[Cosmosdex] The Fictional Encyclopedia



Iron Flies / Knowledge Orb

“Oh no, not this again.” — A group of datos being confused for a football

Art by, SirBlizz98

  • Strength-1
  • Intelligence-10
  • Charisma-3
  • Endurance-1
  • Agility-10
  • Luck-1

Common Jobs: Anything science related, Scrap metal workers, Data entry, Research, Office jobs

Likes: Logic, organics, Science, Groups
Dislikes: Notails, Clockworks, Water

Attack Method: Use tech, swarm the head if need be.

Homeplanet: None/Unknown
Lifespan: Forever
Height: 1 ft (A group of datos)
Diet: Metal

Social Class: High Class
Rarity: Uncommon

Common Traits

[Inventive] Positive trait
This character is able to easily come up with new ideas and may be able to lessen the cost for current items. In a tough situation this character is likely able to use simple items to create make-shift weapons or items.
[Unreadable] Neutral trait
This character shows a lack of expression, or is able to switch from being expressive to having a lack of it. This character can be hard to read for both friends and foe. You are also unable to see the morale, sanity, and general feelings of this character in the crew logs.
[Know it all] Negative trait
This character will tell other characters how to do their jobs, even if they don’t know anything about them. This is usually annoying and stressful.

Patrons and Gods

Datos do not believe in any gods.

Patrons: Hephaestus, Vulcan, Eos
Gods: None
Original Creator: TobiasMoon
Physical Description

A singular datos is so small it is nearly invisible and would likely only be spotted if one were to notice the light glinting off its metal carapace. It is very unlikely for one to ever meet just a single datos, as they travel around in swarms of anywhere from a few thousand to a few million, looking like a rippling silver orb the size of a beach ball. This orb floats using electromagnetic forces, and thousands of datii can disperse themselves over a fairly large area while remaining in contact with each other. To distinguish between colonies, each colony of datii will take on a certain pattern with which they will mark themselves when in “orb form”.

Personality & Traits

While each Datos is a singular entity, you will almost never see one outside of its colony. Datii network between themselves, meaning that a colony of datii is a lot more intelligent than a single datos, and they will never express an opinion until the colony has reached a consensus. When attempting to discern the reason for something, the colony will often suggest multiple possible reasons, before dismissing all but one of them as “unlikely”. This leaves the most likely explanation as their current understanding of the reasons behind the event.

When two colonies of datii meet, they will exchange any relevant data, and sometimes some of the datti from each colony will trade places with each other in the name of new points of view. When this happens the colonies will each adopt a part of each other’s symbols. The datii might be a robotic life form, but while they do have a “logical” outlook on the world, they also have emotions. They universally feel extremely insulted if someone tries to “use” a paradox against them. Datii tend to treat organic species in the way that you might treat a younger brother or sister, seeing them as being in the stage of development just below them, as they have not become cybernetic yet.

Being a species of robots, the datii are very good with technology, and therefore make good mechanics for any ship. Their ability to disperse into a sort of cloud can be very useful in a variety of situations as well.


The datii come from a planet where evolution favored the strong over the smart. Survival of the fittest took place for many a year, with the datii acting as a necessary function of the ecosystem. The datii used technology to augment their meager capabilities until they had made themselves completely cybernetic, and had exterminated or domesticated all of the various dangerous species on their homeworld.

They eventually ventured into space, and became members of the galactic community. They were very excited upon meeting the notails, seeing them as kindred spirits, right up until the notails’ strict attitude towards science was discovered. Ever since, the relations between the two species have been strained, as the datii view the notails with disdain. This is mostly due to the datii attitude towards science being “We may not yet know why there are giant squids in space, but we do not deny their existence.”, which contrasts with the notails’ view of “Giant space squids? That goes against the laws of science. We must exterminate them.”






• Do not use a datos orb as a ball.

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