Fabrication: Biocrystal

Intro

The Metamorpher

Applications

Origins

Origins, PT 2

So we’ve been talking a lot about what one could do with Corporofabrication. I’d like to explore how one does Corporofabrication.

Origin

With that we return to origins. I had mentioned grass as a stepping point, with plants that integrate stone as their bark, now we go to integration on a more cellular level. Basically, living crystal. Crystal able to integrate with any kind of living matter. In tangitivity, this biocrystal has the consistency of bone, though the hardness of crystal. It is this crystal that allows access to Corporofabrication.

As such, those plants which I have blogged about previously are made significantly of this biocrystal. Perhaps not all of them, but at least the parts required to perform the Fabrication processes. But these powers aren’t only restricted to those born with biocrystal, indeed the biocrystal can be harvested and integrated by those who weren’t born or created with biocrystal.

Integration

Thus, humans (and other sapient and sentient creatures) are able to integrate this biocrystal into their own body. Usually, not only does this take the consistency of bone, but it also takes the place of bone (among other things).

I’m yet unsure how integration may occur. Here are some possible means:
1. Surgical implantation. The biocrystal must be literally sewn into the body.
2. Ingestion. The biocrystal is ingested as a kind of seed that slowly takes over the body.
3. Metamorphosis. In order to gain biocrystal, biocrystal must be joined with a person’s essence in the input of a Metamorpher.

Appearance

I would like that this biocrystal appears in different colors that determine the crystal’s function. However, I so far only have two functions (metamorphosis and pressure manipulation) and up to eight colors: black, red, orange, yellow, green, cyan, blue, and white.

And, of course, it’s possible to mix and match these colors in cords.

Generally, biocrystal does not only remain inside a body: it also grows outside the body. On humans, this biocrystal emerges along the spine, behind the ears, over the ribs, along the arms and legs, and in the eyes. So then the biocrystals changes the eye color of a human to whatever color the biocrystal is.

Thoughts? Please comment, tell me what you think, disagree, bring up issues or concerns, etc.

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Fabrication: A Pressure Machine

INTRO

THE METAMORPHER

THE METAMORPHER 2

ORIGINS

Today we’ll be discussing an expansion of the Corporofabrication system. One of the problems I’ve been dealing with is the manipulation of pressure. It occurred to me that I could extend the Fabrication input to not only encode essence but also density. I’m not entirely sure what would be required for the device or the input itself for it to distinguish between whether to change the target’s essence or the target’s density.

One plant has in its core, rather than a stone scale as its input, a pouch of air. The output is then the entire region of air around this central stalk. The cocoon for shaping the output to the essence of the input isn’t like the cocoon of the Metamorpher, shaped around the target. Instead, this plant grows its roots in a wide circle around it, a radius of a mile or more, where these tendrils emerge in a series of flowers. However, unlike standard flowers, these flowers act as radio dishes, transforming all the air in the circle to match the pressure of the core air pouch.

The primary function of this ability of the plant would be to generate rain or fog or dew in the vicinity of the central stalk. This central stalk would then be in the form of a large shrub with broad leaves designed to catch sunlight and water.

Potentially, this plant might also contain a natural fabricator – such as the one described last week – beneath each subordinate flower. Since the loss of any one dish flower would impact the effectiveness of this plant’s strategy, it would be necessary to armor the flowers (and probably the central shrub as well) against consuming animals and rough weather.

This kind of function would actually round off all the plot-required powers I need, more or less. Three areas I’d like to delve into in later posts are more specifics and specializations for this pressure machine, other functions and forms Corporofabrication might be able to modify (Gravity? Temperature? Electromagnetism?), and integration of Corporofabrication with human bodies.

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Fabrication: Natural Origins

Intro

The Metamorpher, Part One

The Metamorpher, Part Two

So we’ve delved into some of the more complex applications of Corporofabrication, I want to develop some more basic applications – as well as natural origins, from which those living in that world might be inspired to pursue this magic system.

In this regard, I have a helpful real-world item on which to build the system from: grass.

Grass integrates silica into its structure – which is one reason it’s so hard to digest: you have to break down all the sand attached to the living material before you can actually get to the living material.

In a similar way, Fabrication would give rise to grasses and trees that integrate stone or metal (or other such materials). From a seed enclosing a stone scale – the essence – a tree grows conically, branches creeping out of the top bursting leaves to swallow sunlight and long roots spread around a cocoon beak that chomps through the stone to pass upward into copies of the original essence arranged around the main trunk.

I’m less sure how to integrate fauna into this template. Certainly, fungi and animals would also take on similar forms – I can imagine turtles and ankylosaurs with stone plates instead of bone shells – though this might be a place to let the imagination run wild (as it were).

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Fabrication: Applications of the Metamorpher

PART ONE

PART TWO

As noted in my first post on Fabrication, I had a small group of plot-required applications for Fabrication. I’ll be going over the specifics of those here, as well as extrapolating into a few other potential applications.

Two major themes I’d like to get around to discussing is 1) powering the Metamorpher (that is, figuring out just how much energy the following processes would require) and 2) limits of application (what would one not be able to make with the system? What are the system’s weaknesses/drawbacks?).

 

Shapeshifting

I’ve already gone into how this would work in the first post, but I’ll repeat everything here to compare with the two other biological processes.

An input of eight essences is placed in the machine.

Cranial fluid: for the nervous system.

Bone: for the skeletal system.

Blood: for the circulatory and immune systems, as well as a portion of the internal biome.

Skin: for the dermal organ and hair, nails, or whatever other exterior features a creature possesses (such as feathers or scales).

Muscle: for the muscles of the body, including the heart, lungs, and other organs.

Fat: for the fat tissue.

Gametes: for the reproductive system and primary and secondary sex traits.

Bile: for the internal biome.

In standard metamorphosis, the one transforming uses only seven of the essences of the target shape: the cranial fluid of the one transforming is always used instead of the target – otherwise the transformer would acquire the memories and personality of the target. (Maybe.)

 

Cloning

Cloning, then, does use the cranial fluid of the target. This has some issues that I’d like to work out, such as adults being transformed into children or children being transformed into adults. The Law of Conservation of Matter functions for Fabrication, at least, which presents further problems in this track.

 

Sex Change

This is a two-step process. First the subject’s essences are extracted and transformed, using the gamete essence of the desired sex so as to infuse the sex into all aspects of the subject (and also prevent, say, auto-immune diseases that might occur without this process). Then the modified essences are used for a second transformation done on the subject that does the sex change proper.

 

Other Applications

The number of required essences would be proportional to the complexity of the substance placed inside the Metamorpher. Obviously it’s going to take a lot more precision in transforming a human being than, say, a stone wall.

The Metamorpher would likely be best suited for small parts – the mold required for a stone wall would probably be too large to be efficient. I’m still unsure how the Metamorpher would work for making a machine – like, say, a gun or a lamp – if the Metamorpher could be sophisticated to put something as complicated as that together, or if all the pieces would have to be made in the Metamorpher then fit together separately.

Fabrication: The Metamorpher

INTRODUCTION

So let’s continue in our exploration of Fabrication.

Last week I laid out a description of what I’ll now refer to as the Metamorpher – a machine capable of shapeshifting a person. After some thought and feedback, here are the developments I’ve made in shaping the Fabrication system.

Fabrication as a Construction Magic

Fabrication is focused solely on destruction and reconstruction (at least for now – perhaps I’ll be able to expand the application, but I feel I’ve just given it plenty of room to grow).

However, this doesn’t just mean manipulation of animate matter, but also inanimate matter. In fact, the primary application would be on inanimate matter, given that inanimate matter would be simpler to manipulate and reconstruct.

The idea is that the essences need not be human essences, but “essences” of any kind of material. To build, say, a marble pillar, the essence required is marble (of course, you’d also need marble in the output, probably).

The Mold

While many magics generally function based on the intent of the caster, Fabrication is an external system, and thus I can’t justify that sort of thing. Essentially, Fabrication needs a guide separate of the caster to form whatever its constructing. (I think I can handwave this in regards to animate matter – including wood. That’ll make things interesting).

A mold functions as that guide. The material is placed above the mold, where it is liquefied as part of the Fabrication process. From there it flows down into the mold and solidifies. Then a grate and drain empties any excess liquid.

The Machine Itself

I haven’t yet figured out quite what I want in regards to the actual material of the Metamorpher. One idea I’ve had is a machine made out of both metal and animate essence. In place of wires full of electricity, wires and neurons and veins intertwined reaching from a power core containing a beating heart. Or, possibly, these body parts must first be converted in a kind of crystal or glass or stone. Of course, this brings up further questions: how does one figure out to make this kind of hybrid of the animate and inanimate? What kind of implications does it have for the machine – could one such machine become sentient?

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