Hey everyone, Chris here!
Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve said anything, hasn’t it?
Anyhow, so it was awhile back when I was having a quiet day chilling with Humbug and me mate Marvin when we came upon a topic; public transport in Arteria.
Given the high level of technology integrated with magic (as you may recall from our little post about rune-powered firearms), we figured the bus-equivalent likely took the form of streetcar-trams powered by rune-inscribed rails as well as the odd horse-drawn carriage.
However, with progress comes innovation and based on pictures of old rickshaws in Hong Kong we thought, hey, what about automated golem-taxis?
So, with the brainstorming discussion at the forefront of our thoughts, Humbug asked me to try my hand at depicting our newest creation, the Rickshaw Golem.
Isn’t he pretty?
Anyhow, so here was what information I had to work with.
* Taxi-equivalent; the rickshaw golem is designed to haul a rickshaw that can hold up to 3 passengers
* Big, heavy, strongman-type build
* Ricepicker hat
His design was likely a joined effort between the Lorridane and Qiang families.
Likely a complex incantation that creates a sort of behavioural code for the golem.
* Limited articulation in the upper body (Just need to lift and lower the rickshaw)
* Superior articulation and range of movement in the lower limbs
To compensate for rough and uneven ground, because nothing could be more disastrous than a tonne of steel tripping and rolling downhill!
So with that, I got to work and after a few redraws, was pretty happy with the final result.
Being as rudimentary an A.I as can be allowed, the Rickshaw Golem is pretty much a form of automated transport. Mounted on its back is a control panel with several pre-designated destinations that is rendered inoperable until money is put into the coin slot.
Once money has been put in, the passenger can press the destination button and the golem can go along on its merry way to the chosen golem-stop.
Also built into the golem is a pre-programmed maintenance command, where at 2AM, every golem will immediately head to a maintenance station where routine maintenance and repair work is performed, after which each golem will return to the last golem-stop it had been to.
Thus concludes another riveting account of Arterian arcano-mechanical engineering! Stay tuned!