When the cuthari first arrived in Sordane, their time was spent attacking and terrorizing its citizens, capturing those the cuthari researchers deemed “fit for use” to experiment on. Their experiments led to the creation of cuthari vat beasts, horrific monstrosities that serve as living drug farms, allowing the cuthari to feed Sordane’s masses with extremely addictive narcotics and other drugs. After the Cuthari-Sordane Treaty was enacted, the cuthari changed their methods, instead offering those who could no longer live without the cuthari’s constant high to live in bliss as their new vat beasts. Despite this being an appalling process, the cuthari do not do this out of malice, only accepting those who understand there is no coming back.
Having the pure, unprocessed form of the cuthari’s drugs growing within their bodies keeps all vat beasts in a dream-like state. Those who have been privy to seeing the development of these drugs have been known to call vat beasts “euphoria balloons,” as piercing their skin releases the drug as a mist, sending most people around them into a temporary high. On rare occasions that the drug fermenting process is interrupted, is it not unusual for vat beasts to go into fits of rage as the pain of what they have become drives them insane.
The process of converting a humanoid into a vat beast is a taxing process. It involves fusing the person’s body with cuthari technology, heavily mutating the original form along with attaching pipes, metal plating, and canisters to it, allowing the drug to ferment within the creature before it is harvested. Despite the cuthari not being secretive about this process, almost all countries in Sordane are willing to turn a blind eye to the atrocity that vat beasts are, out of fear that they will lose their access to the wonder drugs.
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