I wish I could have sat in on the planning session for this machine…

So, there are a lot of mysteries associated with Horizon’s setting, starting with how, exactly, the world came to be destroyed, and why all the technology still works, and the big robots are still being produced, etc. etc. But the question I want answered the most: why have all the machines been designed to look like animals?

Especially, I want to know the story behind this one:

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It’s a giant crab. That transports goods on its back. Yeah, let that sink in a bit.

Engineer A: “So next, let’s design our mobile transport units.”

Engineer B: “Sure. I figured we could just automate our ordinary transport fleet with advanced A.I., which would be extremely efficient.”

A: “Nah, that’s boring. Let’s make giant crabs!”

B: “…Won’t that be really slow?”

A: “But giant crabs would be a thousand times cooler!”

B: “…You’re lucky that you’re the director’s son.”

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