- "FIFTH REMINDER: Please return your EV to your MerenData dealer for double your money back. We are also offering a 10,000-credit reward for information leading to the whereabouts of other EV supervisor droids."
- ―MerenData customer mailing
The EV-series supervisor droid was a model of supervisor droid manufactured by MerenData. Originally designed to be an efficient taskmaster for automated labor pools, the droid series suffered from a number of unfortunate "glitches" and was one of the largest corporate disasters in history.
The EV-series was a model of supervisor droid with a rod-thin build and a grating mechanical voice. Bronze-colored droids with polished plastron plating, they were equipped with a heuristic processor and an advanced personality matrix. In addition to Basic and binary, a new EV could speak 3 unassigned languages. Their heads featured an auditory receptor, a broadband broadcast antenna/receiver system, its logic center, a pair of yellow Human-range photorecptors, and a speech mimic flap synchronized with its vocabulator. An EV also had an internal high-frequency binary comlink and its cervical servomotor was located in its chest. Their power axis contained a recharge coupling access port and was attached to the droid's pelvic mount, which could lock into legs or a motorized cart. When equipped with legs, they stood 1.9 meters tall. They also had a pair of manipulator arms tipped with hand appendages.
During production, the standard EV motivator originally planned for the EV was accidentally swapped with the MDF motivator, a contraband piece of hardware designed for use in torture droids. While the droids with the swapped motivators actually outperformed the unaltered droids when it came to managing the droids under their care and worker motivation, they used sadistic methods to accomplish their tasks.
EV-series supervisor droids could be modified to perform different functions. Many military units swore by the use of an EV unit as a quartermaster for supplies thanks to its meticulous skill at keeping supplies protected and in good working condition. This relativity simple modification process was started by installing a video recorder the droid could use to keep a visual catalog of supplies and to track missing items. A power charged was then installed in the droid's torso so it could keep power packs fully charged. Finally, the EV was given a datapad with access to the military unit's inventory. They could also be used as technicians. Although this modification may have seemed unlikely for a supervisor droid, EV units had a working knowledge of how machines functioned and could be quite adept at fixing them. This modification emphasized the droid's ability to make repairs and adjustments to machines and other droids or cybernetic beings. It included removing the EV unit's internal comlink and, in its place, installing a diagnostics package to help it find and fix problems. It also entailed equipping the droid with a tool kit and a roll of mesh tape for emergency repairs. Optionally, one of the EV unit's hand appendages could be swapped out for a tool appendage wit a multifunction apparatus, giving it the ability to connect up to three tools needed to perform a particular job. Finally, a targeting scope was added to the droid's head and calibrating it, with required 15 minutes of work.
- "I have seen much damage, heard many complaints from droids about working under EV-Series. Scarred chassis, broken and severed arms and legs, burned hardware—just some of the carnage I have seen on poor droids that come to me for repairs."
Unknown to the consumer base, these glitches were created by the company accidentally installing an MDF motivator. Normally, this would not be such a horrible catastrophe, except the MDF motivator was the root motivator for a series of illegal torture droids being created for the House of Tagge. Instead of halting production outright, the company adopted a wait-and-see approach.
At first, reports showed EV droids not only fulfilling their required tasks, but outperforming any original expectations held by MerenData. Eventually, stories began to filter in to the company of horrible acts being committed by the series. The droids turned out not only to be immoral in their attitude, but to actually enjoy torturing and causing pain: on Eriadu, an EV supervisor droid fused his entire droid worker pool's feet to the floor, and on Indu San, an EV set fire to slow workers' oil baths. On rare occasions, such as on Kadril, an EV droid was known to have Human workers prodded with electroprods.
MerenData remedied the problem by introducing a new version of the EV known as the EV-II and recalled the defective units to exhange motivators. While most were brought in and repaired, the manufacturer's recall efforts did not reach every EV and some customers preferred the flawed model. MerenData also commissioned the V-series supervisor droid, targeted to the Imperial Military. Unfortunately, both lines failed miserably.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace video game
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Lair of Grievous"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Citadel"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Friend in Need"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Soft War"
- The Force Unleashed novel
- Debts to Pay
- Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
- A Bad Feeling: The Tale of EV-9D9
- Star Wars Missions 12: The Vactooine Disaster (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Yoda Stories
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi novel (First appearance)
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi junior novel
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 1: In the Hands of Jabba the Hutt
- A Bad Feeling: The Tale of EV-9D9
- Crimson Empire II: Council of Blood
- The New Rebellion
- The New Jedi Order: Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial
- "Skippy the Jedi Droid"—Star Wars Tales 1
- "Skreej"—Star Wars Tales 10
- "Spare Parts"—Star Wars Tales 4
- Galaxy Guide 5: Return of the Jedi
- The Movie Trilogy Sourcebook (As "EV Supervisor Droid")
- Star Wars: The Power of the Force (1995)
- Cynabar's Fantastic Technology: Droids
- Star Wars: The Action Figure Archive
- Arms & Equipment Guide
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 17 (SUP1-2, EV-9D9 Supervisor Droid)
- The New Essential Guide to Droids
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Scavenger's Guide to Droids
- The Essential Reader's Companion
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 Scavenger's Guide to Droids
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- ↑ 4.0 4.1
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Cynabar's Fantastic Technology: Droids
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 The New Essential Guide to Droids
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary
- ↑ Alliance Intelligence Reports
- ↑ Arms & Equipment Guide