A scrivener automaton working
in a rather wealthy merchant's library. The
arcane procedures for creating automatons are
as varied as their appearance and roles in society
(servitors, military, labour, prostitution,
etc). The taxidermic use of cured human remains
is legalised, economical and common place in
their construction (similar to how the powdered
wigs in our past often used the hair of corpses).
However the practice of "rendering"
down living persons into an automaton state
is outlawed, it is frequently employed since
the resultant product tends to outperform the
legal alternative. The merchant who owns this
particular scribe automaton has some very extensive
paperwork detailing her conformity to all applicable
regulation. Despite this assurance, those who
deal with her have noticed how quickly she learns
new tasks, and have caught her smiling when
backs are turned.