Chapter 9 Schools Subsection Excerpt 2
During the schism, the Bioteks division was the most affected. While each race had already it’s different way of seeing how someone should and shouldn’t be enhanced, that ideology radicalized following the creation of both Factions.
Human see Biotechnology as a way to directly replace fallen limbs or damaged organs. They rarely work with psi crystal as they fear it may alter their mind. Ironically, human Bioteks are very close in nature to cyborgs, the main difference being that their whole body is still mostly flesh and bones.
Dwarves make for eccentric Bioteks. They do not replace any part of their body with machines except if it gets cut off. They instead use an array of surface implants, psi tattoos, crystal serums and mental chips to augment their capacities while still retaining their original shape.
Elves have a strange relationship with Biotechnology. As a race that hasn’t fully embraced modern technology, the very few elves that are found in that school of science mostly use advanced psi tattoos and a plant based serum to augment themselves. Save for their completely tattooed skin it is hard to differentiate them, but their physical capacities are no laughing matter. None are quicker or more agile than a well enhanced elf.
Cyborgs have a very ‘’natural’’ inclination towards Biotechnology. Being mostly made of metal they can be said to be the first one to fully embrace the technology. Their Bioteks are characterized by the fact that their heart has been replaced by a reactor made of a mixture of all three crystals. Strangely enough, this happened before the discovery of the ethereals and their similar heart.
Mutant Bioteks use a variant based solely on crystal implantation, what they call Cultivation. Small psi crystal are implanted at key points on the mutant body and then hooked directly to the vascular and cerebral systems of the subject. By strength of will and time they are able to grow and shape the crystal into terrific extensions that are even said to be able to channel electricity from the body outwards.
K9s Bioteks will replace virtually any body part, wounded or fully functional. If it gives them an advantage, they will do it. Some K9s even had one of their eyes removed to be replaced with advanced micro camera. The more ruthless ones cut off one of their arms and implant a weapon instead.
Ethereal Bioteks are a rare occurrence. While ethereals don’t often mingle with schools and societies, the few that have contacts with other Bioteks become somewhat addicted to the process of morphing their bodies. Ethereal have the capacity to drain a crystal directly, and so, while some use this energy as a weapon, these ones use it to morph their bodies, changing their height, weight and even fundamental shape.
One byproduct of the Bioteks experiments are their newfound knowledge in animal genetics, as they used them a lot for testing purpose. As such, it is common to see a Biotek followed by one of its grotesque creation, commonly referred to as a chimera.