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.

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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.

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 rosete 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: History #1

So now I want to consider the history a sapient race might have with biocrystal. I’ll begin considering each subtype by itself, and then consider subtypes in conjunction with the others, and perhaps consider some interesting combinations that might arise.

Albation

White biocrystal, albate, would probably be one of the more difficult variations for a civilization to master. Since albate can be attuned to receive so many different kinds of signals — probably in conjunction with cerulite — determining and changing which sensation an individual piece receives would be quite the task.

However, there would certainly be many natural instances of albate already attuned to certain sensations (light, heat, sound, etc.), which would provide perhaps a kind of crutch, at least initially. On the other hand, I don’t think early civilizations would find much use for albate, unless they could find some that sensed poisons, diseases, or movement.

I’m not sure how albate would communicate that it was sensing anything, though. It would probably have to be paired with cerulite and ianthite, the former of which would coordinate the two, the latter of which would make some kind of signal in response to the stimulus provided by the albate. But this kind of combination would require quite a bit of scientific insight to build.

But then likely this combination would be more useful in nature than just albate by itself, and so in that way would come into the hands of early civilizations. Certainly replicating or improving or broadening this application wouldn’t happen until the time of modern or industrial civilizations, though perhaps a few Renaissance-era individuals might be able to create something interesting.

The other primary use of albate would be as a battery. Since albate’s primary purpose is to take in stimulus, it would take likely only a little modification to change that to absorption (at least in this case: I’m well aware photosynthesis is much different from interpreting light in the retinas or however that works) via accompanying cerulite. Again, this is a combination I would expect to find in nature, and, again, this would require at least a third type to actually do anything.

And while I intend that all biocrystal is photosynthetic, albate would have the ability to turn that up to eleven, as it were. But, again, in the company of the proper cerulite and another type of biocrystal to actually use all that energy.

I can’t speak to the efficiency of an albate battery, though it would certainly be renewable and clean, and the efficiency would probably be correlated to its surface area; I think it would certainly be a decent contender against fossil fuels, though I’d expect albate batteries to only really catch on in the modern period, rather than the industrial period. Though that depends on how accessible the battery would be in nature, or if it even were in nature.

Honestly, it would depend on how complex cerulite could be in nature, and how coordinated all the subtypes of biocrystal could be in nature.

Anyway, thanks for reading. Hopefully I’ll have a better sequel to this piece next week. Don’t hesistate to comment — it’s why I’ve been posting these.