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!