IX-209 is an artificial life form, but is entitled to all the same rights as any organic. IX-209 is its unique chassis reference number.
IX is a self-aware, self-repairing, bipedal artificial life form (SASReBAL) – one of over 500,000 created by its home AL colony. Unlike its half a million brothers, IX has chosen to live outside the colony.
It has been working on warships for 60-70 years and only through a well-constructed network of connections has been able to land a pilot position.
Its organic-facing personality is a construction that focuses on polite deference combined with clear statement and authority on subjects within its remit.
It does its job and little else – although does require 20-30 minutes downtime to process and review its daily experiences before sending them home to share.
However, its staff don’t like it – not because IX is artificial, but because it shows little in the way of sympathy or understanding. For them, IX is no different to any other heartless officer.