AGE>> Appears 20; he is technically between 7 and 11 years old. As he's a program, it's hard to assign a human age to him, and Ash refers to himself as "eternal" - ageless.
SEX>> none, identifies as male
SPECIES>> N/A - computer program / virtual data
EYE COLOR>> Gold
HAIR COLOR>> Silver
CONTINUITY>> Galerians: ASH, post-game
MUN NAME>> Siberia
MUN JOURNAL>> siberia
APPEARANCE>> In reality - that is, the physical world - Ash has no true body, form, or voice. 'He' is a program - a self-aware, learning one - that exists within an enormous and unimaginably destructive fusion reactor, located in the very basement of a uranium refinement facility connected to Michelangelo City's Mushroom Tower. The system where the core of his data is stored, the DT-type fusion reactor, is a tall, bronze-colored metal structure made of interlocking wires and tubes, flanked by two winglike structures and with glowing yellow user interface panels. That is his real appearance. (see default icon)
However, Ash created a virtual body for himself, in order to make up for his inability to have the experiences a human body can, through which he can communicate with people from outside the realm of the network and also directly communicate with other data beings within the network, and this form is how he identifies himself. That would be this.
VOICE>> low-budget video game voice acting!!
- For some reason, Ash sounded younger when he was... younger. That doesn't really make sense, since he's a computer program. WHATEVER G:A
- Ash is probably something of an environmentalist. Which is ironic for the guy who controls the most radioactive power plant in the world.
- In the Galerians universe, there is sufficient technology to turn a real person into data and transplant them into a computer; on the other hand, virtual data can also be implanted into human brains. That's how Rion is able to interact with Ash. (Additionally, Rion's psychic abilities allow him to partially insert his own consciousness into Ash's "consciousness," although they can't do much other than see and talk to each other that way.)
- Ash is from the year 2528 AD.
- Besides humans, it appears that Ash's other mental strongpoint is chemistry.
- Despite his intellectual vocabulary and haughty personality, he can be somewhat brusque, and cusses more than any other character in the series, although usually only when he's agitated.
- One might expect him to have a synthesized-sounding voice, but his voice is completely humanlike and believable; without knowing any better, it's impossible to say that he's not human just by hearing him speak. Future technology, man. The only time any kind of electronic cadence to his voice is audible is if the listener is actually inside Ash's virtual world. Presumably, he's simply dropping the extra effort to make his voice believable, because at that point, the other person would have to know the truth about him.
- Although it might seem hard to swallow if you haven't played the games, ASH honestly does act just like a person. His capacity for emotion is never questioned or made a plot point; it's just accepted as normal. Dorothy, the only other sapient AI presented in-game, acts the same way. It's better to think of them as a seperate species rather than machines; in fact, Dorothy even had some organic cells as part of her system.
- Beings like Ash and Dorothy are fully-functioning self-assembling computers. This means that they are artificial intelligences that independently build and adapt themselves. Computers of this caliber are illegal in-universe by the time Galerians: ASH occurs, because... well, just look how they turned out. You will be pleased to know that self-assembling computers are actually being researched in real life!
- ASH is actually an acronym for his three separated personality fragments: Anger, Sadness, and Hate. ( personified as Parano, Spider and Nitro, respectively ) These words were also the passwords to his three development terminals. This begs the question of how the hell he got his name in the first place. PLOTHOLES IN GALERIANS WOW WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED
- In his original body (the DT-type fusion reactor), Ash produced a startling 6,258 rads of radiation. That's about five times as much as the atom bomb. Yikes.
- If you're wondering why I keep switching between "ASH" and "Ash," it's... partially because I can't settle on which one is actually correct. But, generally, I'll use "ASH" when referring to his actual nature as a machine (or related topics) or when he's named in an official context, and "Ash" when referring to him in a more organic way (i.e. his thoughts, feelings, him as a person.) I just wanna make it clear that I'm aware I'm flipflopping between the two, lol. Don't feel a need to obey this little rule of thumb, because I probably don't all the time either.