Broken, Part 1

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"Broken, Part 1" is the first chapter in Pandora's Tale.

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Synopsis

The scene opens on the Helper Corporation training facility, where genetically engineered cat-people are bred, brainwashed, and "trained" to be slaves. A Helper who will eventually be known as Pandora tells her overseer Kyndley that she is a girl, despite being assigned male at birth[1]. Kyndley reminds Pandora that Helpers are created to serve their owners, and Pandora's future master won't be happy with a boy who thinks she's a girl. Pandora responds that she isn't "a boy who thinks he's a girl": she's a girl[2].

Kyndley tells Pandora that she is broken[3], and takes her to a doctor. The doctor explains that some Helpers just are trans, and Monopolith doesn't understand why[4]. Kyndley plans to have Pandora's memory erased and give her a new personality to make her a boy[5] Pandora screams "I'm not a boy!" and runs off[6].

Pandora crawls through a vent, and finds herself among helpers who are about to be shipped to buyers[7]. Seeing a chance to avoid having her memory erased, Pandora climbs into a capsule which is about to be shipped[8]. Pandora wishes she wasn't broken[9].

By sheer chance, the delivery drone containing Pandora suffers from an engine failure and lands in the middle of the desert, where the Pioneer City resistance finds it[10].

When resistance member Isabelle Monday realizes the pod contains a person[11], she goes to open it[12]. What Isabelle doesn't know is that the pod contains a gas which causes Helpers to view the next person they see as their owner[13]. Hence, when Isabelle literally opens Pandora's box, Pandora declares her purpose is to serve Isabelle, leaving Isabelle and the rest of the resistance very shocked[14].

Trivia

Chapters

Volumes, Storylines, and Chapters
Volume Storyline Chapter Number Title First Page Last Page Start Date End Date
Broken Broken 1 Broken, Part 1 1:0 1:21 2019-03-20 2019-04-10
2 Broken, Part 2 2:0 2:21 2019-07-10 2019-07-31
Sisters in Arms 3 Sisters in Arms, Part 1 3:0 3:21 2019-11-06 2019-11-27
4 Sisters in Arms, Part 2 4:0 4:21 2020-02-26 2020-3-18
Good Luck Charm 5 Good Luck Charm 5:0 5:21 2020-07-15 2020-08-05
Live Fast 6 Live Fast, Part 1 6:0 6:21 2021-05-12 2021-06-02
7 Live Fast, Part 2 7:0 7:21 2021-10-20 2021-11-09
Volume 2 Unbecoming 8 Unbecoming 8:0 8:21 2022-05-25 2022-06-22
Echo 9 Echo, Part 1 9:0 9:21 2023-09-18 2023-10-16