In Imperial Year 678, the infamous Duke Eldward Khlack, styled the Duke of Gears, launched his famous rebellion against King Lastyr V of Marcosia. For those who were not paying attention to their tutor, Khlack was a brilliant, though unstable, man. It was said that he was a sorceror. But beside that, he was a master of the artifice of creations he called "gearworks". These gearworks still baffle sages and greybeards to this day. They are composed mostly of metal gears and rods, with mysterious cubes and filaments of an unknown fiber. Khlack never taught anyone but his daughter how to create and animate these "gearworks" and so that knowledge died with them in the failure of Khlack's Rebellion. In any case, Khlack launched his rebellion, and his warriors were great metal men, made from the Duke's own "gearworks". He made a small army of these gear-men, who soon became known as Khlack's Gear-Warriors.
The Gear-Warriors were terrible foes. They had flesh of metal and were as strong as a bear. They were tireless, absolutely loyal and disciplined. They could survive lopped arms and legs, and the removal of their heads was no stop. Only fire and water could stop them for good. But the Gear-Warriors had their disadvantages, as well. It seems that they malfunctioned often, and stopped fighting at the most inconvenient of times.
The majority of Khlack's army was destroyed after the Rebellion, when Khlack himself and his daughter, Senthia, were beheaded. The wreckage of Khlack's Warriors can be found in markets and houses, used as portions of houses or buildings, or even as armor. In the mountains, one can find the weathered, rusting hulks of Khlack's Gear-Warriors laying in abandoned chasms and cliffs. However, it seems that some may have escaped, for every year, there are sightings of Khlack-men wandering about, attacking travelers, razing farmsteads, raiding trading carriages, and generally making great nuisances and dangers of themselves. Many say that this is impossible, that whatever sorcery made the Gear-Warriors function could not have held up for 400 years. But still, one must wonder...
Khlack's Gear-Warriors stood about 8 feet tall. They appeared much like a huge man wearing blocky metal armor with massive hands and feet. Their faces were made to look like fearsome battle-helms. Beneath the armor, they were a bewildering array of gears, rods, filaments, boxes, cases, tubes, crystal bulbs, water-tanks, steam-chambers, and the like. The right hand of each Gear-Warrior was a great sword or axe blade. Some smaller, lighter, and more mobile Gear-Warriors had instead some sort of arrow-throwing crossbow or barrel. All of Khlack's Gear-Warriors had a tall, narrow pole (OOC: antenna) that protruded from the back-plate near the left shoulder.
These Gear-Warriors sound much like crude versions of the metal men described in that volume we have on the "krill" that Azinis says was written by a sorceror, yes? -Wisdom Dolas