Metal Mage follows Kestrel Alras, a rather odd bot. It is a series of destinies, the meddling of powers political, sinister and much higher, and the story of perhaps not the meaning of life, but having meaning in life, short or long as it may be.
It starts with Kestrel's creation as the last android masterpiece of Jerith Alras, who passes away shortly after she is activated. Before he passes, as a result of her creation and the meddling of higher powers, she expresses her desire to solve the dilemma of losing those she might grow to care for as she learns he is dying. When he tries to console her, her fierce determination drives her to learn there may be a way: through magic!
Thus, Kestrel buries her Father and begins to learn how to become a mage with the hopes of finding a way to make others live as long as she will. Her path is uncharted by anything her father had left to teach her, but with some effort (and more meddling), she finds herself not only finding out that she is capable of casting magic, but about to be embroiled in a war for the future of Tesaria.