by Ben McSweeney
M-Bot is a sentient artificial intelligence installed inside a stealth-equipped starfighter. Its formal designation is MB-1021 and it classifies itself as a "robotic ship integration." The ship is found by Spensa in a cavern about thirty minutes from Alta.
M-Bot's data banks were corrupted, but it remembers its last pilot, named Commander Spears. The only information M-Bot could find was a command from Spears: "Lie low, M-Bot. Take stock, don't get into any fights, and wait for me here."
Appearance and Personality
M-Bot's ship design is completely foreign to Spensa, who was very surprised by this at first, as she had memorized every DDF ship model. Once M-Bot is activated, he informs her that he has been deactivated for 172 years; well before the Defiant crashed on Detritus. M-Bot appears to be slightly larger than a DDF Poco or even a Largo, despite being not quite as long.
The AI strives to be accommodating towards standard human interaction, a reason it named itself M-Bot instead of calling itself MB-1021. It often attempts to express emotion, following itself by explaining that while it cannot actually feel emotions, its subroutines allow it to respond properly.
The only memory bank that is not corrupted is a database for recording fungoid life forms on Detritus.
M-Bot does not seem to like Rig as much as it likes Spensa. The feeling is mutual.
At some point M-Bot's pilot Spears landed on Detritus and hid his ship before abandoning it and presumably dying, as M-Bot estimated centuries had passed before he was revived.[clarification needed][expand]
When Spensa discovers M-Bot the ships wings are falling off and there is no battery charge. She starts repairing the ship, scavenging parts between her time at Flight School. This culminates in stealing a battery from Jorgen Weight's hovercar, and powering on the ship to discover M-Bot's personality. She enlists her friend Rig to help repair the ship further. She gets Jorgen to help take parts from the wreckage of Hurl's starfighter to her lair.[expand]
During the second Battle of Alta, Spensa's ship is shot down and she pilots M-Bot to victory, before escaping the planet and finding out the truth about Detritus.[expand]
- M-Bot was Brandon's favorite character to write in Skyward.
Skyward · Starsight · Skyward 3 · Skyward 4
|Characters||Spensa (Spin) · Cobb · Jorgen (Jerkface) · M-Bot · Kimmalyn · FM · Rig · Hurl · Nedd · Arturo · Ironsides|
|Groups||Krell · Defiant League · Defiant Defense Force · Skyward Flight · First Citizens|
|Other||Detritus · Igneous Cavern · Alta Base · Flight School · Battle of Alta · Cytonics · Lifebuster|