Technology

the tools available during the age of return

Introduction

The Age of Preiyer was a time of extreme technological advancement. Technomagy calledĀ composed magic was both an art and science, spearheaded by human, immanu, and rrex collaboration. It allowed for technology that surpasses our own-- teleportation and feats of magic, for example.

Unfortunately, much of the information of composed magic was lost during The Senescence. It was a guarded art with many trade secrets, which were lost to time. An artifact was to blame for The Senescence, and as composed magic is required to make artifacts, much of the more powerful secrets were destroyed thanks to fear.

Present Day

Technology in the present day is a combination of what little was leftover in the knowledge of the community, and what has yet to be rediscovered in the ruins of the past. A lot of it is decoding and reverse engineering leftover pieces of broken technology.

Luckily, some structures were easily re-engineered. Plumbing, lighting, and air conditioning are examples of composed magic that have been painstakingly reconstructed in the city of Ichorrai. Still, some tend to be reserved with how much composed magic is practiced-- composed magic requires generators, grids, or batteries, and all of these things can attract the attention of feral daemons.

One sizeable caveat to technology is that rain, with its concentration of fysa, can overload or shortcircuit technology. Aria storms can shut them off completely and cause blackouts by nullifying all the fysa.

Transportation

getting from here to there

Teleportation

Teleportation is a lost piece of composed magic, but much of the infrastructure for the old system still exists. There are two types of teleportation-- one relies on Space and Light fysa, is instantaneous, and the distance is limited from city to city. The other uses the realm of Aria as a passageway, takes hours, but can go even to other planets, often entered through 'doorways' or pillars.

The refugees who took shelter on the moon Mylic were able to return via teleporter, but it was a risky 1-way trip. Long-distance teleporters do not require both sides to be functioning to work, only one side-- the side at Ichorrai was already broken, and the side on Mylic ran out of energy with the mass-teleportation of its entire population.

Aerowings

Aerowings are small structures which allow 1-3 people to fly. They are mainly used for Haze Dancing to either charge Esse or hunt feral daemons, as they require miasma to be powered. They go as fast as a ptheran flyer can, and those who fly them must dip into the miasma banks to charge them, then out again before their devices become shortcircuited or overloaded. Because of this, it's common to use them at the edges between miasma and rain, riding the currents of weather.

Aerowings includes single-person structures riding gliders, to pod-racer-esque machines which can carry a few people.

Airships

Airships are a recent development. With the abatement of storms, larger flying craft have been developed which hover using technologies copied from the flying city of Lireah, aria keeping them aloft. The same aria also provides them miasma-repelling benefits when music is played. These vessels can transport large amounts of goods and people at twice the speed of carts, though they must still make stops to resupply and can be victim to rougher weather.

Road Transport

Carts are common among luto, those with daemons, or those with domesticated fauna. They are reliable road travel as they don't require fysa to run and can be more easily fixed. Newest carts have been fitted with shards of Aria, which allow them to have a protective field which repels miasma when music is played.

Cars would need far more fysa and a complex composed magic system and aren't feasible, however rails are within the range of what's possible in this world. One hasn't been build yet however, as there are no other cities worth constructing a rail towards, and maintaining them requires constant vigilance as storms can corrode the tracks.

Water Transport

Barges are also a common vessel for trade and transportation, as travel through waterways is far more feasible than travel across the wilderness at times. Tolka and chimia often man barges, but it's not uncommon to see other species making their trade on the water. Barges are still slower than sea vessels, but can be faster than carts when going with the current.

Sea vessels are mainly used for fishing, but can also transport goods from coast to coast. Many captains refuse to sail the open waters, preferring to stay within sight of the land, but many pirates have less of a fear and use this to their advantage when harrassing other vessels. Ocean craft can easily be powered by composed magic, as the ocean provides all the power needed for energy. Thus, sails are not necessary on vessels, and sailors are often there for maintenance of the vessel's mechanics and for manpower to protect the ship. Close proximity to such fysa can make it a dangerous job for sailors however.

Boats can also be fitted with aria crystals like carts can, providing them protection from the miasma on the open sea. Work songs are frequent to keep these crystals active.

Weaponry

weapons for attack or defense

Melee Weapons

Most melee weapons exist, from simple to complex. Common examples are blades, axes, polearms, and bludgeons. Some species opt for their natural defenses (claws, teeth, tail spurs for ptheran) and weapons are most often used by humans, leyr, or chimia who must make up for their lack in muscle or size.

Additional effects can be added to weapons by composers or synthetics, but the effects are normally small (ex: having flame run up the edge of a blade).

Chimia

Chimia have their own martial art called Skerti, involving one or multiple bangles stackedĀ  on the tail. The bangles act as a bludgeon, and the sound made by the bangles hitting eachother is meant to be distracting and disorientating. Masters of the practice have numerous rings, while amateurs use just one large band or two medium sized rings. The rings can be pulled off the tail and used by the hands as weapons-- for example, twisting them around someone else's limb/tail to cause pain. Skerti involves a lot of acrobatics as well, using the rings to reach handholds of trees and buildings.

Rrex

The rrex traditional weapon of the rrex is the tail blade-- a simple short blade affixed to the end of the tail. Those who use tail blades often must first train with tail weights, which can double as bludgeons and are often effective but crude. The tail blade has variations of course-- ax blades, halberd tips, scythes, and other weapons. Scythes are a common alternative of rrex of Meran descent, while hooks are commonly used by rrex of Rhotian descent.

Ranged Weapons

Bows and Crossbows are the most common ranged weapon. The former has a lot more flexibility in type of bow and type of arrow, while the latter is easier to use across all skill levels.

Rifles and low tech firearms also exist. Almost all guns require the user to tamp the charge (gun powder inserted into the barrel and compacted down before inserting the ammunition). Because of this, they take a while to reload and the aim isn't great. "Handgun" sized weapons tend to focus more on explosive shortrange power than precision, such as a blunderbuss.

Accessibility

tools for equity

Accessibility

Considering the variety of builds, heights, and anatomies of various species (from 3ft to 15ft, from various numbers of limbs), accomodations exist throughout common society and differences are not as stigmatized as our world. Tools for accessibility are not as niche or difficult to find. Quite commonly, composers and synthetics create tools for use for the general public and these things are not normally overly expensive.

Vision Aids

Vision correction (such as glasses, goggles, etc) are common, and daemons are often used as seeing eye companions for those who are blind. Text to speech exists for custom repliers, and actually can be cheaper than normal repliers due to not needing a screen. A braille-esque written language exists for sensory reading, based loosely off of Chimirish/Tolkan morse code, and can also be used as an input for repliers.

Hearing Aids

Again, charms and magitech exist which can assist those who are hard of hearing. Hearing aids are not uncommon, and again daemons can assist with daily life as companions. Sign language has its roots in Chimirish/Tolkan but has been adapted into common-- as chimia normalized long distance silent communication, this is not uncommon for people to use, even if they aren't hard of hearing. It is especially useful for field expeditions and sailing. Those who are less practiced with sign language still can engage using morse as well.

Prosthetics

More information about prosthetics can be read in Medicine.

Entertainment

misc applications

Communication

Traditionally communication is done through postal circles, but the biggest network of communication is the FCR established by the composer Ithika. It is a wireless network accessible through devices called repliers, and much of the tech and know-how is open source for the community. Many repliers are equipped with text-to-speech and speech-to-text capabilities, as well as universal translators.

Entertainment

Advancements have been made to allow the transmission and recording of audio, images, and sound. Many repliers also double as recorders for such mediums. In addition to this, the digital realm as an artistic medium is becoming prevalent once again, especially with the return of Esprits. Particular applications have been used to create interactive media such as video games, an extremely new development first made by the composer Widget.