♦ Species Compendiary ♦
- Name: Jynx (“j – inks”)
- Trope: Cyber-punk Undead
- Mutagen: Daelia Infection
- Form: Flesh armatures piloted by transcribed human consciousnesses
- Region: Wide Spread / +Erebus
- Lord: None
♦ Brief Description
The Jynx are an especially unusual race of beings as they technically do not exist as a traditional unified species or race, but rather as a category for a wide variety of forms. An individual Jynx is not the physical form that one sees but rather a transcribed human consciousness stored in a nervous system linked processing device that’s been implanted into the brain of an organic system or networked machine. Because of this the once human mind can inhabit any structure, ranging from living organisms (humanoid or otherwise) or complex machine (from rooted computers to fully mobile androids) to something in between (Jynx improvised forms made of flesh and metal). Transference into a Jynx core grants a being near immortality as the core only needs power to survive, but due to the loss of sensation and existential disconnect it can create, many Jynx suffer from a slow degradation of both mental faculties and moral human understanding. While this sanity loss is not universal, the more dangerous and deranged Jynx have given the race its place as the most feared and despised group on the island.
♦ Physical Appearance
Due to their ability to inhabit any body their core can be injected into, they have an extremely varied amount of possible appearances; however, due to their human minds, those who desire to preserve their sanity as much as possible will seek out more human forms. Some have acquired or persevered perfectly ordinary human bodies and thus (depending on the quality of the body and whether its alive or not) the only way to tell them apart is the glowing core lodged some where along the central nervous-system; Due to the stigma associated with their way of life and sociopaths tendencies, these areas are often well hidden in non-feral individuals. When disloged from a physical form, a core is a shape similar to a virus or a screen with legs, capable of simple transport and self injection into a new host.
While their strengths and weakness are highly dependent on the body they inhabit, a Jynx’s core is very hard to destroy and so long as the core systems are maintained they can use even barely functional bodies. They feel very little pain or pleasure and in general are numbed to nearly all bodily needs as their core concerns falls under three categories: obtaining parts, securing energy and maintaining sanity. Due to this disconnect from their bodies and full control over their forms, Jynx often display super-human abilities as they can push their systems past normal human restrictions. When dislodged from a physical form a core can’t really defend itself but can flee if it needs to However, power loss or damage to the core can render the consciousness within vulnerable.
The culture of Jynx are nearly as varied as the forms they inhabit as each individual displays varying degrees of mental health; however there are some core archetypes and societies that have formed. There are those that have adapted perfectly to their unusual existence and live in heartless self-efficiency doing whatever it takes to survive, blending in with human society when they can and hiding as a vampire among them, feeding on their scrap as well as their bodies. There are those that have completely lost their minds and have turned into the roaming scavenging beasts that the people of Elysium fear. There are other more radical forms such as those who have fully relinquished their fleshed forms and taken on the mantle of true machines and AIs, living within android forms or within the computer systems of the island itself or those that believe transcription into a Jynx form is the truest path for man kind, forceabley converting the poor souls they capture. Outside of these less than human types there are also simply the unfortunate Jynx that are new to their displaced realities, struggling to mentally cope as well as survive.
The Jynx cores were first created as an attempt to preserver human consciousness in the digital world, granting immortality but still allowing them a presence in the real world. However the creators did not count on the effects it would have on the human mind. Most Jynx around have been in existence for decades, but there are still new individuals that have either been converted by a cultist or have less conventionally willing joined the kindred by the behest of a sect or a benefactor.
[Author’s note 04/22/15]: I’ve had this race in mind for a while now but I never quite settled on all the details, drew up some junky sketches a last week; wasn’t really satisfied but I decided to throw some basic effects and shading to it today and just pop up a lore profile. If you haven’t guess their inspiration is somewhere between warframe’s greneeir and the mocking-jays of Soma. They fill a niche and a variety of fetishes (undead, assets theft, machine, corruption, hypnosis, body horror, etc.) can be met by them but they just in general allow for me to fill in a lot of the “super natural” gaps in my lore. A jynx can be like a high-class vampire, or a low flesh eating zombie, they can be ghosts (“projected hard-light holograms”), litch like body snatchers as well as machine races or wareframe like “humanoid robot space ninja things”. They’re flexible and kind of gross and angsty but I feel like they could be a good asset for Elysium., Cheers ~