The artifex are a true wonder of engineering, magic and artistry all combined into one. To call them golems or constructs is to belittle their creation and the skills of those that craft them into being. They are programmable bipedal clockwork automatons, crafted exclusively by the The Iron Hands finest craftsmen. In fact each artifex is unique and can be considered a work of art onto itself. in fact many who own the artifex treat them as such hiding them away in glass enclosures showing them off to their friends as status symbols. There have been at times questions about the nature of the Artifex at times, are they alive, do they feel, do they think. The Iron hands have waved away such questions and insist the Artifex are merely creations obeying their programming with no free will of their own.
To see them move is to watch art in motion, gears and springs moving with such perfect precise precision that no person could hope to achieve - Iron Hands Designer
AppearanceEach Artifex is a unique creation having been molded by the designers hands over the course of months or even years, these are not mass produced golems designed to replace the working man but pieces of art to be appreciated by those of the upper classes. However they do share a few common characteristics regardless of the craftsmen responsible which are listed below.
- They are not alive, they do not have a pulse or any kind of respiratory or pulmonary system lacking either working heart or lungs. Which is not to say that some do not have representations of these organs but they are purely for aesthetic purposes and nothing more.
- Their creation and locomotion process is a closely guarded secret by the Iron Hands, it is the main reason for the gloves that their workers are forced to wear keeping the secret of how the Artifex are created is paramount
- They are generally composed of various cuts of Great Tree Wood , Iron, Steel, Brass and Copper. Each piece is almost always engraved with beautiful scrollwork and embellishments to further add to their artistry.