I recently picked up “Salt: A World History” by Mark Kurlansky, which has been getting me thinking about the biocrystal system. Of course.
While it was initially silica in grass that inspired the biocrystal system at first, salt has a similarly interesting half-life, as it were, as a rock not only edible but necessary for life.
So basically I’ve been considering giving biocrystal qualities similar to those of salt. I’m certain that I want biocrystal to taste salty, though I’m less certain about other qualities. Silica in grass is more of a substitution in the cellular structure, or something like that, while salt is just a small molecular structure (more or less). Granted, I haven’t actually delved into what the structure of biocrystal is on a microscopic level.
For example, I’ve considered water having corrosive effects on biocrystal, causing a sample to dissolve into salt or sand (at least on most varities — I think albate and flavite would be immune to this).
But aside from this, considering salt has brought other qualities of biocrystal to my attention: how much does each type weigh? What’s the density of each type? How brittle or tough is each type?
Albate is certainly the toughest of each type. Cyanite should be the lightest. Other than that, though, I think I’ll need more space to consider these sorts of things. And more brain power than I currently have.