Tinderbox: Fall of the Tran
Shardminds are a special type of construct created only within the Silken Kingdoms. Like the warforged, above, they tend to be anthropomorphized in features and personality, but the base materials of their construction are always crystals and faceted gems. These minerals are mage-grown over a skeleton comprised of precious metals, which are beaten into rods and inscribed with runes.
Shardminds have a higher affinity for scholarship and arcane research than warforged, and are almost never constructed for combat purposes. Instead, shardminds serve as private tutors to the children of the greatest families, assistants in magical labs practicing dangerous experiments, and extremely efficient clerks in the Kingdom’s greatest libraries. Peasants claim that the heads of most important families have at least one shardmind whose sole purpose is to store the family member’s personality. Constantly updated through telepathic links, these shardminds are an insurance policy against assassination; at the moment of the family member’s death, the shardmind activates and proceeds to hunt and slaughter “its” killer.