Your Opinion of the Androsynth

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Your Opinion of the Androsynth

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Ah yes, the Androsynth. Full name being Androidsynthetics and meaning "Fake men" in Greek. Giving that they have quite a small part to play in StarControl 2 {and StarControl 1 for that matter} , It surprises even me that they are my favorite race! Those lovable 'lil clones :P-smf .

One thing that supplants the unintuitivety of the Androsynth's personality in the game, is the opinions of what people think is the 'Synths persona. What I mean, is that people probably have vastly different opinions of their personality since said personality is barely explained at all in game. That is where this thread comes in, to state your opinions of the Synth's personalties and society.

In my opinion, the Androsynth are narcissists, induced by their obsession with aesthetics. Kind of an interesting trait for them, since so many of them look alike! I like to believe that there are many different "Castes" of Androids, some female, and some male, each caste with somewhat different personality. This probably contradicts other peoples statements, though the proof is lacking in game, leaving it up to peoples imagination. I believe that Androsynth are psychologically androgynous {no pun intended}, The males are a bit feminine, and the females are a bit masculine.

Probably one of the most debatable things about Androsynth is their sexuality. The usual opinion is that "They are all male, they must be gay" but for the same reason I think there exist female Androsynth, I believe in their sexual neutrality. After all they are sterile, so doesn't that mean they will have neither Homo or heterosexual urges? I guess that depends on your idea of how they are "sterile". "Oh, but they have an upside down pink triangle in their captains portrait!", well, I used to believe that was a heart to represent their vital signs. Now that is the coolest jump suit ever. Even if it is, coincidentally, a gay rights symbol, the captains portraits are unreliable to get info from, since they can be so much different then the race communications graphic {Orz for example}. The Androsynth insignia in the manual, after all, is black and who knows, maybe the Androsynth just find the color pink aesthetically appealing!

Anyway, your thoughts everyone?

{And just for reference, http://wiki.uqm.stack.nl/Androsynth , an interesting opinion of them is in there. And yes, I did read all of it, including the reference section.}
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Re: Your Opinion of the Androsynth

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Lukipela wrote such a compelling background for the Androsynth for ABKS that I basically can't see them any other way anymore.

http://www.star-control.com/forum/index ... 746.0.html
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Re: Your Opinion of the Androsynth

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Well, it might be some time before I get myself to read such a huge roleplay thread, so a quick summary of Lukipela's idea would be convenient.

Also, I'm curious how the Androsynth will turn out if they appear in the 6014 Mod. I hope they are similar to how I imagine them :)-smf
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Re: Your Opinion of the Androsynth

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A quick summary wouldn't do it justice. Set aside a few hours, and you won't be disappointed.

As for the 'Synth in P6014, it looks like some of their dialog is already written if you really want to see what they have to say. Just pop open the text file.
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Already saw it awhile a go, mostly stuff about "we have yet to be added in" but I'll go study it better.
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Right now we don't have a policy on posting P6014 material from the full game ahead of the release. I know the makers of the mod aren't fond of this concept, but I'm not sure how much we can limit free discussion. The mods will convene and discuss this, and announce when we've reached a conclusion. Until then, please keep any P6014 spoilers of that nature in PM's
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Re: Your Opinion of the Androsynth

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I love head canon threads, I love reading about everyone's impressions.

I stand by that they're all male and all basically look alike, or at least they all style their hair the same way. I see them as having some sort of a collectivist/socialistic society, sort of working together on everything to advance themselves as a whole. I can't see them practicing capitalism in any regards, I think they'd try to get away from the culture that created and abused them as much as possible. I don't see any of them believing in a higher being at all. I see them tolerating other alien races, but being wary of them, but hating the pants off of humans.

Just as a note: Sterile necessarily doesn't mean lacking sexual urges or being unable to physically have sex, it just means they can't have children. But again I don't know if we're talking sterile as I just pointed out or nothing is usable.

I'll get around to reading that thread, maybe while I'm election judging and have some time to kill I'll pull it up on my phone. So who knows, my views here could change!
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Re: Your Opinion of the Androsynth

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Draxas wrote:A quick summary wouldn't do it justice. Set aside a few hours, and you won't be disappointed.
Indeed, I've started a thread about the old ABKS thread and attached a MS .doc version of said thread to it. Much easier to read.
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Re: Your Opinion of the Androsynth

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"My" Androsynth came both as males and females. I had some pretty detailed scribblings on them, but I'm saving most of that for ABKS chapter 2. Basically they were people, not just stereotypes. There were traditionalists, reformists, northeners and city folks. They had different opinions on humans and the war. Generally much smarter than humans, and physically more perfect, but in other ways very much like us.
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Re: Your Opinion of the Androsynth

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I had a dream night before last, and as I began to wake, elaborated upon it.
An Androsynth (before the exodus) learned to play the piano; his owner would bring him out on stage and have him perform. He walked out very crisply and expressionlessly, bowed like he had been folded and unfolded by a construction robot, sat, and maintained a stony face as he played.

But the music was as rich and nuanced as anything ever played. And each time he played it was a fresh interpretation, a new creation.

People didn't know what to make of it. Some said this proved Androsynth were people. Others said it was a sham somehow. And others were just left with an uncomfortable feeling and tried to dismiss and forget.

When the Androsynth left, the owner was sad but not surprised. He felt like he had done everything he could to make things better... but that he knew it had not been enough, either for this particular androsynth or for them as a category. And he knew that his androsynth had known - for the last thing he had played was a piano reduction of Haydn's farewell symphony.

He thinks that if he had figured out what that had meant, he would not have raised a finger to stop it.
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