Cytran technology is highly adaptable, and is capable of creating almost any form (provided it does not violate the laws of physics). If full customization were permitted, the infrastructure needed to support infinite variations would be infinitely large. As such, there are some limits imposed on what will be permitted, to ensure the technology's distribution within FedCom is both fair and readily accessible.
The available models are designed to have standardized parts, but are usually quite modular, and their external appearance can be customized to a very high degree. Presently, models are split into four main categories:
The largest and most diverse category, this group includes all bipedal cytran designs with a basic humanoid body plan at the core. While there is a model designed to look human, most of these are designed to look like anthropomorphic animals (especially "furries"). Many have tails, and some have extra limbs in the form of spare arms or wings (these wings are not rated for true powered flight, but can be used as portable parachutes or for gliding).
- Human Copies:
- Canines and shared models:
- Felines and shared models:
- Mouse + Rat
A small category, the distinguishing feature of all taurs is the centauroid body plan: a humanoid upper torso, connected at the waist to the neck of a four-legged animal torso. Unlike the centaurs of mythology, these models usually blend characteristics of the lower torso across the entire upper torso, resulting in a body that does not look like something Frankenstein stitched together. The examples will make this blending more clear:
The earliest designs for cytrans began with dragons, a creature viewed in Malatoran culture to be strong, independent, courageous, just, and wise... all qualities the population holds in the highest regard — so much, that many people decided they wanted to use cytran technology to physically take the form of a dragon. To this day, this form remains very popular, but the other forms are slowly gaining momentum as well, so it remains to be seen how long the Dragons of Malatora maintain their numerical majority.
Over the years, the designs for such models have slowly shrunk in size and weight, but gained new advantages in speed, flexibility, and stealth. Modern designs place the largest dragons around the same scale as a horse; the smallest are no larger than a taur. Most are designed to fly as well as birds do.
Rather than having distinct pre-configurations (as the other categories do), most dragons are constructed from a set of modular components, allowing millions of possible skeletal combinations, while retaining the practicality of supporting their maintenance needs. That said, there are a few pre-configured designs, for the most popular variations:
The miscellaneous category, with everything that doesn't fit in the above categories.