Fabrication: History #11

For the final installation of the histories, I’ll be considering the last biocrystal, ianthite.

This is the biocrystal of communication, or rather of sending signals — whether they be visual, audial, or by other means (the exact means would be determined by cerulite attached).

The best use I can think of for this would be as a kind of wire between different biocrystals, allowing for circuitry and some programming for coordinating biocrystals. Though the first uses that people would find for it would be for signals, like flashlights or smoke signals — not exactly smoke signals, that is, but probably beacons of some kind that could be used in about the same way as smoke signals — or alarms.

Potentially, the medium of the signal could be modified and concentrated into a weapon, or for uses other than communication. Ianthite that emits light could be modified to shoot a laser; ianthite that emits sound could shoot rays; perhaps even ianthite could be made into guns or other projectile weapons.

Thoughts?

History #10

And this week we deal with the master biocrystal, cerulite.

This is probably the most difficult to use of all the biocrystals, if only because it only functions in conjunction with the others.

Each of the biocrystal types has a unique shape, and cerulite in particular would look like a weave or a latice, not unlike how DNA might form, more or less (though cerulite certainly wouldn’t form the same shape as DNA). I imagine cerulite latices would form into one of a few number of knots (probably two or, more likely, four), that would be the foundation for a kind of programming language. The arrangement of these knots would then determine the function of that particular piece of cerulite.

Aside from these knots, cerulite would also grow tendrils to attach to other biocrystals, which the knots would then regulate/control.

In particularly concentrated amounts, cerulite can give rise to sentient beings, possibly even sapient beings. Probably not naturally, though. But I imagine creating sentient or sapient beings out of cerulite would be continual project for any civilization that encounters cerulite, much in the way our civilization reaches for A.I. (I think the two would be on some level more or less synonymous or something.)

The primary use for cerulite would be for moderating growth, either promoting it or limiting it for other biocrystals. It would also be the center of some lightly sentient machines, of, for example, self-moving carts or wagons, and, given significant research and invention, other machines.

Thoughts? Feel free to comment with any suggestions, questions, or ideas you might have.

Fabrication: History #9

And this week it’s about cyanite, the biocrystal of auramorphosis.

I’m less certain on the use of this transformative biocrystal than the other two — aurantite and flavite — that is, what the use of affecting changes in air composition and pressure and temperature would have for pre-industrial peoples, at least, though certainly air temperature modification would be quite useful for any people at any point in history.

The most useful, and probably the holy grail of cyanition scientists, would be weather manipulation: the manipulation of air pressure at high altitudes. And certainly I imagine such a blueprint would be available in the natural world, and so would be an accessible introduction into this art.

However, on the one hand, I think that close control of any weather created in this way — that is, specifically moving, say, a hurricane, from one place to another would require some kind of presence in the upper atmosphere where such weather occurs; on the other hand, I think any cyanite meteorological devices not in the upper atmosphere would rather create mists and fogs rather than proper clouds.

But besides the huge economic advantages from weather manipulation (and the likely huge changes of the environment of the world) and the comfort afforded by cyanitic central heating, I imagine some other uses, particularly in combat, such as generating clouds of toxic gases or areas of vaccuum.

Furthermore, other uses might include pneumatics (should rosete or pallidite prove insufficient for moving objects).

Thoughts? What might you use this system, or other systems for?

Fabrication: History #8

This week: Viridition.

Viridition primarily differs from the other transformative magics in that it changes the shape of the object, rather than the form — that is, it can’t change objects into different states of matter or even into different elements or molecules, but must preserve the molecules as they are, merely rearranging them into the form designated by the essence.

That being said, I imagine this would be one of the more useful biocrystals, particularly in that it can very closely, if not perfectly, replicate objects. Certainly it would give a jumpstart on mechanicalization, perhaps even into the bronze age — though only then in a limited way, with textiles and simple tools.

I don’t know how much this would affect the technological development of civilizations: on the one hand, it would certainly add to the leisure and output of civilizations; on the other hand, viridite wouldn’t allow them to discover new compounds, only merely to replicate those compounds which they already possess.

I’m not sure how viridite would deal with forged metals, that is, if the the finished product differs significantly from the raw material enough to qualify as a different material; if the crucible changes the molecules, or just the overall structure. Also food.

Or maybe I need to reevaluate this one entirely, what with its heavy overlaps with the other three transformative biocrystals.

But what do you think about it? Feel free to leave comments; I’d welcome some input!