Tin Transplant | E. Christopher Clark

Tin Transplant

The so-called “Tin Transplant” is the process by which Winkie tinsmiths transplant the heart of an elderly or infirm individual into the vessel of a tin-plated automaton.


The procedure, first completed on the beloved but cursed woodsman Nick Chopper, is most successful when the heart of the individual in question is pure and kind. But that hasn’t stopped death-fearing ne’er-do-wells throughout Eden from trying to steal the technology for themselves.



Though Winkie tinsmiths had been providing prostheses for amputees since time immemorial, it wasn’t until Nick Chopper was cursed by The Witch of the East that they conceived the idea of a full-body replacement.


Once poor old Nick had chopped off the last of his original limbs and there was naught left of his “meat body” but his gentle heart, Winkie smiths realized that the piecemeal work they’d been doing could be done all at once to save those whose bodies were failing them more rapidly.


However, the Winkies soon realized that only those possessed of the kindest souls were good candidates for the procedure. The transplant of impure hearts resulted, time after time, in the creation of beings who were twisted and evil.


To prevent such calamitous results in the future, a rigorous purity test was developed to screen candidates for the procedure—a development widely protested throughout Oz and the rest of Eden. After all, who were the Winkies to decide who deserved immortality and who did not?

Technology Type
High-Tech Prosthesis
The Winkies
Country of Origin
The Ninth Empire of Oz


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Jul 4, 2021 16:23 by Tillerz

I like that idea! Do the automatons corrode, though? What, if so, can a heart get transplanted AGAIN? :D

Jul 4, 2021 16:52 by E. Christopher Clark

Ooh, good questions! I knew there were some things that I'd missed.

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Jul 4, 2021 20:04

Interesting! How come it only works on certain people? Is there any theories on that? Or notable failures that lead to the Red Skull-esque types?

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Jul 6, 2021 16:32 by E. Christopher Clark

That's a part I haven't figured out yet, but great questions like these are exactly why I love this community so much!

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Jul 5, 2021 08:20 by Avalon Arcana

Honestly, I think the main reason I love this article so much is 'cause of the Winkies, but the idea of eternal life for the kind-hearted is also really cool. And it fits that creatures call the Winkies would be the ones to give it to you.

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Jul 6, 2021 16:33 by E. Christopher Clark

Yay! Glad you liked it. I have the Winkies planned for one of the other prompts, so hopefully you'll be hearing more about them soon.

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Jul 6, 2021 18:34 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

I love the idea of full body transplant into those automatons :D How are the evil persons twisted by the transplant? Is it just that they can do what they want without holding back or if there something in the procedure that gets rid of their inhibition or something like that?

Jul 6, 2021 20:13 by E. Christopher Clark

Thank you so much for the like and the comment. With this, I’m thinking of the doctor’s speech in Captain America: The First Avenger, where he warns Steve Rogers that the super soldier serum just amplifies what is already in a person. So with the Tin Transplant, I’m thinking that even the slightest defect in character will result in someone going really bad.

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Jul 9, 2021 22:52 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

I love this - it is so utterly charming, and a clever take on the Oz story. :D

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Jul 10, 2021 03:06 by E. Christopher Clark

Thank you! Depending on the remaining prompts to be announced, I may have more Oz-related stuff to come!

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