Source: Construct Handbook, pg(s). 21
- This article is about the construct subtype. For creatures that have been described generically as automatons, see golem, robot, and clockwork. For the construct-like race sometimes confused with automatons, see android.
Automatons are intelligent constructs that originated from the twilight days of the lost Jistka Imperium, and whose secrets of construction have been lost to time. Each automaton is powered by a minor artifact known as an automaton core, containing a spark of consciousness of a Jistkan citizen and merged with planar energy. The body of an automaton is specifically crafted for each recipient: it is difficult to separate the core from the body, and if the core of a destroyed automaton is inserted into an inactive one, the core's and body's consciousnesses will either meld or fight each other for dominance.
Near the end of the Jistka Imperium, a group of artificers, mages, scholars, and soldiers founded the Artificer Conclave for the purpose of saving the failing empire and returning it to glory. Their technological developments resulted in the creation of the automatons: construct bodies that could contain their minds and life energy, allowing them to serve Jistka after the death of their mortal bodies. Most Conclave members wasted no time in transferring their minds.
The automatons were capable of planar travel, and most quickly left Jistka to search the planes for help against the hostile ascendant kingdom of Osirion. However, when the automatons returned, they deemed Jistka beyond saving and continued travelling the planes, leaving their country to its fate. Most of them moved to Axis, where they continue to live among the inevitables; others continue to roam the planes to gather knowledge and skills, or seek a way to end their cruel existence as the last survivors of a forgotten empire.