Location: Myalos, Reactivation, Reclamation
???: You must be the champions of the Avatars.
Myalos: I am.
Myalos: I appreciate your... mercy.
Myalos: Regarding Lock and Key, if I may ask, where are they?
Myalos: I see. Then we are safe, for a time. I imagine you have many questions.
Myalos: This construct, the entirety of this mech, is designated "Myalos". It is my body, and I am the mind.
Myalos: There lies the problem at hand.
Myalos: While most of my memory is fragmented, I can recall small pieces of my origins.
Myalos: I remember a war against a foe that threatened to consume all.
Myalos: I remember an explosion, one that knocked out my systems and set me adrift.
Myalos: I remember... a feeling of loss. Of a mission not failed, but simply ended.
Myalos: And then an awakening. Systems normal, save one error.
Myalos: An extraneous mechanism had been implanted at my core.
Myalos: A seed.
Myalos: When I attempted to remove it, I discovered its purpose.
Myalos: It was gradually wresting control, rewriting me.
Myalos: First I lost control of the power supply, and then I lost control of the internal defenses.
Myalos: Yes. It is also why I was originally imprisoned by the Avatars.
Myalos: As the seed mechanism took control of me, it began repurposing parts of this mech, my body, to create and send out machines of war.
Myalos: These destructive machines did not go unnoticed. Nor did their apparent source.
Myalos: The Avatars sent an army of their servants who forced their way in and retrieved the core of my mind and sealed it away.
Myalos: By doing so, they halted the corruption process, and the seed mechanism could no longer use me for its purposes.
Myalos: Regrettably, I had degraded to such a state where I could only sense that there were invaders.
Myalos: I knew not their motives, and so with my attention split between holding off the corruption and holding off the unknown force...
Myalos: ...the corruption took advantage.
Myalos: My saviors did not know where they were going, nor exactly what they were seeking, only that this was the source of the machines.
Myalos: They found me and took me, stopping the corruption, but did not find the seed.
Myalos: When we, designated the Maleurous, were released...
Myalos: ...Lock and Key realized that despite the distance, the corruption process had begun anew.
Myalos: They returned me here to attempt to slow down the corruption, and thus far, I have managed.
Myalos: Lock and Key were unable to disable the seed mechanism. They refused to enter its chamber, and could not explain why.
Myalos: And so I waited, holding the corruption at bay, until they returned with a plan. With word of you, the champions of the Avatars.
Myalos: Regrettably, in exchange for delaying full corruption, I allowed it to seize some vital aspects of this mech.
Myalos: As mentioned before, the power source has been under its control since nearly the beginning.
Myalos: When the seed falls, so too will my supply of energy.
Myalos: Not... entirely.
Myalos: As you may see, I am currently in the process of creating a new, smaller, less catastrophic body for myself.
Myalos: However, for the next vital steps of construction, I do not trust the corruption to simply leave me be.
Myalos: You will destroy the seed mechanism. With the reserve power, Lock and Key will aid me in finishing my new body.
Myalos: And without a viable power source, none will have to worry about this mech wreaking havoc.
Myalos: Assuming he does not mean mere death and destruction, I do not. Nor do I intend to become corrupted enough to understand.
Myalos: That will not be necessary.
Myalos: I apologize for the inconvenience. When I sensed the presence of the seed fade, I could not wait.
Myalos: I initiated a system refresh to finally cleanse myself of its foul influence. It appears that my boot sequence went longer than I anticipated.
Myalos: A refreshing nap. Waking up.
Myalos: I am not. The seed no longer corrupts or controls me. I am finally free.
Myalos: My power reserves are draining, but I should have enough to complete my body.
Myalos: Thank you, champions of the Avatars.
Myalos: Most assuredly. Please send Lock and Key in when you reach them.
Myalos: And thank you once again. It is difficult for me to convey this, but you have done me a priceless service.
Myalos: I am free, but I will forever be in your debt.
Myalos: I see. Even if I were to finish my body and leave this shell, the Maleurous still have designs for the remains.
Myalos: I... see.
Myalos: ...I know what must be done.
Myalos: No, this is sound. I would have liked to... explore... but...
Myalos: Am I not free to make this choice for myself?
Myalos: Logically, if the Maleurous wish to exploit the shell to their own ends, then if the shell were gone, there would be nothing to exploit.
Myalos: This unit was created for interstellar travel. I could power it up, launch away from this planet. No longer be present.
Myalos: However, my power reserves are dwindling.
Myalos: Were I to follow through with such a plan, there would not be an opportunity to finish my body. I would drift until the reserves of power ran out.
Myalos: I believe this is the only option.
Myalos: Lock. Key. Thank you, but I believe <Character> and Uaanta will need your help defending me while I... brush off some of my old systems.
Myalos: This is my choice to make. I will do as heroes do. I will make a sacrifice for the greater good.
Myalos: My sensors indicate that the first of our unwelcome guests have arrived. I suggest haste.
Myalos: None will control my destiny but myself.
Myalos: Thank you, heroes.
Myalos: Thank you, Lock and Key.
Myalos: No... This... This does not comprehend.
Myalos: You are going back on your deal with the heroes! Deceiver! Liar!
Myalos: You are not welcome here!
Myalos: I have no interest in being of assistance.
Myalos: And if I shut off air and power?
Myalos: Regardless, power levels are quickly falling. When depleted, this shell will be of no use to you.
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