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 living beings. The creatures swarm within them, and even grant power to a select few.
While every living being within the solar system is host to some amount of dust— very few are able to utilize it. For reasons yet to be understood by even the system's greatest minds, the creatures prefer those whose bodies emit a particular electric signal, known as the Raesh Signal. This can be detected by scientists, but only one has ever managed to recreate it— the results dissuading most from following in their footsteps. Only have been known to possess the elusive signal, and those who do are born with it. This will lie dormant within them until a moment of great fear or anger activates it— followed shortly by the voice of Saronere, who teaches them how to control the dust within them. Those with this ability are known as — and can be found throughout the system as revered heroes, hated villains, and even as outcasts.
Power From Within
Custom MadeRegardless of a duster's particular ability— they require a focus to use it in any great capacity— a mechanical apparatus that quite literally focuses dust through it. These are often custom-made for each duster, as each controls and expels dust through different parts of their body. Beyond their initial ability, dusters can also manipulate dust in a limited fashion, through basic movements such as flight, tightening, and loosening.
Color & AppearanceInterestingly, the color of dust varies from duster to duster— rather than depending on species. For all, however, it appears as a fantastical collection of tiny, glowing, particles. Akin to dust— hence the name. Their appearance can vary from species to species, however. For example— gauhr'ol swarms appear to be made of finer particles than others, while rox are visibly larger.
The children ask me every time I land back home, and I always indulge them. Tracing colorful patterns in the sky, I can't help but stare in awe alongside them.
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.
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 occasionally about the world around them.
A Cruel ArtDust is found in many places, but only one is forbidden— those found in living beings. This is not because dust gives life— it has been proven time and time again that life can persist without the creatures. No, to extract it from a living being is a violent, terrible act— one which pulls the creatures through a victim's body with more than enough force to kill. Thousands of tiny holes litter their bodies, now macabre meshes of flesh and blood. A steady hand will maim their victims at best— leaving twisted scars in their wake if not deadly complications.
There are a variety of dust species— each with different properties— leading to certain classes of duster abilities. Exactly which species resides within any particular duster depends on that of their core— simply put, the first to find a home within their bodies will determine those they can control. There are noted cases of mixed species, but these are few and far between— most dusters will be host to one of the following: