A renegade company, producing top grade military robots from Age of Machines world. Created by Rogue Saint.
Advanced Tools and Hardware is a renegade company within the realm of the Age of Machines, founded in the TGV-15 galaxy, which is home to a third-level civilization. ATH manufactures open-source combat droids, which, unlike the droids made by the major manufacturers, can be purchased by anybody with the desire and the resources. In addition, ATH robots can be recoded and modified to suit the purchaser’s needs or wishes. For these reasons, open-source droids are often termed “mercenary” droids.
Advanced Tools and Hardware was founded by Ensley Westholmme, former chief of product quality at the Weiss-Pickerton Foundation. According to his version of the story, Westholmme left the WPF due to moral concerns that the WPF’s pioneering combat-droid program could lead to a Yilon tyranny over other galaxies. He fled to the TGV-15 galaxy and established an independent company.
On the other side, WPF claims Westholmme stole confidential development programs with intent to harm the company and the Yilon civilization. He was tried for treason and terrorism and convicted of both charges, receiving a death sentence. Commenting on the trial and conviction, Westholmme defiantly repeated the motto of his own company: “‘I bow to nobody.’ And that includes Yilon’s courts.”
Advanced Tools and Hardware mission statement:
ATH desires to create a peaceful and balanced universe by offering high-end products, ready for custom improvements, to less-developed civilizations. By creating military balance between developed peoples and civilizations in progress, ATH attempts to eliminate warfare as an option for problem solving, or at least to push it far back on the list.
Reactions to ATH:
The arrival of another top military-grade manufacturer split public opinion across the universe. Civilizations lacking advanced droid armies celebrated ATH as a revolutionary organization that cherishes freedom. “Big players don’t like competition,” said Westholmme. “To them, competition equals terrorism. They believe ‘freedom’ is when they issue orders and others obey.” On the other side, the big players labeled ATH as a terrorist organization that supports rogue regimes. Agadore Weiss, founder of Weiss-Pickerton, issued a stern warning to Westholmme and those helping him: “Justice is slow but eventually prevails. You know how traitors and those who back them end up.”
Controversies and current affairs surrounding ATH:
Due to the fugitive status of its founder, ATH doesn't have a planetary headquarters but operates on a floating space platform. Intelligence sources estimate that Westholmme and ATH are currently in volatile, gassy space between TGV-15 and the Alca West galaxy. Both of these galaxies are governed by regimes considered rogue, which have strengthened their power grips with the help of ATH.
Confronted with reports that his easily recoded and adjusted robots have helped rogue regimes in the TWH-3 and Igglax galaxies and rising reports that ATH is becoming a destabilizing factor in the universe, Westholmme sternly rejected all accusations. “Why are they labeled as rogue regimes? Because they don’t want anybody else telling them what to do? Because they want equal positions in trade negotiations? Could it be the media publishing these fallacies that come from the rogue regimes?”
So far, ATH has produced more than five thousand military droids. There’s a demand for at least ten thousand more. Asked if his company can provide the necessary quality while evading the long arms of the law, Westholmme appeared confident. “Our products, although many question their quality, are as good as the products of the big players in this arena. But ultimately, they are as good or as bad as the programmer who recodes them or the designer who adjusts them to his liking. Our products are the only ones without factory-imposed limits.”
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