The alien creators of the
Stardroids discovered that the HEC reacted to a person’s heart and
spirit at a very early stage of their research. This was largely due to the makeup of their civilization, which was not only heavily mechanized, but also focused on things we would likely consider as magic.
They thought that creating a receptacle with a strong spirit would be the
best way to maximize the power that could be harnessed from HEC,
and to do so, they created the device that would become known as Terra.
Yet for all that Terra was a perfectly good robot, he despite their
hopes did not manage to draw much energy from the HEC at all (although of all the Stardroids, he did manage to draw out the most).
The aliens concluded that on its own, even the strongest will could
only do so much, and so rather than keep using Terra
alone as a vessel (lit: as a miko), they developed a
new plan: finding a way to concentrate the power of as many hearts as
possible within a single container.
(This container of hearts was Dark Moon, which, immediately after its
birth, began to feed on the naturally-occuring negative emotions of the
star’s inhabitants– but that is another story.)
Terra’s main weapon, the Spark Chaser, keeps firing an invisible thread
of energy after launch (which itself is tied to Terra’s energy shield).
The laser is literally wired to Terra; he can not only manipulate and
reorient it at will, but the laser itself also acts as a sensory organ
for him. He receives tactile input from each of the lasers he fires,
informing him of their surroundings, and enabling him to manipulate them
with perfect precision.
Provided the fancy struck him, Terra
could accurately shoot the eyes out of his enemies’ heads even if they
stood on the other side of a planet. He can also use that unseen
energy thread in a nonlethal fashion; by shooting it at a living being,
he can connect, if imperfectly, to their thoughts and emotions, and even
interfere to a degree. Terra was able to communicate with people all across the planet, as well as funnel their fear to Dark Moon, by using this ability.
A collage of my all time favorite Stardroids! Big shout out to @dailyrockman for drawing these lovelies. I hope you dont mind me using this as my phone wallpaper ^^’ That’s how incredible your artwork is :3