Teken Corporation manufactures Bai-series of droids, a highly successful droid product line. Sold by thousands every month, they are very versatile and can be found doing almost anything humans can do – often in assisting or service duties. They all share the basic humanlike articulated skeleton, with an endless amount of shell versions to customize their look. They are cheap, robust, lightweight, and have a good range of off-the-shelf software for almost every occasion. And even bigger choice of user-made apps, a popular choice for tinkering since the base software is Open Source. This easy customization is one of the biggest reasons why they have become so popular in the first place.

“Byte” is J.B.'s co-pilot and weapons officer, an astro-droid version of the Bai T-968 lineup. Big dropships need, at least occasionally, more hands than the pilot has – unless he's Quixian with eight of those... Sol had Peggy originally for this co-pilot duty, integrated in the ship frame as a software, but J.B. Wanted to go a bit more traditional route and bought a droid. Advantage of a humanlike droid is of course that they can do the samethings humans can, like use equipment meant for humans. Handy also if you need someone to get you a cup of coffee, or patch a hole in the hull. And if you happen to total a ship, transfering a "physical" co-pilot vs fully embedded  software is much easier although the integration to the ship is not so... well, integrated. 

J.B. considers Byte to be a tool, nothing more. Maybe, but just maybe, also someone to keep company, and have a conversation during the long and often boring convoy contracts. But J.B. isn't that talkative to begin with, so that is not the main reason he got her. Even the name reflects this tool-like attitude, a play with "Bai T", and not Cindy for example. Cindy, that would be too human for J.B., so she's just "Byte". And Byte is certainly not a substitute for women in a sexual sense either, she just doesn't have the "parts" needed for that... so she's not like Elektra.

One thing she DOES have is an over positive and chirpy attitude, and she is always smiling... Everyone else likes Byte, a stark contrast to J.B.'s neutral or even cynical behaviour. Compared to Elektra, she's losing out almost on every front, like a tractor compared to a sports car... and she's not really that smart either, more like a lovable toaster? General purpose high-level A.I. capabilites costs money, and it's not really what J.B.s needs. This “blondiness” (sorry all the blonds in the galaxy!) has caused numerous funny and-not-so-funny situations when Byte's capabilities are insufficient for the situation at hand.

Oops, sorry! Oh dear... That was a bit outside my programming... but I tried my best! I promise to get it right next time... live and learn, right?

Since J.B. wasn't interested in having a sexual companion, he didn't spend money for the appearance either, so that's why Byte is looking more droid than human. Byte likes J.B. a lot though, and does try to make J.B. happy nevertheless in every possible way... but her efforts are pretty much ignored by J.B., so those feelings are not mutual. One could even say that Byte has a one-sided crush on J.B., but in this current context even the idea of a relationship is out of the question - but that doesn't stop Byte for dreaming that maybe someday she'll get upgrades, and then that deeper relationship with J.B. might be a possibility at least.

Sol Hano, episode 4: bareback & all-in, © Garagista studios 2019-. All Rights Reserved.

Any resemblance to real persons, dead or alive, or other real-life entities is purely coincidental. All characters and other entities appearing in this work are sadly just fictitious.

Sol Hano... we think that PEGI-16 describes it pretty well: "This rating is applied once the depiction of violence (or sexual activity) reaches a stage that looks the same as would be expected in real life. The use of bad language in games with a PEG 16 rating can be more extreme, while games of chance, and the use of tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs can also be present.". Yes! We like it - with one exception... We don't endorse drug use, in any form. Sol Hano game-series is also free from any kind of racism, religion or politics - we welcome all alien races, illegal or not, and let anybody believe in what she, he or it wants. We do have some political stuff, like Evil Emperesses, Kings and Queens, few Dictators and so on, basic stuff. No Jedi-nonsense, and no "real-life" politics. What else? Oh yeah, that rainbow thing... yes, we got it. Love is universal! And sex? Yes please, what can be more natural? You wouldn't be there reading this without it. #metoo... that's bit harder issue, we agree that everyone should have full bodily autonomy (we had to google that)... and yes, we do "slightly objectify" women in our game sometimes... sorry! Don't sue us! This is just a game! We respect women IRL! What? You're still reading this? Oh my god...