Overview EditHumans have been using tools to amplify the human body’s potential since Caine picked up a stone and killed Abel. It doesn't take long to get to the idea of actual integration of the flesh of the living and the machines of the creator from there. It is far from surprising that, once it caught on, the BioMechanics’ desires were central to much of Iteration X's development. The Methodology maintains more than a modicum of power by being the source of implant technology for the Convention and the Technocracy as a whole.
Iteration X focuses on the use of tools, including non-physical tools like social structures and psychological insight, to make human living better. From the beginning, Humanity has looked at their physical state, their lack of weaponry, their limited senses, and wondered “How can I be better?” Bone and stone, and later metal and wood, only go so far. At some point the human body itself is the limitation; the obstacle between a person and their goal. The BioMechanics reside at that point and provide understanding, solutions and new technology. From BioMechanic labs have come new research in artificial hearts, better artificial fingers, artificial legs, pacemakers, the very beginnings of Consensus-accepted artificial eyes, and more everyday. The excel in not only the body-augmentation field, but in medical monitoring and enhancement technologies to levels even the Progenitors haven't reached. They also provide artificial life-extension implants to the Technocracy itself by replacing limbs with those just as nimble but with greater strength and built-in weaponry and giving soldiers dermal armor to save their lives when fighting to protect humanity. Perhaps most importantly they design, install and maintain the Advanced DEI systems for most Convention members.
The earliest BioMechanics only had crude constructs of metal and wood. Hegesistatus was said by an early Roman historian to have escaped from manacles by cutting off his foot at the ankle in 500 B.C.; later he crafted a wooden replacement and strode just as strongly. Marcus Sergius was gifted with an iron hand from a proto-BioMechanic after his own fleshly one was lost in battle. Such stories of the earliest prosthetics are not only from the Roman era, and many earlier ones have more than a bit of the mystical about them, with characters losing an arm only to sprout a serpent from the stump, or being chopped in half but maintained on a chariot drawn by midgets and fed on blood. Such legendary images are obviously the work of scientists from the earliest moments of history. It was in the 16th century that the BioMechanics truly came into their own, as Ambrose Paré created clockwork limbs to replace those of injured warriors.
Implant technologists are the bulk of the Methodology and the BioMechanics are responsible for the great fear of the Traditions: the HIT-Mark. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, as the cost of maintaining such constructs rises, they are being phased out. Secretly, many members of the Methodology are relieved, especially those with medical backgrounds, as turning a human into a killing machine never sat well. Instead they can focus on advanced prosthetics and medical implants of other kinds. This gives many members of the Methodology a great sense of satisfaction. A good number feel, though, that the change in focus is misguided and perhaps even dangerous. “To set aside one’s weapons,” they suggest, “is to invite attack.” And while there is a certain wisdom in this attitude, the costs are astronomical. Many remaining extremist supporters are dedicating themselves to improving cyborg technology, or moving heavily into nanotech and hoping to move along with the other Iteration X developers while fostering ties with other methodologies as well as Progenitors who have similar research projects.
It isn't only implant technologists who find a home in the BioMechanics, however. There are a few biophysicists concerned with the literal mechanics of the body — the way the human form, without mechanical augmentation, can be made more efficient and effective. Scientists with such a bent with a biological preference usually end up in the Progenitors, but those with a "purer" focus on the science and math of motion, studies in joint flexion, statistical trials, even modifying the immediate environment (better shoes, more breathable synthetic clothing, portable pressurized water supplies) are welcomed into the BioMechanic fold.
While not as diverse in spread as other methodologies, BioMechanics are present in a significant number of fields. The usual doctors and surgeons are supported by a number of Enlightened personnel even among the nurses, interns, lab technicians and other support staff of the medical world. Athletic researchers, coaches and other sport-based professionals are also among the ranks, usually clustering in the biophysics enclave, doing all they can do to push the un-enhanced body to its limits through understanding how and why the body works mechanically. They often have allies and rivals among the Progenitors.
Recruiting has also been very successful among the physically handicapped, who volunteer to act as “living platforms” for prosthetic research. Such members can be fanatically devoted; after all, if someone gives you a normal life that the mainstream medical world said was impossible, there can be significant gratitude. They can often fill out the ranks of Convention enforcers.
Sphere Focus Edit
In the minds of most Technocrats, the BioMechanic is the stereotypical It Xer. It vies for the position with the image of the Statistician Planner. Among the Traditions there is no question of their prominence. With the number of street-ops who have some sort of modification, a trained BM is a necessity for most Constructs.
The Biophysicists are less popular as no one is quite sure what to think of them or where to put them. Progenitors are often confused about why such capable scientists remain with a Convention with a reputation for “metal over flesh,” while the therapists and nutritionists look askance at the common belief that the Progenitors tend toward biological experimentation for no greater reason than “we can.”
BioMechanics are rarely in leadership positions because of their penchant for 'doing' and they are greatly needed in the Convention for maintenance and development of important technologies. Very few Technocrats know how to maintain the battery that keeps them alive and functioning.
They have a reputation for gruffness, brutal honesty, and pigheadedness. They also seem to be expected to have more human foibles than their more theoretical brothers in sisters in other Methodologies. The drama in a BioMechanic construct can be intense.