While technically alive, magnagogs have little in the way of personality and are driven via telepathic command.
The Sogans were a mystically aware technological society. Queen Stavarang is the last surviving Sogan in the galaxy
Potentially the most powerful summon created, the Final Judge of Man and Earth
An alchemist enchanted his equipment to produce even more powerful alchemical compounds, potions and the like. Unfortunately, it is not well-known that he had different sets of equipment for different processes: If the wrong set of gear is used, the result will invariably fail to function. It's not a cursed item, just something that's hard to figure out.