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
Real World: some Indians in the Amazon treat their eyes with a traditional potion applied with palm leaves. Brutally painful, the drug alters vision, giving the jungle's dense green walls greater texture and dimension. You could adapt this to desert or swamps, or other hard to navigate regions.