• Nobles of Null is a forum based roleplay site where sci-fi and magic collide. Here, Earth remains fractured and divided despite humanity reaching out to the stars. Worse still, the trans-human slaves of one major power have escaped, only to establish their own Empire, seething with resentment at abuses of the past. Even the discovery of aliens, though medieval in development, has failed to rally these squabbling children of Earth together with its far darker implications. Worse still, is the discovery of the impossible - magic. Practiced by the alien locals, nearly depleted and therefore rare, its reality warping abilities remains abstract and distant to the general populace. All the while, unseen in the darkness of space, forces from without threaten to press in. For those with eyes opened by insight, it is clear that an era is about to end, and that a new age will dawn.


The Chǒngwù (寵物) are a manufactured slave species produced by the Empire of Daqin for various purposes, the word itself being Chinese for 'pet'. They started out merely as wireless-compatible and smart-linked domestic animals. However, their design criteria changed with time, resulting in three distinct types with several classes of quality, obedience, and programming. Despite eventually being produced as sentient, sapient beings with average intelligence on par with human beings though, they remain classified as animals within the Empire. In the years since their creation, an increasing amount of Chongwu have fled their enslavement to more friendly realms. Even in the face of this growing minority nations outside the Empire, both neutral and antagonistic, have been largely unwilling or unable to address this issue for political, economic, and social reasons. Safe havens have become prevalent, such as the Machine Assembly's Chongwutown (real name pending), New Cambridge, on the planet of Hawking. Like the Daqinren themselves, their genetics are endlessly modifiable, resulting in numerous sub-species of Chongwu that come in all shapes and sizes for any purpose or occasion.

The original purpose of their construction was their economical aspect in regards to the Empire of Daqin. As carbon based goods, Chongwu were and continue to be cheap and easy to produce for them, with the necessary food to feed them being just as low-cost. The Chongwu were and are highly economical and affordable for the Empire, making their sale to humans at a tremendous mark-up even more profitable.


Due to the very deliberately designed nature of the Chongwu, a 'typical' appearance does not exist. As a result of this, the Chongwu can appear to be any animal, fictional or not, and can vary greatly in their degrees of anthropomorphization. Their size and height can also vary appropriately as well. Mammals are the most popular, but reptiles, avians, and so forth do exist as well. Their typology has the most influence on how they look as well, with Type 1s appearing to be regular animals, while Type 3s bear numerous humanoid features in regards to posture, body shape and even their hands. (fix later) Their coloration can be completely unnatural to their base species if a maker or commissioner so chooses.

Anatomy and Physiology

While their anatomy varies highly from Chongwu to Chongwu, their organs are relatively standardized by class of species. For instance, mammal-types have largely the same organs as other mammal-types, reptile-ypes have similar organs to other reptile-types, and so forth. As a result, Chongwu are often capable of giving or receiving organ transplants from other Chongwu pf their animal-type, even if they do not appear to be compatible. Typically they are of the same strength to weight ratio as humans, with the exception of special worker models that are designed expressly to be capable of lifting heavy loads. Despite the amount of care that the Daqin had put into their own bio-engineering, the Chongwu receive very little such care save for things that keep them productive such as the ability to regenerate lost limbs and resistance to disease.

Nervous System

The average type-3, the most common type of Chongwu, is based on the humanoid model much like their creators continue to be. What species their animal DNA comes from also frequently shows itself in beneficial ways in their daily lives, and can become incredibly advantageous to them when they free themselves or are freed.

Specialized Chongwu typically feature the cerebral regions necessary to form a wireless connection with Empire equipment like their Daqin creators. As a result, these specialized models also feature the processing power necessary to function, though only adequately. These special units were designed by their creators to require their masters to follow them into the Empire's VR networks. As an extension of their nervous system, these specialized Chongwu often also feature interface organs located at key points on their bodies. This includes anywhere from four to ten coin sized spots on their scalp that can be electronically synchronized within close proximity or by contact, as well as their tails. Though longer tails can be interacted with electronically along their entire lengths, their very base is typically the standard sampling area to allow for ease of equipment standardization.

Aging, Lifespan and Reproduction

Like their creators, the Chongwu remain in their prime throughout their lives. As a result, one will not find any Chongwu individuals who are under or overweight. They typically live for around 100 years as standard, with only cosmetic changes indicating their age. These age related cosmetic changes are typically tailored to the desired aesthetic as well. Chongwu degrade rapidly during the last months of their lifespan. During this period of time, they may have arthritis one week, blindness a few later, and so forth until they pass of natural causes, mirroring a sped up version of the human experience.

Reproduction is restricted to type-3's, and typically patterned after the species-type that they are based on, with accommodations and changes made as desired in the creator or commissioner. Chongwu formed of the same species, such as the high populations of dog- and cat-types, can reproduce with relatively ease if they have the ability. Outside of their direct species, such as a pairing of a dog-type and a cat-type, reproduction chances are reduced. The chances of reproduction is reduced even further outside the animal-type, such as a union of a snake-type and a dog-type. The only reason for even the slim chance between two wildly species is the underlying human DNA in every Chongwu as a base.

As a result of humans being the base DNA, they too can reproduce with most kinds of Chongwu without protection. One historical case, soon after Chongwu were being sold on the open market to humans, was the event commonly known as "The Furge." Many politicians with particular tastes for fur and scales were caught having impregnated their pet Chongwu. Despite their sapience, Chongwu were not considered people and thus those politicians were arrested for bestiality. In recent years, some have been forgiven given the rising acceptance of the Chongwu people, but only those in recently friendly or neutral territories.

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