Pilots were tiny tentacled creatures created through genetic manipulation and gestated in an embryo's brain.

They responded only to someone who had the proper code words, and were designed to guide missiles in the absence of computer chips (such as after a nuclear war). Baron Kinnison had an unending supply of them (he could breed more, though how is unclear) and knew how to control them; he used them in black-powder rockets to retain control over the Marshall Islands. (Shadow Fortress).

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