As the scholar-magi of Seawatch searched for new ways to power their Golemugice machines, it was only a matter of time before they started searching the realms beyond the Runegates. By studying the way the more primal Shamans were able to bind Elementals to their Totems it became possible to bind the very soul of an Elemental to an artificed Blackstone Vestige.
As the newest Sophont to wander Solith, the history of the Bound starts with the first successful binding. In 79 AR, a team of artifcers, unwillingly assisted by a Tuathan Shaman, successfully extracted the still-throbbing Essence of an Earth Elemental harvested from the Throat of the World. This Essence was able to stay alive as long as a steady influx of Primal Earth was available to sustain it. Over the next several months, several more Elemental Souls were extraced and various methods of implanting them into a Blackstone Vestiges. Some of these Vestiges were able to sustain the Elemental Essence but had no further use. It was not until early 80 AR that it was decided that both an Elemental Essence and Sophontic Soul would be required to sustain this new form of Formedfolk and allow it life.
Out of the batch of fourty Vestiges, only twenty-eight were successfully Bound with Elemental power. The most successful of these were LifeBound which made up fourteen of the twenty-eight. Records on where these Bound reside, and their tasks, are kept under close watch by the officials of Seawatch.
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Various greatly dependant on Elemental Core.
Between 200 and 800 pounds.