A little while back, skidblast asked me some questions about damage to and survivability of a Transformer. This prompted a discussion about Rossum’s Trinity, wherein lots of people (thanks siphersaysstuff, swordshade, & barnabyhills!) offered explanations for how the organ system worked. This reblog I think has the majority of the discussion all in one spot, but you can see in the notes there is input from others as well (@colonel–dog (I can’t get your name to link, D: sorry!), eabevella, teal-mafioso, nabulos IF I MISSED ANYONE I AM VERY SORRY! ;.;)
WELL I HAVE SOME GOOD NEWS! TF Con occurred this past weekend and vangeluscentral interviewed James Roberts and asked him our question about Rossum’s Trinity! tl;dr the organs are not of equal importance, but rather arranged in a hierarchy.
Click here for da interview! (also discussed are the recent issues’ charisma parasites, the intricacies of the storytelling, passion for the franchise and how it’s a great medium for sci fi, etc!)
The Rossum’s Trinity question/background is given around the 22 minute mark and the following transcription starts at 22:42
Vangelus: Rossum’s Trinity: Is there a science deeper to that or was Rossum himself maybe misled?
James Roberts: No, I think in all the instances where we’ve seen damage sustained to one of those three things, I think it should be apparent that the T-cog is the most disposable of those three… as MMM demonstrate, you can live an entirely happy, safe life without a T-cog. The key, though, of course, is how to remove it. So, if you’re a sufficiently skilled surgeon, and you take it out, then there needn’t be any damage to your spark or to your brain. So, of the three, that’s the disposable corner of the triangle. Hierarchically, the next one is the brain. You need the brain, and the brain essentially translates the soul - the spark. But, as we saw in Simon Furman’s era, where sparks are contained, there’s contained units, and sparks are, sort of very much separate from the brain, for extended periods, again it is possible to exist as a spark, and to be reunited with your brain. And you’re okay. So, T-cog, you can do without most easily. Brain, you can live apart from, provided your spark is protected, and so on. You can’t do anything without a brain, obviously, but in terms of simply containing it. The spark is the one that you cannot do without. You know, if your spark’s damaged or it’s extinguished, it doesn’t matter if you’ve got a pristine brain, pristine T-cog, you’re dead. And that’s the hierarchy of Rossum, I suppose.
So there ya go =) Thanks everyone for contributing to the discussion, to Vangelus for asking the question, and James Roberts for the definitive answer! \n/
[also wasted-disposal you are adorable and I’m glad you enjoy the discussions ^_^]