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Aurora
Aurora
Aurora Unit design.
Species Organic super computer
Homeworld Unknown
Affiliation Created by the Galactic Federation
"Ah, an organic supercomputer. Fascinating. It is my understanding that the Galactic Federation's core network is comprised of such units."
"That is correct, Ghor. And we serve as the network's master control."

Ghor and Aurora Unit 242

Twenty years ago (prior to the events of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption), a team of Federation scientists announced the birth of an organic super computer. Its name was Aurora. Since that historic date, thousands of Auroras have been built and installed. Originally designed for scientific purposes, the Auroras are now used in government, business, and military roles as well. They are given male, female, or gender-neutral personas, based on the needs and desires of the staff at the facility they are to serve in. A vast network links all existing Auroras, allowing them to access a tremendous database without peer."[1]

During the events of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, the Federation's Aurora Units had been corrupted by a Phazon-based virus, with the Federation believing Space Pirates are to blame.[2] An Aurora Unit, Aurora Unit 313, had also been stolen by Space Pirates from the GF ship Valhalla.[3] Samus encounters three of these in the game. They are Aurora Unit 242, Aurora Unit 313, and Aurora Unit 217. Aurora Unit 486 is also mentioned in a scan as the designer of the terra-forming project on Norion, because before the planet was uninhabitable. Aurora Units always talk in collective first person, much like the Borg in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager.

Auroraunit

Concept art.

The Aurora Units bear a striking resemblance to the Mother Brain, though Auroras have a more mechanical look compared to the mostly organic Mother Brain. The Mother Brain was built by the Chozo many years before the AUs' creation, though the manga indicates that the Federation had some part in this as well, as she was built to link the Federation and Chozo information databases, similar to the function of the Auroras. Additionally, a trailer for Corruption shows blueprints made by the Federation for a "future Aurora Unit complex" nearly identical to Tourian [1] Beyond this, there is no concrete evidence as to how the supercomputers are related. However, in Metroid: Other M, which chronologically takes place after Corruption, it is revealed that the Galactic Federation created a replica of Tourian, codenamed Sector Zero, as well as an A.I (based on Mother Brain's) which originally possessed a form resembling a large featureless brain; this was known as MB. The Aurora Units may have been the predecessors of this technology (in other words, MB may be an advanced AU model).

The B.O.X. class security droid's brain resembles an Aurora Unit. Also, the exposed head of Quadraxis is similar to an Aurora Unit. This has led to speculation that they can be installed into weapons platforms.

Notable UnitsEdit

Aurora Unit rip

Official dataEdit

Galactic Federation data fileEdit

"Aurora Unit - GF DF AU068"
"20 years ago, a team of Federation scientists announced the birth of an organic supercomputer. Its name was...Aurora. Since that historic date, thousands of Auroras have been built and installed. Originally designed for scientific purposes, the Auroras are now used in government, business, and military roles as well. They are given male, female, or gender neutral personas, based on the needs and desires of the staff in the facility they are to serve in. A vast network links all existing Auroras, allowing them access to a tremendous database without peer."

Unused Logbook entriesEdit

Komayto
"What's the matter? All I said was that Komaytos look like little Metr—"

Non-canon warning: This article or section contains information that may not be considered an official part of the Metroid series in the overall storyline by Nintendo.
Logbook entries
Aurora units "OGF Database AE-068
(Aurora units)
Additional data filed into database

20 years ago, a research group of the federation announced the development of an organic supercomputer. Its name: Aurora. Since this historic day, thousands of Auroras have been constructed and deployed. Originally intended for research purposes, they also perform administration, economy and military tasks. Depending on the area and requirement profile, an Aurora unit is assigned a male, female or neuter persona. An extensive network connects all Auroras, which provides them a huge unique database."

Aurora unit 313 "QGF Database AE-313
(Aurora unit 313)
Additional data filed into database

Until its abduction from the G.F.S Valhalla, Aurora unit 313 was in service for twelve years. Existing data allows an assumption that the unit was out of order and may have been involved in the contamination of the Aurora network.

313 has always shown an acceptable performance during her career, but there were some concerns due to its abnormally high aggression potential. As one of few AEs, 313 has been awarded a bravery medal. After the bridge crew fell during the battle of Horus IV, she assumed control of the Valhalla. Without this quick action, the battleship would have been lost."

Aurora unit 242 "OGF Database AE-242
(Aurora unit 242)
Additional data filed into database

Aurora unit 242 is now in usage for eighteen years. It was constructed at the same time as the G.F.S Olympus. As the AE of the flagship of the 7th flotilla 242 can present a considerable career. With his male persona 242 has a collegial relationship to much of the crew of the Olympus. In the jargon of former crew members, 242 is often called "Other Brain" - something that Admiral Dane frowns upon."

[4]

Non-canon warning: Non-canonical information ends here.

TriviaEdit

  • Aurora Units and MB's first form share quite a few similarities, such as both being built by Federation scientists and resembling gigantic brains in containers, though MB is seemingly more organic and is programmed to think like Mother Brain. AUs, on the other hand, resemble the Pirate leader in physiology only. Though it cannot be said for certain that AUs are completely benevolent, due to numerous evidence of corruption in the Galactic Federation, as well as an unused Logbook entry's mention of 313's strange, aggressive behavior long before it was ever corrupted by Phazon.
  • Oddly, although MB is more organic, she lacks Mother Brain's characteristic eye, which the Aurora Units do possess. Though, they do somewhat resemble Mother Brain's original NES appearance, since they also seem to possess long cables connected to an orifice just like Mother Brain in the original Metroid game.
  • The Galactic Federation has been known to reverse-engineer many of the Chozo's advanced technology. The AUs may be reversed-engineered versions of Mother Brain.
  • In the third of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption 's preview trailers, blueprints for a future Aurora Complex heavily resembling Tourian are shown. It is possible that they played a role in the creation of Sector Zero, a replica of Tourian.
  • Strangely, the AUs refer to themselves as "we", "our", or "us", suggesting that the entire network shares a collective consciousness or speaks for the entire Federation. There are some points, however, when 242 says "I".
AU Terminal
  • If one looks very closely at the console screens on the platforms in front of each Aurora Unit (as well as nearly every Galactic Federation-owned screen), one will find that some of the lines of text read "What Will You Do?" and "You Can't Do That On Television!", both of which were early '90s Nickelodeon shows.
  • After "curing" AU217, it takes Samus around a minute and a half to get out of the maintenance area and interface with it. In that short time, 217 is able to: Reboot itself, re-establish communication with the AU network, download and analyze the information of the last 5 months, use the Leviathan and Skytown's data to devise a plan to destroy the shield, and use both Ghor and Samus' abilities and weaknesses to further develop the plan. Because 217 had been infected and isolated from the network 5 months prior Samus' arrival, it's unlikely it could have done all the calculations and planning before being restored.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Metroid Prime 3 Aurora Unit Trailer. GameTrailers (2007-08-13). Retrieved on 2007-08-14.
  2. ^ Stop the unstoppable Dark Samus. Nintendo. Retrieved on 2007-08-17.
  3. ^ Metroid Prime 3 Valhalla Trailer. GameTrailers (2007-08-20). Retrieved on 2007-08-21.
  4. ^ http://tcrf.net/Metroid_Prime_3:_Corruption


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