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  • Accelerator
    started a topic Retro-tech

    Retro-tech

    What I find very interesting about the entire thing is that the Technocracy can actually change (hahhaa somehow they're a force of stasis). That means that they're filled to the brim with tech that was once cutting edge, but then got edged out of the consensus or rendered obsolete by new 'technological' advances.

    Which means that a technocratic museum is made from really nifty stuff, both from tech that would have been edging the consensus (The antikythera mechanism) to pseudoscientific bullshit that fell out of favor from one reason to another.

    So I took the liberty of writing a few.

    MECHANICAL BIRD

    A pretty clever clockwork bird with high-powered primium springs and clockwork that enables it to fly. A primitive 'eye' composed out of mirrors, fiber optics, film and light sensitive chemicals and bladders of a lifting gas now used in Technocrat zeppelins are used to record information and extend flight time. Drums and discs serve to control the bird's wings, which in a case of biomimetics now resembles and flies precisely like a bird. Unfortunately there are just some things which cannot be replicated by the primitive science of the day, and even the usage of real bird feathers and heat-producing chemicals cannot hide that the bird is not alive at close examination. You can 'program' the bird by manipulating knobs and dials, using a really primitive mechanical computer. The lens can be popped out and replaced with one of those special lenses. You know, the DARKSIGHT-8112 that can be mixed with glass to give it basic night vision capabilities? That one. Do it well enough and it can even fly back to you.

    Of course the damned thing is finicky as hell, since it's made from primitive plastic, leather, aluminum, and a smattering of primium and springs. It'll probably be screwed up in the outside world due to the water and dirt rusting up the delicate gears and mold eating away at the leather innards, but hey, it's a really cool toy you can use as a museum piece. The guy who made this was a genius but man, he probably wished he had better materials.

    SKYEYE

    Now this? This is a start. It's ditched the mechanical bird look - great for camouflage, but it's just inefficient and clunky, and replaced it with some optical camouflage (how 1800s alchemists could create light-adaptive crystals in their labs is beyond me). Either way it's got more of that technocratic gas which is pound for pound better than hydrogen for lifting, and the circular framing and analogue counter-weight system means that it's actually capable of shifting and responding to air currents, letting it 'push back' against wind and keep its camera level, meaning you can get a video worth a damn. There's even a barometer in there to keep it at a specific height! There's multiple lenses now with multiple cameras, and the larger size means that the springs are bigger. Larger, heavier, more hours of storage, and being able to not die in a weak gust of wind and able to travel further.

    Of course this all comes with a cost. Quality control for the optical camouflage isn't great and it has a tendency to short out, especially when moving through cloud cover. There's no frackin' way this can pass for a bird, so anyone who wants to can just snipe it, especially with Reality Deviant psionic techniques or post-humans with bows built for them. As always the battle between weight and flight is there, and so the compromise has lead the SKYEYE to be flimsier. It's an improvement, but not much. It's still used by the Order of Reason, especially in their towers and hot air balloons to scout the area.

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    HR-1931

    A gas composed out of several biological components, catalyzed by primium-doped platinum. Reverse engineered from a species of EDE-bonded biological gas bags, the gas was reverse engineered and then synthesized by the newborn Technocracy's chemists and biologists. Creation of the gas meant that there was no longer any need to create highly explosive hydrogen for lift, and the HR-1931 gas has an order of magnitude more lifting power and has a larger molecular size and transition phase between solid and gas when an electrical current is applied, letting it have far lower density than conventional physics would allow. This allowed flying zeppelins or airships which had smaller gas bags and yet far greater cargo capacity, allowing for exploration to other areas (see addendum: America)

    Unfortunately due to several issues such as the rapid disintegration of HR-1931 outside of laboratory conditions, as well as difficulties for Masses-technology to create it in useful amounts, airships fell out of favor in the time table. The last nail in the coffin was the destruction of the Hindenburg, though there were extensive usages of the airships in covert operations prior to ww1 and ww2. As of yet they have been revived in low-cost void engineer operations and attempts to re-introduce their use (see: Project float).

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    HERMES J-0185 FOUNTAIN PEN

    An invention which even the Hermetics can appreciate. The fountain pen is a remarkable piece of engineering that uses primium, high precision machined parts from Iteration X, and several exotic inks sourced from chemical vats. The pen can go for years without recharges, propietary 'ink squirt' allows it to write on any surface, and can survive underwater. Primium mixtures within the ink give it superb quality and defense against things like 'destroyed by water' or 'faded from sunlight'.

    This also includes countermeasures against Entropic Reality Deviant psionic attacks which destroy historical records and paperwork, which help keep their existence a secret from the Masses. Even more exotic types give off frequencies visible only to specially inoculated agents, are invisible to Lupines or Haemophages, or give off subliminal controls just on the edge of the visible spectrum.

    As technology advances, more and more creations have been used, ranging from paint bombs that can coat a room in sensor-deflecting primium infused paint (very expensive!) to spray cans containing nanotech liquid that automatically reconfigures itself to create basilisk hacks. Deviant copies have been observed, ranging from ones that use mercury in Hermetic rituals to blood-infused variants in their EDE-summonining activities.

    More creative agents may use the primium infused inks to draw geometric shapes that draw on hypermathematical and hyperspatial geometric principles for Correspondence Procedures. A favourite is the original Pb-series, whose high cost belies its high reliability, with examples that originate from the Order of Reason. Such example are highly prized and often used as rewards, or bragging rights.

    Cheaper pens are available at the bookstore at $5.99.
    Last edited by Accelerator; 07-03-2021, 10:53 PM.

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