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Hoplite by Joe-Singleton Hoplite by Joe-Singleton
When thinking about what a future version of the Valiants' Hoplite would look like, I decided to keep close to the design elements I've used in other Hoplite suits. Of course, there's a catch, because all the supers, even the tech types, were exiled in 2119. It did not, however, exile artificial intelligences that were not autonomous, mobile entities.
Deep beneath Stiller Industries, a hyper-intelligent industrial computer maintained copies of the minds of every Hoplite pilot. Powered by geothermal taps, it constructed android Hoplites programmed with all the knowledge and experience of the entire Hoplite corps. Until the Exile was ended, each Hoplite vanished when it came online. Projected across space and time to one of the Exile Worlds that has not yet been discovered.

With the spell broken, the latest Hoplite has been activated.
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sumner1234 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
For some reason, I could see him fighting a cyber-dragon, say either a mechanical dragon, or a dragon with cybernetic enhancements.
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Joe-Singleton Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Heh, in that case, it'd probably not be a dragon so much as a "martian" war machine. On top of everything else, the invaders from Mars are coming, though they do not call themselves Martians.
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sumner1234 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Hmm...not sure why, but I'd really love to see a version of this with his sword and shield in some sort of action pose.
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Joe-Singleton Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I'm going to do something like that, when I get a chance. Maybe fighting a dragon.
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sumner1234 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
I'm wondering if they're if the computer could create an entire "corp" of Holite androids, say something similar to the Manhunters, to help police the Earth now that the exile is over. Also, what type of system/weapon upgrades have been made to the armor over the years. I'm sure new tech has been incorporated into the suit.
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Joe-Singleton Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I didn't think about turning Hoplite into a group. I'm thinking it's not done because of limited resources.
As far as new tech, I'm leaving that open, in case of an idea attack. But, by the 22nd century, when the Exile Event happened, Hoplite's weapons were all energy constructs. Not as widely varying as a Green Lantern type thing, but able to generate and throw spears of energy, build and rebuild shields, swords, etc.

With the removal of the meatsack, speed and maneuverability will improve dramatically. G-forces are a lot less troublesome for a paratronic AI than a flesh and blood pilot.
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