Cage The Beast
Arrogant aren't we? Higgstech is a human term, a misleading one at that. By manipulating fields generated by quantum particles, we tame gravity. It's not just the Higgs field though. Higgstech manipulates all particles responsible for mass and weight; muons, and gluons. It's particularly troubling how we fail to take note of the most valuable piece of the puzzle. Higgstech is about black holes above all else. These anomalies have fascinated us for years but we only learned of their potential through the eden. They gave us our first warp drives. Black holes are outside of our space-time, a pocket of infinite density that consumes everything in its path, even light. Higgstech is complicated, and I'd be lying if I said I know how it works, but I do know a thing or two about why it works. Let's get started.
Higgstech refers to any technology that manipulates gravity. There are numerous ways it can be done, but most of it centers around exploiting contained singularities. These lie at the center of a black hole and are what the black hole is. What you see is the event horizon, where light can no longer escape the gravitational pull. By caging the beast, we can use its bizarre qualities to bypass the physical laws we are forced to obey. We can alter the event horizon, shape it as we see fit. Not any old black hole will do. You have to create one, a miniature singularity. Once contained it's free to use, its stability maintained so long as there's power. Then again, if spinning they are practically unlimited energy sources on their own. They emit radiation and decay over time.
The eden navyeden ships have a unique quirk about them: their ships don't explode. eden vessels implode when destroyed. This is due to many factors but it boils down to age and the nature of the higgstech they use. eden ships are ancient. It's common practice to jettison waste from the ship into the warp drive to "feed" the singularity inside. eden ships can produce some of the largest warp drives and often require retrofitting as the millennia tick by to handle the increasing size of the singularity. When a ship is destroyed, the power can no longer sustain the containment of the singularity. Normally this doesn't matter. Any other ship would explode normally. Their singularity evaporates in fractions of a second because of how small they are. On an eden vessel, the singularity is bigger. It takes more time to fizzle out, about 2.46 seconds on average. More time leads to a contained explosion that is overtaken by the gravitational pull.
- Warp Drives: The best example of higgstech is the warp drive. By expanding space behind a vessel, and pinching space in front of a vessel, a ship can fall into the dip and travel without worrying about velocity and distance.
- Inertial dampener: Another example is the inertial dampener. The singularity is used to push against active G-forces, preserving the ship and crew in rapid acceleration and deceleration of their vessel. It also allows one to generate gravitational forces, which is why we dont float around in our ships. This is essential for any ship and it's surprising how few have it.
- Weaponry: Gravity is a tool but it can easily be a weapon as well. The eden use higgstech to level cities and crush ships under their weight. Even their run-of-the-mill weapons use it. Their projectiles are faster and hit harder than they should.