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Don't think of it as throwing away your humanity. You are merely discarding your human frailty.
— Hammond on the Spectre Camo Burn Card

Doctor Hammond is a character who is mentioned in Titanfall. He is the founder of Hammond Robotics and is thus at least partially responsible for the creation of the IMC. A descendent of his, known as Mister Hammond, is the current chairman of the IMC.

History

Around two centuries ago,[1] Doctor Hammond was responsible for the creation of the company Hammond Engineering in the Core Systems. Over the first fifteen years of the company's existence, consumer demand for Titan manufacturing materials, planetary survey technology and map database rights would lead to explosive growth of the company. For the next century, a series of re-brandings, mergers and acquisitions would transform Hammond Engineering into the commercial empire that is now known as the Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation.[2][3] The legacy of Hammond Engineering now exists in the company Hammond Robotics, responsible for a large portion of the materiel employed on the battlegrounds of The Frontier.

Doctor Hammond was responsible for the creation of the MRVN, purportedly as a favour to a friend. Eventually, the creation of this worker drone would lead to the creation of the Spectre,[4] and the start of an arms race between the IMC and its competitors, possibly leading to the Core Systems Conflicts.[5] Despite all this, Hammond was not a public figure, and rarely showed his face while alive.[6]

Hammond's Fate

The current status of Doctor Hammond is currently unknown, and is highly speculated upon. These rumours include Hammond being frozen in cryostasis[7] or being linked into a machine body,[8] while others simply believe he is dead due to his age.[1] Hammond's son, however, is mentioned to be working on an independent project related to "synthetic biology".[9]

Shortly before the Battle of Demeter, Hammond (referred to as "Mister Hammond") would give a speech to Pilots preparing to defend the crucial world.[10] It is unknown, however, if "Mister Hammond" refers to the original Dr. Hammond or Hammond's son. Hammond is also mentioned to be on good terms with General Marder, of ARES Division - however, it is also unknown if this refers to the Dr. Hammond or Hammond Jr.[11]

Hammond's (unexpected) "appearance" after the war

A newspaper published right before the first season (the 124th season in the titanfall universe) has an interview with Bangalore, and what had happened to her unit right before then end of the War. after the Interview, a teaser for "tomorrow's paper" mentions a lad on planet Talos by the name of Ransin Mandaleigh, who claims to be Doctor Hammond. (also known as the "Father Of The Frontier") We don't get to read anymore, due to the article teaser being cut short.

Hammond Robotics also makes another entrance in the 4th season (128th) with the introduction of a new and improved Planet Harvester. This harvester split worlds edge in to pieces, and was a new POI for Legends[1] to loot, and shoot in. Unfortunately, it is unknown if this deal between the Syndicate, and Hammond was at all authorized by Doctor Hammond, or if he was even still alive/present to see it.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Titanfall Militia Grunt dialogue - Made Men - "I don't think Hammond is alive. He'd be like two hundred years old."
  2. Titanfall Companion - The IMC (File link)
  3. Titanfall legacy site - The IMC
  4. Titanfall Companion - Spectre (File link)
  5. Titanfall IMC Grunt Dialogue - Made Men - "Yeah, Hammond started a bloody arms race when they invented the spectre."
  6. Titanfall IMC Grunt dialogue - Made Men - "I heard Hammond never showed his face, even when he was alive."
  7. Titanfall Militia Grunt dialogue - Made Men - "Hammond's dead? I heard he was still alive. Frozen, but alive."
  8. Titanfall Militia Grunt dialogue - Made Men - "I hear Hammond is frozen, and his brain is attached to a computer somewhere around here."
  9. Titanfall IMC Grunt dialogue - Made Men - "Spectres ain't so great. I heard Hammond's son was working on something bigger!"'"What, like smarter drones?" "Nah, some kind of synthetic biology work. Next-gen stuff."
  10. Titanfall mission - "The Battle of Demeter"
  11. Titanfall 2 mission scientist dialogue - Effect and Cause - "You're forgetting he's got Hammond in his corner, so if he says we go...we go."
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