[Perpendicular-3]The universe of the Skyengines!
Half insane from their experimentations into Demimachinery, forgeshamans are Welrulites who try to reverse-engineer Demimachine-level technology. As this is insanely dangerous, those who succeed are viewed as holy men. (Despite this, most forgeshamans do not view themselves in such a manner...!)
The unbelievably huge, hypersentient godrobots are towering in height, and frightening to behold, but it is they who maintenance the seven Skyengines! Built a million years ago by the ur-Monoliths, people through the solar system of Welrul worship the ever-silent godrobots as living deities.
Humans who possess a Weaponized Icon; a form of Welrulite superhumans. Gunners cannot be bonded to a Tu-template!
The process via which a mortal corpse may be 'hollowed out' and worn as disguises by various ur-Monoliths.
The dominant species of Welrul. Us!
Home of the ur-Monoliths, the Instrumentality is a galaxy-sized Demimachine 'cradle' holding Welrul as its most precious of cargoes!
the seven planets of Welrul:
Ae, Planet of Raw Madness::
Named after Ae (PL9/200pp), an ur-Monolith forgeshaman who long ago went mad, Ae (the planet) is a technophobic nightmare, where ikonswarms hunt down human infocrats laired up in impenetrable data-fortresses. The people live in grinding industrialized despair and polluted gloom. Placeholder.
Bes Ba Burutuuk, Planet of Antiquity and Barbarity:
Named after Bes Ba Burutuuk (PL11/200pp), an ur-Monolith psychic obsessed with Holding a human body, Bes Ba Burutuuk is a world-city that's fallen into barbarism. Petty tribes rule various neighborhoods, while the Ironbull Society performs horrifying human sacrifices to 'appease' the godrobots.
Meanwhile, animal-skull-helmed humanoids known as iksi raid human habitations from their lairs in the Shadowsblight, a region of Bes Ba Burutuuk given over to nature gone toxic. Placeholder.
Heglelekiggi, Planet of Rivalry:
Named after Heglelekiggi (PL16/200pp), a two-headed ur-Monolith brick at war with itself, Heglelekiggi (the planet) is bitterly divided by two highly distinct nations---the blue-skinned moiwutuk of the Invincible and Ever-Victorious People's Democratic Republic of Isinli; and the purple-skinned unyuuu of the People's Freely Chosen Republic of Nfinti. Propaganda of the most extremely nationalistic kind flows freely on Heglelekiggi.
War-robots make up a substantial portion of Heglelekiggi's population, and're treated as full citizens with rights equal to any biological beings. Placeholder.
Khaea, Planet of Golems:
Named after Khaea (PL12/200pp), a surgical genius ur-Monolith obsessed with 'improving' the human physiology, Khaea (the planet) is a 'peaceful' dominion fascinated with medical science---in all its aspects NOT just the normal 'benevolent' uses.
The primary expression of this medical obsession are the iksi, the very same savage humanoids who menace the planet of Bes Ba Burutuuk. Created in Khaea in vast cloning facilities, iksi are primitive cybernetic organism given over to extreme hyper aggression. Part of a MASSIVE study into aggression, hatred and the homicidal impulse, the iksi are grown on Khaea, then taken by bloat argue to Bes Ba Burutuuk where they're left to cause havoc, whilst their creators observe from afar!
Meson, Planet of Energy:
Named after Meson (PL15/200pp), a cosmic-energy-channeling ur-Monolith devoted to the study of the most incomprehensible of Demimachines. Cause and effect break down here, and time...stutters...every so often, causing the same event to play out in successively different outcomes.
More resembling an insect hive than a 'normal' planet, Meson is biotissues coagulated around the massive Demimachine cores that connect Meson to its specific Skyengine 'cradle'. Placeholder.
Wawkirri, Planet of Artifice:
Named after Wawkirri (PL5/200pp), the inventor among the ur-Monolith 'race'. Here, non-Demimachine technology is researched...and ethics in research don't apply: Wawkirri is ruled by a fractious 'council' of 9 superpowered cyborgs/precognitives known as the Ironseers. Each Ironseer is devoted to pushing mortal technology to its uttermost limits, with Demimachinery being considered impure/'blasphemous'. Placeholder.
Za, Planet of Meditation:
Named after Za (PL5/200pp), a precognitive/postcognitive ur-Monolith with only a handful of prophetic peers scattered throughout the entirety of the Forever Tree! The Great Aye, he who permits the flow of time in Welrul (as a universe), is worshipped as a god by the people of Za; they obsessively follow the Great Aye's every action for some small clue to prophecy... Placeholder.
The greatest creations of the ur-Towers are, without a doubt, the seven Skyengines that keep Welrul's planets from colliding in a pinball-like Armageddon of cosmic proportions!
Obviously, the Sungods have a team member from Perpendicular-3. Placeholder.
Energetic, immaterial psionic alien lifeforms, Tu-templates are utterly passive, requiring the unique neural energy of humans to survive. So, Tu-templates will find a resonating human host and overlay themselves into that person's quantum perception of themselves---granting their hosts superpowers, in the process! However, those with Tu-templates cannot integrate with Weaponized Icons!
Humans bonded with Tu-templates allowing for telepathic illusions.
Humans bonded with Tu-templates that allow them to channel and control gravimetric force.
Humans bonded with Tu-templates that allow them to generate 'force-construct' extra limbs and sensory 'organs'.
Created by the dying ur-Tower species to inherit Welrul, ur-Monoliths are few in number---only 331 exist!---but it is they who rule supreme. Ur-Monoliths build the 109 godrobots to assist the ur-Monoliths in their never-ending battle to upkeep the beyond massive Skyengines! Placeholder.
A godlike alien species, ur-Towers created both the ur-Monolith race AND the entirety of Welrul's Skyengines---they were later driven extinct after a massive war with the Sunsphinx space gods!
Demimachines, each Weaponized Icon is a unique Device that grants highly powerful and destructive superpowers to those who hold them. Holders of Weaponized Icons are known as Gunners. To hold a Weaponized Icon is to forever deny yourself access to a Tu-template!
The solar system holding the Skyengines and their seven captive planets. Beyond Welrul lies the Instrumentality; beyond that, Useful Oblivion.