Orremna are a race (for a certain definition of race) of living (again, depending on definition) artifacts. The secret of their creation is lost and indecipherable(of course, what isn't?), though a dedicated team of artificers from around the world seeks to rediscover how they are made.
What is known about them is as follows.
They have the same basic shape of organic humanoids, give or take a few limbs, spines, and other protrusions, though they lack facial features beyond variable numbers of what resemble eyes. They are made mostly of an extremely malleable alchemical alloy. Some are outfitted in unoccupied areas with plates of more durable metals, for protection; however, there are always gaps around the parts that need to be mobile, IE, where the joints are on organic beings. In lieu of organs and a nervous system, small, ever-glowing crystal orbs are embedded throughout their bodies. The size and configuration of these crystals is variable in accordance with the individual, with two exceptions, in the form of large spheres in the 'chest' and inside of the 'head' (the head-orb is not visible unless the 'skull' is somehow parted/disrupted). If either of these crystals, called the vital spheres
, are destroyed, or their connection to each other is broken (IE decapitation), the Orremn shuts down, effectively dying.
As artificial beings, Orremna do not need to eat, breathe, or otherwise gain nutrition; all the power they need is supplied by the vital spheres. Likewise, they do not require sleep, though they do occasionally rest to give their vital spheres time to replenish their energy.
Orremna are fully sentient and sapient, experience emotion, and have three senses (sight, located from secondary crystals on the face which resemble eyes in location and function, touch, and hearing, which are both decentralised and picked up by each individual orb.) They can understand speech, and can approximate it by vibration of the crystals in their bodies. Depending on the individual, the "voice" may range anywhere from resembling an out-of-tune guitar to being indistinguishable from human. They also have an exclusive form of communication that relies on subtle colour changes in the chest's vital sphere. All Orremna understand this form of communication innately.
Orremna are, to various reactions amoungst the other races, capable of and typically willing to reuse the bodies of their fallen or not-so-fallen brethren. Non-vital crystals integrate seamlessly into the nervous system equivalent, and the body alloy is easy for an artificer of even a competent smith to attach. It is even occasionally known for two living Orremna to merge their chassis, though this process is rare and must be carried out carefully.
While the sentience and sapience of the Orremna is firmly established as fact, many members of other races, and, indeed, some of the constructs themselves, deny that they are truly alive. This has lead to strained interracial relationships for the duration of the artificial people's existence. The prejudice exists most in rural areas, which are unlikely to see advanced technology or artifice of any sort, let alone the kind that talks. In urban centres, the Orremna are usually treated more-or-less equally to organics, though some people are still invariably unnerved by them.
The Orremna are not an ancient group, dating back to the dawn of time. In all actuality, none have existed for more than a century.
One hundred years ago, roughly, a man named Vincent forever sealed his place in history. Vincent was an artificer, nearly on par with Nuada. He spent decades working almost nonstop, and then. . . It happened. He'd done it. Created true sentience. Made the first Orremna. He didn't stop there, though. He made dozens. Hundreds. Each and every Orremna owes its life to Vincent, and they call him the Father of the Spheres.
Like all humans, Vincent eventually died. His creations, however, lived on.
Oh yeah, it's huge. Give me a moment to Archive Binge.
edited 4th Feb '12 10:35:17 PM by Exelixi
Mura: -flips the bird to veterinary science with one hand and Euclidean geometry with the other-