The Nor Engineers have been creating robots for as long as they can remember. The records they keep go back so far and so deep, the mountain of archives are seldom read. Progress has been made, because progress is always made. It’s in the nature of the Engineers to continually improve on their designs to make new, better robots.
Each robot has a purpose.
Each robot operates as an individual, autonomously. The Automata.
Officially, robots are not alive. They are things. However, every Engineer has grown up surrounded by robots involved in every aspect of their lives. So it’s common amongst the Engineers to treat robots openly as companions. Yet when asked, most Engineers would identify the endearing traits of robots as a side-effect of anthropomorphism: just a projection of themselves upon the behaviour and appearance of a thing.
Caretakers typically feel much differently towards robots than Engineers.