Ashen Remnant (Retired)
0X600-AR32 "Ashen Remnant"
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Vital Information
Gender Male
Species Cybernetic Guardian
Source Final Fantasy 7-2
Faction 1-Confederacy
Rank 1-Ensign
Function Living Weapon
Groups N/A
Other Information
Age (Appearance) N/A
Age (Actual) N/A
Still Aging? No
Height 3'5"
Weight 678 lbs.
Hair Color N/A
Eye Color N/A
Quote
"I exist as a living weapon of ShinRa. If you stand in our way, know what it means to defy a Remnant!"
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Profile

Designation 0X600-AR32, service name "Ashen Remnant," is a living weapon created in the laboratories of ShinRa's Science Research Division. An imperfect clone of Red XIII's genetic material, he closely resembles one of Cosmo Canyon's bestial guardians, but extensive cybernetic modifications leave him in a limbo between the artificial and the biological. His mind is twisted and broken, augmented by a number of powerful computer subsystems, used to fine-tune his personality and engender absolute loyalty to the Confederacy and ShinRa. Ashen's programming is unstable in some regards. He can be prone to unfortunate side effects like periods of laughing insanity, but for the most part he can be counted on to be a most loyal and destruction-prone servant of the Confederacy.


Powers

  • Bestial Senses: With a biological base as one of the animalistic guardians of Cosmo Canyon, Ashen has senses far superior to the average human. His sense of hearing and smell have undergone no significant change, and are at minimum on par with a dog's. He can hear well into high and low frequencies, and he can track things quite skillfully by smell.
  • Camera Array: Ashen's eyes were the first of his systems to be replaced with cybernetic enhancements. Both of his eyes have been surgically removed, replaced with a series of high-performance lenses and a compact, sophisticated camera array. The lenses allow him to see the world in a variety of light spectrums, with the ability to filter wavelengths at will. The camera array is able to record data, transmitting the feed electronically back to ShinRa's science headquarters.
  • Comupter Subsystems: The mind of Ashen Remnant has also been heavily compromised. Computer circuitry runs hand in hand with natural synapses of his brain. Augmented by such heavy computing, his memory and perceptions are far elevated over the standards of a human or even the guardians of Cosmo Canyon. More machine than sentient being, he can also record staggering amounts of data for later retrieval, with the unerring memory of a computer. This allows him to record, review, and provide combat data directly to ShinRa's science department — and recall details with amazing accuracy.
  • Cybernetic Enhancement: In addition to the specific parts and systems that were enhanced by ShinRa's biomechanical tinkering, Ashen enjoys a high amount of natural resilience and strength. It's difficult to break his bones or fatigue him due to the unnatural augmentation of his body. Drugs and poisons also have a difficult time affecting him due to his altered metabolism, and the sheer level of computerization and mechanization his body functions with.
  • Exoskeleton: Ashen's limbs have been enhanced with a hydraulically-powered mithril exoskeleton and shock-absorbent system, giving him incredible athletic potential. Such protection to his limbs and joints allow him to run at high speeds, as well as make tremendous leaps. By the same token, he can also survive crushing impacts and landings that would shatter an unaugmented body. Most of these inner workings are not visible, suffused through his skeletal and muscular systems.
  • Loyalty: Ashen Remnant was designed as a living weapon, but certain safeties were installed to ensure that he would remain loyal to the proverbial cause. Ashen is extremely loyal to the Confederacy as well as ShinRa, and will never defect. Though capable of understanding the notion, he isn't able to concieve of this as it pertains to him. He's a member of the Confederacy, and of ShinRa; that's the way things have always been for him, and that's the way things will always be. He understands that orders aren't always easy, and that sometimes he might be seen as a disposable resource — but he'll still continue to follow, no matter what happens.
  • Materia: Hidden behind the camera housings in Ashen's left eye socket is a lightning materia, wired into the systems that govern his body. Its primary use is as a secondary power source, mitigating the tremendous energy drain on his body. However, Ashen can also force an overload through his systems, delivering a weak electrical shock to targets that are touching him or standing too close.
  • Pain Suppression: When his body was fitted with its specialised exoskeleton, Ashen Remnant's vascular system was also tampered with, severely dampening his ability to feel pain. Naturally, this gives him an edge in combat. Wounds that would drain or mentally tax any other combatant have little effect on him, though he can still feel and react to traumatic injury. Naturally, this suppression doesn't mean that he doesn't take damage. He just may not necessarily react to lighter wounds.

Flaws

  • Bestial Senses: Having a biological base in something inhuman has its benefits, but there are also drawbacks. Such keen hearing and olfactory senses can mean oversensitivity in the wrong situations, prone to damage under overwhelming stimuli. Loud noises can hurt Ashen's ears or temporarily deafen him. Strong smells can "jam" his sense of smell, overwhelming or confusing him if he's trying to track something. Inhaling any sort of strong pepper can also ruin his day, burning his nasal passages and throat.
  • Cybernetic Enhancement: Despite overwhelming advantages through science, Ashen Remnant can't maintain his body's systems by himself. He has to return to Confederate or ShinRa facilities every so often for maintenance and repair or he begins to fall into disrepair. Having a limb suddenly freeze up when he needs it can be a terrible inconvenience. If neglected too long, it's possible that his body may literally start to fall apart.
    To that end, anything with an electromagnetic signature may be disruptive to his systems. The computerized subsystems that make up half his brain are safeguarded through heavy shielding, but the motor functions that power his skeletal frame can be compromised. Electromagic pulses will paralyze him like a string-cut puppet, paralyzing him… much to his irritation.
    Ashen's biological systems haven't been perfected, either. The lightning materia installed in his left eye socket helps to mitigate some of his energy demands, but he still has to eat ravenously just to function. He must have a single daily meal to function well, and he tends to get cranky if he's forced to work on less. He won't die of starvation, and in fact physically can't, but the longer he goes without food, the less tractable he's going to be.
  • Experimental: As one of ShinRa's pet projects, Ashen Remnant is ultimately an experiment in half a dozen different fields, all rolled up into one terrible package. He's considered functional, but not all of his subsystems were optimized or fully tested. He can suffer from occasional malfunctions, causing partial paralysis or cripplingly limited range of motion.
    Furthermore, the computerized components of his brain are also prone to occasional glitches. Three of the most common manifestations include periods of laughing insanity, "gaps" in logic or memory that require mistaken protocols to access, or mild stuttering.
  • Flame Tail: Like his genetic base, Ashen Remnant's tail is perpetually on fire. It's a scientific mystery, since it doesn't hurt him and never seems to go out. The visual effect is neat, but Ashen has to be careful with it. Setting things like the headquarters building on fire would be a Very Bad Idea.
  • Killswitch: Though difficult to do, it's possible for hackers to target Ashen Remnant's computer systems. ShinRa planned for this scenario, implementing several safeties into his design. His brain is hypersensitive to attack, able to react instinctively to perceived threats. If a hostile force gains control of him, Ashen's body is programmed to transmite a massive electrical overload and force him to shut down completely. His systems lock as well, and only ShinRa can bypass the permissions needed to revive him and minimize the damage.
  • Limiters: While his brain is capable of processing incredible amounts of data, most of this functionality is "locked" to prevent his computer systems from overloading. To access it, Ashen must send a request to ShinRa before he can plumb the frightening depths of his knowledge; but he can't do this if he's unable to send any transmissions from a location.
  • Materia: Hidden behind the camera housings of Ashen's left eye is a lightning materia, wired into the systems that govern his body. It's used as a secondary power source, mitigating the tremendous energy demands of his body's exoskeletal augmentation. Ashen can still function, but without it, his performance suffers terribly.
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