When Ichor gets on or in animals, you get yourself Rendlings. Catalurgists, who need Ichor, get around that by making themselves a Thymalladus to process the stuff -- but even that can go wrong. That's when you get yourself the true monsters: Chimeras.
Bone and flesh from the nightmares of humanity, held in place and limited with metal and technology -- Chimeric Limbs are new, terrifying, and incredibly useful.
Chimeras occur during the creation of Catalurgists
, generally when the Ichor is being introduced to the Catalurgist's body for the first time. True monsters are then formed, human and beast fused with a hate for itself so strong that they don't live much longer after formation. This leaves behind a twisted, terrifying corpse -- and a few victims from the event -- that the people of Soom-Shida
have recently figured out how to use.
When a Chimera forms and dies, a part human, part Rendling
corpse is left behind. They are mostly human-shaped, with enlarged bones and monstrous musculuture. New limbs, appendages, and things
grow out of unexpected places. These corpses also have the interesting property of decomposing at a very, very slow rate -- some believe they don't decompose at all. In the past, any Chimera that was formed was simply cremated. In Soom-Shida, the corpses are chopped up, and limbs are harvested.
New Life for Old Limbs
In the event of lost limbs in Cathedris, for much of history the injuried mostly had to make do with what they were left with. Some would replace legs with wooden appendages, affixed with leather straps, but that was the extent of prosthetic technology.
Chimeric limbs attempt to mimic that which was lost, by affixing limbs harvested from Chimeras onto human patients who have lost their own.
Care must be taken however, lest the Chimeric limb take over and corrupt the patient it's affixed to -- a very real danger. These monsterous prosthetics are thus combined with technology to both help reinforce and control the limbs; electronic limiters are placed along muscles and veins, while the bones are often combined with metal for structural support. Anyone granted a Chimeric limb will have to properly care for it for the rest of their life, as well.
You absolutely must take proper care of your limiters. Ensure they are powered and properly maintained, unless you want the arm to take control of you.