Name: MerenData EV-series supervisor droid
Height: 1.9 meters
Sensor color: Gold
Plating color: Bronze
Bureaucracy 4D, Intimidation 5D, Languages 3D
Bargain 3D, Command 5D, Investigation 4D, Persuasion 5D
Humanoid Body (two arms, two legs, head)
Vocabulator speech/ sound system
Broadband broadcast antenna/receiver system
Internal high-frequency binary comlink
Photoreceptors (Human range/0 (2)
Recharge coupling access port
Size: 1.8 meters tall
Cost: 1,500 (used)
Description: 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 golden Human-range photoreceptors, 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, which required 15 minutes of work.
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 exchange 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.
Ploovo Two-For-One employed an original EV series droid, as did crimelord Jabba the Hutt.