Gestalts: Enigmas of Combination
A species of sapient machinery, gestalts were invented by Aelish engineers sometime in the 18th Century. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and functions, but are distinct from creatures such as the golems of Pelaflor City due to their artificial nature and are unified by the possession of an atomheart. Gestalts are produced by a variety of sources such as independent atomheart mothers and fathers or corporations such as Carter Engineering Industries. There are around twenty-five million gestalts in use by Aelayeron, with the rest of the world's nations not reaching a tenth of that even when combined. This is largely due to the isolationist nature of the country and its refusal to distribute key elements of their manufacturing process.
"Forge with good measure and you will receive the same. Place love in that which you craft and it will be put into your lap."
— Excerpt from the Book of Barossa
Heavy tilted his head, staring at the two carts. They moved with a motion all their own, and a quick pulse of aura to his eyes confirmed that magic was indeed at work, yet the energy seemed to come from within. For minutes the steel man looked for any sort of conduit or magi, to no avail; by the time he gave up the larger of the carts had used its arm to scoop all of the rubble into the smaller one and rolled away from its partner.
With no options left, Heavy walked up to the lone cart. "Excuse me," he said from behind it.
The cart jerked at his words, letting out a sharp trill. It shuddered and sent its load of debris flying in a big cloud. All at once it seemed to separate, metal folding in on itself until what was a box on wheels had in seconds turned into a pair of legs almost as tall as Heavy. They turned and ran across the street with loud, clanging steps.
Namesake/Leitmotif: "Atom Heart Mother" by Pink Floyd Namesake/Leitmotif: "New Look" by Gerhard Trede
New Look: The first true gestalt, built in 1779 by Enga Padakis. Powder Snow: The first transforming gestalt, produced by "Garfunkel & Sons" which would later be absorbed into Carter Engineering Industries. Fox Boogie & Sports Boogie: The first transforming combiners, taking the forms of an eepos and snake which would merge to form a cart. The Gentle Guys Combiners which were the first group containing more than two members. They would come together and form a large humanoid. Built by Tranquillo Simon, they were named "Fashion Fox," "Jazz Fast," and "City Heat."