Star Control is an old video game, and these guys were spawned from that game. To give you an idea of time scale, the original could fit on a single 3.5 in floppy disc and the console version was ported to the Sega Genesis Go to Comment
This could also be a Castle Falkenstein item as well. I like the period and the period plus magic and or steam punk elements is quite fun.
I like the basic item and its conception. The lovely detail added by some of the example items were a nice touch. The piece is well written, with nice details, and minor dramatic hooks. The NPC almost deserves to be written up. Go to Comment
"...the Ilthian mountains. A craggie masse of rock rysing from the Ilth'n plaines. The waters whych springe from it are ful of godeness and fortyfie those who drynk them [+1 STR]. Alas the vyle beasts resydent in these hills also bathe in these waters, and in the doing gain great strength. Foes mortallie wounded have bene known to flee, onlie to return, revytalised houres later..." - Chronicler Eamusil, Mondopedia, Vol XV (The Lands of Sylmen)