Every Imperial world that uses STC technology has a Temple erected to the Machine God. These temples vary from techno-gothic castles, to vast fortified industrial complexes with a towering spires surrounding a gravity lift. No matter the size, the temple is the Adeptus Mechanicus' presence on that world - their base of operations. All technology built on a Forgeworld and delivered to an Imperial world passes through the temple. The temple sanctifies the technology, ensures it is working, and is responsible for passing it on to the inhabitants of that world.
Standards: All technology is delivered to the temple in STC Universal Enclosures. Some enclosures are used as packing crates for small goods like techno-devices, weapons, and ammo, which can be unpacked and supplied on an item basis. Others contain built-in appliances, such as plasma engines or life-support, or modular hab-unit components, which are supplied to the end user with the enclosure. When the enclosure is an integral part of the technology is is called a 'unit'.
Ownership: All technology, be is a single device or a unit is the property of Mars. No one outside the Adeptus Mechanicus can actually own advanced (Adeptus Mechanicus made) technology, it always remains the property of Mars (and is stamped as such: 'Possessioris Adeptus Mechanicus'). Therefore all technology used by the Imperium is on loan from the Adeptus Mechanicus. This loaned technology is supplied under a service agreement - in accordance with the terms of the 10,000 year old Terra-Mars alliance set up by the Emperor.
Service: To gain access to advanced Adeptus Mechanicus made technology, a person has to sign up to a service agreement and is thereafter known as the 'policy holder'. These agreements have fixed minimum terms, substantial deposits, and all payment must be made in advance. The agreement can be extended if the Adeptus Mechanicus agrees the policy holder has show due care and respect for the technology. Under the agreement the policy holder is entitled to the use of a given unit specified within the agreement. This unit is maintained by the Adeptus Mechanicus. A device or unit in needed of a service, or is faulty, is 'swapped out' for a new one under the 'return to base' clause. No maintenance carried out 'on site'.
Void: It is forbidden to open a device or unit. It the security seals are broken, and the Adeptus Mechanicus become aware of it, the associated service agreement is immediately void. The Adeptus Mechanicus will reclaim the technology and investigate. The Adeptus Mechanicus will issue a penance order. A penance order is handed off to the local governmental bureaucracy who are then responsible for delivering the culprit to the Temple. The exact nature of the penance varies according to the crime, but suffice to say the person who are served a penance is a changed man.
RTB: Devices that need a service or are faulty have to be returned to the Temple in person. If the Adeptus Mechanicus are satisfied with the explanation, and the person can flawlessly recite the incantations of usage, they are issued with a replacement. The agreement is transferred to the new device.
Units are far to large for the end user to take to the temple, and the Adeptus Mechanicus would not want them to either. A servant of the Adeptus Mechanicus will inspect the unit (check the security seal and signs of damage) and if deemed that the user is blameless a swap out order will be issued. The faulty unit will be collected by the servants of the Adeptus Mechanicus (Security seals re-checked) and replacement unit is installed.
The whole unit is removed (enclosure included) and replaced with a new one. In the case of critical systems, like Plasma engines, this can be done 'live' (dual hookup and changeover while all the other connected dependant machines are still running). The faulty unit is taken back to the Adeptus Mechanicus base of operations.
Repairs: All repairs are carried out within the temple. The device or unit is reconditioned and will be used later in a swap outs. No one, other than the Adeptus Mechanicus, is allowed into the repair workshops. Any components damaged beyond the abilities of local repair are returned to the Forgeworld where they were made (this is done in bulk pickups).
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