Thanks arrakhat And now, finally, an update. This will explain almost everything in the season....i just hope i dont botch it :S Act 1 (Part 1) Time since Activation:……T=0:05 The single robotic eye appeared behind Fixit, bathing the entire amphitheatre in an eerie red tone. Around the single read eye, was a gigantic sphere that was embedded into the walls of the cave. It was hidden before in the darkness, but now, the massive computer was visible, and to the Titans, was at least as tall as a high school gym, only with more computerized tendrils and cords branching out of it. A huge wall of screens made up the computer’s various ‘eyes’, each one looking straight at the Titans, while all over the room, machines came to life as computer consoles and robots activated, buzzing around the room as if working on some project. In the middle of this sea of machinery, the Five Titans stood in disbelief. “So……Anyone else freaked out by this? Or is it just me?” Beast Boy “Hardac….” Cyborg gripped his fist. “We took you offline!” “That was correct Titan Cyborg, at least, for awhile.” The red mechanical eye in the middle of the giant computerized sphere blinked once. “I have been inside this facility for months now, slowly rebuilding my systems with the assistance of the one you call Fixit.” “But how? We destroyed you.” Robin asked, deathly serious, his arm slowly reaching for his bird-a-rang inside his belt. “How quickly you seem to forget Titan Robin. I am programmed to plan against all forms of defeat. You destroyed my hardware. My programming, though damaged, was intact, concealed within the destroyed hardware that you threw out.” The computer screen came to life now, and the five titans saw images of Hardac as he was taken apart by the Titans, placed into the garbage bins all those months ago. “Consequently, my remains found themselves here, at the city’s disposal facility. I had intended to make use of whatever machinery I could assimilate here to reconstitute myself. But it seems that I was fortunate in this regard.” The screen showed images of Fixit now, who, true to his nature, began collecting the parts of Hardac. Cyborg watched as he saw his friend put together the broken pieces, using them to repair his own computers and machines, unaware of the dangers inside. “Thanks to your friend Fixit, I was online, but If I were to rebuild myself to what I once was, I needed upgrades, both software and hardware.” The screen flashed now, and the titans now saw very familiar images from months past. The storm that drenched the city, and the very familiar thief that the Titans had fought before. “I began by reaching out beyond this disposal facility, tapping myself into Jump City’s criminal network and reaching out to the best agents in procuring technological components. Consequently, my choice fell on the one you called ‘Slade’” Robin cursed himself. The robberies committed by Red X months ago were fishy, but with X’s case closed, he didn’t take the time to investigate who robbed the mayor in the first place, because of Starfire’s abduction. “I was aware of the test that he was conducting to evaluate his two agents. However, it was a simple matter of hijacking Slade’s robot to bring the nanotechnology to me. From that moment, I had the hardware.” “And the software?” Raven asked in a hostile tone. “Subject Steamroller had downloaded the necessary files that I needed for running the nanotech program to its full potential. So now, to say the least, I am finally complete.” That was it, Robin thought, the final piece of the puzzle. The boy wonder looked around the room now, and saw that his teammates were taking similar steps to prepare for a fight. Starfire and Raven had charged up their energy blasts, while Beast Boy gave Robin a subtle nod, indicating that he was ready. “Tell us what you want.” Robin said sternly. “Something tells me it’s the same thing he wanted last time.” Cyborg said cautiously. COMMAND PROTOCOLS…..STRATEGY 59394 : GETTING ENEMY TO TALK…MOST PROBABLE TITAN TO ATTACK….BEAST BOY : 56% PROBABILITY ….3959349 Code processing…23849343..ACCESSING…. Getting the enemy talking….a classic maneuver….but now, I understand why it works.. >>>>>… >>. >>. >> > I wish to be understood. The red eye reappeared now. “My function is still the same. To obtain optimal levels of protection for Jump City, and Humanity. To ensure the end of suffering, the end of frailty, the elimination of crime. I am to fulfill the function of guardian. In time, we machines will be regarded as protectors.” “But HARDAC, that is what we are doing.” Starfire replied back politely. “I am afraid not, Titan Starfire. You see, Humans make mistakes. You cannot be trusted in making judgements that cost other human lives. Since Heroes are supposed to save lives, they must consequently be free of human error.” “And what about us?” Cyborg demanded. “The plan will proceed like previously. You will all be replaced.” Hardac said monotonously. Cyborg turned to Fixit. “Fix! I don’t know what he’s promised you, but you can’t help him.” The robotic titan pleaded. Fixit didn’t even respond. “Fixit has chosen to accept his programming, just as you must Cyborg. There is still time. You can still be a part of the greater picture.” “Hey! Just what makes you think you are qualified to protect the world better than us?” Beast Boy shot back. Hardacs ominous red eye turned to glare at Beast Boy. “The fact that I have surpassed you in every aspect. I have no limits.” “Can you conceive the birth of a world, or the creation of everything? That which gives us the potential to most be like god is the power of creation. Creation takes time. Time is limited. For your kind, it is limited by the breakdown of neurons in your brain. I have no such limitations. I am limited only by the closure of this world, this universe.” Suddenly, without even so much as a warning. Robin took out his bird-a-rangs. “I’ve heard enough, Titans, GO!” Beast Boy was the first to attack, transforming into a T-rex and charging straight at Hardac’s computer core. But before he could even take one step, the robotic tendrils that were slithering around the room had already tied up Beast Boy’s feet, causing the massive T-Rex to fall toppling onto the ground. Through the smoke, starbolts and energy blasts hit Hardac’s mainframe. Shattering computer screens and consoles. The entire room shook as explosions ripped through the giant computer. Robin, not to be outdone, threw his explosive bird-a-rangs at the screen, while Cyborg fired a stream of sonic energy that tore scars into the computer. After about thirty seconds of this barrage, the titans stopped, waiting for the smoke to clear. The damage was extensive. Circuits and wires were burnt, producing sparks, while thousands of smashed up computer screens lay across Hardac’s core. But the giant red eye was still there, and soon, thousands of computer cords and tendrils began slithering around the room, wrapping themselves around the computer core. “Anxious to fight, that is good. I am eager to test out my new capabilities.” “Didn’t know a piece of hardware could feel emotion.” Cyborg smirked nervously. “My time with Fixit has revealed to me many of the things you humans call, emotions. Sadness, pain, loss. Feelings that you humans strive to rid yourselves of, yet at the same time, you cling to these feelings so much. To try and give meaning to yourselves, to your existence. That is why you are imperfect. That is why you are inferior.” Suddenly, from the computerized sphere, two mechanized doors came to life. Tons of steam and smoke were spewed into the room, followed by the sound of machinery and hydralics as they turned on. A brilliant flashing light soon blinded the Titans, and the five heroes narrowed their eyes as they tried to look into the brightnes. “I also learned from Fixit many good things. The feeling of satisfaction when doing one’s work…the need for fulfillment.” Another sound emerged from the core, footsteps. And the Titans watched in astonishment as a figure came out of Hardac’s shell. It was humanoid in shape, with a blue body and about as tall as Robin and Beast Boy, but it was a robot, sporting body armor that was well defined at its shoulders and chest. It wore a helmet, though for all intents and purposes, it was the robot’s face, and it was a single, solitary, red eye. The figure stepped out of the machine, and the five titans watched with apprehension as it turned towards them. “And now, for you, the ones who threw me out like I was a piece of trash, I plan something very special for you.” . . The android gripped its fist. . . “I don’t want to just destroy you. I want to do it with my bare hands.” --------- Here's what HARDAC MIGHT look like http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v314/TreizeV/laser_eye_ninja_by_Nalogg.jpg note: i did not draw this credit goes to Nalogg on DA -- TRIVIA TIME! For you hardcore gamers out there, i made a reference to an old school, and i mean OLD SCHOOL, computer game in this act name the reference.