what Mamonna’s presented here is pretty convergent with my own headcanon regarding Vehicons/Eradicons. I’ve long liked the idea that they’re not sparked, although in my headcanon the Vehicons/Eradicons are considered drones. Their AI is incredibly advanced and allows for an astonishing amount of autonomy— and personality— to develop, but they’re still pre-programmed to react to certain commands and obey their superiors. There’s a lot of room to explore issues of identity formation here, too, although it’s a somewhat different sandbox, with the primary conflict being between the freedom of the sparked Cybertronians and their subjugated brethren, who could be just as free as the “true” Cybertronians if anyone would bother to build them that way. But it’s more convenient for both factions of sparked Cybertronians to treat them as particularly clever automatons, and so the status quo is enforced…
…Man. Now I wanted to write Vehicon/Eradicon-centric fanfiction.