Persistent Electro-Magical Entity Systems, or PEMES as they are known, are artifacts and relics of the last, great magical civilization. They are self-aware magical devices that can perform many functions and exhibit self-powered magical abilities.
Though they often functioned as types of public works, information sources or industrial tools, they have uniformly advanced after being allowed to function for so long. Many of them have developed personalities, and not all are focused on efforts that the residents of the Settled Lands would agree with. They refuse to comment on the previous civilization.
Some PEMES have the ability to animate inanimate matter to carry, activate and direct their powers. An example would be a rod that can animate a lump of stone to carry it and trigger it’s abilities. These are usually humanoid shapes, but without any features.