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=MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY=
 

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.

 

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=STELLAR METALS=

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.

 

=Durasteel=
 

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. Most of its properties and variants can be found by referencing a 21st century structural steel catalog. However, 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.
 

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Durasteel Types:

 

=Sheet Durasteel= Durasteel is most often found in sheet metal form. Its high ductility allows for thicknesses up to a half-inch to be laser-cut, and one inches to be reliably waterjetted. Non heat-treated variants are most often used in lightweight structural applications, requiring tooling such as a high-strength metal brake to be bent into various shapes such as channels, tubes, and more niche sheet metal folded shapes. Sheet durasteel requires a full factory to produce, as it must be drawn out through a series of high-pressure sheet metal dies and separated into rolls by thickness. This requires a large specialty facility most commonly found in metropolitan sections of Civspace; there are almost no durasteel mills operating within the Fringe. However, due to sheet durasteel's low cost and ease of transportation (typically stacked on palettes and sold by the metric tonne based on thickness) it is very commonly imported en masse to independent manufacturing companies in the Fringe for various construction purposes. Because of the typical absence of heat-treating on sheet durasteel, it is ductile and easy to bend at lower thicknesses and will often deform to impact strengths without cracking. It is slightly lighter than typical steel. Sheet durasteel can also be custom-manufactured and welded into shapes to create a weaker analog of tube and pipe extrusion durasteel. These forms will come with a welded seam that reduces strength, but results in a cheaper cost.
 

=Bar/Rod Durasteel= Bar and rod durasteel is the second most common form of durasteel stock after sheet durasteel. Bar durasteel is typically extruded through prisilite dies in the same facilities that produce durasteel. They come in rectangular and circular shapes, most commonly with square or rectangular cross-sections in quarter-inch increments up to 12" by 12". It is extremely heavy due to its high-density and solid structure, but is also very strong. It is most commonly bought by blacksmiths and construction companies as material blanks and support frames, respectively. It can be bought in heat-treated or non heat-treated variants. Due to the manufacturer-end higher cost of the dies and equipment required to build and transport bar/rod durasteel (it does not pack as efficiently within storage vessels), it is more expensive than the sheet metal form. It can be bought in any length, up to kilometers long.
 

=Extrusion Durasteel= Extrusion durasteel is the most custom form of durasteel stock. It holds several niche applications but also several general ones. For example, the most common I-beams used in building construction consist of large sections of durasteel extruded to various lengths and riveted and welded into place. Extruded durasteel is always heat-treated to produce better hardness and shape retention. It can come in any long cross-section, from an 80/20 style complex extrusion to a simple rectangular tube piece. It often will come with pre-drilled holes for increased hand-construction speed, and used in conjunction with sheet durasteel gusset plates and riveted/welded to form a finished product. It is also possible to make pipes and tubes through an extrusion method, drawing out a circular cross-section and brazing any seams necessary for a finished full product. It is the most expensive form of durasteel stock and must be custom-ordered from warehousers or the manufacturers themselves (but it is still not very expensive). Being a manufactured material, it is still not possible to produce extruded durasteel in large quantities in the Fringe.
 

=Wire/Cable Durasteel= Cable durasteel is formed out of non-machine durasteel through the extrusion of durasteel stock through increasingly narrower circular dies. It is then braided and twisted through various thicknesses (or simply left as solid-core) to form low-cost but moderate-resistance transmission lines, or high-load steel cables used in support and tensioned applications. For the most part, resulting from a high flexibility and low cost, wire and cable durasteel has phased out most uses where a chain or rope is required (save for power transmission such as a drive chain, and blacksmiths' uses.) It is an extremely high-tension material that will support many loads without complaint and is very difficult to break.
 

 

Durasteel Material Variants:

 

=Machine Durasteel= Machine durasteel is the cheapest and most common variant of durasteel, filling the majority of broad-purpose applications required. It is manufactured in large automatic facilities using vast quantities of titanium dioxide and mined materials. It fills just about every application where a cheap structural metal is required, from plating to construction frames to supports to hobbyist products. It is typically not heat-treated for additional hardness and is very capable of being both machined (hence its name) and hand-smithed, due to its high ductility. Its resistance to electricity makes it non-ideal for high voltage transmission lines, but it is still useful for load-bearing cords. It most closely approximates modern steel variants.
 

=Stainless Durasteel= Stainless durasteel is a shiny, chromium-cured variant of machine durasteel that is typically used for extrusions, paneling, and more cosmetic applications. It does not tarnish and stays shiny. It also is commonly used for mirrors where lasers or light may be redirected (such as telescope or weapon forms). Its highly reflective nature and ease of polishing also owes to good defense from laser and energy based weapons. Often armor is coated with stainless durasteel to form a good protective layer against such threats. It also occasionally constitutes high-abrasion applications, such as the bores of gun barrels and power transmission plates in internal combustion engines or turbines.
 

=Forge Durasteel= Forge durasteel is a high-quality variant. It has slightly superior strength, weight, and durability owing to a higher impurities and crystalline structure QA tolerance. It is more expensive than the weaker and cheaper machine durasteel, but is much better suited for high-quality applications. It is more difficult to weld without damaging its stronger qualities, so often it is simply drilled and riveted together and subsequently brazed/soldered to form a final structure. It is used in a lot of more personal applications where a higher quality material is desired over cost efficiency. It is also best for making smithed objects such as swords and daggers, replacing what home-forged crucible steel once was.
 

=Composite Durasteel= Composite durasteel is a thick bar and sheet form used most commonly for armor. It utilizes aligned crystal structures combined with a carbon fiber substrate to form a more weight-efficient and strong paneling up to two inches thick. Combined with conventional armoring techniques (such as sloped armor, kevlar, ceramics, etc) it can form a very durable and cheap armor substitute. However, compared to other armors, it is extremely heavy and must either be on a motor vehicle (such as a tank, MRAP, or APC) or combined with advanced CNC actuation techniques.
 

=Pressurized Durasteel= Pressurized durasteel is a cosmetic and cheap variant of durasteel, sold in thin reflective sheets for paneling inexpensive surfaces such as concrete and aluminum to give something a more "space-age" look. It has a few niche applications in electrical components (such as capacitors) and lightweight structural frames (such as rocket fuel tanks and fuselages.)




=Aegisalt=

 

Aegisalt is a magnesium-aluminum alloy that contains several unique properties that makes it desirable in a number of different circumstances. It has exceptional hardness, tensile strength, and high thermal and electrical conductivity. It is especially ductile and easy to shape as desired. It is actually silvery-grey in color, but its typical greenish hue results from a common practice of coating it with a protective plastic/latex coating to prevent corrosion and heat damage. The latex coating also contains ferrite nanoparticles that absorb radio waves, making commercial-grade coated aegisalt particularly invisible to radar. It is primarily used in applications that require a lightweight, strong, and hard material; 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. It is also commonly used for higher-grade, higher-quality ship hulls alongside impervium. Similar to durasteel, it is very difficult to produce within the Fringe due to a wide range of tight tolerance requirements and hard-to-obtain materials. Most manufacturers of aegisalt outsource the majority of their resource collection to specialist companies working in mineral-rich asteroid belts, where many of the key components of aegisalt can be found.

 

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Aegisalt Types:

=Sheet Aegisalt= Sheet aegisalt is sold as uncoated rolls of a wide range of thicknesses. Sheet aegisalt stock is most commonly found exported to manufacturers independent of the material production company, as aegisalt finds much more common use among shipyards and military-industrial producers. There is only limited exportation to the Fringe of sheet aegisalt, as it is mostly reserved to Civspace military production lines. However, there are occasional merchant shipments where surplus sheet aegisalt shows up from time to time. It is very easy to construct with, as it is very malleable and easy to bend and cures to a hard surface once coated. It can also very often be found stamped and used for complex housing or lightweight structures, such as ship hulls or armor (though more modern composites work better for anti-ballistics)
 

=Lithograph Aegisalt= Lithograph aegisalt is a 3D printed form of aegisalt using a lithographic machine. The stock material is supplied in the form of perfectly mixed fine metal dust. It is deposited layer-by-layer and used to form complex, extremely strong honeycomb structures. However, after production, it cannot be further machined and often cannot be recycled, making lithographed aegisalt particularly energy-intensive. However, if a lightweight frame is needed (such as an exoskeleton or a robot), lithographed aegisalt is the ideal material. It can also be used to construct advanced electronics and housings, or any shape in particular - though other uses are much less common.
 

=Extrusion Aegisalt= Extruded aegisalt is a custom-formed variable length of aegisalt adhering to a certain cross-section. It is mostly made in an 80/20 pattern, which is very easy to bolt together to quickly assemble different machines. It is almost always coated and heat-formed to have superb structural rigidity, at the expense of more custom manufacturing ability. Due to the inherent danger of forming ingots (requiring impacts, etc that could throw sparks) bar and rod aegisalt does not exist.
 

 

Aegisalt Material Variants:

 

=Greencoat Aegisalt= Greencoat aegisalt is the most common form of aegisalt encountered, and is typically what people think of when they imagine aegisalt. It is a strong, lightweight and relatively inexpensive (compared to other variants, though doesn’t parallel durasteel’s cheapness) material used in tons of different applications, from armor to firearm housing. The green coating is a synthetic and flexible plastic containing steel nanoparticles, both making it stronger, magnetic, and somewhat more resistant to radio detection.
 

=Browncoat Aegisalt= Browncoat aegisalt is a more specialized form of aegisalt specifically designed for radio invisibility. The metallic substrate is identical to that of normal aegisalt, but the coating is formed out of a strongly radio-absorbent plastic/composite material. This happens to give the material a grey-brown sheen, hence its name. It is nearly invisible to radar, and does not allow radio waves to penetrate it, making it very viable for communications isolation.



 

=Ferozium=

 

Ferozium is a synthetic, grey-blue metal with superb strength, low electrical and thermal conductivity, and an extremely high melting point rivaling that of tungsten and carbon. Owing to its complex structure and high-mass atoms that constitute the internal lattice, it is typically heavy compared to other more common metals in use for armor and structure. It most commonly finds its place to protect against high, direct heat; but more uniquely it is used as an electronics substrate, replacing silicon. This allows for electronic circuits to be made extremely strongly, with the ability to flex and not break while not melting under high-heat conditions. The name ‘ferozium’ derives from its first use in computing around 2600 as an experimental coolant system material. While the manufacturing and acquisition of ferozium is fairly niche (only a few companies hold the patent rights to create it), actual pieces of the material are relatively inexpensive, comparable to that of copper.
 

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Ferozium Types:

 

=Sheet Ferozium= By far the most common form of ferozium is sheet metal, which allows it to be bent and curved, cut and scored, shaped and formed into just about any shape necessary. It comes in a wide range of thicknesses that do not extend past two centimeters - but any applications requiring thicker amounts of ferozium can simply be stacked and layered. This form is also the most common used in circuit substrates. Uniquely, circuits printed on ferozium are capable of being bent into shapes, allowing for ferozium-based electronics to be made very compactly and durably. Ferozium is easy to arc-weld, allowing sheet ferozium to be made into just about any necessary shape.
 

=Lithograph Ferozium= Lithographed ferozium is a 3D printed form of ferozium almost exclusively made for high-heat and pressure devices (such as rocket nozzles, gun barrels, plasma coils, etc) and extremely compact, niche circuits. Due to its relatively uniform composition and high tensile strength, ferozium is able to form very strong and light (but not air-proof) lattices and networks. This method can also be used to make extremely complex and amorphous circuits taking almost any shape necessary.
 

=Dowel/Rod Blanks Ferozium= Ferozium sheets are often layered, welded, and rolled into thick rods and tubes, allowing for easy construction of high winding-count coils and strong gun barrels for cheap. This can also be used as a blanks/ingot method to form raw materials for use in blacksmithing, as ferozium is a fairly soft metal and can be easily smithed.
 

 

Ferozium Material Variants:

 

=Substrate Ferozium= The most common form of ferozium, this is a metalloid alloy very commonly used in advanced electronics such as high-speed computers, laser weaponry, plasma coils, everything requiring high currents with strong electromagnetic fields. It can also be used as a structural material in high-pressure or high-strength applications such as reactor casings, gun barrels, armor plates, and vehicle frames. However, it has a strong insulating property due to its ability to release heat easily, making it difficult for devices like radiators and heatsinks. Electronics fully encased in ferozium substrate tend to overheat, while those simply printed on it have superior strength and heat resistance. Combined with copper or aluminium heatsinks and radiators, it is possible to make extremely high-powered laser or plasma weaponry that would overheat itself with normal materials.
 

=Cerulium= Cerulium is a special form of ferozium 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 extremely fragile and very expensive. 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.
 

 

=Violium=

 

Violium is a synthetic heavy-duty structural alloy designed 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 protection - however, it is weak to high heat and pressure such as that generated by plasma weaponry. It has a ceramic-like property of cracking under stress, but an internal flexible net structure allows it to crack while still maintaining decent strength. Over impacts, it loses structural strength until the internal net fails and the material crumbles into brittle shrapnel.

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.
 

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=Prisilite=

 

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.

 

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=Solarium=

 

Solarium is an artificial composite of several readily fissile materials for use in power generation, such as that for radiothermal generators or fission generators, even finding use in FTL systems to satisfy extremely high electrical energy needs. Its base components include uranium-235 alongside several other fissile actinides. It contains a stable graphite-carbon base as an included neutron moderator to prevent it from being used in nuclear weaponry. However, it is still highly radioactive and dangerous to use without proper protective gear.

 

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=Rubium=

 

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 harden 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, rubium 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 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.

Rubium is found as an ore of dull-red streaks, flaking easily to heat and touch 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.

 

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=Impervium=

 

Impervium is a dark, dense and heavy metal alloy created via the melted fusion of rubium and carbon, which adds further tensile strength and density to the rubium via the integration of a sparse carbon nanostructure, much like durasteel. The result is an extremely heavy metal which holds the second-most 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.

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 due to the rubium inside, 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.

 

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Impervium Types:

 

=Beam Impervium= The most common form of Impervium, beam impervium is impervium metal that is forged into thick sheets, with several more horizontal layers of carbon polymer structure instead of gradual placement of it; this type is most often used in building construction and spacecraft hulls to provide the needed tensile strength to survive events involving intense ballistic damage, whether it be an earthquake or a direct hit from a ship’s mass driver cannon.
 

=Composite Impervium= Another form of impervium, composite impervium is constructed differently from beam impervium, favoring overall tensile strength instead of protection along one horizontal plane. The carbon structure of composite impervium is a latticework of carbon macromolecules that encase the rubium alloy within, allowing both greater electrical conductivity and protection from all sides, though a little less so than beam impervium. Composite impervium is used most often for heavier power armors that require rounded, curved plating for space management as well as in electrical component that require the use of composite impervium’s electrical conductivity.

 

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=NANOMATERIALS=

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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=METAMATERIALS/ANOMALOUS MATERIALS=

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.

 

=Phase Matter/Quasi-Neutrinic Matter=

ORIGINAL DRAFT BY: @PrivateNomad
 

     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 types of monsters make use of phase matter, often times dubbing them as 'ghosts' for the ability to pass through objects. "Ghost" monsters most often cannot interact physically and instead utilize energy attacks or other methods of interaction. An example of a prominent phase organism is the Erchius Ghost. Many of these creatures simply hold the ability to turn incorporeal temporarily, and primarily exist as an physically interactable state. As for the slaying of these organisms, most can only temporarily hold an incorporeal state unlike the Erchius Ghost, which is permanently locked in a ghostly state. Due to this, most Phase Organisms are vulnerable to physical attacks. Otherwise, while matter cannot physically touch phase matter, energy is capable of damaging it as well; intense energy projectiles such as laser or plasma can slightly dissipate away phase matter, and the same goes for immense radiation that interacts with the neutrinic matter. Inner bodily systems of these organisms can be even more intricate, from phased brains to complex networks of particle interaction for thought. Many of these organisms have unique methods of gaining energy, as a phase organism cannot consume any matter; some may absorb radiation to energize themselves while others redirect electrical current to themselves. As such, phase organisms do not conform with the biological makeup of most other species, and can be classified as energy beings.


 It is possible to convert matter into quasi-neutrinic matter and vice-versa, using methods similar to how teleportation works in converting matter into quasi-tachyonic matter and back. A numerous many things could be contrived from this, but our understanding of such material is too young to know of all the uses that could be derived from such a material.

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=HARDLIGHT=

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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=POLYMERS=

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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=FERROSILICATE CORE FRAGMENTS=
ORIGINAL DRAFT BY: @Bug

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.

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=LUSNIUM=

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               Lusnium is a strange new element of unknown origins. It was discovered by a trio of explorers on a quest to discover the source of mysterious pillars of light occurring on the planet CYN, located in the UI-6 system. Large slabs of Lusnium were found in the center of this light columns. While it's secured a spot on the periodic table under the atomic symbol 'Ls', it doesn't fit into any preexisting category, so a new category was created to accommodate it, titled simply 'Anomalous'. It is believed that Ls forms naturally, however no other instances of it occurring in nature have been recorded.

=Properties=

  • Solid
  • Non-metal
  • Black
  • Fractures into crystal-like fragments
  • Unknown melting point
  • Non-magnetic
  • Doesn't corrode or rust
  • Fire retardant
  • Dense
  • Emits a blinding light when an electric current is run through it

=Uses=

               The practical uses of Lusnium are few. Its' unique light producing ability is being researched in the hopes that it has some military potential, however, Ls is rare and expensive.

=Variants, Isotopes, and Compounds=

               Any attempts to create an isotope or bond Lusnium with another element have resulted in failure.

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