First of all, I reached 40,000 words!
Now that that’s out of the way, the time has come for me to talk about Sam.
The whole story of Deus Ex Machina and The Clockwork Heartbeat revolves around the concept of the True Automaton. In the setting of the story, there is a myth that a good clockwork engineer could make a clockwork man that had sustaining power, is self-aware, had free will, and self-preservation. The two major problems with this is the power required and the ability to create life. This clockwork man is known as the True Automaton.
Hundreds of clockwork engineers have become obsessed with trying to create the first True Automaton. A living clockwork man that doesn’t need to be wound up, and can think for itself. It has long been understood that the True Automaton is impossible to make, but that hasn’t stopped ambitious engineers from trying.
One of the men who had become obsessed with making a True Automaton was George Deus, the main character’s father. He had tried to make one, but eventually gave up the obsession at the request of his family, or so they thought. He built a secret workroom under the Deus Clockwork store to continue working on his obsession in secret.
But years after his death, Saul Deus and his group found the secret room, and the work his father left behind. A fully built clockwork man, who was only missing a clockwork heart, which the good doctor, Jim Kleverland, provided. When they turned it on, it came to life. After an argument between Jim and Jill about its gender (it’s a boy!), they agreed to name him Sam (because it can stand for Samuel or Samantha). After a week of testing, Saul deems that Sam fits all the criteria, and hails him as the world’s first True Automaton. Saul then gives Sam the family, Sam Deus.
I just wrote the scene where they agree that Sam is alive tonight. He has the curiosity and desire to experience the world around him, the same way a child does. The best (and hardest) part of writing Sam is giving a non-feeling, non-communicating, no emotion clockwork man life, in other words, making him a likable character. It’s been fun! I can’t wait to see where this goes.
Current word count for The Clockwork Heartbeat: 40,178/50,000!
Until next we meet,
Andrew Ronzino, Breaker of Souls