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  1. WowGain

    WowGain Bara King Staff Member Administrator Bronze Donator Event Builder

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    In the year 3283, many different types of materials have come about from the result of discovery or technological innovation. The need for materials to be stronger, flexible, and even possess unique properties have increased as races advanced. Materials, whether understood or not, are vital to many of the technological innovations present today in the Fringe.
    =Table of Contents=
    • Stellar Metals
    • Nanomaterials
      • Nanocrystalline Diamond
      • Nanotubes
    • Metamaterials/Anomalous Materials
      • Phase Matter
      • Lusnium
    • Hardlight (Silicate/Photonic)
    • Polymers
    • Stellar Materials
      • Ferrosilicate "Core Fragments"
      • Xari Dust
      • Mana Dust
      • Magnellium
      • Chlororite
      • Mutatio Goo
      • Instacrystal/Duracrystal
      • Karonium
      • Critum
    • Erchius Isotopes
      • Prime Erchius
      • Avian Power Crystals
      • Ichorite
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    9K Galactic Citizen Staff Member Administrator Diamond Donator

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    With the advent of FTL technologies with newfound advancements to materials refining technology, multiple metallic elements and alloys have been discovered that provide tensile strength and other unique properties unmatched by standard transition metals. Durability is measured in an ordinal scale in the same way Mohs hardness is with its ability to be scratched, taking every existing material's tensile strength and rating them on a scale of it from 1-10 as they fall within certain thresholds.​

    Durasteel is a unique silver-blue alloy composed of lightweight titanium with a strengthening structure of carbon that sparsely ingrains the metal with a strong carbon nanostructure that enhances its tensile strength. Durasteel is the trade name for a wide variety of structural metals used 33rd century for a wide array of applications. The baseline material is mostly composed of titanium with carbon, vanadium, and cobalt impurities lending itself to high rigidity, hardness and ductility while retaining a very low cost. Durasteel is most often heat-treated, lending additional hardness in exchange for flexibility. It does not rust or corrode under standard conditions. It finds itself in just about every application where a strong and cheap structural metal is required, from standard civilian products to the hulls of spacecraft. It has mostly replaced ferrous steel in all but electromagnetic applications due to its low cost, abundance, and generally superior properties. Durasteel possesses a melting point of around 2800 degrees Fahrenheit.

    WEIGHT: 0.16 lbs per cubic inch.
    DURABILITY: ~7 - 8
    FLEXIBILITY: Prone to deformation when not heat-treated. Prone to cracking past its threshold when heat-treated.
    THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY: Fairly conductive of heat regardless of treating. Won’t combust
    ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY: Fairly conductive of electricity regardless of treating. Slow to heat through electricity, but will electrocute anything in contact with it.
    AVERAGE PRICE: 0.12 Px / in^3​

    Aegisalt is a fairly common material that contains several unique properties that makes it desirable in a number of different circumstances. It has decent hardness, tensile strength, and high thermal and electrical conductivity. It is especially ductile and easy to shape as desired. It has a naturally green color and is highly resistant to any form of corrosion. A more unique property Aegisalt possesses its its ability to seemingly avoid detection from radar. Owed to these traits, it is primarily used in applications that require a lightweight, corrosion-resistant material such as underwater vessels like submarines; but also in applications where stealth from radar or other detection systems is necessary. It is much lighter than durasteel with a comparable cost, but can combust when exposed to extremely high temperatures in an oxygen atmosphere, igniting at only about 1100 degrees Fahrenheit.

    WEIGHT: 0.10 lbs per cubic inch.
    FLEXIBILITY: Easy to deform, not easy to crack/fracture.
    THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY: High. Prone to igniting under immense heat.
    ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY: High. Electrical current generates heat rapidly.
    AVERAGE PRICE: 0.03 Px / in^3​

    Ferozium is, grey-blue metal with low electrical and thermal conductivity. An anomaly compared to most other materials, Ferozium has the unique property of being able to effectively repel heat when concentrated enough, making a thick layer of it quite, if not completely resistant to direct heat. While its melting point is only about as high as Aegisalt’s, at 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, it is no easy task to get the metal to heat to such a point. Due to this property, specialized equipment is required in order to manufacture and properly shape Ferozium, the most common being upscaled, high-powered induction heaters that allow no heat to escape. While Ferozium is quite cheap on its own, refining it is where cost and patience comes into play due to energy and fuel costs alone, and while it is affordable, forging Ferozium is a skill in and of itself. The name “Ferozium” derives from its first use in computing around 2600 as an experimental coolant system material.

    WEIGHT: 0.18 lbs per cubic inch.
    FLEXIBILITY: Some wobble room, but not much at all. Glass.
    THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY: Basically none. Repels and disperses heat.
    AVERAGE PRICE: 0.16 Px / in^3 (refined), 0.11 Px / in^3 (unrefined).

    Cerulium is a metal with highly anomalous properties. It has the unique ability to act as an antenna and noise-canceller for electromagnetic or gamma-ray pulses, making it an ideal form of radiation shielding. Its unique lattice structure allows it to absorb electromagnetic pulses and release a similar signal to directionally cancel the effects of the pulse. While extremely effective at disrupting electromagnetic pulses and high levels of radiation, it is slightly fragile. It is most effective in static or low-G applications (such as spacecraft, buildings), but typically standard electromagnetic pulse shielding (isolated-sheet protection method) is used instead. Cerulium possesses a melting point of about 3000 degrees Fahrenheit and with fairly low thermal conductivity, making it slow to heat. As a substitute to Ferozium, it is sufficient, but doesn’t possess the property of being able to repel heat, more-so withstanding it, making getting through Cerulium with heat-based weaponry a task, but not nearly as much as with Ferozium.

    WEIGHT: 0.20 lbs per cubic inch.
    FLEXIBILITY: Ductile, but less so than Durasteel. Prone to cracking.
    THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY: Low, but there.
    AVERAGE PRICE: 0.05 Px / in^3

    Violium is a semi-transparent, heavy-duty material typically used with supreme hardness and strength in mind. It is forged in extremely high-temperature foundries with expensive custom-tooled equipment to ensure the highest level of quality control possible. It is most commonly used in advanced armors and combat vessels for superior ballistics and laser protection, due to its ability to reflect certain light wavelengths. Plasma, however, will still go straight through it. It has a glass-like property of cracking under stress. Through repeated impacts, the material’s strength is lost as its structural integrity is compromised in the form of cracks, until it shatters and fragments.
    It only comes available in thick, pre-formed sheets that must be custom tooled to fit contours and frames. Due to its ballistic-glass like qualities, it is very heavy and cannot be easily shaped - thus making the most common personal armor utilization being simple violium plates in a kevlar/fabric vest. Other uses Violium has seen include visor glass, among many more light-shielding applications. Violium has a melting point of around 2000 degrees Fahrenheit

    WEIGHT: 0.40 lbs per cubic inch.
    FLEXIBILITY: Brittle. A heavy enough impact will crack or shatter it.
    THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY: Moderate. Plasma will go through, but not lasers due to its light-reflecting properties.
    AVERAGE PRICE: 0.24 Px / in^3​

    Prisilite is a type of naturally-formed crystalline structures similar to diamond nanorods. It has exquisite hardness and tensile strength while being partially translucent, these traits being a result of Prisilite's curious crystal lattice structure, seemingly caused by its unique and very complex chemical makeup. When crystallized, prisilite expresses itself with an organized crystalline structure, but with each bond forming as quintuple bonds with each other, creating the peculiar hardness and density that is so key to its uses in industry. It also has the unique property of acting as an acoustic amplifier when a current is passed through it, implying lots of application in sonic tools and utilities. It can easily form extremely thin and sharp edges in a style similar to obsidian.
    Rarely, prisilite is used in cosmetic applications such as jewelry and decoration due to its iridescent, rainbow-like appearance. Used for Machine tools, blade edges, applications where extreme hardness is required without the brittleness of diamond. Can also be used as a commodity due to high rarity and value.
    Prisilite is found as a byproduct within brown dwarf stars that have long outlived their lives; sometimes prisilite may also be found within large chunks of brown dwarf stellar matter found in asteroids as chunks blasted off. Prisilite is also found in trace amounts within nebulae, as byproducts of supernovae. These nebulae are often combed through with large nets to capture any trace amounts of Prisilite within.

    WEIGHT: 0.49 lbs per cubic inch.


    Hailed as the most efficient nuclear fuel ever created, solarium is used extensively for power generation in all sectors, civilian, commercial, and military. It is used extensively on ships to power the extensive electrical requirements of warp drives, and can be used for military vehicles and power generation for cities. Solarium is an artificial composite and alloy of several different fissile heavy elements, primarily emitters of beta radiation. These elements fission into other fissile beta emitters to form a sustainable chain reaction, and most common solarium composites include isotopes such as Strontium-90 and Radium-228, pure beta emitters. The strength in solarium lies in the fact that its a beta emitter - its radiation is in the form of high-energy electrons, which can be directly captured instead of a reactor turning the fuel’s heat into electricity; in addition, when sub-critical, solarium is a superconductor and can generate an electric difference, allowing it to act as an atomic battery (also called a betavoltaic cell); it absorbs its own beta decay and conducts it, a property unique to solarium. In addition, when a reverse current is applied to solarium, it glows a bright golden light and heats up.

    As a beta emitter, the radiation emitted by solarium alloy is ionizing, and exposure to sub-critical solarium for too long can cause cancer in the long term. Exposure to critical solarium is extremely dangerous, capable of killing a human within a week just from a few seconds of exposure. To make solarium safe to handle by consumers, the solarium alloy is typically encased in a shell in the form of a solarium ‘star’; this shell is a few millimeters in thickness and is composed of graphite lined with cerullium, acting as both a neutron moderator so the solarium cannot accidentally go critical and as a radiation shield. The casing is also typically electroplated a golden color, for aesthetic purposes, and is ejected once upon insertion into the reactor; they are reusable. The solarium star is the typical unit of fuel for solarium reactors; a star contains around 10 lbs of solarium and typically costs around 2000 px, able to power a corvette for months of repeated warp sequences.

    There are three major types of solarium reactors:
    • Betavoltaic cell (atomic battery): Simply uses the natural beta decay of solarium to power a small device. Low power, but extremely reliable and long-lasting.
    • Solarium Reactor: Most common type, simply fissions solarium to harvest intense beta radiation from it. Generates a large amount of power capable of powering buildings, mechs, ships, warp drives, etc. Highly scalable, though cannot be fit on small things like drones. Found on most civilian corvettes. Solarium reactors are rather simple and cheaper compared to other types of reactors, given there is no need for any sort of turbine; when a star is inserted by the consumer, the reactor ejects the casing, and then sends a burst of neutrons into the star to activate it. The star goes critical and begins releasing a large amount of beta radiation, which is collected by a conductive shell lining and then transferred out through a high voltage power line. The reaction can be slowed or stopped via the insertion of a graphite control rod through the center hole of the star. Solarium reactors are also cheaper, as they require less components.
    • Solaric Reactor: Solaric reactors are massive reactors typically used to power entire city sectors, massive buildings, or huge ships. They are typically open spheres of solarium plasma suspended by a powerful containment field; the high energy density allows the outer shell of the core to fission and allow the products to recede towards the inner center, where they fuse to produce an absurd amount of energy; reactors like this can often hold tonnes of solarium at a time, injecting more fuel through a tractor beam and harvesting it from an electron beam. They are highly expensive to build and run, but can provide a huge power output. Produces very little waste.
    Solarium is expensive to create compared to other stellar metals, even impervium; however, because nuclear fuel can generate a huge amount of energy with just a small amount, it is financially viable. Generally, the constituents of solarium are first mined from the earth, primarily uranium and thorium ores, and then refined. After they are refined, they must be transmuted using neutron irradiators and nuclear reactors that can fission them into the beta emitters needed for solarium. Then, the constituents are melted together into a graphite lattice that acts as a neutron moderator, slowing down the nuclear reaction as well as ensuring the alloy’s constituents cannot be used in nuclear weaponry. Afterwards, the solarium is molded into stars and encased and then shipped. The constituents making up solarium are found in different abundances throughout terrestrial planets; however, planets near supernova remnants tend to contain a much greater quantity of such heavy metals.

    WEIGHT: 0.68 lbs per cubic inch.
    ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY: Superconductive below 1190 K
    HALF LIFE: 90,200 years
    AVERAGE PRICE: 300 Px / in^3 (2000 px per star)

    Rubium is a ceramic-like metal that is forged to be extremely stiff, never bending or or even dulling until a critical stress point is reached that shatters the rubium into tiny shards and dust like glass. To form any shape with rubium, it must be formed with a mold, cooled, and hardened which exponentially decreases its malleability. Rubium is susceptible to heat, melting and flaking over a hot fire and disintegrating into dry clay-like flakes when ablated with laser or plasma weaponry. In addition, it is a viable replacement for blades; while extremely stiff and therefore lacking the flexibility blades need, it can be specially molded to have the sharpness of a monoatomic edge while still retaining its ability to not dull. Rubium fits into molds fairly well, having nearly no cohesive surface tension when fully molten to a liquid state and is smooth like porcelain while solid, capable of being molded in other forms as well such as via pulling or even through zero-point energy manipulation for more detailed and intricate purposes.
    Rubium is particularly useful in scenarios where its durability is required; example of its use include machinery parts that require durable operation, use in some blades for weaponized or industrial use, and as personal armor that is needed to take a single, strong shot before shattering. Given its naturally smooth texture, it is also great at serving as plating meant to redirect projectiles rather than outright block them. Aside from this, it is also quite conductive to electricity while not being overbearingly heavy, making it somewhat of a must-have for electrical applications of any kind. Its combination of moderate weight and hardness also makes it extremely desirable for the modern day mass-production of ammunition, having outperformed lead projectiles long ago.
    Rubium is found as an ore of dull-red streaks, flaking easily to heat due to the impurities within the natural ore. The ore is found in high-pressure cold environments, often deep within planets or dwarf planets lacking a molten core. When electrolyzed and heated to extreme temperatures, the impurities vaporize away to leave the molten Rubium behind. The material has a melting point of around 1700 degrees Fahrenheit.

    WEIGHT: 0.38 lbs per cubic inch.
    FLEXIBILITY: Not very flexible at all. Will fragment like Ferozium.
    AVERAGE PRICE: 0.02 Px / in^3

    Impervium is a dark, dense and heavy metal which holds the highest tensile strength among the stellar metals, having great density and strength that can defend against most kinetic attacks. Due to these effects, impervium is best used where its weight is not an issue, such as in spacecraft hulls, treaded tank hulls, bunker plating, and even heavier mechs or power armors, sometimes even seeing use as a replacement for I-Beams in construction. Impervium is produced through the further refining and reprocessing of super-heated Rubium within an inert, high-pressure atmosphere. During the process to produce it, electric currents are inducted through the metal and it is doped with a mixture of metals and metalloids that include carbon, various heavy metals, and silver. This process forms a series of nano-structures that resemble carbon nanotubes within the metal, contributing to its strength and its signature black sheen. The process for Impervium production is notably difficult to do properly, and requires large amounts of expensive equipment that takes a great deal of knowledge to operate.
    While possessing great tensile strength, its weakness is in both its weight and its tendency to weaken and dull when subjected to immense heat such as that of plasma or laser weapons, decreasing its tensile strength to that of even less than durasteel; this downside often forces military vessels to introduce a layer of ferozium plating under the impervium hull, to protect against energy attacks that the impervium hull cannot fend off. In addition, impervium is useful in many electronic appliances as a room-temperature superconductor, becoming a highly charged deathtrap when subjected to enough electricity; this makes it useful in the construction of things such as power substations or plants due to the weight of the material being too high to be carried, yet cheaper than other room-temperature superconductors. Impervium melts at around 1300 degrees Fahrenheit.

    0.70 lbs per cubic inch.
    DURABILITY: ~9-10
    FLEXIBILITY: About the same as Durasteel, but with a higher threshold.
    AVERAGE PRICE: 0.38 Px / in^3

    By comparison:

    Mass: 0.098 lbs per cubic inch.
    Melting point: 1221 degrees F.
    Hardness: 2-3.

    Mass: 0.284 lbs per cubic inch.
    Melting point: 2795 degrees F.
    Hardness: 4-5.

    Mass: 0.409 lbs per cubic inch.
    Melting point: 621.4 degrees F.
    Hardness: 1.5-2.


    Mass: 0.694 lbs per cubic inch.
    Melting point: 1948 degrees F.
    Hardness: 2.5-3.
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  3. WowGain

    WowGain Bara King Staff Member Administrator Bronze Donator Event Builder

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    Nanomaterials are materials that possess a very precise molecular structure, one that is often-times artificially engineered to fit a specific purpose. Carbon compounds are especially useful as nanomaterials due to carbon's self-binding property, allowing it to be shaped as extremely thin wire cables, nanocrystalline diamond, or as nanotubes that give fascinating tensile strength while still retaining the flexibility of a standard polymer.​

    =Nanocrystalline Diamond=
    Nanocrystalline diamond is a nanomaterial constructed of a very thin carbon structure in a very precise line-like structure; hailed for its ability to be extremely resistant to any dulling or fracture when attached to a backing, it has found use in industrial or weaponized blades in the form of monoblades or vibroblades, easily cutting due to its atomic thinness and ability to contain a vibrating edge from its strong carbon bonds.

    =Carbon Nanotubes=
    Carbon nanotubes are among the oldest of nanomaterials, created in mass production in 2042 in Earth. Nanotubes are extremely strongly bound carbon structures that are tube-like in appearance, capable of holding any length and acting extremely effective in strong, wrapped cables that can hold some of the most immense weights needed and even in armor, short nanotubes packaged tightly into a thick fabric that contains a similar texture to traditional kevlar, but having superior defensive strength. Nanotube cable is also a material used in most space elevators, prized for its flexibility and strength.
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    WowGain Bara King Staff Member Administrator Bronze Donator Event Builder

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    While science in the 33rd century has provided understanding to many of the new materials discovered, some materials remain under strange classifications or even mysterious properties that undermine our very models of physics themselves with their anomalous properties. Often a result of strange particle structure or through origin in Hyperspace, metamaterials or anomalous materials have sometimes been capable of being recreated, but not fully understood. Metamaterials are capable of holding interaction with different types of particles, including even virtual photonic particles such as tachyons, and massive neutral particles such as neutrinos or bosons.

    ORIGINAL DRAFT BY: @PrivateNomad

    Phase matter is a unique type of anomalous material that can be found composing many unique, ghostly organisms. Scientifically, it is called quasi-neutric matter. Phase matter is a material that is seemingly intangible, reacting almost very little with matter to the point of making it one of the softest materials known; it is a strange feeling of holding it, as the phase matter will partially sink into your skin and cause a tingling sensation due to the electrons present sparsely in the material; phase matter can even be 'forced' into other matter due to its limited interaction with physical matter in its inactive state, and can generally appear in many different forms much like normal matter. What phase matter actually is, however, is much stranger; phase matter is matter that is quasi-neutrinic, essentially normal atoms instead mixed in a sea of neutrinos that counteract the electromagnetic force outside the matter save for sparse electrons. When phase matter is energized even slightly, it holds a disregard for tangibility and passes through matter and floats through space, with seemingly no mass at all; this is caused by repelling electrons out the matter, causing it to take on a 'soft' and transparent appearance. During this state, phase matter cannot be reacted with physically at all save for some few options such as radiation or other immense energy, making it an absolute mystery to behold for primitive species that cannot explain its phenomenons.

    Many classifications of organisms use phase matter as a major part of their biological make-up, having ghost-like appearances. Many of these organisms can be found in a variety of places, though many more can be found in places with a higher ECF (environmental cuil factor) suitable for more anomalous species. Examples of these organisms include Qarins, Wispers, Erchius Ghosts, and many more. The biology of these organisms can be complex, but despite being made of phase matter, they are still somewhat similar to our own - phase matter organisms still have organs just as we do, such as eyeballs and central nervous systems. They also require a source of energy, such as absorbing latent heat or radiation from their environment, sapping the bioelectricity of other organisms, or enveloping food in digestive tissue that allows it to be broken down into energy. In addition, phase matter organisms require some means of locomotion; many high-density organisms simply project ions in order to propel themselves.

    Phase matter has a lot of different properties that organisms made of it can take advantage of - one such property is its neutric density, which is its density of coupled neutrinos which determines how much the phase matter is able to physically interact with other matter. Some organisms have such a high neutric density that they are able to completely pass through walls save for thick lead or plasma barriers, whereas some organisms can even change their neutric densities in order to become more or less tangible. One example of a common phase matter organism that does this is the Qarin, which can lower its neutric density to such a degree that it can become nearly completely solid. The less dense phase matter is, the more mass it has, and phase matter with a very high density can even be completely invisible to the naked eye, detectable only via special instruments through touch only. Another property of phase matter is that it is analogous to normal matter, just simply coupled with neutrinos. This means that there can be different materials of phase matter, and even elemental metals such as iron or alloys like steel can become neutric, taking on more of their analog’s properties the less their neutric density is. For example, if a Qarin has a sword made of steel, when that Qarin is manifested, that sword is actually steel, and can cut things like it was made of steel.

    Aside from its varying levels of neutric density that changes its tangibility and mass, and its nature as an analog to ordinary matter, phase matter has some other properties. The electron and neutrino matrix composing phase matter is disrupted easily by plasma or intense heat, making plasma and laser weaponry very effective weapons against phase matter organisms - this weakness becomes less of an issue the lower the phase matter’s neutric density. Phase matter can also interact with other phase matter as if they were real matter, depending on their neutric density - if they have the same density, they can interact as normal, but a lower density phase matter would not be able to interact with a higher density phase matter as much. Finally, as an anomalous material, the stability of phase matter changes depending on the cuils it is subjected to - the less neutric density phase matter has, the more stable it is when not in its normal cuil level, whereas phase matter with a higher neutric density often requires higher cuils to remain stable. Some organisms such as Qarin become stronger when they are in higher cuils. In addition, phase matter will naturally ‘evaporate’ or decay when not sustained by any organism. This decay process is faster the lower the cuils it is in are - the products of this decay seem to be the ordinary analogs of the phase matter, usually elemental, and trace amounts of a strange black powder.

    @Master Nemo
    Lusnium is a strange new element, discovered by a trio of explorers on an expedition to discover the source of several strange pillars of light on the planet CYN, located in the UI-6 system. At the center of the light pillars, they found a large column of the mysterious element, and brought back a sample for research. Lusnium, or Ls, is located on the second island of stability on the periodic table. It doesn't fit into any pre-existing category, so it's currently in its own category simply titled 'Anomalous' until it is further understood. It is believed that Ls forms naturally, however, the conditions for this are as of yet unknown, but it does seem to appear most often around areas of higher than average ECF (Environmental Cuil Factor).

    • Solid​
    • Non-metal​
    • Black​
    • Fractures into crystal-like fragments​
    • Unknown melting point​
    • Weakly diamagnetic​
    • Doesn't corrode or rust​
    • Fire retardant​
    • Dense​
    • Emits a blinding light when an electric current is run through it​
    • Appears to be related to a higher-than-average ECF.​
    The practical uses of Lusnium are few. Its' ability to produce light when exposed to electricity is currently being looked into, in the hopes that it may have some militaristic potential. It's main downfall is its' rarity, at the moment.

    =Variants, Isotopes, and Compounds=
    No variants or isotopes of Lusnium are known to exist at the moment. Attempts to synthesize one have all resulted in failure. All attempts at forming a compound with other elements have also resulted in failure.​
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  5. WowGain

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    Hardlight is the most prominent of electronically generated materials capable of a variety of uses, whether it be weapons, shielding, or even construction of buildings or bridges on the spot.​

    =Faux Hardlight=
    Hard light is a very strong crystalline material that easily constructed and absorbed through advanced projection and tractor devices. It is usually transparent and glows brightly while energized, which is required to allow for quick re-absorption. It can take a substantial amount of energy damage and is difficult to pierce or cut, but is prone to shattering when subject to very heavy impacts. It takes several seconds for a structure to fully form or re-absorb, making it unsuitable as an instantaneous defense, but quite useful to prepare when given enough warning. As a defensive device, it is often used to create hand-held shields or full bubble barriers. As weapon, it makes an excellent material for a blade, but is not dense enough to be practical as a kinetic projectile, though some more exotic weapons have been known to utilize it as a carrier for explosives or energetic charges. It is often used a transient building material to construct ramps, bridges, doors, and other structures that will need to be removed shortly after.
    As a material, hard light is composed of a special form of crystalline silicon carbide doped with precise amounts of other trace elements to further increase its strength and ease of emission and absorption. Devices utilizing hard light must keep a reserve of silicon carbide powder which can be deposited and stripped using charged particle beams. As the material is electroluminescent, it glows as long as the charge is maintained. While the charge is maintained, the material can be stripped away and returned to the device quickly. If the charge is not maintained, the remnant silicon carbide structure will be left behind and need to be reprocessed into a fine powder before it can be utilized again.

    =Photonic Hardlight=

    Photonic Hardlight
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    WowGain Bara King Staff Member Administrator Bronze Donator Event Builder

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    Polymers are materials composed of macromolecules with repeating subunits, oftentimes composed of carbon and subsections of other molecules. Many polymers include nanomaterials such as nanocrystalline diamond and carbon nanotubes, while some newer and more unique polymers include extremely dense and strong plastics and even polymers that react to stimuli to change shape, color, and more.
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    MANA DUST APP BY: @Hastur

    Just as modern technologies and engineering techniques have opened up a new world of possibilities with the creation of new alloys and the discovery of complex molecular structures which only form in the most extreme environments of the galaxy, new branches of stellar materials have been discovered, with unique and anomalous properties that are unlike those found in typical substances available to civilizations that have yet to open the way to the stars, and even beyond the dimension we live in.

    Magnesium ferrosilicon, or as it's more commonly called, core fragments, are a magnesium iron silicate crystal found deep within the mantles of planets. This compound is described as a glowing red crystal found deep underground. It's existence is credited to the naturally occurring iron, silicon, and magnesium found within the mantles of most planets, combined with the high pressure and heat environment, allowing these crystal veins to form. What makes this crystal so useful is it's low specific heat and high heat retention, allowing it to be an excellent conductor of heat. It takes a lot less energy to raise it's temperature when compared to other substances, thus core fragments have found their uses in varying applications, from being used in internal combustion engines, heaters, and was even used as a fuel source for spaceships before the discovery of Erchius.

    =Volatile Powder=
    Magnesium ferrosilicon has even more applications when crushed into a fine powder. The silicon is usually extracted, leaving a magnesium-iron alloy powder. This ratio of magnesium and iron can be altered to fit different uses. For instance, a ratio closer to 50/50 can make a compound capable of a thermite reaction, with all the uses that come with thermite (welding, explosives, etc.) A more magnesium-based formula has it's uses in fireworks and flares. A formula with more iron than magnesium is useful for casting metals. Caution is to be exercised when handling volatile powder, as exposing it to moisture can result in a rather explosive reaction. Likewise, it is not recommended to attempt to extinguish fires that result from volatile powder with water, as this presents even more dangers of it's own, such as spraying sparks and burning fragments.

    =Excavation & Preparation=
    Mining core fragments is a rather easy process, however it is advisable to exercise caution all the same. Protective gear is necessary when mining core fragments, however it is not so much for the core fragments themselves as it is the environment of which it is found: a dense environment with temperatures ranging from 500 to 900 degrees Celsius (or 932 to 1,652 Fahrenheit). Thus, it's rather safe to assume that the core fragments themselves will be of high heat (if not higher) as well. This could explain the red glow associated with their appearance. It is not recommended to handle core fragments with your own hands without heavy protection, as it is safer to use an advanced mining set to excavate and store these fragments. When storing core fragments, it is advisable to keep them in a heat-resistant, low temperature environment to prevent them from overheating and melting through their containment.
    To prepare Volatile Powder, you will need some form of pulverizing machinery to get the best results. The finer the powder, the higher the quality. After it has been ground up, a filtering setup is to be used to separate the silicon from the mix, and to achieve the desired ratio of magnesium and iron. There are machines that are built to specifically handle the conversion of core fragments to volatile powder that combine both of these processes, as well as usually having some form of interface that users can work with to input their desired form of volatile powder. To store volatile powder, no matter the variant, put it in an airless, vacuum sealed container. Make sure the container does not have any moisture inside, and that oxygen is not present before or after storage.

    A sparkling blue and transparent dust, Xari dust has chaotic neutric interactions occurring at a macrophysical level that allows it certain interactions with phase matter, holding uses that allow engineering with phase matter to be possible. When smelted under a field of negative energy, Xari dust can be refined into Xari glass that is capable of physically interacting with phase matter as if it was normal matter. Xari glass, as such, can be layered on things like weapons to harm phase matter beings or even tools to work with inorganic phase matter. Xari glass can also be used to contain phase matter without the need of expensive and power consuming proton fields. When sprinkled on phase matter, Xari dust can also enhance the neutric bonds that phase matter has with itself, increasing its durability. Xari dust is essential in engineering with phase matter in any way. When introduced to a proton beam, xari dust burns into a heavy amount of neutrinos that can weaken phase matter creatures or be used for other purposes; the purple flame of this effect can burn phase matter like napalm. Xari dust is a double edged sword, capable of being used to engineer and strengthen phase matter or to harm it. Xari dust can be found in very small amounts in environments native to a large amount of phase matter creatures, sometimes midnight planets. Other possible uses of this resource may exist, but are not researched yet.

    Mana from Jannah. Mana Dust is the psionic enhancement dust that can be found in anomalies connected to hyperspace, or in microscopic amounts on hyperdrives. Other possible uses of this resource may exist, but are not researched yet.

    Magnellium ore is a special type of ore composed of a high concentration of dyon particles generated from millions of years of magnetic activity. Magnellium can be found in small amounts of bodies orbiting magnetar neutron stars, and can be refined and molded into a powerful monopole magnet that is magnitudes more efficient than standard superconductive electromagnets, allowing kinetic weapons composed of magnellium to be both stronger and lighter. Magnellium has the strength of iron. It is refined by slowly heating it to its high melting point so as to not lose any magnetic properties, and then running the molten magnellium through a strong electromagnetic coil to separate its impurities into slag. The direction that the coil's magnetic field is flowing in determines the monopole's direction in the final piece of magnellium. Other possible uses of this resource may exist, but are not researched yet.

    Chlororite is a metallic material grown and harvested by many Floran colonies. Chlororite is not a mined ore, but rather a special crystalline metal that can be grown into shapes, having in its crystalline structure strong plant cells that act similar to carbon tubes. Chlororite is approximately the strength of durasteel but lesser. One special quality of Chlororite, however, is that when exposed to sunlight it slowly regenerates itself; armor will slowly repair itself in direct sunlight and blades will grow to their original sharpness. Chlororite can be found naturally occurring underground in planets with very fertile soils, usually jungle planets of class III or IV habitability, the latter of which being able to hold it in high abundance. A disadvantage of Chlororite is that attempting to smelt it will ruin the crystalline structure, giving it the mere durability of tin - it must be cut or grown to certain shapes. Chlororite is bright green and translucent; it glows a very dim green after being exposed to light.
    A lesser-known property of chlororite is that its presence of natural materials in its structure allows it to conduct biokinesis, allowing certain psions that use biokenesis to bend and shape the metal to a small degree. When grounded down, chlororite dust is one of the best fertilizers one can use, speeding the growth of plants by an astonishing factor of two and making their stems stronger. Chlororite dust can also be snorted to cause floral species to hallucinate, making it a popular drug as well that is addictive. The wisemen of Floran tribes often consume or snort chlororite to give them visions that they may make decisions upon. Other possible uses of this resource may exist, but are not researched yet.

    Mutatio goo is a non-Newtonian substance most often found on worlds with decaying biospheres. The planets on which it are found are notably toxic to most forms of life, and prolonged trips to the world will likely result in death without proper protection in voidsuits. The composition of mutatio goo is fairly consistent across most given samples, consisting of a suspension of strands of RNA and powerful enzymes that can cause the rapid replacement of segments of genetic information within a cell following exposure. Because of this chemical cocktail being nearly identical across all known samples, it is thought that it might have been an engineered substance, an ancient bio-weapon from cultures long passed. Short-term contact can cause cancers and minor mutations, while long-term contact such as in a vat can cause extremely major mutations to occur in a short period of time. Other possible uses of this resource may exist, but are not researched yet.

    Active Crystal Printing. First produced by a Hylotl engineering company, Instacrystal and Duracrystal are the brand names for the unique saturated solutions of chemicals that when left to precipitate form crystal materials with a variety of uses.

    Karonium. A sub-Erchioid, Karonium lies within a class of crystalline substances which, although they are not true isotopes of Erchius, share many similarities with Prime Erchius. Karonium has an interesting property of being able to posses superparamagnetic fields on a macro-scale. Although it can be used as a potent fuel when changed to a liquid allotrope, it cannot be used as a fuel for Hyperdrives. Other possible uses of this resource may exist, but are not researched yet.

    Critum. A recently discovered sub-Erchioid. Just as Karonium and the series of minerals that it gets its namesake from, Critum grows in crystalline veins, usually found in airless environments deep below the crust of moons and asteroids. Critum is found very rarely within veins of other sub-Erchioids and true Erchius isotopes as a dull-orange crystal with a "stringy" texture to the growths of its crystals. Critum's anomalous features seem to be its potential to act as an extremely energy dense chemical battery with immense energy capacity, and its ability to act as a heat-sink for many kinds of energy, which it seems to store as potential energy within the resin-like deposits inside of it. Other possible uses of this resource may exist, but are not researched yet.
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    WowGain Bara King Staff Member Administrator Bronze Donator Event Builder

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    Erchius Crystals are a form of Mineral, commonly found on airless planets, moons, asteroids, some gas giants and rocky, Earth-like worlds with oxygen-rich atmospheres. It is commonly used for starship fuel in its liquefied form and can be commonly harvested from its solid form and gaseous form, through its solid form is considered highly dangerous by most.
    The origin of this seemingly exotic material and its associated isotopes is heavily disputed, ranging from simply being an unknown molecular compound, to being an exotic element that originated long ago from naturally occurring tunnels to alien dimensional planes and has since disseminated throughout the galaxy either through natural or other, less natural means.

    • Prime Erchius
    • Avian Power Crystals
    • Ichorite
    "Prime" Erchius is the most commonly found isotope of the anomalous mineral, known for its diverse uses as fuel for various FTL and Sub-FTL craft and vehicles, especially for its use as the catalyst of Hyperdrives. Prime Erchius is a very useful material in its gaseous, liquid, and crystalline states, but has many dangers, most particularly the horrific process of Erchius infestation and its oddly parasitic process of devouring livable planets until they become oxygen-less rocky husks. Because of this, some think that it may be pushed on by an anomalous, extra-galactic, or perhaps extra-dimensional, microorganism of unknown biology that lives in symbiosis with crystalline Erchius.

    Erchius infestation is caused when the solid form of Erchius is unearthed by either natural or organic caused situations. It will interact with the oxygen in the air from within its small pocket, rapidly crystallizing anything it can grow on and the radiation it emits will cause tumor growth and rapid cell mutation in organic creatures, and crystallize inorganic creatures, causing joint locking and potential meltdowns. Small samples, however, do not carry this massively destructive potential, as over the course of a few weeks they will build up a thick oxide layer, the growth of which will begin to outpace the growth of the crystals, preventing it from actually expanding any further. The mutations on organic creatures will cause them to enter an as of yet unknown form of trance, causing them to protect the Erchius crystals and helping it to spread. Over the period of up to 3 weeks, the mutation will continue until the organic barely resembles its original form. After some time, an unknown process will cause Erchius itself to begin growing from the affected and in this stage they will be referred to as a "Moontant". This creature has drastically increased strength from its original form as well as extraordinary pain tolerance. As time progresses the Moontant's skin can grow harder due to the Erchius growing on the surface of their skin, providing weak body armor. By the time a victim has entered the Moontant stage, much of their intelligence will be reduced to that of a primal, instinctual animal. Erchius Infestation can cause entire planets to collapse into disarray and become lifeless, upon which time that the Erchius will then recede back into the depths, as if it was lying in wait for miners to come looking for it.

    Originally discovered by a group of human colonists in its liquid form on the planet Hala IV, a short trip from the solar system, they discovered it had extraordinary properties as a fuel and decided they would take it for further study. The Apex had synthesized it themselves in an experiment gone wrong in its crystalline form, which resulted in the lab becoming infested, and a clean-up crew from the Miniknog researched into it more and looked beyond its military properties as a fuel. The Glitch seemingly had pockets of Erchius on planets they were placed on and until a Glitch was freed from the Hivemind, it would lay dormant until they could discover it. The Avians unknowingly gathered some while mining for their own power crystals, of which Erchius is an isotope. Florans stole some from the assorted star systems they ravage and re-purposed it for their own uses, and Hylotls seemingly discovered it themselves, as did the Novakid. All of the races seemed to notice the potency of Erchius as a fuel for their FTL drives, and it has become one of the largest operating economies within the galaxy. Following this they discovered Erchius' parasitic nature and its use of bio-electric energy to continue to grow in areas where oxygen is not prevalent. This having followed the discovery of shards of Erchius crystals within the body of a freshly mutated Moontant.

    Erchius as a fuel is potent, due to its high levels of radioactivity and the large amounts of it that can be found occupying the galaxy. To safely handle Erchius in its crystal form, it is required that a HEV suit be worn as to prevent infestation, though it has been established that crystallization can occur and create punctures in the HEV suit, so one must always be prepared. Following the removal of the Erchius from its natural habitat, presumably onto some kind of station or ship, it must be liquefied as to stop further crystallization and for as of yet unknown reasons, the emission of Erchius Radiation, though traditional ionizing radiation will continue to be emitted. Scholars have many theories for why this is, ranging from microscopic, as of yet unknown lifeforms living inside the Erchius itself causing the radiation, to the liquefaction process slightly changing the allotropic form of Erchius so that it no longer emits the specific radiation. This can then be put into a portable or normal reactor, and the liquid fuel will be used to both work similar to a water turbine, as well as a Nuclear reactor, doubling the fuel output from the Erchius. The Erchius Gas must be collected from an extractor in the atmosphere of a gas giant, which by itself requires specialized gear to survive the pressure and gravity of the planet. It must then be placed inside canisters and either liquefied or placed into a gaseous erchius reactor, which though more expensive to buy and maintain, as well as more dangerous due to the possible meltdowns caused, requires less erchius as well as superior power output.

    Erchius Horrors are creatures that naturally feed off of the erchius crystals as well as using crystals itself as a shelter, incorporating it into its own biology. They presumably use the heat produced by the radiation from the Erchius itself to create searing plasma and expunge it from its' body as waste, or as a weapon to defend its much coveted crystals. They are theorized to be in a symbiotic relationship with the Erchius, providing it with ample amounts of bio-electric energy (both from its own body and from captured prey) to feed on in exchange for the Horror to feed off of the crystal and use it to create its' shell. A Erchius horror naturally grows from a Moontant, as it continues to mutate and the erchius crystals continue to grow on the Moontant, an Erchius horror forms. The intelligence of the horrors is disputed, but it at least has some semblance of sentience. Most Erchius Horrors are upwards of hundreds of years old, from before the planet they were found on was reduced to airlessness.

    A crucial part of Avos technology, Avian Power Crystals are the most used form of power and one of the most versatile tools available to the Avian species. An isotopic cousin of Erchius Crystals which have seemingly only ever been discovered in the Avos system and its neighboring star systems, mysteriously cutting off entirely out of a radius of 75 light-years from Avos. Due to a unique chemical and crystal lattice structure, Avian Power Crystals are capable of holding a charge of electrical energy, usually at a rate of 25 Watt-hours per 5cm3 of crystal. These crystals can be charged either through induction of an electrical current, or through prolonged exposure to UV Radiation, such as the radiation which can be found in solar rays; however, this method is much slower and is rarely used now due to its inefficiency.

    Discovered by ancient Avian civilizations during their late stone age, Power Crystals were originally heavily misunderstood. Mostly used in ritual settings, the crystals were often shaped into rudimentary tools such as sacrificial knives and jewelry, especially by tribal chieftains, who used the crystals as a claim to the right to rule.
    It was during the Bronze Age that Avians as a whole began to understand the use of such crystals. Often told in legends and myths, the story of the fire Crystal-Born flame is taught, similar to Human tales of the invention of the wheel. A crystal left out during a storm was placed near a pile of tinder and other flammable wood; struck by lightning, the crystal was overcharged by the strike, resulting in it discharging its energy to its surroundings, starting a fire from the pile of wood and tinder, the tribe soon began to learn and research its uses for fuel and energy, eventually leading to the discovery of Avian Crystal carving.

    Crystal carving was a discovery that revolutionized the uses of crystals, allowing for them to be miraculously specialized for a myriad of uses. Crystal carving can affect the way that a crystal can emit its stored potential energy, as well as allowing for it to double as a circuit, and when done on a fine enough level as microstructures coupled with gold leafing and small bits of silicon, can facilitate some of the functions of computational hardware, including RAM, processing, and of course, power sources. However, data storage still has to be done on a separate device. These techniques, in Avian colonies with large amounts of Flightless, are accredited to the unknown 'sunborn' visitors which bestowed the Avian species as a whole with a myriad of technology, an event widely referred to as the "Ascension" of the Avians from prehistory to a road leading to modernity.
    This tale is looked at with scrutiny often by historians, though some similarities have been noted between the style and pattern of microstructures on Avian Crystals carved by accomplished masters and the naturally forming microstructures of Novakid brands which enable pseudo-neurological capacity to take place, giving them their sapience and forming their shell. The reasons behind these similarities is unknown. Skilled carvers often train for many years, and it can take decades to become a master of the craft. Though simplistic carving such as in lamps and heaters has been able to be mass produced, intricate carvings such as those that are used in computational crystal cores must be made by a trained master, and as such as expensive and hard to come by if one doesn't know a master carver or a carver's guild.

    While the great majority of Crystals are mined by the Avos government, limited knowledge of synthesis and lab-made growth of Avian Crystals has spread to sectors such as the Fringe, and sometimes can be found on black markets, but this is extremely rare. Known carving patterns allow for the use of Avian Crystals as light sources which exude a reddish pink glow, heat sources often used in radiators and when specialized; cooking, and computational hardware. On Avos, Power Crystals are largely used instead of batteries and other power cells, powering everything from personal devices to homes, and even ships if a large enough crystal is used.

    Due to Avian aesthetics surrounding objects which slightly hover,suspended and never making contact with the ground, avian crystals are often held in place with Zero Point Energy or other means of fixing them in place with hover technology, as such, most electrical appliances in use are wireless in nature, transmitting their electrical charge through the air. The largest crystal currently in use is a massive 5126kg crystal. Adorning the peak of the main Flightless temple on the Avos homeworld, it is specifically positioned to be at the center of most astronomical events, the sun and moon passing directly overhead every solstice due to its placement on the equator. It provides power to the entirety of the center of the Avian capital city, and is considered the crown jewel of the Avian species, a sacred artifact.

    Ichorite is an isotope of Erchius. Similarly to Avian Power Crystals, its chemical composition is nearly identical to that of Erchius’, though it lacks Erchius’ unique ability to exist in two allotropes which are in differing matter states at the same temperature and pressure, and it is completely useless as an FTL fuel.
    Ichorite forms as a royal-yellow crystalline mineral that often forms in matrices with dark shale and other carbon-rich rocks. It forms rather complex crystal shapes, growing in dendrites and branching spikes that have been described as looking “almost organic” by some. The crystals come to about a 5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, allowing it to be scraped and scratched using an average steel knife. It seems to be exclusively found on planets which have formerly held life at some point, generally having experienced full biosphere extinction events around ~280,000-302,000 years ago.

    The dust that results from this scratching plays into the anomalous effects of the mineral. When ingested, the powder results in a myriad of positive effects, including a sense of euphoria, increased vitality, and a sense of belonging. It also carries a plethora of medical benefits, such as increased regeneration of wounds, destruction of harmful foreign bodies/pathogens (tumors, viral/bacterial/fungal infections, and even prion proteins) and free radicals in the body, and the general increase of health and fitness in the body. Lean muscle mass will grow more quickly, fat, plaque, and cholesterol levels will decrease, and cellular operations will be made much more efficiently, as if they entirety of the body was working more cohesively.
    Because of these numerous benefits, people who use the drug have dubbed it “Ambrosia” and “God’s Blood”, this second name being in reference to the root of the mineral’s name, Ichorite. Ichor being a moniker for the blood of gods and other spiritual beings in many Earth-based modern faith legends.
    Although the use of Ichorite can have many benefits, both psychological and physical, it does come with several debilitating side effects that stem from long term or heavy use. Use can form both physical and mental addictions, with side effects including malaise, dystrophy of muscle tissue, headaches and cold sweat. General effects of long term are discoloration of the skin, cancers, and hallucinations.

    These hallucinations will always develop after use at some point, though the less it is used, the less intense they are and the longer it takes for them to form, the maximum amount of time about eight months following the initial dose. If use is staved off for long enough after this point is reached, they will eventually subside. However, it has been stated by those who have experienced them that it is extremely hard to resist returning to use because of the nature of hallucinations, particularly if the use of the drug was common by any degree. The hallucinations are described as being full-sensory, including auditory, visual, somatosensation, and even olfactory hallucinations.
    They usually seem to involve night-terror like visions of an apocalyptic nature that cause an intense feeling of dread and certainty of doom to the subject, as well as voices commanding them to seek out more of the drug, and an inexplicable urge towards certain locations in the galaxy. When mapped out, there seems to be no general pattern besides that each of the systems contain worlds with dead biosphere conditions, or are certain cities. Many of these locations are shared across subjects, and they seem to be based off of whichever is the nearest, for some reason. If use is sustained and heavy for long enough, physical mutations will begin to form, and the user will find
    themselves rapidly losing psychological stability as they develop various psychoses of the mind, including schizophrenic behaviors, borderline tendencies, and general mania.

    The most severe example of effects caused by use was recorded in a Hylotl male in his forties. He had developed a plethora of massive tumors along his body, which after removal and examination appeared to have proto-structures for bones, teeth, and even optical tissues in them. The most developed even had what seemed to be the beginnings of a prehensile limb of sorts, though it was immobile due to lacking joints and proper nerve connections. Tissue had malformed coloration around these tumors from the blue skin found on the Hylotl’s body to maroon red and yellow tones.
    Psychologically, the Hylotl had degraded heavily, refusing to communicate with researchers and medical attendants, only speaking to entities that didn’t seem to be present around him, speaking in a cryptic manner and occasionally breaking into tongues that didn’t seem to be of any known language, currently assumed to just be nonsensical babbling. Although the Hylotl was eventually physically rehabilitated, he currently resides in state-assisted care, his mental state steadily declining with no signs of any improvements in recent years, most recently beginning to refuse food and water, requiring intravenous nutrition to remain alive.

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