Samuel, or Sam for short
Technically, robots don’t have a gender (and he does lack that sort of anatomy), but he is programmed to be like a human male.
Samuel is typically polite to people unless they give him a reason not to be. A programmed servant, his instinct is to be helpful and professional. His main goal since the loss of his employer is to defeat the Corruption somehow; even if he only can help a little, Sam will do what he can to fulfill this ambition.
The Beacon-class Servebot™
was made by the Platinum Corporation, a maker of high-end robots and weapons, as a servant robot to be sold to the rich people of the Empire. 73 years ago this particular machine, designated as Samuel by some corporate salesperson, was sold to a rich political type. This man was the typical corrupt politico; buying and selling favors, entertaining the rich and famous with parties, and so on. It was at one of these parties 10 months after the purchase that the politician lost a bet; as payment, the man gave up Samuel to the man he would serve for the next 20+ years.
General Nelson “The Lance” Armstrong, so called because of his bravery and penchant for offensive strategy, would become a father-like figure to Samuel. Unlike the politician, Nelson was a good man and would do the best he could to protect the people of the Empire. Sadly, the Corruption was an enemy too strong even for his tactics, and they overtook his ship. Just before this, General Armstrong ordered Sam to go into an empty missile and launched him away from the Corruption so at least one
being from the unit would survive. Samuel then spent the next 50 or so years in space, drifting to his final destination; that is, the place where our story begins...
As a former servant of General Armstrong and a product of the Platinum Corporation, Samuel has a variety of abilities. Below is quoted from marketing copy for the Beacon-class Servebot™
that was sent to prospective buyers:
“With classical human-inspired butler design, your Beacon-class Servebot™
from Platinum Corporation has a variety of built-in features for your convenience! Features include adjustable binocular nightvision sight and a 10,000-trillion TB memory unit (with built in audio and projection replay capability) so you’ll never forget where your keys are! Craving a Megaburger from the restaurant at the far corner of our glorious Empire, but your portal’s not working? No worries! With the Servebot™’s
patented portal repair programming, getting the equipment up and running is as easy as ordering a pizza! Don’t feel like going out for food? The Servebot™
knows how to cook over 1 million recipes, from survivalist stews to gourmet dining. And that’s not all! The Servebot™
will save you time and money on those pesky cleaning and repair fees; with our advanced maintenance training, the Servebot™
will make your home and machines look brand new! It even has advanced robot strength so you won’t need to move your couch when you need to replace it. Worried about your Servebot™
lacking that “personal touch” that a human or elf would have? Don’t be! With our patented Learn-Rite Technology™, your Servebot™
will learn from its environment, developing its own unique traits over time. And for your peace of mind, it comes with a 10-year warranty; not that you need it! With the Servebot™’s
military-grade construction, it is built to withstand even the most inhospitable parts of our great Empire. We even ensure your safety with your Servebot™’s
knowledge of standard first aid procedures!
With all these features and more, there’s only one choice in butler technology; the Beacon-class Servebot,™
from Platinum Corporation. Let the Servebot™ Serve You!™
In addition to this, Samuel learned a great deal about strategy and enough about combat from his time with the General. Plus his time spent closely with the Empire’s army gave him a solid grasp of universal geography and the Empire’s portal network.
(TL DR Version - binocular night vision, photographic and unbeatable memory, culinary skills, repair abilities (portals and technology), durable construction, physical strength, first aid skills, competent combat skills, strategic thinking, knowledge of geography and the Empire’s portal network.)
The robot looks like it is wearing a standard black and white tuxedo (although that is just his exterior); otherwise, he looks like the image below.