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Ingeniero anónimo

Los Enanos fueron los primeros en introducir la ciencia de la ingeniería en el Viejo Mundo, y están muy solicitados, pues sólo ellos pueden crear las maravillas mecánicas de la época.

El gremio de ingenieros Enanos es una organización poderosa y sumamente respetado, pero dada al secreto: su estructura, sus reglas y los a veces desagradables rituales que emplea están basados en siglos de tradición. El Gremio desconfía en gran medida de la innovación y la invención, respetando los métodos y calores tradicionales: si algo de todo eso valiese la pena, mantienen, el Gremio lo hubiese hecho hace siglos.

A causa de esta actitud, y del estricto control que mantiene el Gremio sobre sus miembros, no es raro que los Enanos jóvenes e imaginativos lo abandonen o sean expulsados del mismo, buscando empleo y patrocinadores en el exterior. El término para estos individuos, por razones históricas, es <<espaldas mojadas>>, aunque no es prudente decírselo a la cara. Es posible encontrar a numerosos espaldas mojadas trabajando para todo tipo de patrones acomodados en el Viejo Mundo, y el Gremio está empezando a preocuparse por el perjuicio que supone para su posición y autoridad. Lo normal es que las relaciones entre los miembros del Gremio y los espaldas mojadas sean hostiles.

La Humanidad adoptó lo que los enanos tenían para ofrecer y lo desarrollaron, especialmente en lo relacionado con la pólvora y otros artilugios adecuados para usos militares. La Escuela Imperial de Ingenieros de Altdorf es famosa por sus extravagantes invenciones, que pueden resultar de gran utilidad si se consigue que funcionen adecuadamente.

Fuera del Imperio, los tileanos también son particularmente conocidos por las osadas ideas de sus ingenieros.

The Imperial School of EngineersEditar

The Imperial School of Engineers, founded more than five hundred years ago, attracts a strange breed. They are at ease only when tinkering with hissing pistons and clanking gears within the diagram scrawled walls of their workshops. Inventors and enthusiasts flock to the college’s illustrious halls, but entry is admitted only to those who display the required talent and verve. Usually, only Imperial citizens are admitted. However, in honour of the genius Leonardo di Miragliano, who helped found the college, the School of Engineers welcomes many of his countrymen (Tileans have a reputation for being progressive freethinkers – a dangerous trait in the minds of most Imperial folk). The school also welcomes dwarf engineers shunned by their own kind for meddling with traditional dwarf workmanship.

The School’s accomplishments include the Helblaster Volley Gun and the Helstorm Rocket Battery. Any machine that fires with a deafening report and results in explosive carnage is considered a success, but it is a brave man who volunteers to crew one of these erratic contraptions.

Engineers toil sleeplessly in their workshops to develop deadlier weapons, or to improve existing ones. The greatest puzzle is the construction of the steam tanks, clanking iron behemoths which spit cannonballs and crush the Emperor’s enemies beneath their wheels. The secret of their manufacture died with their creator, Leonardo, and of his original twelve tanks, only eight remain.

Such disorganisation is endemic among engineers. Suspicious of plagiarism, they scribble notes in indecipherable code. Blueprints are often lost in the explosions that frequently gut their workshops, or are discarded when a new idea obsesses them. The pursuit to rediscover lost inventions can be as much of a drive as the creation of new ones.

Recent ControversyEditar

In his youth, Professor Rastus Mickelbach won esteem for inventions such as Mickelbach’s Marvellous Flesh Masticator, and the Ludicrously Lethal Lacerating Liquidator. In later life, Mickelbach has devoted himself to the classroom. His lectures in the School of Engineering attract packed audiences. However, many of his peers believe he’s approaching dotage on account of his recent views.

In his treatise, A Machine For All Seasons, Mickelbach argues that the School of Engineers should not just focus on military applications, as has traditionally been the case, but on inventions of a civic value. He proposes the development of machines such as the self-propelled scythe-cart, the clockwork scarecrow, and the steam-powered handloom, which he believes will revolutionise the Empire’s economy. The School’s officials have suppressed the treatise, fearing it will provoke riots against the college among workers enraged they might be replaced by automata.

There are rumours of college authorities planning to enforce retirement on the professor. However, his reputation and substantial following of idealistic students makes this difficult without causing a public rift.

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  • Warhammer Fantasy JdR: Career Compendium (2ª Ed. Rol).

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