Ruins of Old
Kobolds credit Io, the 45 fold machinated tiraki, with their creation. It is told that when Io first created true tiraki, they were originally immortal machines, less powerful than Io but much like him. To make each one of his creations distinct, Io gave each a different aspect of his personality. These machinated tiraki rarely got along, pursuing only one goal in common—the acquisition of pre-apcalyptic technology or numenera.
The machinated tiraki quickly realized they lacked the power to manipulate creation in all the ways necessary to accomplish their goals, and they petitioned Io for aid. Io would not play favorites with his machines and gave each tiraki the same choice. He taught them how to create life by giving up a piece of themselves, but he warned that in so doing, they would permanently be rendered mortal and eventually die. The life they created, however, would serve their desires without fail.
Perhaps not yet wise enough to appreciate their immortal mechanical existence, the tiraki accepted the knowledge Io offered and departed for the world below. They took up residence in the waste of the ruins of old. There, the true tiraki did as Io instructed, each severing a body part. Not only did each body part start growing back immediately, but the severed part also grew into an adult tiraki. The original true tiraki thereby gained mates.
Furthermore, wherever the tiraki’s oil had spilled, little creatures began to emerge out of the ground with alert, crimson eyes, already looking up at their creators for guidance. Thus were kobolds born, witnesses to the moments during which the immortality of the true tiraki slipped away.