Another character design for the scifi I am always working on at the back of my mind featuring my previously shown character Aella hammond. This is one of a number of designs I have done for this character as I feel I haven't perfected her look entirely yet.
E.L.A - Mental
ELA is what is known as an Enviro-engineered Life Animate - an artificial intelligence creation designed to mimic human characteristics, originally designed decades ago shortly before Original Earth's destruction. ELA's, as they came to be known, were created using a combination of organic technologies that were an early stage of the GAIA Corp's experiments with biotechnology - mainly to have them serve as medics and soldiers in the Last War.
However, after the destruction wrought by the war, culminating in Original Earth's end, ELA's became increasingly rare and ultimately considered to be obsolete tech in the wake of genetic boosting. Those that were left drifted into other areas of servitude, some as nothing more than expendable commodities in the sex industry. E.L.A (as we simply know her) was one animate reconditioned for this purpose and spent many years as nothing more than a synthetic sex object for the wealthy.
Years later she was saved by mercenary Thayden Hope from a salvage mission aboard an abandoned civilian shuttle. Finding her calculated thought and detached bluntness in conversation to be humerous and endearing, Thayden began to re-train E.L.A 'Mental' as he redubbed her, as a technical specialist and navigator of his ship. Although she understands the mechanics of human interaction, E.L.A still has significant gaps in her social understanding of emotions and intent - leading her to ask occassionally inappropriate questions or make quite autistic observations of those around her. Her sexual programming also re-emerges on inappropriate occassions, causing great embarrassment to those on the receiving end.