Pathfinder Greycloak Campaign
This clockwork beetle was found with the active automaton, 31E37. This fist-sized golden beetle is finely constructed from precious metals. Each joint is intricately articulated and movable. A faint whirring can be heard from within the beetle whenever on of its limbs is moved. A multitude of miniature gears, springs, and levers fill the metal beetle’s carapace, but it seems to be inert, and doesn’t really do much of anything.
This clockwork beetle was clearly constructed for a purpose. What that purpose might be, and whether or not the little construct can still perform it, however, remains to be seen.
Interestingly enough, simply holding the beetle derives some benefit from the clockwork aparatus, granting whoever carries it in hand Electricity Resistance 10. This does not use up an item slot, but the beetle must be held in a hand to grant this benefit.
After meeting with Jarkardos in Episode 16, the Greycloaks learned that these beetles, if they still function, are some sort of navigation device. When placed upon a map, the little beetle whirs to life, wanders around the map, returns to where it was originally placed, and begins purposefully walking in a specific direction, often off of the map, to stop, always in the same place. Using different maps results in the beetle stopping in the same relative location.
Apparently, Jakardos had used one of the beetles to lead him to a previously unknown Imperium ruin, but how one determines where the beetle leads you, or if the destination can be changed, is a mystery even to the learned Imperium scholar.