So now I want to consider the history a sapient race might have with biocrystal. I’ll begin considering each subtype by itself, and then consider subtypes in conjunction with the others, and perhaps consider some interesting combinations that might arise.
White biocrystal, albate, would probably be one of the more difficult variations for a civilization to master. Since albate can be attuned to receive so many different kinds of signals — probably in conjunction with cerulite — determining and changing which sensation an individual piece receives would be quite the task.
However, there would certainly be many natural instances of albate already attuned to certain sensations (light, heat, sound, etc.), which would provide perhaps a kind of crutch, at least initially. On the other hand, I don’t think early civilizations would find much use for albate, unless they could find some that sensed poisons, diseases, or movement.
I’m not sure how albate would communicate that it was sensing anything, though. It would probably have to be paired with cerulite and ianthite, the former of which would coordinate the two, the latter of which would make some kind of signal in response to the stimulus provided by the albate. But this kind of combination would require quite a bit of scientific insight to build.
But then likely this combination would be more useful in nature than just albate by itself, and so in that way would come into the hands of early civilizations. Certainly replicating or improving or broadening this application wouldn’t happen until the time of modern or industrial civilizations, though perhaps a few Renaissance-era individuals might be able to create something interesting.
The other primary use of albate would be as a battery. Since albate’s primary purpose is to take in stimulus, it would take likely only a little modification to change that to absorption (at least in this case: I’m well aware photosynthesis is much different from interpreting light in the retinas or however that works) via accompanying cerulite. Again, this is a combination I would expect to find in nature, and, again, this would require at least a third type to actually do anything.
And while I intend that all biocrystal is photosynthetic, albate would have the ability to turn that up to eleven, as it were. But, again, in the company of the proper cerulite and another type of biocrystal to actually use all that energy.
I can’t speak to the efficiency of an albate battery, though it would certainly be renewable and clean, and the efficiency would probably be correlated to its surface area; I think it would certainly be a decent contender against fossil fuels, though I’d expect albate batteries to only really catch on in the modern period, rather than the industrial period. Though that depends on how accessible the battery would be in nature, or if it even were in nature.
Honestly, it would depend on how complex cerulite could be in nature, and how coordinated all the subtypes of biocrystal could be in nature.
Anyway, thanks for reading. Hopefully I’ll have a better sequel to this piece next week. Don’t hesistate to comment — it’s why I’ve been posting these.