Blackstone Vestiges were the culmination of centuries of arcane research and the combined magical knowledge of both the Manfolk and Faefolk of Haven. Unlike the unthinking tools that are golems and spriggans who were alive in their own right, Vestiges served as a refuge for a living soul. Preserving it in Blackstone.
This breakthrough came during the earliest years of The Fall and came as an unforeseen blessing as the living went to war with the dead. It quickly found widespread use in a world where every soldier lost only added to the ranks of the undead. Vestiges become the most numerous Formedfolk on Solith as hundreds are forced into shells to guard the cities of mortal man.
The earliest research into what would become Blackstone Vestiges began with the Udirkith of the Moorwald. They constructed autonomous works of artifice, each constructed to fulfill a singular purpose to perfection. Yet these machines could not think or feel and were constrained by their shells and the simple commands they were able to follow. They often took the most direct or literal interpretation of their commands with little room for interpretation or finesse. Still, these unthinking automatons plagued the battlefields of the War of Smoke & Steel, and their secrets were a sought after prize of the First Men.
When the Elves emerged from the twisted Wyld, they brought with them their arcane secrets and the key to the evolution of Blackstone Vestiges. The elves' own attempts at magical life were far more complex than the dwarves, but where the dwarves learned to forge life from nothing, the elves mastered the art of transferring life from one to another. Spriggans, as these constructs were known, were far more autonomous than their distant golem cousins but required an often disproportionate amount of death to bring it to life. Spriggans found little widespread use in Haven after its people discovered the simplicity offered by dwarven golemtech. Though the Spriggan's method of life transference became instrumental in the creation of the first Blackstone Vestiges. Through Udirkith expertise in artifice, the mages of Seawatch were able to construct durable bodies, and through the secrets of the Eld, they learned how to preserve a soul within that shell. The exact process for this process remains a secret to even many of their own kind, leading to great contention between free Vestiges and the leading producers of shells.
10 years longer than their origin species.
Between 5 and 9 feet tall.
Between 300 and 900 pounds.