Slowly the shell of the man stopped twitching and convulsing. The delicate interworking of his face had suffered small ruptures leaving him to ooze bright blood, a clear sign he still lived, one of few. His eyes were closed but the lids didn’t take shape correctly as the structures behind them were cracked and drained. His left arm was flayed open by pressure, nothing inside was hidden by anything but caking blood. His breathing was so shallow that his body seemed to be completely inanimate.
Jynx placed the near corpse on the hovering stretcher the staff had brought. Though care was taken it was difficult to keep parts from flopping onto the surface. Doubt could be seen in the eyes of the employees, nevertheless they took him to be repaired. The call was clear; none of the left arm was going to be capable of even the simplest tasks, even with the best outcome in mind. The eyes needed substitution and the delicate structures within would need assistance to resume their previous function, surgery was needed for that as well as to prevent nasal obstruction.
“What level of care is this one to receive?”
Said the man standing by a control panel, scanning over a chart, as a disinterested managerial type responded curtly. “He has no important ties. Just get him on his feet and out of here I don’t care what he looks like.”
His tone relayed everything the lab technician needed to hear before it was cut off by the pneumatic doors closing. “Time to get to work…”
The lab tech started rummaging through the existing inventory since no new purchases were going to be made for this one.
A circular disk with ten storage compartments was placed in lieu of his newly amputated shoulder. Some titanium piping was run strategically through the rest of his body. It would deliver the doses of whatever the disks contents were via a selection process that would rotate said disk to align the dosage with its proper destination. The mechanical tentacles of sorts would descend on his body from the ceiling and give him ample doses of medication to prevent meningitis and a grocery list of other diseases as well as the needed amounts of pain killers, anti-inflammatory, and adrenaline substitutes. It let the man focus on his constructions and not have to worry about the man flat lining. Once in place, a protective plate was formed over it to aid to the body’s symmetrical look.
“Shit, no simple hydraulics around, are you kidding !?”
The man fumbled now for substitution of the upper and lower arm. Turning to a hovering lift similar to the one used to load the coffin; he powered it down and started to disassemble some of the inner workings. Retrieving a small electromagnetic power source and supporting amplifiers, he snatched up some of the frame work as well and headed to the bench. The motor was fitted around a large central humerus like titanium support. It was hinged to a similar singular rod that would make up the frame of the lower arm. Both rods contained a small tunnel offset that ran the length of them and the hinge was drilled to complete the path in its entirety when outstretched. The Tech thought a moment and positioned his own arm in a few poses before placing the amplifying magnetic components along the rods. A small hollow ring was placed where the bulk of the forearms muscle would reside, enabling simultaneous exchange of a dose. Piping was run all over the arm connecting everything and inserting controllable valves actuated by simply thinking about certain movements that were near impossible to achieve but would send the electrical imprints to the required destinations.
He stepped back and took to the control panel where he instructed the automated systems to scan and complete the work needed such as bonding and electrical connections. The machine took over as the Technician rummaged though some scrap. Skin grafting would not cover enough surface area and growing the amount needed would take too long. An otherworldly snake carcass would provide a sleek yet surprisingly resilient protective covering to complete the symmetrical form once the arm was ready for it. The entire arm was given shape with a high grade aero gel to shield doses and networking from nearly any temperatures. The slightly raised scales were intricately woven into the hardened gel. A half moon shaped plate was placed on the palm side of where the knuckles of the hand would be. It was connected into the network and formerly had a push capacity of five tons which previously satisfied the need for one of the lifts corners. It simply trapped and sped up the molecules in the space between itself and the ground to an adjustable height reaching up to one meter nearly instantaneously. The rest of the hand was made from jointed titanium pieces so it could be manipulated as the rest was via delicate magnetic flux.
He took some of the older scanning and optic devices and laid them next to the body before returning to the control panel. The armatures took to them and started producing what was described to them. A curving light receptacle split horizontally with a shortwave infrared multi sensor on the top and light intensification on the bottom, both being able to acclimate to normal light levels without “blinding effects” but lacking most fine color receptors. The band was placed over Jude’s eye sockets after the removal of the eyeballs and placement of ports for the new gear to connect to. His sinuses were restructured by the devices and only time would tell of the outcome. "Viola!"
He was left to bask in a healing glow until he was retrieved. His brain activity was severely lacking. His current state mimicked a carrot.