The modification experiments
2951 - Not long after the Heir duel between Prince Teis and Princess Setari, their grief stricken mother, Empress Kaivir, sought out scientists, doctors, and miracle workers to find some way of restoring the crippled Setari, who had her spine shattered. At the time, the study of prosthetics was very much in its' infancy in Nylicert, but a particular surgeon by the name of Tokem Paskal was experimenting with corpses and the occasional willing amputee wanting to regain their limbs. He was a fantastic surgeon, and well known in Advar. Kaivir met with him in secret, and made a deal to fund his research, give him a guarded facility, and turn a blind eye to whatever he needed to do to revive Princess Setari.
After finding like minded scientists with no qualms of experimenting on illegally sourced humans, Tokem began the work that would immortalise him as the father of modern prosthetics, bound to be remembered for all time.
2953 - Tokem was correct, he would be remembered, not as a famous scientist, but a notorious butcher. After only 2 years of his great work, he had maimed 43 people, and killed 11. Since prosthetics and even the human body was still not all that researched, Tokem had to start from scratch. Luckily he had a steady supply of test subjects being secretly ported into his facility every month, they ranged from condemned prisoners, to slaves, orphans, or middle class people with one too many enemies. It didn't matter to Tokem or his staff. They cut limbs off a select few, and attempted to attach permanent prosthetics to correct the disability they created. This was only the preliminary research of course. A warm up for the more horrifying experiments down the road. It wasn't just limbs they were messing with, but the whole body, specifically the spines. It took a good few failed attempts at fixing spinal injuries before Tokem worked out that it was impossible with current technology. To fix the Princess, he would have to make her a new body from scratch, quite an undertaking, but easier than fixing a shattered spine, which carried the almost certain risk of immediate death. Tokem shifted focus to the brain, but kept his staff busy on a few side projects.
One such side project was a "Super soldier" program. It wasn't enough just to restore people to 100%, Tokem wanted to see if they could be remade as the perfect soldier, stronger and faster than non-modified people. He dreamed of a day when these super soldiers, supplied with his patented, high tech limbs, would give great glory to the Empire. A good portion of the stock brought into the facility were too young to be experimented on, as they grew their limbs would not fit. Children, mostly Orphans, were placed in a special ward of the facility, where they were given an education, trained in military techniques, and brainwashed to believe that the Empire, and the military was to be obeyed without question. Teima Dekyr happened to be one of these children.
2961 - The town of Nost, which had slowly been getting suspicious of the facility on the hill, broke out into rioting. They knew something terrible was going on, and they wanted answers. A large mob approached Helldyr, demanding to know the true purpose of the facility. Guards met them with weapons raised, and it quickly escalated into a full on brawl. There were deaths on both sides, and there would have been more if a bomb didn't take out a large portion of the wall. The blast killed a few of the prisoners trapped within the facility, but released even more. Mutilated people with crude metallic limbs and psychological problems poured out of the facility, to the shock of Nosts' townspeople. And that was it, the secret was out.
New spread fast after that fateful night, and soon the whole Empire knew, there was mass outrage, rioting, and protests. This was quite a dark time, with trust in the police and territorial guards at an all time low, as they roamed the streets more heavily armed than before, putting down any violent protesters that opposed the experiments. Within 4 months, the Empress was forced to do something, but she refused to shut down the facility entirely. Instead, she ordered the release of those already experimented on, including the children who were now teenagers with the latest of Tokems synthetic limbs. She also promised that only condemned criminals were to be handed over to the facility, regulations were put in place to make the experiments a bit more humane. The public mostly lost interest after this, more concerned with the rising tensions in northern Rezakia.
2965 - A major breakthrough is achieved at Helldyr, as the first fully synthetic body is created, and the first brain transplant is successful. The mechanical body is quite simple in design, and contains a new invention; the brain cage, which holds an organic, human brain and allows it to control a robotic body. ISO is interviewed by many news outlets, and many imperial citizens wonder just what this miracle invention could bring in the future. ISO was only the proof it could be done, work begins on the Princesses own synthetic body.
2966 Princess Setari is revived in her new synthetic body. A celebration is thrown for this groundbreaking achievement. Tokem is given lordship by the Empress, who is on her death bed. The events of the next couple months mark the start of a new era. Not long after Setari returns home to the mainland, the Helldyr facility is attacked by Vorich and his cyborg followers, who promptly burn down the facility, and kill everyone inside. Vorich is also brought to justice that same day by Teima Dekyr. The research that brought Setari back to life was mostly destroyed, but after the fires burned out salvage crews from houses Tukmyr and Besseri arrive to squabble over the remains.
Empress Kaivir dies, surrounded by her broken family. Teis soon takes over the throne as Emperor. Setari has a lot to process and catch up on after having been in a coma for 15 years.