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.
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.