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?

Fabrication: Pallidition & History #7

Well, I finally figured out how pallidition is supposed to work.

Pallidition is a magnetic magic, that pulls objects towards it. However, in order to do this, it requires an essence of the substance that it attracts.

Rubrite also has some magnetic qualities, but only on objects they touch, not at a distance, and naturally moves those objects. Pallidite does not move objects, but rather they remain attached to its surface.

Being a very simple system, it would have a number of different uses once people figured out proper essences. It could be used to hang things up, keep things in place, and such. Theoretically, one could also use it to attract body parts out of their owner, at least at short range (I don’t imagine pallidition working at a range of more than a few feet, if that, although perhaps a melanite battery could expand the range of it, perhaps). Though wiring the essence properly would probably be tricky and not nearly as efficient as just using a spear or a gun.

I might say that pallidite would be used in all the places a magnet would be used, but the applications would at least be significantly expanded, owing to the fact that pallidite could be modified to work on any number of substances, not just metals.

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!

Fabrication: History #2

This edition: Rosete.

This is the biocrystal which I believe would be most accessible to sapient beings, and would probably have the greatest research done concerning it.

On the one hand, it would be rather simple for people to experiment with machines capable of moving themselves.

On the other hand, integrating rosete into their own bodies would require a bit of a leap, though I doubt it would be much different from other kinds of body modifications humans have done throughout history, such as piercings and tattoos, or even simply armor. Indeed, sapient beings would likely quickly realize that rosete is flexible and durable, certainly at comparable to bronze or iron in the latter and better in the former quality, and thus makes good armor. I imagine inventors would continue developing this armor, discovering that it improves strength and stamina the more closely it’s integrated with the body of the bearer.

Eventually, inventors would be growing roseteĀ inside the body, rather than on it, and would reach the asymptote of effectiveness.

Or perhaps other biocrystals would be the first to be integrated into the body. I imagine different kinds of prosthetics would be the first integrative biocrystals: false teeth, false eyes, prosthetic legs, hand-hooks, etc. A person who had lost an eye and placed albate in the socket would soon find that after some time they could see again; a person missing a leg would find the rosete replacement even better than the original. It would only be a matter of time before healthy individuals started experimenting to gain the same kinds of benefits.

Certainly with rosete’s benefits to physical abilities, it would become possibly the most common biocrystal, as armies and factories integrated it with soldiers and laborers to improve their physical prowess, and thus their efficacy in battle and in work. Perhaps this would become something applied to every member of a society — though that would require a massive supply, and likely in a scarcity, that rosete that existed would first go to special forces, bodyguards, and other very important units.

But, again, one of the most common, so scarcity would probably be a small issue.

Combining this with albate batteries, cerulite, and rubrite, one could theoretically make a factory, a proper industry. This certainly wouldn’t be an application discovered quickly, and I’m not sure how this would work with the standard timeline of technological progression — that is, if it would arise earlier or if it would take until an industrial era to get going. I’m also not certain as to the energy efficiency of the albate battery (as I may have mentioned previously), as a not insignificant portion of energy absorbed by the battery would be required for sustinence of the albate itself. Certainly an equal mass of coal or oil would net greater energy output than albate, but albate would be clean, renewable energy. Plus, you could make an albate roof and be set, perhaps.

Thoughts? Possible exploits or applications you’d want to try out with rosete? Please don’t hesistate to comment and such.

Fabrication: Colorless

Among the eleven types of biocrystal in the Fabrication system, I’d like to add one more: a colorless variety.

Colorless biocrystal is translucent, in color more like glass than gem or stone. It has no special powers, other than those inherent to all biocrystal varieties. However, upon contact with other biocrystal, or through the command of cerulite, it can adopt a color and gain the abilities of the color.

Think of this like a sort of stem cell biocrystal.

Primarily, however, this would be used for structure, as the literal bare bones of a device, with the functional biocrystal build around and through it.

I think we’ll call this variety incolorite as, while it doesn’t feel like a very good name (particularly in comparsion to the other biocrystals), it is in keeping with the fancy Latin or Greek names I’ve been giving the systems.

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Fabrication: Blue and Green

Or, if you prefer, Cerulition and Viridition.

Cerulition

As previously established, this system is based on the nervous system, and so on control and moderation. In that light, the primary purpose of this system is to command all the others.

I imagine this subsystem manifesting in various shapes and patterns that blue biocrystal (cerulite, if you like) takes, so that one shape programs a biocrystal organism to grow rapidly, another shape to not grow at all, a third shape to move or function in a certain way. But the most complex shapes or arrangements would allow sentience, perhaps even sapience.

I’m a little hesitant on locking this subsystem down as I’ve just described, as leaving the coding up to a shape seems very soft and vague. Perhaps a better method might be some kind of variation of lattice structures so as to create a simple code, such as in electronics or genetics.

Viridition

This, meanwhile, is the system of reproduction. I had described this one as being able to transform “soul,” which is a really vague and unfocused sort of proclamation. After all, regardless of how spiritual or religious you might be, I think you can agree as well as I that transforming soul isn’t a very clear kind of purpose. I had originally intended that this would be one of the more difficult systems to access.

Though that may still be the case. In keeping with the corporal theme of this system, this one copies and recreates other biocrystal organisms. It not only creates the seeds that form these copies, but it is also the system of these copies. Optimally, the shape of the seed of each different organism or device would be different in some way, in shape and size.

In order for viridite to actually copy a device, however, I think it would have to be able to access at least the central cerulite of the device, either by being attached in some way to the cerulite or else through a special reproductive device. Alternatively, for those machines that lack cerulite, a viridite mold could be used in the same way an orange biocrystal (aurantite) mold would be used for solid matter, with the essence then being the biocrystal type that the device being copied requires.

Alright. Thanks for reading! Hopefully I’ll get around to figuring out Pallidition, but, at least until I do, I can work on the history of discovery. Please comment — it’s why I post this stuff here.