Long ago, I decided to create a character pretty much for the sole purpose of exploring the BDSM subculture on Furcadia. Which in hindsight was actually kinda boneheaded given the tendency for fantasy depictions to deviate WILDLY from the real thing (as you could explore in the gallery of the wonderful artist The Tied Tigress, who really does depict a more accurate portrayal. But at least I was able to figure out enough of the culture to not see it as an inherently bad thing. Even got a couple of good friends out of it for a while and a bit of a family.
Alpha Unit's tale pretty much goes down that his model type was originally created by Berkeley-Myers Robotics, a company that decided to experiment in creating robots that could, on command, take up a more dominant position. This idea actually proved pretty marketable both for switches (who alternate between dominant and submissive) and submissives who were having trouble finding a good master.
It was also good proof that Safe, Sane and Consentual were a viable alternative to Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics.
As many of these Alpha Units got produced and sold, one employee who thought he was getting the raw end of the deal decided to encode a computer virus. This virus wound up causing a great many Alpha Units to effectively go maverick (like Mega Man X) in some way; whether it be as dangerous mavericks that would proceed to rape and kill or for some to lose the dominant aspect and become submissive. The former were known as Rogue Alphas, while the latter were betas (never capitalized. This is important.) Many normal Alpha Units, and betas, were recalled and re-purposed for the goal of taking down the Rogue Alphas. Once the final Rogues were confirmed to have been taken down and destroyed, the remaining Alphas and betas had to deactivated as a safety measure and were put into storage.
Twenty five years later, after the Alpha Units were largely forgotten, they were brought back to the market along with the betas. The betas have been tweaked so that the submission brought about by the programming error was rendered more stable, as a measure to ensure that they would remain harmless.
As a last note, the winged toaster in the second picture is an inside joke. There was a lot of crazy stuff in Furcadia, and that included flying toasters and foxes with flowers growing from their backs.
5 years, 4 months ago
27 Jun 2013 21:59 CEST
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