What specifically do you meant by the term “Alchemical beings” ?
Astral Clone refers to the fact that they were created from Astral material…the same material that Omen, the Omens (?), were created from. The key difference between the Mimics and the Omens though is that the Mimics were created also with “mundane” material as well, which is how they can exist on earth the way they do.
FYI: Omens are purely a spiritual beings, thus him / them only being able to exist on earth by possessing a vessel, or manifesting with an over abundance of Shadow energy…or was that Astral Energy. Regardless, Omen emerged in the mundane plane after splitting with Jago, and the others have only existed only in wholly corrupted areas of the Earth during Gargos’ invasion.
No. The Shadows came out of pods; they were grown by ARIA at secret UT facilities. IIRC, they were freed by an ARIA mimic, with a plan to undermine UT’s efforts by turning their own plans against them.
This is one of the coolest piece of evidence for how powerful Gargos is actual, as he created mimics of ARIA, a being who is characterized as a singularity of human intelligence. Gargos, on a whim, created dozens, hundreds, if not thousands of ARIA mimics, all with the capability of being her intellectual equal. I forget the counter organization that popped up after Gargos’ invasion, but it was stated that an ARIA mimic was at it’s helm, and that that organization was being a major pain in UT’s efforts.
Off top, did you mean to type “vultures”?
Regardless, according to the lore ARIA created the Shadows in order to better prepare for Gargos’ invasion. The program was an effort to improve upon the Killer Instinct fighters, as all their “Shadow Brains” are based off various algorithms collected from the various KI fighters battles. The bodies however, were cloned from the fighters DNA which she collected through the tournament.
They are “Shadows” in that they are copies of the other fighters, not literal shadows in that they are absent light or anything like that. The infusion of Shadow energy was not a part of ARIA doing, well, the real ARIA that is.
Now that I’m thinking about, is it even possible to replay the initial “Shadow Mission” quest line? I’m doing all this from memory, so I’m bound to have forgotten something seeing as I only played the missions once, over 2 months ago.