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Artwork

  • The card art for the golem versions of the Freedom Five is interconnected, with Turret Bot being on the far left and Champion Bot, Stealth Bot, Swift Bot, and Cryo-Bot following in order to the right.
  • **Golem Unity Promo** May be wearing Mr. Fixer's hat. It has been referenced that if Mr Fixer is seen without his hat, then he is dead. This may mean Mr Fixer is dead in the Shattered Timelines Iron Legacy Future. (Confirmed Letters Page 10)
  • The art on Unity's incapacitated side seems to be an homage to Magneto's plastic prison at the end of the X-Men movie. Both Magneto and Unity would need to be incarcerated in metal-free environments to deny their powers of anything to interact with.
  • Baron Blade looks annoyed as he encounters the "Platform Bot".
  • "Powered Shock Wave" displays the firepower of several Bee Bots as they attack The Radioactivist.
  • Magman encounters Stealth Bot in "Volatile Parts"

Confirmed

  • Many of Unity's flavor texts hint at her seeing Tachyon as a quasi-maternal figure. She seems to have programmed Swift Bot with a humorously simplified version of Tachyon's personality, or perhaps she has simply programmed it to repeat things indicative of her.

Unconfirmed

  • Cryo-Bot's flavor text may be reference to Absolute Zero's relative lack of popularity in the Sentinels fandom.
  • Raptor Bot's (aka "Mr. Chomps'") gameplay mechanics are very similar to those of the Raptor Packs from Insula Primalis, hinting that Unity based its design on them.
  • The flavor text of "Volatile Parts" seems to hint that the golems have a measure of self-awareness. That, or Unity simply sees them in that light.

To Other Works

  • Unity's unusual powers, pragmatic attire, and underused ethnicity are all traits commonly found in the characters of the Wildstorm universe.

Questions Answered on The Letters Page

  • Notes from Letters Page 18
      • We've seen bots in other decks besides her own (and in the ARG), does she have bot-versions of other heroes besides the FF? Could a hypothetical Unity-bot recursively make more bots? How far does the rabbit-hole go? Are we listening to a Christopher-bot and Adam-bot read and answer questions? First, they are definitely the normal human persons and not robot duplicates. She makes lots of bots all the time - it's a common misconception that her bots stick around for a long time. She makes them with her mind and they operate without her needing to really expend a lot of concentration on them, but they probably only stick around for 10 minutes, max, unless she's actively keeping them going. She's not building and coding behavior for robots like Tachyon would. She's made robot versions of lots of heroes and villains, several types of dinosaurs, animals, just whatever occurs to her as something that would work well or at least be funny.
      • Do any other bots get fun names like Mr. Chomps? Well, Bee Bot looks more like a hornet (fun story: Christopher had written "Bee Bot" and Adam responded with "Hornets are more fun to draw." and the "'Bee Bot' is more fun to say" explanation was a reference to that - there's also a fun anecdote about an interaction Christopher had with a young Unity cosplayer at a convention). Even though she doesn't constantly have a raptor bot around (see above about how they don't last long) whenever she makes a raptor bot, it's always Mr. Chomps, even when there's a bunch of raptor bots at the same time - this gets under Tachyon's skin a little bit.
      • Do the bots talk, does Unity do funny voices for them, or do the bots talk but sound like Unity doing funny voices? The bots talk, but they sound like a bad robot impression of the person they're a copy of. She could probably make the voices better, but it's funnier this way (especially Speed Bot).
      • Is Unity Jewish (the tie-in with "Golem")? Yes, the legends of the golem are explicitly why she makes "Mechanical Golems". The Wraith is Jewish by heritage, but Unity is a practicing Jew as well. She even has a little bit of an accent due to English not being her native language (although, no grammatical errors as she's perfectly fluent).
      • How did Unity wind up as an enemy of not 1, but 2 dudes made of fire? It's actually 3 dudes, except of those 3, only 1 is actually made of fire. The first is Magman - one of the Magmen who invaded in FFA #12, and that fight is the source of animosity. The second is the Radioactivist, his odd appearance really is just his gross, orange skin (caused by the nuclear energies that power him) - he was a weird creepy fanboy of the Freedom Five, and became kind of a stalker with regards to Unity once she joined the group. In an event where a bunch of robot drones were attacking a nuclear plant, the FF and Unity went to stop them, and he followed them there. He got dosed with a bunch of radiation when the drones caused some part of it to overload, turning him into the weird creature he is now - for which he blames Unity and the FF. The third is Char (originally going to be called "Firearm" but that was a bit too on-the-nose) - he shows up at Fort Adamant during Termi-Nation (he'd been a test subject there) and winds up fighting Unity (hints that he'll be in the upcoming environment deck as her nemesis, along with other mini-nemeses for the other heroes involved in that event).
      • Is pink her favorite color or does she just default to that given the glow when she uses her power? It's kind of the reverse of the second option - pink is her favorite color and her power signature is pink for that reason.
      • Are the pink hair streaks that Termi-Nation Unity has related to her interactions with Chokepoint (who also has pink hair)? She'll never admit it, but it's not a coincidence.
      • Unity is described as Israeli, but most of them serve in Israel's armed forces; did Unity serve in this way? No, she left the country right around the time that she would have been expected to serve (helped out by Tachyon's explanation of what she would be doing instead) - that didn't go over super well, but her service as a superhero kind of mitigates it.
      • When does Platform Bot make its appearance? Is that the real Baron Blade? Did she actually encounter an MDP or was she just working off of descriptions? During Vengeance, it's a Blade-bot (this is while Blade and Legacy are in the Realm of Discord), and MDPs are more common than just the FFA #1 event, so most people would be familiar with them even though she obviously wasn't there for that early appearance.
      • Did she build Augustus and if so, why couldn't she make him understandable? He's a library bot she built specifically to understand a coded transmission they'd received. She did this too well and he only speaks in code.
      • How'd she wind up in the glass prison on her incap art (this is Arcanist Lupus' limerick question mentioned in the show notes - right around 44:45)? Revo-Corp captured her at one point and used that room to keep her away from any metal that she could use to build anything. Other heroes break her out eventually.
      • Is she in a relationship with anybody (or even just have a crush on anyone)? She's younger than the other heroes (18 to her early 20s the whole time from her introduction in the mid-'90s until OblivAeon - gotta love how comic-book time works), and has been on a lot of dates (mostly guys, a few girls, even an alien once), but nothing really lasts until fairly late in the Multiverse storyline when she starts pursuing a relationship with a hero, Randall Butler (Benchmark!), he's a few years older than her, but not a whole lot, and both have a history with Revo-Corp to bond over.
      • Most golems seem purely mechanical - Freedom Six Unity has a skeleton, Termi-Nation Unity's incap art shows them side by side (presumably the creation of the Golem Unity), what all is going on? Chronological: TN Incap art with her hooked up to a Unity Bot is an event from a fight with Biomancer and he had made one of his flesh golems with some mechanical bits, but he was unable to replicate her powers - he's trying to steal her powers and put them in his creation without removing her brain (he's stopped before he can try this, it probably would have left Unity brain-dead). Next, in the Iron Legacy timeline Biomancer attempted this same thing, also she and Mr. Fixer had become close friends due to the circumstances of them being in hiding, and him mentoring her, etc. Eventually, Unity is mortally wounded in a fight with the Iron Hand (Legacy's guards/shock troops). Fixer remembers the Biomancer incident and tracks him down and makes him do a full transfer of her mind. She dies, Fixer buries her, then the Unity bot comes online and he tells it that she's really Unity, only patched up with metal and stuff. She has some inklings that she's not really herself (moreso after Fixer's death and she takes his cap), but she never really gets a chance to come to terms with that before the end of the Multiverse.
    • Future:
      • Tactics - Unity is part of the Freedom Five in all but name (despite the name not changing). The team members all have a FV logo on their belts, hers is FVI (the "I" is for "intern" obviously, what, that looks like it's a Roman 6? That's funny.) The guys end by saying that she'll eventually be an official member of the Freedom Five, and putting a bit of a lampshade on that statement - foreshadowing a death/retirement?
      • RPG - she leaves the Freedom Five after OblivAeon. She's gotten an offer from Revo-Corp (obviously under non-Blade management now, right?) doing science stuff, but also as a part of their team, the Paradigms (with Benchmark - they're not a Setback/Expatriette pair yet, but it's still furthering their relationship).
    • Future Questions:
      • Do the golems run off programming or just off her powers? Does she program them with her power? Does she have to split her focus among all of the active bots? Range/duration of her golems if she leaves or is knocked out? Does she actually see her bots as characters? Is Mr. Chomps inspired by a trip to Insula Primalis or just her interest in dinosaurs? This can be summed up as "how do her powers work?" and like many other examples in prior episodes, the answer is "nobody knows". Tachyon hasn't been able to figure out the source of her power, as far as everything appears she's a normal human but she can make these bots with her mind. There's a reason this question was saved for the Future section of the podcast, though. The answer will appear in future issues of Sentinel Comics (in the RPG timeline). Here we go: in her family backstory we hear about how Unity's mother, Mira, was injured in the Yom Kippur War. There was a powerful entity, referred to as a Chaos Witch, Rose Griggs, who was drawn there. Rose was blowing stuff up with her power, and some of the shrapnel from that was what injured Mira (and some is still in her hip, the source of her persistent limp after her recovery). This didn't effect Mira, but some of the latent power coalesced during her pregnancy with Devra and that's where her power came from - she's a "magically powered" hero, despite the technological appearance of how it manifests.

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