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ictional character

Name: Puddin' Pie

Age: 5 Years

Gender: Considered Male

Race/Ethnicity: Automaton - Tenmen

Profession: Museum Piece

Location: Tenerly's Museum of Automatonics

Personal Traits. Skills, Abilities and Characteristics: Automaton

Puddin’ Pie

The Tenmen who later became known as Puddin’ Pie was deployed to the American military in March of 1918, and assigned to a squad of soldiers hailing from Rochester, NY. George McHugo and George Farwell, both fond of tinkering, with Farwell having worked for George Eastman’s technology sector, made unauthorized modifications to the automaton. It was affectionately nicknamed ‘Puddin’ Pie’, a phrase from the nursery rhyme ‘Georgie Porgie’, in honor of Eastman, Rochester, and themselves. The automaton is considered a hero in the Battle of Beaucharmoy for its defense of the titular town.

Modifications

The standard pump rifle design for the automaton’s weapons was overhauled, utilizing components from a second, broken rifle to increase both shot power and speed. The feeding unit was optimized with a lower than standard feeding aperture and a funneled container. The barrels were widened to accommodate larger pellets. The pressure limiter on the gun was also entirely disabled.

Safety checks and failsafe systems were removed. Pressure limiters on the knees, elbows, and torso were modified to a greater maximum allowing the automaton to maneuver faster at the cost of precision and useful life. The metal ‘skin’ on it’s arms and legs were shaved down thinner to reduce weight. The three step activation process, which required voice command and two keys inserted at the torso, was supplemented with automatic activation at the sound of gunfire.

Battle of Beaucharmoy

Soldiers from the French and American military were dispatched to the small French village of Beaucharmoy to intercept an advancing German regiment with plans to take the town. The citizens of the town, unaware of the encroaching Germans, accepted the soldiers with open arms, sharing food and drink and other hospitalities, to which many soldiers obliged. The Germans arrived earlier than expected, surprising the full and inebriated allied soldiers, whose numbers were quartered by the intoxication. ‘Hearing’ the resulting gunfire, Puddin’ activated and dispatched the most immediately close Germans, and effectively orchestrated a successful single-automaton counter-attack, joined later by the remaining able-bodied American and French soldiers, resulting in a German retreat.

Aftermath

The town remained mostly intact, with only two allied casualties and one wounded civilian who toppled over onto a rusted nail while trying to flee. Puddin had lost use of one leg, but due to an overhauled balance system courtesy of its squad, it was able to hobble along during battle. In a ceremony lambasted by war oppositionist and often parodied, Puddin’ Pie, by name, was awarded the Medal of Honor.

After War

Puddin’ Pie was delivered to Rochester at the request of William Tenerly, and is currently kept in the Tenerly Museum of Automatonics. It has been used for research into the optimization of automatons, and its primary tinkerers, McHugo and Farwall, were offered jobs as developers in Tenerly’s Automatonics Research Lab.