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A gentleman is never found without his watch.Watches are robotic beings made by Walter Wyatt Whittaker Watchworks pre-Lacuna before the company went defunct. They come in all shapes, sizes, and functionalities, and have varying degrees of intelligence and Sophonce. What makes Watches unique from other Infomorphs and Robots is that they possess a soul from the moment of their creation. The nature and strength of this soul is as variable as anything else about them—some seem to have a soul as more as a useless token while some boast a command of metaphysics and emotion on-par with flesh-and-blood Sophont.
SuperstitionWhat began as a bit of playful humor and advertising promoted by Walter Wyatt Whittaker Watchworks over time grew into a bona-fide superstition over the ages. There is a belief any expedition with a Watch present will be fruitful by at least one measure, and so superstitious Victoriani are rarely found without one when they leave their world, even if it means dropping a massive sum to rent someone else's.
Supply and Demand
ProductionThe specifics of how Walter Wyatt Whittaker was capable of producing his high-grade Watches is one which remains a mystery even to this day. Archive probing into the matters suggest that perhaps Walter had access to misunderstood metaphysical tricks or, perhaps, to some sort of Affinity which allowed him to bring life to his creations. As such, no new Watches have entered circulation since his death.
DemandHigh-Grade Watches are the holy grail for robot hobbyists from all corners Ethnis. The most coveted are the ones which Walter personally attended to—robotic manservants with inhuman reflexes, an arsenal to protect their master with, a full range of turing-complete conversational interactions, and all the knowhow a gentleman should have.
QuigleyQuigley are the most common model of Watch. They fit easily on one's person, and are capable of handling many number of operations any gentleman might require, such as (but most certainly not limited to, oh no): ironing, rolling smokes, lighting smokes, mixing, brewing, and pouring drinks, take dictation, reciting poetry, recitation of fact and trivia on all brands of (worthwhile) drink, and hologram projection.
GrimsbyGrimsby are the second most common model of Watch. They stand around 6ft. tall, which makes for easy outfitting, and offer a suite of activities akin to Quigley models, but more robust. On top of Quigley's suite, Grimsby can tailor clothes, cook, clean, do card tricks, tend to children and animals, and carry conversation with a dry wit. They are also accomplished coiffeurs.
SteadfastSteadfast are an increasingly rare model of Watch. Only 200,000 were made, and of those made half were shipped to various planets lost by the Lacuna, half of the remaining were lost in The Directoriate vs. Walter Wyatt Whittaker, and most of the rest remain serving Victoriana. Steadfast models were built for combat. They are modified Grimsby units, stand around 7ft. tall, and are outfitted with a number of hidden weapons and defenses that make them horrifying in a fight.
Their mechanisms are Mecha in nature but they possess an internal meta core, a heart, which contains their Soul.
The process to create a Watch is uncertain, though rumors persist of rare sellers who have figured out how to recreate the Watches and are making their own. Information like that is kept quiet, however, as in most Banners the creation of Informorphic life is outlawed by civil rights except under certain circumstances.