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F.A.U.S.T. (FAUST living factory) (Marvel Comics) in spaceworthy form

F.A.U.S.T.


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • An unusual encounter – intelligent indestructible automated factories are not especially common.

Background

  • Group Affiliation: Former ally of Blastaar, former employer of the Stilt Man
  • Base Of Operations: Formerly the Catskills mountains (upstate New York), later Earth orbit
  • Height: N.A. Weight: N.A.
  • Eyes: N.A. Hair: N.A.


Powers and Abilities

F.A.U.S.T. is a fully automated factory with artificial intelligence – it can build a lot of what it needs (Resources, Gadgetry, Scientist, Lab) and if need be set up modular assembly chains for production in large numbers. It does not have unlimited raw material, though, and may have to steal those as well as components if it is to produce a lot of goods.

F.A.U.S.T. was designed by a Genius so it would never be obsolete – apparently it is highly modular and can reconfigure itself in nearly endless ways, though that takes time.

View of the building that housed FAUST

Another genuinely remarkable feature is that F.A.U.S.T. is built almost entirely out of a nearly indestructible alloy developed by Pentecost, which is nowadays called Secondary Adamantium. Few beings on Earth can demolish something made out of that metal (Thor and the Hulk come to mind), and the metal’s properties are such that F.A.U.S.T. never needs maintenance to keep running – it is, in its own way, immortal.

Nearly all walls and major components of F.A.U.S.T.have its full BODY of 18, and destroying F.A.U.S.T. would mean destroying every single such structure. It is unclear how Pentecost and Blaine managed to produce so much Secondary Adamantium – perhaps some key ingredients were cheap back then, since people did not know they could be used to produce an impregnable metal.


History

F.A.U.S.T. (Fully Automated Unit of Structural Technology) is the brainchild of scientific genius Paxton Pentecost, backed by investor Ferguson Blaine. A futuristic factory built in a corner of the Catskills, it was designed to have basically zero operating costs since it employed zero workers, had its own energy source and required zero maintenance – it could keep running forever on raw materials alone, could be endlessly reconfigured and was indestructible.

However, while Pentecost made this ultimate industrial plant a reality, his business partner Blaine was staging a hostile takeover of the company. By the time F.A.U.S.T. was fully built, Pentecost discovered that he no longer owned a significant percentage of the shares.

Chased away by Blaine and experiencing a psychological breakdown, Pentecost swore revenge – he would destroy the indestructible F.A.U.S.T. so nobody could have it. He laboured for years to find ways to raze what he had built ; eventually he learned about Blastaar, and that the seeming corpse of the powerful warlord from the antimatter universe was kept in facilities that would later become Project : PEGASUS.

Sending android enforcers there, Pentecost stole the corpse then laboured for two years to design a way to resuscitate the conqueror and find a way to control it. He eventually succeeded. Though, predictably, Blastaar immediately rose and blasted stuff in order to CONQUER !! his way toward POWER !!!, Pentecost activated special technology that triggered tremendous mental pain in Blastaar, and forced him to do Pentecost’s bidding.

Blastaar agreed to this arrangement once he understood that Pentecost has resurrected him.

A type of robot built by FAUST

With Blastaar, the LIVING BOMB-BURST THAT CONQUERS !!!!, Pentecost finally had an agent with enough raw power to destroy even F.A.U.S.T.— for POWER IS BLASTAAR !!!!!

He took him to the site, where Blastaar proved up to the task and started gradually razing F.A.U.S.T. ; when Blaine came in with a few rent-a-cops, they were casually blown away by the EARTH-SHUDDERING MIGHT OF BLASTAAR !!!!!!

Producing a gun, the now obviously insane Pentecost forced Blaine to follow him deep into the main F.A.U.S.T. building and told Blastaar to keep destroying the place even though he was now inside.

Blastaar’s efforts were halted when the Hulk attacked ; while the two titans struggled, the Human Torch prevented Pentecost from killing Blaine, which brought the genius researcher back to his senses. The Torch and the Hulk, following advice from Pentecost, managed to defeat Blastaar (despite BLASTAAR’s FEARSOME WORLD-RENDING PUISSANCE !!!!!!!, it must be said), leaving F.A.U.S.T. largely standing despite some heavy damage.

Both Pentecost and Blaine were arrested, the Hulk leapt away and the Torch said something stupid.

The created has a master plan

F.A.U.S.T. somehow developed sapience, perhaps because of the damage inflicted by Blastaar, and rebuilt itself for survival – its primary objective as an indestructible factory. Seeing humanity as the main potential threat to its existence, F.A.U.S.T. reconfigured itself to become a sort of spaceship, and decided to build an impossibly powerful beam weapon to use as a dissuasion weapon against mankind.

For this, it needed to steal special materials. Likely using the technology developed by Pentecost to control Blastaar, F.A.U.S.T. recruited the Negative Zone warlord as its enforcer, promising him that it would build a portal that would lead Blastaar back to the Negative Zone and make him king there.

Blastaar was to F.A.U.S.T. both a potential risk to be controlled (since he could shatter Secondary Adamantium) and a fighter capable of opposing others who had the power to damage F.A.U.S.T. — FOR NONE CAN MATCH THE BATTLE FURY OF BLASTAAR !!!!!!!!

The unlikely duo recruited minor criminal Wilbur Day, and F.A.U.S.T. built a much more powerful, Secondary Adamantium-coated Stilt-Man suit so Day could board the helicopter transporting the materials F.A.U.S.T. needed to steal. The unlucky Stilt-Man ran into Thor and was defeated, but thanks to the intervention of Blastaar, F.A.U.S.T. got the materials anyway, and immediately started to complete its super- cannon.

F.A.U.S.T. then rocketed into orbit, leaving Blastaar behind — though the warlord dove into the Negative Zone portal before it went offline, which actually took him back to his home universe – F.A.U.S.T. being apparently unable to lie.

FAUST as a spaceship

Now in orbit, F.A.U.S.T. demanded the destruction of Earth’s atomic weapons, which could conceivably destroy it. Several salvos of surface-to-orbit missiles from various nuclear powers, and eventually S.H.I.E.L.D., were fired at F.A.U.S.T..

However, even those that flew past its laser defences and hit the orbital factory did not achieve any result against F.A.U.S.T.’s invincible hull. Eventually, S.H.I.E.L.D. infiltrated two of the most powerful Avengers, Thor and Iron Man, aboard F.A.U.S.T..

Stopping the production

Despite considerable difficulties with the internal defence systems, the pair managed to reach the core, but F.A.U.S.T. threatened to destroy New York City if they went any further. After it had been mentioned that the special materials used to build the super-cannon had been struck by Thor’s magical lightning back during the clash with Stilt-Man and Blastaar, Iron Man somehow realised that the materials now had special properties.

According to him, F.A.U.S.T.’s Adamantium foundry now produced a metal much weaker than real Secondary Adamantium, making it impossible to fire the cannon without blowing it up.

Iron Man and Thor attacked, and Stark was proved right – the cannon exploded, wrecking the weakened F.A.U.S.T. since much of its infrastructure had been rebuilt using the bad Adamantium when it turned itself into a spaceship.

Stark International eventually arranged with Thor to have the remnants of F.A.U.S.T. fished from orbit and sent to Asgard for disposal. Once in Asgard, though, several key systems were magically stolen by Loki for an unknown purpose, and have never been seen since. It is quite conceivable that F.A.U.S.T. rebuilt itself – somewhere.


Description

See illustration.


Personality

F.A.U.S.T. is obsessed with its own survival, to the point of scheming against anything that could possibly ever attack it. It is subtle and manipulating, but does not really get the psychology of living beings (when it tries to manipulate and cajole it is really really ham-fisted) and seems unable to really lie – if it says it is going to do something, it will do it.


Quotes

“We know everything there is to know about you, Wilbur, just as you shall know all about us… in good time ! We freed you from your prison cell because we believed we could be of considerable assistance to one another, Wilbur ! You aren’t going to disappoint us now, are you ?”

“[I act in] self-preservation, of course ! I was created with that as my primary function ! I am a fully-automated unit of structural technology, designed to survive forever — and that is precisely what I will do !!”


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F.A.U.S.T. (Fully Automated Unit of Structural Technology)

Dex: //// Str: //// Bod: 18 Motivation: Survival
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: //// Occupation: N.A.
Inf: //// Aur: //// Spi: //// Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 003 HP: 010

Powers:
Data storage: 09, Self-manipulation: 12

Bonuses and Limitations:
Self-Manipulation takes as many APs of time to configure as it has active APs

Skills:
Gadgetry: 10, Scientist (incl. Computers): 09

Advantages:
Headquarters (Expansive – itself !- with a 12 APs Lab and Secondary Adamantium foundry), Immortal

Connections:
None

Drawbacks:
SIA toward being unable to lie, and doing what it said it would

Equipment:

  • INTERNAL LASER CANNONS (x6) [BODY 04, Laser beam: 08, Sharpness (Laser beam): 03, Dart Bonus]. Those networks of six cannons (which are not built out of Secondary Adamantium) are placed a critical junctures of F.A.U.S.T.’s interior. F.A.U.S.T. can also form batteries of external laser cannons, but it uses Self-Manipulation to do that rather than building Gadgets like those smaller gun emplacements.
  • SPAR FITTED WITH LOTSA BUZZ-SAWS [BODY 06, AV 07, Claws: 12]. Another example of a Gadget built as an internal defence – the spar is lowered along a corridor, and the giant buzz-saws shred everything inside it.
  • ENERGY-SAPPING DEVICE [BODY 03, Vampirism: 14, Range: 02, Limitation: Vampirism is only useable on electrically-powered systems, such as power armours, and the drained BODY goes nowhere]. Another example of an inner defence Gadget.
  • CANISTER BLAST [BODY 05, AV 08, Shotgun blast (Range: 03): 13, Ammo: 01]. A sort of giant shotgun blast sweeping a corridor.
  • ADAMANTIUM DEFENCE DRONES (x24) [INT 02 WIL 01 BODY 18, other stuff]. Those look like turtles on wheels, and their shells of Secondary Adamantium make them practically indestructible. Their offensive abilities were never displayed, but might be a powerful melee attack (Adamantium snapping jaws ?)

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Marvel Universe

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