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?).
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, 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.
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.
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.