Worldbuilding Wednesday: Inkling

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Yima Family internal use only. Leaks will be detected and summarily punished.

SPECIES: Unknown (Emergent property of nanomaterials?)
HEIGHT: Varies wildly, but roughly 5’7″ in her default state
AGE: ~43 standard years (Best estimate)
NOTABLE CHARACTERISTICS: Absolute control over her proprietary nanomaterials

POLITICAL STANDING: Tenuous alliance with Basilisk (Publicly-known mutual defense pact, unknown number of secret clauses)
Mutual indifference with Warden
Mild antagonism toward Litany, but within usual parameters for this behavior

TERRITORY: One (1) planet, roughly 6300km in diameter; predominantly desert, with multiple urban settlements and countless outlying villages
At least three dozen space stations, originally belonging to third parties but commandeered for workshop space
At least two vassal states within the solar system

ANALYSIS: The second-most volatile tyrant, behind Basilisk. Her contempt is rarely directed at any particular target; more of a general flippancy, flaring up against specific targets on a sporadic basis.

Inkling’s highest loyalty is to freedom for herself and her subjects (except for how she retains the right to kill them on a whim). She takes great pleasure in toying with systems, breaking them apart, subjecting them to bizarre edge cases. Still, she enjoys her position as Tyrant, and understands the limits of such behavior directed at her peers.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS: Either drastic military buildup or a grand art installation (clarification pending).

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