Thanks for the feedback folks. I appreciate all of the good ideas.
It's not in their interest that it 'flourish' but be 'maintained properly' they apparently 'enjoy' a well balanced ecosystem (but not necessarily all biological life)
That's sort of what I had in mind. They were originally programmed to maintain an environment with an Orion esthetic. So according to the approved backstory, they would work toward Terran type environments.
I especially agree with the not necassarily all life part. I could see these guys liking bees for pollination and worms for aeration of the soil. Also grazers to spread seeds and some predators to keep the populations in check, but if a given species went extinct I don't see them caring as long as the job was still filled in the ecosystem.
In fact if a species became troublesome, I could see them eliminate them in favor of the status quo. (Ex: primate hunters start causing mass extinctions and polluting the environment after discovering tools and fire....
-They could consume and get energy from biological food.
Some form of ethanol use maybe? This is also a good idea as it adds character to the race (vegetarian machines!) while allowing the use of standard mechanics (x pop eats y food).
-When they found they were wearing out and needed to rebuild themselves, this was affectivaly a downgrade as they where originally built with tech much closer to the original Orions.
They aim to regain there past phisical glory.
great idea. I sort of saw these guys as "a little slow" when it came to independent thought/new ideas. I tried to convey that by the idea that they're still performing an essentially menial task for a vanished race. The idea of a tech downgrade fits nicely.
I like this idea, I get strong imagery of shiny white robots among plants.
My philospohy was form = function. If a Silexian's job was to water crops, well then he'd have a sprinkler on his head
. Seriously though, the idea of form being tied to caste function would be integral to the Silexians. I don't see any uniformity at all in their structure, as Silexians of many different models could be designed for various tasks.
Thanks again folks for the ideas! please keep 'em coming