Mai intently observed the older man who arrived with the young girl and the way in which he interacted with the other strange individual who was not yet introduced to anyone present. Given the fact that they were complete strangers, their conversation was remarkably welcoming and warm in comparison to what the unit had witnessed up until this point.
This managed to create a bit of conflict within her system, though resolving it clearly required some more data. Thus it was stored for later revision, her eyes returning to the girl who was apparently named Lina. A personalized profile was already being made for her inside of the unit’s database to ensure that she’d remember this child.
Although her answer to the proposed query was a bit… not necessarily following any sort of real logic. She probably had to expect as much from young humans that had not yet developed proper logical intelligence and thought. At the very least, the answer was acceptable, to some degree.
“Proposal accepted. You may address this unit by its designation ‘207-4-57-9‘. However, for increased comfort, you may also address me as Mai.
Not a whole lot of people seemed to be willing to memorize her entire serial code, so the mechanical girl already got used to introducing herself with the second ‘name’ that was given to her. Though it really was just an acronym of what she was in the most literal sense imaginable, mobile artificial intelligence. She did not mind, of course.
Now, there was a bit of a different problem. The unit had no response to what Lina said next. The concept of friendship was clearly defined in her system, but it was also something inherently attributed to intelligent sentient lifeforms of the organic type. She herself had absolutely no need for such a thing.
In a way, machines like herself were normally connected to a network composed of numerous machine minds, something much more powerful than the concept of friendship. As a mechanical being, she also wasn’t entirely capable of caring about others in any way, thus making such sort of relationship at this moment in time impossible.
On the other hand, she also knew that giving the child a negative response could potentially have undesirable consequences. Thus her logic circuits came with the only proper solution to the entire problem - stay silent. Such a neutral response would surely be taken well, especially given that the child quickly moved on when she saw the maze.
Mai was already tasked to enjoy the festival in the first place, so she had absolutely no issue following the group to it. Although it was much more than one would anticipate. Once they would get inside, the world itself seemed to warp ever so slightly, dense fog rising up to obscure one’s vision and make it all the more difficult to navigate this place.
The unit’s sensors quickly picked up what was going on, so she had the duty of informing the group as well. “Warning: Spacial distortions detected. Most likely cause: Powerful magic. Purpose: Warped space allows the maze to be considerably bigger on the inside without taking too much space on the outside.
In other words, it was almost as if they had entered a pocket dimension of sorts, only one that was directly connected to Earthland and the very specific place in Magnolia where the hedge maze was set up. There was clearly nothing harmful present, so there was probably nothing to worry about. And if the need were to arise, Mai had her wings to fly up and see exactly where they were.
That said, doing so would be a blatant show of rule-breaking. Probably. Thus she came up with few alternatives that were to be proposed to the rest of the group in the same way as the warning from before. After all, there was supposed to be a prize at the end of the maze, so it would be largely beneficial if they completed it successfully.
“Proposal: if no further space warps are present within the maze, following the right wall will lead to the exit eventually. This unit is also outfitted with an echo-locator which could allow precise mapping of this space, leading the group to the exit in record time.
” She had plenty of handy tools that could always help those in need.
There was also a potential that her powers could be combined with those of the rest of the group to create an even better solution. But the unit was not yet informed of any magical powers that these individuals might possess, thus suggesting so would be inappropriate and more waste of their time than anything else.
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