Hyper Intelligence Technologies, or HIT Marks, are artificial creations designed by various iterations of the Technocratic Union as semi-disposable front-line shock troops. Their expected life is short, but they make up for it by generally being massively overpowered.
The common appellation derives from the indicated of the specific iteration: The current models, for example, are "Hyper Intelligence Technologies Mark V," usually shortened to "HIT Mark," although a more accurate acronym would simply be "HIT."
- HIT Mark Is, the first example of artificial creation, were first created in 1523 BCE by early Artisans (perhaps members of the Reed of Djehuty). Examples include Talos, the bronze giant; Daedalus' mechanical minotaur; and the terracotta army of Ch'in Shih-huang-ti.
- HIT Mark IIs were first developed almost 3000 years later, in 1356, by Artificers of the Order of Reason. They took the form of clockwork automatons, covered in Primium plate mail and fashioned to resemble armoured knights.
- HIT Mark IIIs were introduced a "mere" 500 years later, in 1837, again by Order of Reason Artificers. They resembled three-meter tall blocky tin-men, powered by steam engines and controlled by Analytical Engines and punch cards.
- The HIT Mark IV was developed in 1953 by the Technocracy's Iteration X, and resembled a 2.2 meter tall black-and-silver robot.
- The first cyborg HIT Mark, the HIT Mark V, rolled off the "assembly lines" in 1984. As cyborged clones, they're a joint project of both Iteration X and the Progenitors.
- The next version, the HIT Mark VIs (or NT-1s) are "T-1000"-like beings composed entirely of nanotech robots. As of 1993, they were still in prototype form.