Fabrication: History #5

This week I’ll be discussing rubrition, the magic system tied to the circulatory system. The system effects allokinesis, that is, the movement of things other than itself.

I’m still not entirely sure how the rubrite biocyrstal is supposed to work, save that I think it would have a magnetic or agglutinative property — that is, other things stick to it. But it also seems clear to me that, in a similar manner to rosete, it would be able to move, and perhaps would be compelled to move constantly.

One idea is that rosete is semi-liquid, like mercury. But even if it isn’t, it would certainly constantly carry whatever is attached to it. Probably it would develop some kind of grain (as in wood grain) that would designate the direction in which objects attached to it.

This kind of conveyor system and magnetism would certainly not escape the notice of early civilizations, enabling some basic mechanization even in early agricultural cultures. And in addition to this, small portions of rubrite could also function as simple glues or pins, like wall tacky.

Other uses would be transportation, particularly public transportation, as wires of rubrite could be strung along streets for trams or buses.

Any other ideas? Please comment, share your thoughts.

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Fabrication: History #4

This week we’ll be looking at albate, the white biocrystal.

A reminder that I switched the white and black functions in the last post, so all the discussion that applied to albate now applies to melanite, and now albate has the role that melanite previously had.

Albate, then, is the biocrystal of appearance. It would probably form itself into the most complex and interesting shapes, and take on a variety of colors even while it keeps a white rim. Certainly the first use of this would be to make art out of it, multicolored sculptures. And with that people would learn how to create different colors on command, so that either the hues and shades become more particular, and combinations with other biocrystals are discovered.

The primary combination on my mind is one with albate (and cerulite). Using this, observing the color and texture of the surrounding environments, it would be possible to make albate that automatically camoflagued. Perhaps this would even occur in nature, making it possible to make armor out of biocrystal creatures directly rather than needing to develop sufficient knowledge and technology for it.

Furthermore, possibly this could be used to create an invisibility effect, though this would be a real-life invisibility, which has severe drawbacks that camoflague doesn’t possess.

It occurs to me that albate and melanite are more similar than I initially assumed, with the primary difference that the former distinguishes itself by what it reflects and the latter is distinguished by what it absorbs. Albate, like melanite, could potentially absorb more than just light, but also sound or vibration or other kinds of energy, or rather repel these kinds of energies, so that other uses might be things like soundproofing or particularly effective armor, but I’m not quite sure about this point.

But as the integumentary system, upon which this is based, not only covers the appearance of a creature, but also the first line of defense, it may be reasonable to expand albate’s functions from just light to other forms of energy. Though it would require particular programming to specify what kind of energy a piece of albate is coded to repel, and it would absorb others (such as heat, for example) in order to give it the power to resist and repel energies, especially in times of high stress.

Certainly albate armor would be good against melee weapons, but I’m less sure about missiles, especially firearms, which would probably have too great a velocity for albate armor to significantly stop. But, then again, this armor would ideally be better than steel, perhaps in good hands as good as kevlar or better.

Do you have any thoughts on the matter?

Fabrication: Addendums and Additions

First off, a major change: I’ve decided to switch the names of two systems/biocrystals: albate and melanite. The primary reason for this is that I feel the magic of perception (or recception) should be black, rather than white, as black is the color of omni-absorbtion, the color of an object that absorbs all light; and the magic of the skin (being perceived) should be white, rather than black, as white is the color of omni-reflection, the color of an object that reflects all light.

Next is an idea for the use of melanite. I have discussed augmentations, particularly with rosete (and some with melanite). Theoretically, one could design melanite glasses or hearing aids. Then one could fit them to a mask or helmet, for good protection as well as good vision and perception.

I also have some considerations for color, particularly when it comes to melanite and albate. It’s certainly not uncommon for gems or crystals to be of two or more colors; in some similar manner biocrystal may vary in color. Albate certainly would widely vary in color, due to color change and camoflague and appearance being its primary purposes, but I think regardless of its color, it would always retain a white rim, a white edge, more or less. Melanite would work similarly, but with a black rim, and would perhaps also vary in color, likely depending on what the melanite senses.

Other thoughts? Don’t hesitate to comment, please.

Fabrication: History #3

This edition: aurantite.

I’ve already discussed aurantition applications that might occur naturally. These would be good starting places for sapient species in designing their own aurantite devices.

These devices would be primarily used for construction and manufacturing, particularly using stone. And metal.

I have intentions that aurantition could be used to transform organic matter. This would likely take a long time to figure out how to do, particularly because I imagine anything that would require more than one essence would take quite the inventive leap to reach to (at least at first).

I also imagine experimentation on organic material, especially the flesh of sapient species, would be taboo in many cultures, though that might be mitigated somewhat with experience with the body modifications of rosete or albate.

This is short, but I also wrote it super late at night. Hopefully I can edit it later. But feel free to make comments. Thanks for reading!