Then the grimdark just sort of started creeping in and he turned into something else entirely...
Meet Brokk - a grumpy Ivaldian Mechnomancer.
The Ivaldians are a technologically advanced race that have attained a special form of psychic affinity with machines. They all have the ability to communicate with any sufficiently advanced apparatus (techepathy) and some, the Mechnomancers, to revive and control broken machinery.
Ivaldians tend to have lots of bionic implants - the artificial parts seem to enhance their powers.