As the world progressed and the study of magic became more prominent, mages sought ways to aid injured warriors after coming home battered and limb-lacking, or to push the body past its standards. It was this mindset that caused an inventor and mage named Armester Ormstein to discover something that would change the world. He discovered by infusing Aragonite, crystalized Arcana that grows deep within Lynnea's crust, and the natural mana within the body, that objects could be attuned to a person. This allowed them to use said objects by fitting them to their bodies and controlling them through the channel of arcana that flows between the two sources. The discovery brought upon a revolution, allowing not only the gimped and injured a new chance at a normal life but also a way to create personal enchantments later on using his methods.
These people are known as ‘The Augmented’ or ‘Augs’ for short. They are most commonly seen with wooden, brass, tin, ceramic or copper parts, with a gem on top or hidden somewhere on the piece. Augmented eyes are commonly glowing due to the iris being infected by the overwhelming presence of Arcana. There are also cases of more realistic, and more expensive augments, that on first glance seem life-like. Most Augs get along with each other, being survivors of terrible happenstance and surviving through perseverance, especially if they've lost their biological part through trauma or battle. However, this is not always the case.
Crystals must be attached to the augmented body part to work. Damage to Crystals will render its parts useless. Abilities that siphon or dispel magic will disable Augmented parts on a successful hit and cannot become active until Arcana can return to power the crystal. I.e Duration of the spell or Ability.
Augments (6), Automatons (7).
Tastes metallic, leaving a tingling sensation on a blood-drinkers tongue. Will cause Arcane Casters to cast erratically for the duration of the scene.
Full blooded Humans, Littlefolk, and Goblins are the only races to have taken the process of becoming Augmented without failure or death. Their bodies hold just enough arcana to power and not overload Aragonite Crystals. Augs are people that have lost parts of their body or have been brought back from the brink of death by having what was lost replaced by magically enchanted prosthetics. These parts are powered through Aragonite crystals that are located somewhere on the metal. If these crystals are broken or damaged, the parts it powers become useless and lifeless, which can mean death for some Augs. Augmented areas can hold other abilities than just basic uses such as a regular arm or leg. They can cast magic through them, be made to have supernatural strength, or have functions that could aid in stabilizing one's movement for better accuracy. Being struck in an augmented part, unless hit in the crystal, causes no physical pain but does inflict damage. Augments can have their parts taken off and repaired through those qualified rather than being healed. Anything still organic, however, would still need medical treatment. Augmented parts do not work while off the body as it is powered through the communication of one's naturally occuring Arcana and the Aragonite Crystal. The longer away it's been from the person, it becomes further disconnected and eventually would need re-attuned. This state of emptiness allows looters to sell second-hand augments. Some Augs may hide their prosthetics using various means, such as gloves, hats, eye patches or more. They do this because their augments can become depowered and then removed from their bodies and resold for profit, leaving them crippled or dead.
There is a special type of Aug that is a bit different, they are Mods or Modders. A Modder is a person, commonly of the upper class, that has become addicted to the power and magic within their augment(s). This leads to self-mutilation, cutting off parts of their body to have them replaced with more and more magical augments. They are viewed as mad and are feared by some within society because of their appearance. The trauma associated with being an Augmented, doubles as a Modder, and these people are typically social enpt or outcasts. These individuals also usually wear their augments with pride as a badge of honor and a display of wealth, opposed to others who hide theirs in fear of being attacked or ridiculed by society for their parts.
Automatons are not human and are always made of some sort of metal. These are machines built and powered through the same method of Armester's attunement but instead use various crystals to communicate with one another to bring life and power to the metal contraption. Unlike their animated counterparts, Golems, Automatons are created with a dictated purpose and only hold the knowledge that surrounds said purpose. Usually one large crystal powers Automatons at it's center cavity, or various multiple ones on the limbs with a Mother Crystal in it's center. If the Mother Crystal is destroyed, damaged, dispelled, or removed, the Automaton is rendered lifeless until it is reattuned, or repaired.