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A sophisticated package of hormonal and mechanite influences shapes the muscles and fat on the body, adding non-functional aesthetic tissue where needed to achieve a desired appearance. The implant can be configured to form various body shapes according to the user's taste - or that of their partner.
- Tech Level
- 4 kg
- Required Research
- Flesh shaping
- Skill Required
- Crafting 8
- Work To Make
- 26,000 ticks (7.22 mins)
- Advanced, ImplantEmpireCommon
- Bionic, ImplantEmpireCommon
Aesthetic shapers can be crafted at a Fabrication bench once the Flesh shaping research project has been completed. The required techprint can be obtained either by trade or completing quests for the Empire. They require 15 Plasteel, 3 Advanced components, 26,000 ticks (7.22 mins) of work, and a Crafting skill of 8.
The aesthetic shaper is a visceral implant that does not replace any natural body part. The aesthetic shaper increases a pawn's beauty by +1, which increases the pawn's market value, and also increases other pawns' opinion of them by +20. Note that all pawn beauty modifiers are additive and that a net change in pawn beauty above +2 or below -2 will have no further effect. See pawn beauty for more details.
The aesthetic shaper does not add any stat offsets to the pawn other than beauty.
As an artificial part, aesthetic shapers will give a mood buff to anyone with the Body modder trait, and a mood penalty to anyone with the Body purist trait. They will also satisfy colonists with a transhumanist ideology.
If the operation fails, the part has a chanceto be destroyed.
The aesthetic shaper improves the beauty of the pawn, increasing opinion of others. It is useful for social harmony, as higher opinion makes pawns less likely to insult each other and start social fights. It can help an existing couple together, counteract the negative beauty from implants like the armorskin gland, fight traits like Annoying voice, and counteract negative opinions from ideoligion. It increases a warden's ability to reduce prisoner resistance by a small amount. On the negative side, increased beauty will also increase the chance of romantic rebuffs from married pawns (unless ideoligion permits multiple spouses).
However, this implant costs advanced components to make, which could otherwise be used for other bionics. The cost of aesthetic implants should be weighed against a bionic arm or bionic leg, which have stronger, tangible impacts on pawn performance. While it is a cheaper implant which pleases body modders all the same, the net +1-2 mood after having a single part like a denture is generally not worth the material cost. You can also reduce the effect of low opinion by separating pawns through their schedule; a pawn on the night shift won't interact with a daytime pawn nearly as much.
It stacks with the aesthetic nose, though beauty has no impact beyond +2. Note that is a pawn is disfigured (e.g. missing a nose, ears, etc.), then all beauty bonuses are ignored. Beauty also never affects other pawns who have the Ascetic, Kind, or Psychopath traits.