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Newest article: VL8 SuperCortex
To set up the VL8 SuperCortex:

  1. Take off your hair.
  2. Wear "NS VL8 SuperCortex Assembly"
  3. Punch a hole in your head so it can be seen. Options:
    • Catwa head users should use the "SHOW/HIDE" buttons for the scalp, under the "ALPHA.LASHES TINT.NECK SIZE" section of the Master HUD. Make sure you turn off the weird meat-brain, too.
    • LeLutka's heads have a somewhat unappealing outline when the scalp is hidden; add the included alpha layer ("NS Cortex Alpha") for a better effect. This requires Bakes on Mesh to work. You absolutely 100% should know and love Bakes on Mesh by now.
    • The alpha may also be okayish on the default SL system head, marking the first time anything ever looked okayish on the system head.
    • Otherwise, it's not *that* hard to make a new alpha for yourself, or to trick someone else into doing it for you. UV templates can be found here.
  4. Resize the cortex using right click -> Edit (Hint: Hold Ctrl+Shift) so fits snugly and doesn't clip through at all, but isn't smaller than it needs to be.
  5. To experience the Cortex-based subsystem malfunctions, make sure you're running the latest versions of Companion and ATOS/E.

What the SuperCortex enables:

  • While the brain is removed, the unit cannot enable its Mind subsystem, for obvious reasons. This limits it to speaking via a handful of preset messages, which are designated by the active personality. To remove the brain, turn off the unit, click the cortex compartment to open the casing, and then click the brain itself. Replacing the brain is done much the same way.
  • Cortex-specific malfunctions as a random side effect of combat damage. These are detailed in the Robot Hardware Handbook.
    Unlike our classic Cortex module from the 2017 treasure hunt, the VL8 will notify the unit if it has brain damage when powered on, which will no doubt make diagnostics somewhat easier.

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