Brushbot, Brushvec

Image from Steve Bowers

A clade of Bushvec which has a mentality comparable to a nearbaseline human. A typical brushvec has reasonably good memory and can quite easily absorb new information or skillsets, but lacks the processing power to manipulate objects at the sub-micron level.

The body of a brushvec is roughly tetrahedral, but the branching limbs are so flexible that the vec can configure itself into many different forms, including one which resembles a besom broom (pictured). This gives the clade its common and somewhat defamatory name, 'brushbot', or Magician's Apprentice.

Many brushvecs become symaiotic with human partners or other bionts, especially in the Arkab system.

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Text by Steve Bowers
Initially published on 05 September 2010.