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Drake's Dozen

Revolution is coming

Industrial, magical, political; the dual-moon planet of Neyush is on the precipice of change.

People of many different species, reeling from the effects of the Great War almost two centuries ago, are accelerating into a new age, fueled by innovative discoveries and forgotten secrets. The event that ended the war and decimated an entire people is referred to as The Blink.

No-one knows how or why it happened, though many have theories.

Little fish, big pond

The Blink also brought change to the Dozen.

Empty metaphysical Spheres of existence, or the homes of unknowable, ancient gods? Opportunities for life-enhancing magitech, or eldritch traps waiting to ensnare the curious? Aspects of reality as normal as time and gravity, or complex creations of the Drake herself?

Whatever the Dozen truly are, something is different now. Something changed with the Blink. Something is coming to Neyush.

Are the secrets behind the Dozen the key to saving it, or the catalyst for its doom?

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Artificial Syrinx

One: Cut a hole in the box,
Two: Channel a Sphere from the box,
Three: Make them speak with the box,
And that's the way you do it,
It's my voice in a box.
— The monoduga engineer singing to themself as they made it, probably

Designed for sufferers of One-Voice, an artifical syrinx allows kliasta to speak their dual-tone languages even if one of their two syrinxes has been damaged.

Please see the One-Voice article for more background information.



Some great inventions are due to accidents. This was not one of them, but instead a dedicated effort combining monoduga engineering and tilken Channeling knowledge.

Loose lips sink profits

Aside from the mundane processes needed to produce the physical box and strap, the manufacturing requirements are unknown.

The monoduga who invented them is Severed, so even the monoduga hive mind is unaware of the process. Only the inventor themself and those few kliasta who staff the COOP HQ understand how to produce, maintain, and repair them, maintaining a monopoly.


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The small metal box simply needs to be attached to the kliasta's neck, usually using an adjustable leather strap. Once in place, it activates automatically when the kliasta speaks.

I can't believe it's not...

It appears to somehow hijack the brain signals being sent to the missing syrinx and produce tones to match the formant and other qualities that the syrinx would have generated naturally. Not only does this ensure the right pitch for the precise intervals needed in kliastan languages, but it even imitates the kliasta's voice as if they still had both their original syrinxes.

Connection, not Sound

One might assume that the magical component of the device draws its energy from the Voice, but it actually appears to be somehow connected to the Settler. This further implies that the box generates sounds from the user's mind, rather than their throat.

Spooky soul box

Regardless of the source, no-one knows how the boxes stay powered. The Spectres' teleporters, a similarly Sphere-powered technology, access the Nomad via a shard of an ultra-rare Philosopher's Stone. The artificial syrinxes don't seem to contain such an artifact, which begs the question: How does an inanimate box with no power source draw extraplanar energy that can only be accessed via conscious thought or Philosopher's Stones?


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Jul 6, 2021 11:26 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

Nice article, I like the idea of allowing injured people to speak again, and it's even more fun because of their two voices :D can they use two of those devices if both of their voices are severed?

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Jul 12, 2021 13:32 by AS Lindsey (Pan)

Thanks! You know, I hadn't even considered that but I don't see why not.   No side effects to barely-understood magic that somehow psychically generates your own missing voice, right?

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Jul 13, 2021 13:49

Cool consept! I wonder if mammalian-like people have ever attempted to speak Kliastan languages, and could this invention also enable them to procuse double voice?

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Jul 13, 2021 14:39 by AS Lindsey (Pan)

Thank! That's a solid idea, but unfortunately not. The Settler magic only seems to be able to reproduce what should already be there

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