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The droid armies of Destoiya the Conqueror sweep through Severed Space seeking habitable worlds to colonize and inhabited worlds to conquer. Her resolve to widen the horizons of the Tarthian Empire holds such high priority the name Discoverer might suit her instead.
The Discovery Force ranges from human-like androids to hovering sensor-balls. Upon reaching a likely planet or star system, pods detach from the motherships. Once in the atmosphere or on the surface, they blow apart and the sensor-balls roll or hover, gathering information. In the event sentient life-forms are discovered, androids are created which match the natives in appearance and first contact is made.
Once the culture is understood and the language assimilated, the droid army is brought in to establish martial law. The Conqueror herself likes to visit these new worlds and negotiate a settlement of trade and absorption into the empire. Only once, in the case of Felidae, did she forego this step and sign a treaty of non-aggression. The Kin are the only people group in the empire who are not subjects of the crown.
Notes from the wandering artist of the Tarthian Empire
"After a lot of searching and with help from a sleepliner, I was able to come across the Droid Discovery Force exploring a new planet. The trip took almost a year but it was well worth it thanks to the stealth-emitters I picked up from a guild friend of mine.
"We hovered close to the ships while I collected info on the workings of the pods. Using the ship's sensors, we scanned several pods as they rocketed past us. The computer is having trouble making sense of it so I'll send the scans later. Most of the pods eclipsed our sleepliner in size. Since a liner holds over 5000 people plus crew and cargo, that gives you a good idea about how big the Droid ships are themselves."
The original of this drawing was won by Susan W during a contest sponsored by the Romance Studio
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