Scribe by keith
She's a scrivener automaton working (enslaved?) in a rather wealthy merchant's library. The arcane procedures for creating automatons are as varied as their appearance and roles in society (servitors, military, labour, prostitution, etc). The taxidermic use of cured human remains is legalised, economical and common place in their construction (similar to how the powdered wigs in our past often used the hair of corpses). However the practice of "rendering" down living persons into an automaton state is outlawed, it is frequently employed since the resultant product tends to outperform the legal alternative. The merchant who owns this particular scribe automaton has some very extensive paperwork detailing her conformity to all applicable regulation. However, those who deal with her have noticed how quickly she learns new tasks, and have caught her smiling when backs are turned.
Animator's blue colerase on sketch paper. Photoshop.
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