Remember that this power is not entirely your own, it is— at its very core— an exchange. This is symbiosis.Dust refers to a genus of microscopic organisms which are attracted to energy— electrical signals, especially. All living beings contain similar signals— and thus, this leads the creatures to swarm within them. In the space between beings, too, homeless dust can be found— though in much smaller concentrations. Machines can attract the creatures, though they are not wont to remain by their side for long. Only for those who emit a particularly desirable electrical signal, will the creatures grant power for which they are revered.
Power From Within
Color & AppearanceInterestingly, the color of dust varies from duster to duster. For all, however, it appears as a fantastical, glowing collection of tiny particles. Akin to dust— hence the name. This appearance can vary notably from species to species, however. For example— gauhr'ol swarms appear to be made of finer particles than others, while rox are visibly larger, and translucent.
It's as if I'm moving my own body— I think to move my arm, and the dust within the machine's great arm contracts through a dizzying series of tubes— moving the arm as I would my own.
LimitationsIt is this core that allows one to control dust to begin with, acting as a translation center of sorts that takes commands from the duster's brain signals and passes them along to the rest of the swarm. In particularly desperate cases, the core can still be coaxed out and controlled with extra concentration, but doing so will leave the duster dead within minutes— as cores tend to intertwine themselves with their hosts' grey matter. Recovery varies on the amount of dust used, and it can take anywhere from minutes to days for a duster to replenish their dust. New dust is not grown within them, rather, new swarms find their way into a duster's body— some returning from previous use. Dusters can still exert control over dust outside of their bodies, and in moments of desperation, can force dust into themselves— though this often leads to notable scarring and in extreme cases, fatal injuries.
A Million VoicesSaronere is an entity met by all dusters, typically at the moment of their activation. Saronere is not seen, they are rather heard, and felt. Only dusters can hear them, as Saronere cannot be met secondhand. They seldom speak, but when they do— they do so with a million voices at once, as if every past duster spoke through them. They are a guide to each duster, teaching them how to use their powers— and of the danger on the horizon. The Ferajx, ancient beings who feed upon dust, great wheels of purple flame that scour the universe as their prey flees their burning hunt. Dusters are a defense mechanism, a new evolution for the dust genus, a bid to survive beyond the hunt— and perhaps end it.
More often that being heard, however, Saronere can be felt— warning dusters of incoming danger with an unmistakable burning within their bodies. Due to this, some believe Saronere to be a deific being— and worship them.
Trugana: Tough outer shells allow dusters to create hard, protective surfaces. Rox: The largest species, barely visible to the naked eye, their thick translucent shells allow users to create dense objects.
Zzolin: Vibrations allow their dusters greater control and range of temperature. Heo: Lightweight physiology allows dusters to control light yet hardy swarms, often allowing flight.
A'ilo: Flexible interlocking bodies allow dusters to control tough thread-like swarms. Gauhr'ol: The smallest species, able to fit closely together, allowing their users to control liquid-like abilities.