Star Frontiers Races
Average Size: 2.2 meters tall
Average Mass: 100 kg
Average Lifespan: unknown
Body Temperature: not applicable
PHYSICAL APPEARANCE AND STRUCTURE
Mechanons are sentient robots. They are roughly humanoid, though members of the
warrior class have a large metallic tail which they use to balance and as a weapon.
The top of a Mechanon's head is a cluster of various-colored crystals. These crystals
form an artificially intelligent storage and computing device, a technology unknown
but much sought after by the other races.
Mechanons are usually equipped with sensors that give them visual and audio input
roughly equivalent to Human eyes and ears. The warriors are also equipped with infrared
and starlight optics and have heightened hearing. The thinker class is believed to be
equipped with all available optical enhancement devices and have extremely heightened
hearing. No Mechanon can smell or taste and their touch seems to be the standard type
for advanced robots (much less than Human).
Mechanons have built-in poly-voxes and can be programmed with almost any language.
The higher orders, warriors and thinkers, can learn new languages. The Mechanon voice
is high and always sounds mechanical.
SOCIETY AND CUSTOMS
Mechanons evolved on Volturnus from primitive Eorna robots. Through a series of
incredible coincidences they eventually became a sentient, sapient race of creatures
which could propagate mechanically. The robots used on the Frontier in everyday life
are to the Mechanons what baboons are to the Yazirians: there is a certain similarity,
but the differences are far greater and of more importance.
Little is known about Mechanon society. What is known indicates that it has a
complex and strict caste system which does not allow for advancement from a lower
caste to a higher one. The more intelligent Mechanons occupy higher castes. It is
known that an aggressive tendency to dominate and destroy organic, intelligent life
was once a strong factor in Mechanon society. Indeed, it resulted in the famous
Mechanon revolution on Volturnus in FY 54 and the eventual mass exodus of Mechanons
from that planet. But recent studies have shown that this is no longer a primary
drive within the majority of Mechanons encountered. In fact, of 100 randomly tested
Mechanons, only five showed any signs of animosity or superiority complexes relating
to organic sentients.
Some robopsychologists are beginning to suspect that two completely different
Mechanon societies may be evolving: one bent on peacefully coexisting with the other
races, and another, smaller faction bent on destroying them.
Mechanons use standard robots to perform menial tasks, just as the other races do.
Philosophy and the arts are completely non-existent and Mechanons cannot understand
what organic beings see in these pursuits. Mechanons have no sense of public vs.
private property. Supplies simply are created, exist, and are used as needed. There
is no family unit.
There are few laws in Mechanon society. Every Mechanon is programmed with specific
behavioral directives during construction. Noticeably fewer restrictions are placed
on members of higher castes. At present, the Mechanon's crystalline technology is
the envy of every government and mega-corp in the Frontier.
The Mechanons seem to get along with most races now. Their fascist tendencies have
waned since they colonized their own planet, and they are now trying to become
respectable members of the UPF community. Many people who have dealt with them in
the last decade testify that they are no more difficult to work with than any other
race and are possibly easier to deal with than the Humma. Still others, though,
contend that the Mechanons are planning the overthrow of all biological races in the
Frontier and cite their past cooperation with the Sathar as proof. The matter is
hotly contested, and only time will settle it.
Ambidexterity: All Mechanons are ambidextrous, just as the Vrusk are.
Built-in Weapons: All members of the warrior class have at least one
built-in weapon, usually a maser or laser. It is suspected that the thinkers have
even more powerful armament.
Amazing Intelligence: The warrior class has a Logic score of 75. The
thinker class has a Logic score of at least 95 and can figure out the use of any
manufactured item in a matter of minutes. Thinkers are also skilled debaters
(Persuasion skill level 2).