Artificers are a breed of Hyla designed to cheaply assemble common components for use in engineering and repairing hardware like weapons, armor and mods.
Only the most docile and intelligent Hyla were allowed to breed when the Consortium domesticated the troll-like race. As a result they are skinny but maintain the greatest leaping ability of the three Hyla breeds.
Their long ears lay limp along the sides of their head, in contrast to the pointed, dolbermann-like ears of the Mum'luk.
History and Overview
As communists, the Hyla must meet certain requirements per week to be eligible for their weekly stipend. Artificers use publicly pooled funds to purchase raw materials from the Consortium/Khor regime. They convert these raw materials into components for sale in the marketplace.
This process is overseen by the Hyla's democratic government. The government recognizes supply and commissions the assembly of any needed components. Artificers claim these jobs, acquire materials and manufacture these components. Once assembled the Hyla upload these components into the component collective. This collective is run by the Hyla government officials and is designed to control costs by controlling supply.
Mechanical engineers will purchase these components to manufacture and repair hardware. The component market is so valuable the Artificers do not need any other occupation, but may choose to be mechanical engineers. With their limited intellect they can only develop lower-tier hardware for personal use. Their weaponry is typically external due to their low intellect levels.