Well, I've had the idea of "cyborgs with a terrible body image" for a long time now, and I just thought that a bunch of dwarves with a superiority complex and "superpowers" like the Gift of Artifice will be fitting.
Actually, that gives me an idea... (I'm not a gifted writer so please bear with me)
The Machine Empire of Purity
The organic body is obscene. Only metal is pure
The Machine Empire is something of a boogeyman in the Dwarven legends, only mentioned in hushed whispers as if just talking about it will bring back the dreaded machines that were controlled by dwarven brains.
Legends say that it all began with the idea that Gifts can be enhanced by mechanical implants, designed and created by those with the Gift of Artifice. With time and experimentation the theory became a reality, with the Gift of Physical Excellency enhanced by limbs of metal, and the Gift of Mental Excellency enhanced by logical calculators. It was just an improvement, a gimmick, a simple aid for the dwarves to make the Gifts better.
Eventually, however, the implants grew bigger and more intrusive. And then it got to the point where those dwarves start to implant their brains into machines.
That was when all things went wrong.
They saw the organic body not just weak, but utterly immoral. It was something that was indecent to be shown in public, they reasoned, and thus they decided that the body was indecent by nature, and should be destroyed. Those who wished to keep their bodies were evil, for they wish to keep something so sinful. They were the Pure of the Machine Empire, for they who gave up their bodies for machinery were cleansed of the evil that were their bodies.
The attack first began with several cases of coughs, which turn into a dreadful sickness that killed within days, even for those with the Gift of Physical Excellency, and spread into a pandemic. The self-proclaimed Emperor of the Pure offered the dwarves a choice: either to be purified, or be destroyed by sickness. The rest of the dwarves chose neither, and fought back.
However, the Dwarven Machines were too strong, and the dwarves were too weak from the disease. The Dwarven League, created to combat the Machine Empire, gave ground day by day, and it seemed the dwarves' days as dwarves were numbered.
Then Elena and Cloe interfered. It was the first, and only, time when the two goddesses had an alliance, for the Machine Empire was a perversion of both their natures.
With their help, the dwarves improved their enhancements and Gifts, and finally overcame the Machine Empire.
Ok, obviously still need a lot of work, but the idea is there.
edited 2nd Jul '12 11:25:00 PM by IraTheSquire