This is the story of how these creatures extended their organic life beyond their own bodies, by placing it in familiars that they called axe and ard, fire and spit, abacus and tally mark;

the story of how those tools became something else, called machines, which promised to exalt the humans to the highest heaven, but which turned against them;

and the story of how the machines marched out to battle with each other, and brought down not just themselves but the people who had made them.