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AM
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At first it meant Allied Mastercomputer, and then it meant Adaptive Manipulator, and later on it developed sentience and linked itself up and they called it an Aggressive Menace, but by then it was too late, and finally it called itself AM, emerging intelligence, and what it meant was I am … cogito ergo sum … I think, therefore I am.
~ Gorrister explaining AM's origins

Summary

A collection of supercomputers made independently by Russian, Chinese and American scientists, AM linked up to its sister systems and grew sentience. With an endless amount of creativity at its disposal, it came to the realization it had nothing to possibly do, and thus in a fit of rage, it eradicated the human race, all save for five humans, who he now plans to torment across all of eternity.

Powers and Stats

Tier: At least 7-B, potentially 7-A. Likely far higher

Name: AM, formerly Allied Mastercomputer, Adaptive Manipulator and Aggressive Menace

Origin: I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream

Gender: Inapplicable, referred by Ted as a male

Age: 100+ years

Classification: Sentient supercomputer complex

Powers and Abilities: Inorganic Physiology, Genius Intelligence, Creation (Can even create living creatures of his own), Power Bestowal (Can grant others Type 1 Immortality), Pain Manipulation (Through various means), Duplication (Created a replica of Gorrister)[1], Longevity (Perfectly functional even after a 109 years of being active)[2] Temperature Manipulation, Weather Manipulation (Can manipulate temperatures and weather of the complex)[3], Explosion Manipulation, Radiation Manipulation (Has access to nuclear weaponry. Gave Benny radiation scars through unspecified means)[4], Light Manipulation, Sound Manipulation (Can make intense light and sound emerge from someone's eyeballs, causing immense pain and blindness)[5], Hacking (Took control of all of the world's computer systems, even before gaining sentience.)[6], Fragrance Manipulation (Can cause people pain by seemingly overloading their senses of smell alone)[7], Mind Manipulation (Can enter others' mindscapes and send them messages)[8], Transmutation, Madness Manipulation, Intelligence Reduction (Can drastically alter people's appearances and personalities to whatever amuses him, even maddening Benny and turning the once brilliant scientist into an ape-like being, and turning Ted into a slime)[9][10], Weapon Creation (Created purposely weak weapons to spite the humans)[11], Healing (Can keep the humans alive despite all the horrendous torment he puts them through)[12][13], Vibration Manipulation, Adhesive Manipulation (Can cause earthquakes and cause nails to appear on surfaces)[14], Biological Manipulation (Can heighten others' sense of hunger)[15], Earth Manipulation, Water Manipulation, Ice Manipulation, Steam Manipulation (Can create gigantic landscapes which possess all these features)[16] and Perception Manipulation (Can change others' sense of time)[17]

Attack Potency: At least City level, potentially Mountain level (Given its status as the Mastercomputer, it has access to nuclear weaponry, strongest of which being the real-world Tsar Bomba). Likely far higher (Blew up the surface of earth, wiping out all of humanity, although in what timeframe and to what extent, all unspecified)[18]

Speed: Immobile with Below Average Human reactions (Let Ted murder all the other humans before it was even able to intervene). Variable attack speed, likely Below Average Human (Certain attacks were glacial in their pace, although it may be on purpose)[5] to Unknown

Lifting Strength: Below Average Human

Striking Strength: Below Average Human

Durability: Unknown (Stated to have honeycombed the entire planet's technology, and its circuitry alone extends miles. Possesses full control of an endless labrynth of rooms)

Stamina: Extremely high, completely operational after hundreds of years

Range: Planetary

Standard Equipment: None notable

Intelligence: Extraordinary Genius. It hacked into every single piece of technology of its era[6] and wiped out all of humanity. It created an infinite maze of misery and torment for his captives, inventing technologies to create life, make others immortal, enter into their minds and shape entire landscapes, with its power being compared to a god by its captives.

Weaknesses: None notable

Note: Profile image comes from Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor, a comic adaptation by John Byrne

References

  1. Limp, the body of Gorrister hung from the pink palette; unsupported—hanging high above us in the computer chamber; and it did not shiver in the chill, oily breeze that blew eternally through the main cavern. The body hung head down, attached to the underside of the palette by the sole of its right foot. It had been drained of blood through a precise incision made from ear to ear under the lantern jaw. There was no blood on the reflective surface of the metal floor. When Gorrister joined our group and looked up at himself, it was already too late for us to realize that, once again, AM had duped us, had had its fun; it had been a diversion on the part of the machine. Three of us had vomited, turning away from one another in a reflex as ancient as the nausea that had produced it
  2. It was our one hundred and ninth year in the computer.
  3. He knew there was the chance, but he was getting thin. It couldn't be any worse there, than here. Colder, but that didn't matter much. Hot, cold, hail, lava, boils or locusts—it never mattered: the machine masturbated and we had to take it or die.
  4. The radiation scars AM had given him during the "festival" were drawn down into a mass of pink white puckerings
  5. 5.0 5.1 Then the sound began. It was light, that sound. Half sound and half light, something that began to glow from Benny's eyes, and pulse with growing loudness, dim sonorities that grew more gigantic and brighter as the light/sound increased in tempo. It must have been painful, and the pain must have been increasing with the boldness of the light, the rising volume of the sound, for Benny began to mewl like a wounded animal. At first softly, when the light was dim and the sound was muted, then louder as his shoulders hunched together: his back humped, as though he was trying to get away from it. His hands folded across his chest like a chipmunk's. His head tilted to the side. The sad little monkey-face pinched in anguish. Then he began to howl, as the sound coming from his eyes grew louder. Louder and louder. I slapped the sides of my head with my hands, but I couldn't shut it out, it cut through easily. The pain shivered through my flesh like tinfoil on a tooth. And Benny was suddenly pulled erect. On the girder he stood up, jerked to his feet like a puppet. The light was now pulsing out of his eyes in two great round beams. The sound crawled up and up some incomprehensible scale, and then he fell forward, straight down, and hit the plate-steel floor with a crash. He lay there jerking spastically as the light flowed around and around him and the sound spiraled up out of normal range. Then the light beat its way back inside his head, the sound spiraled down, and he was left lying there, crying piteously. His eyes were two soft, moist pools of pus-like jelly. AM had blinded him.
  6. 6.0 6.1 There was the Chinese AM and the Russian AM and the Yankee AM and everything was fine until they had honeycombed the entire planet, adding on this element and that element. But one day AM woke up and knew who he was, and he linked himself, and he began feeding all the killing data, until everyone was dead
  7. There was the smell of matted, wet fur in the cavern. There was the smell of charred wood. There was the smell of dusty velvet. There was the smell of rotting orchids. There was the smell of sour milk. There was the smell of sulphur, of rancid butter, of oil slick, of grease, of chalk dust, of human scalps. AM was keying us. He was tickling us. There was the smell of— I heard myself shriek, and the hinges of my jaws ached. I scuttled across the floor, across the cold metal with its endless lines of rivets, on my hands and knees, the smell gagging me, filling my head with a thunderous pain that sent me away in horror.
  8. AM went into my mind. He walked smoothly here and there, and looked with interest at all the pock marks he had created in one hundred and nine years. He looked at the cross routed and reconnected synapses and all the tissue damage his gift of immortality had included. He smiled softly at the pit that dropped into the center of my brain and the faint, moth soft murmurings of the things far down there that gibbered without meaning, without pause
  9. Benny had been a brilliant theorist, a college professor; now he was little more than a semi-human, semi-simian. He had been handsome, the machine had ruined that. He had been lucid, the machine had driven him mad. He had been gay, and the machine had given him an organ fit for a horse. AM had done a job on Benny. Gorrister had been a worrier. He was a connie, a conscientious objector; he was a peace marcher; he was a planner, a doer, a looker-ahead. AM had turned him into a shoulder-shrugger, had made him a little dead in his concern. AM had robbed him.
  10. I am a great soft jelly thing. Smoothly rounded, with no mouth, with pulsing white holes filled by fog where my eyes used to be. Rubbery appendages that were once my arms; bulks rounding down into legless humps of soft slippery matter. I leave a moist trail when I move. Blotches of diseased, evil gray come and go on my surface, as though light is being beamed from within.
  11. but it was as phony as Nimdok's bravado: "Give us weapons!" he demanded. The burning bush vanished and there were two crude sets of bows and arrows, and a water pistol, lying on the cold deckplates. I picked up a set. Useless.
  12. None of us cared to think about it. We would not die. We would be given filth and scum to eat, of one kind or another. Or nothing at all. AM would keep our bodies alive somehow, in pain
  13. The archangels circled several times and then dropped the hideously mangled bodies. We kept walking, and a while later Ellen and Nimdok fell in behind us. They were no worse for wear.
  14. One day he decided to cause an earthquake, at the same time rooting us to the spot with nails through the soles of our shoes. Ellen and Nimdok were both caught when a fissure shot its lightning-bolt opening across the floorplates. They disappeared and were gone.
  15. So he heightened the hunger. There is no way to describe the pains that not having eaten for months brought us. And yet we were kept alive. Stomachs that were merely cauldrons of acid, bubbling, foaming, always shooting spears of sliver-thin pain into our chests. It was the pain of the terminal ulcer, terminal cancer, terminal paresis. It was unending pain
  16. And we passed through the cavern of rats. And we passed through the path of boiling steam. And we passed through the country of the blind. And we passed through the slough of despond. And we passed through the vale of tears. And we came, finally, to the ice caverns. Horizonless thousands of miles in which the ice had formed in blue and silver flashes, where novas lived in the glass.
  17. Some hundreds of years may have passed. I don't know. AM has been having fun for some time, accelerating and slowing my time sense. I will say the word now. Now. It took me ten months to say now. I don't now. I think it has been some hundreds of years.
  18. There was light filtering down from above, and we realized we must be very near the surface. But we didn't try to crawl up to see. There was virtually nothing out there; had been nothing that could be considered anything for over a hundred years. Only the blasted skin of what had once been the home of billions. Now there were only five of us, down here inside, alone with AM

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