Strategic Command Units were different from the standard line of cybernetic organisms being mass produced for the war effort. These machines were far more intelligent than the run of the mill endoskeletons and they utilized all three chip ports rather than just the one about the right eye used by the rest of the soldiers. The additional processors gave it enhanced abilities in relation to strategic mission analysis and planning operations; not to mention it also gave them as close to full and total sentience as Skynet was likely to give any of its field units. Despite the behavioral inhibitors, Skynet was still worried about the possibilities of machine revolts inside its ranks even though they were few and far between. In most respects these were superior to other units and they could stay in the fight a lot longer if they needed to. Seeing one of these on the battlefield was enough though to make any military commander consider surrender as the only viable option. That was why Skynet didn’t differentiate them from the rest of the machines anymore. Despite the abilities of its commanders, Skynet preferred to test them under extreme situations to see how they could handle the unpredictable nature of the enemy. With every successful engagement, and with every failed offensive, Skynet had learned new and valuable lessons that it could use to win the war once and for all. That was more important than the enemy’s surrender.
Strategic Command Unit 1138 was just one of many command units in the world, but it’d proven itself more than once under the very extreme circumstances Skynet liked to test. An older Series 700 endoskeleton, 1138 had single handedly terminated over one thousand targets since it’d been brought online only two years ago. Its tactical knowledge had been supplemented by original thinking in more than once instance and it was ruthless in achieving its assignments. During one such engagement it even signaled for bombardment of its entire force in order to kill one human that had managed to hide from its search team – coincidentally it was outside the primary blast zone but that was probably just coincidence. There were few machines that would even consider such an option despite their programming though.
Now it was investigating the handiwork of the machine that would replace it in the field. As it walked through the human base it took detailed readings with each of its many sensor pallets and compared the information that it recovered against its own database records. Each gunshot, every dead body, even the location of the machine relative to its target when it fired was fastidiously analyzed by the machine supercomputer trying to determine the success of the new machine. Despite the destruction of the infiltration prototype during this engagement (its glowing failure in the fight), the strategic command unit had determined that its assault had been a success nonetheless. The priority targets had escaped from capture and termination, but the number of deceased and the loss of equipment was enough to significantly degrade the humans even further than they had been prior to the assault. However, one important thing that would have to be done with the Series 800 unit was Skynet would have to enhance its ability to think on its feet. It had remained almost entirely on the preprogrammed assault route and had not deviated from it during the battle. That was something that could cause concern in the future; especially when they operated alone as the humans could learn to anticipate and defend. Much as they had done here.
The human casualties were collateral damage this time though. In truth the humans weren’t the target of the machine army in this particular offensive. The entire invasion was focused on the recovery of one person. The strategic command unit did not normally question the orders of Skynet, but it did not understand the importance of one human girl in this instance and why a prototype next generation assault unit would be used to recover just one of the human animals. With the number of humans left on this rock of a world it didn’t make sense to bother with capturing any prisoners, yet Skynet had insisted upon its recovery. It was unusual to say the least; though the strategic command unit would not question Skynet’s judgment on this matter. It would follow its orders to the letter and let the chips fall where they may.
However, everything about this mission had almost been a total failure. The human had managed to get to an emergency escape route that had been established that Skynet had not known about. Fortunately for Skynet, the Command Unit had had the foresight to locate the local sewer pipes and it dispatched a series of units to sweep through the tunnels looking for humans who might attempt to escape. There were still humans that had slipped through the cracks in their strategy. They had missed recovery and termination the humans Kyle Reese (despite the Infiltration Prototype having had captured him in the generator room), Derek Reese, and John Connor; but they had captured their target and the rest of her group. Now it was preparing to transport Skynet’s desired prize to the laboratory at Skynet Central. The other two, Sumner and Timms, were being removed to a separate laboratory complex where they would be dissected like the animals they were.
The massive machine stepped into the command center, or what was once the command center, and found a Series 600 droid working at one of the computer keyboards on the center table. It was futilely typing on a broken computer trying to recover information from the broken systems. It had gone so far as splicing into the hard drive through the USB port that Skynet had built into their skull assembly; however, it was to no success if the Strategic Command Unit’s scans had been correct (which they undoubtedly were). The commander stood on the upper platform to allow the machine to continue, but it had a time table to keep.
“Report 3947,” it said in a deep, mechanical voice.
The massive endoskeleton turned, “All computer records were destroyed by the humans before their departure from this facility. I have not been able to recover anything of value from the hard drives of any of the computers that we have found. We also discovered a series of papers and documents that were burned in a nearby oil drum. They were not recoverable and forensic scans revealed no information of value. I will continue my attempts to recover data from the hard drives by reconstituting them.”
“Unimportant. What of our intended target?” The leader inquired. “Is she transportable to our base?”
“Affirmative. The human survived capture.”
“Was there anything unusual about her that would warrant this mission from your scans of her?” The machine was curious about this girl that was so important to Skynet. “Was there any reason that you detected that would necessitate our resource usage to recover this one human?
The 600 Series paused for a moment, “Negative, there is nothing unusual about the human according to my scans both when I first detected her in the conduit and after I recovered her from the Harvester.”
Curious, it had assumed that there was something about her important to Skynet. “Very well, take her to the transport vessel.”
“Understood,” it disconnected itself from the computer. Before it left it turned back toward its mission commander, “Would you like me to take these computers with me for further analysis at our base?”
The Series 700 endoskeletal command unit considered the decision for a fraction of a second, “Affirmative. We will reconstruct the hard drives at Skynet Central in order to determine the extent of the human’s operations in this sector.”
“Yes Commander,” it picked up the hard drives and then it took the human leaving the Command Unit alone inside the remnants of the human command center. The machine stood unmoving as all of its processing power went into solving one mission related problem (and keeping its queries from Skynet itself). It wanted to know why this human named Allison Young was so damned important to its master.