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A bionic implant that allows direct control of mechanoids. Mechlinks are used by soldiers to control war mechs, and by workers to control labor mechs. A person with a mechlink is known as a mechanitor.
Mechlinks are self-installable. Pressed into the back of the throat, the unit injects itself through the flesh to clamp inside the base of the skull where it meets the spinal cord. There, it threads a web of ultrafine wires throughout nearby neuronal tissue to make the direct mental link between the user and the mechanoid control band.
Mechlinks are not simply devices for sending radio signals to mechanoids, because mechanoids are not merely robots. In addition to traditional computers, mechanoids have a dim psychic presence, so fluently controlling them requires a psychic connection. By linking mechanitor and mechanoid both psychically and electromagnetically, the mechlink permits deeper control than screen-and-button interfaces.
Since the mechlink interlaces deep within the brain tissue, it can only be removed after death.
Note: A mechanitor must be capable of smithing work to gestate mechanoids.
- Medical Items – Body Parts
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- 1 kg
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A mechlink is an item that can turn a pawn into a mechanitor.
There are multiple ways to acquire a mechlink:
- Starting with the mechanitor scenario.
- Destroying the midsection of the remains of an Ancient exostrider to obtain a mechanoid transponder, which can be used to call in a mechanoid ship containing a dead mechanitor and some hostile mechanoids. The mechlink can then be extracted from the mechanitor corpse.
- Travelling to an ancient mechanitor complex guarded by hostile mechanoids. Among the desiccated corpses is a mechanitor corpse which the mechlink can be extracted from.
Mechlinks can be installed onto any pawn with >0% Psychic Sensitivity. It does not require any medical operation, and thus is self-installed when interacting with it. However, it cannot be removed except after death. Extracting the mechlink from a dead pawn does not cost any resources.
Upon installing a new mechlink for the first time, an event will trigger that causes a friendly Lifter or Constructoid to drop onto the colony, which will automatically link with the new mechanitor.
Mechlinks provide a passive stat boost of +6 Mech Bandwidth and +2 Mech Control Groups, which can be further increased.
As it's quite rare and cannot be easily removed once installed, one should be careful which pawn to install the mechlink into. Most essential is a good crafter who is capable of smithing, as it influences their ability to repair/gestate mechanoids, and encode subcores. If your mechanitor is killed, the mechlink can be extracted and implanted again so long as their head is not destroyed. Prioritize extracting the mechlink and keep the corpse safe and away from hungry animals in the meantime.
Curiously, non-violent mechanitors can still control and fight using combat mechanoids, as they are separate entities. With gene modding, a specialized non-violent pawn could have Violence disabled, Awful Melee and Awful Shooting aptitude genes for a "free" +7 Metabolic Efficiency, which could be used for genes like Great Crafting, improving mechanitor abilities. Mechanitors who plan to hide behind walls could use genes like Slow Wound Healing and Delicate, though drop pod raids and/or infestations are always a risk.
Since the mechlink counts as an artificial body part, it will make body modders very happy, and body purists very upset to have one installed. The body modification precept also affects this.
- Biotech DLC Release - Added.