We wished to survive. We needed a back-up plan for if we lost the war - a way to become even greater gods.
Digivine (CODENAME: Project Aiónios) is a genetically modified(i) pipevine(i) developed so İlerleme Tapınağı(i) could endure Müthiş Savaş.   The plant constructs an integrated organic solar panel(i) array to generate electricity. The Employed(i) seeded the first generation of vines in the woods surrounding the town (present day Yeong-Wonhan Sup) two decades before the war's conclusion.

WARNING


- DO NOT IGNITE -
The vine's woody stem propagates flames between its oversized leaves. High levels of Aristolochic Acid(i) and stored electrical energy prevent Digivine from self extinguishing and, in extreme cases, causes the burning leaves to explode.
- DO NOT INGEST(i) -
The plant's bark, flowers, fruits, leaves, roots, seeds, and stems contain significant concentrations of Aristolochic Acid. Most creatures that consume this chemical develop urological cancer, irreversible kidney damage, or uterine bleeding.

- DO NOT TOUCH, CUT, PIERCE, TEAR, OR SEVER -
A full grown Digivine exposed to direct sunlight produces currents up to 3 A(i). Touching or damaging the leaves or severing the stem or roots may cause painful shock, loss of muscular control(i), respiratory paralysis, and/or ventricular fibrillation.

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PROJECT AIÓNIOS


Research Chair Sōzōryoku no Kaze-hakase oversaw Project Aionios. Four self-managed teams, each specializing in a specific part of the plant (Leaf, Reproduction(i), Root, and Stem), competed to solve problems determined by Kaze-hakase. Each team consisted of scientists, engineers, and plant biologists.

This report compiles the development record of Aristolochia macrophylla var. aióniosenérgeia (common name Digivine) during the eight phases of Project Aiónios.

LEAF STRUCTURE

NATURAL DESIGN

Leaves(i) produce a plant's "food" energy through photosynthesis(i), keep it cool, and enable it to transport water and minerals via transpiration(i).

Colour:
Green
Phyllotaxy(i):
Alternate(i)
Venation(i):
Reticulate(i)
Type:
Simple(i)
Exstipulate(i)
Membranous(i)
Shape:
Cordate(i)
Margins(i):
Entire(i)
Surface:
Glabrous(i)
Behaviour:
Deciduous(i)
Length:
6 - 12"
(15 - 30 cm)

GENETIC MODIFICATION

Phase 1 of Project Aiónios transformed the vine's leaves into individual organic solar panels. Changes made to the leaves during Phase 2 enabled them to store electricity.

PHASE 1 - ENERGY GENERATION
It took 32 experiments and 800 specimens to mutate the plant's natural photosynthetic structures (chloroplasts(i)) into organic photovoltaic cells(i). Experiments 33-48 reduced cell mortality to levels sustainable by the vine's healing bio-mechanisms by reducing the heat it produced while generating electricity

Circuits within the leaf’s veins(i) developed during Experiments 49-72 connected the individual chloroplasts. Experiments 73-96 balanced its natural photosynthetic behaviour with its new photovoltaic ability so the plant could stay healthy and grow.

PHASE 2 - ENERGY STORAGE
The location and method for energy storage was the 'hot-button' topic between Project Aiónios' research groups. An unending series of extended debates followed the success of Phase 1 until Sōzōryoku no Kaze-hakase intervened. Xe dictated the the leaf team would lead the next phase.

Experiments 104-112 adapted the leaf's spongy tissue(i) into capacitors(i) but ended in tragedy. Kaze-hakase abandoned Phase 2 after a fatality during Experiment 112 and redirected all remaining resources to the root research team (N/I Phase 2B).

MEMORANDUM
To: Sōzōryoku no Kaze-hakase From: Soofaatasi Tagata
Subject: Project Aiónios - Experiment 112
It is our greatest regret to inform you that the lead for the leaf research team has died from the burns he received during last week's accident. The internal investigation is complete. It did not reveal any evidence of foul play.
Our team determined the stomata(i) allowed the leaf to release its stored energy. It is a simple matter of bad luck that he was the one who discovered this curious side effect of our work. Rather than abandon our spongy tissue design, we propose repurposing it as a "defensive feature".
Enclosed for your approval is "Proposal Phase 2B (Experiments 113-128)".

STEM STRUCTURE

NATURAL DESIGN

A stem provides a plant structure and protects its xylem(i) and phloem(i). Buds grow along the stem and become leaves, flowers, or more stems. The stem forms bark as new cells crush the previous layers into hard, dead tissue.

The twining behaviour(i) of Digivine's stem allows it to grow vertically by wrapping itself around a climbable object. Its stem is narrow and flexible since another structure supports most of the vine's weight - only the stem tip remains rigid and self-supporting. The vine grows rapidly as it does not need to spend energy forming its own support structures.

Stem Colour:
Green
Stem Surface:
Glabrous(i)
Buds:
Hairy
Bark Colour:
Brown
Bark Surface:
Smooth
Form:
Zig Zag

GENETIC MODIFICATION

Phases 3 and 4 of Project Aiónios changed the vascular bundle(i) to transport electricity and more inorganic material throughout the plant. To accommodate these changes, the Digivine stem's characteristic diameter is larger than the original species.

PHASE 3 - MATERIAL SUPPLY
The new photovoltaic and capacitive cells in the leaf required additional inorganic material from the roots. Experiments 129-144 adapted the xylem to move more mass at faster rates, but the design over-performed. The excess salt poisoned the plant, and specimen mortality rate increased to 72%.

Sōzōryoku no Kaze-hakase demoted and punished the original stem research team leader for the setback. The stem team recovered some credibility during Phase 4, but it was the root team that balanced the plant’s salinity in Phase 6.

PHASE 4 - ELECTRIC PATHWAYS
The four teams redesigned the plant’s internal circuitry to account for Phase 2’s and Phase 3’s shortcomings. Experiments 145-160 produced a wire-like pathway within the phloem to interconnect the leaves’ electricity production and deliver the energy to the root-based storage system (developed in Phase 5).

Formation of the "wire" consumed some of the excess inorganic material from Phase 3. The reduction in specimen mortality to 46% may have preserved the careers and well-being of the stem research team.

MEMORANDUM
To: Soofaatasi Tagata From: Luce Confortante Subject: Project Aiónios - Deformation Tests
You were technically correct about the stem's natural flexibility being a boon, not a flaw. The plant still grows vertically even with its increased weight. The new phloem structures have remained electrical continuous, and the bark continues to act as an insulator(i) despite its grooves.
Enclosed are our reports (PA-P4-145 thru -160) for the Phase 4 documentation package.

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ROOT SYSTEM

NATURAL DESIGN

Plant roots have two primary functions:  
  • keep the plant in place
  • gather water and minerals for the plant to grow and function
  Cisgened(i) pipevine are dicots(i). In dicots, the radical(i) grows downward from a germinated seed to form a taproot and secure the seedling. Lateral roots(i) then develop to further anchor the plant and increase the area feeding the plant.

 

GENETIC MODIFICATION

Phases 3, 5, 6, and 7 of Project Aiónios heavily customized Digivine's root system.

Phase 3 altered the primary and secondary roots to absorb additional inorganic material, and Phase 5 (Experiments 161-176) converted the tertiary roots into chemical storage for electrical energy (i.e. made it a battery).

Phase 6 (Experiments 177-192) developed a new quaternary(i) root that conducts electricity. Phase 7 (Experiments 193-208) tuned the quaternary root growth behaviour so multiple plants could form a power grid(i).


SCIENTIFIC NAME
Aristolochia macrophylla var. aióniosenérgeia(i)

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TAXONOMY
 
Superkingdom:
Eukaryota(i)
Kingdom:
Plantae(i)
Subkingdom:
Viridiplantae(i)
Infrakingdom:
Streptophyta(i)
Superphylum:
Embrophyta(i)
Phylum:
Tracheophyta(i)
Subphylum:
Spermatophytina(i)
Superclass:
Angiospermae(i)
Class:
Magnoliopsida(i)
Superorder:
Magnolianae(i)
Order:
Piperales(i)
Family:
Aristolochiaceae(i)
Genus:
Aristolochia(i)
Species:
A.macrophylla(i)
 
 
QUICK FACTS
  Created by:
The Erudite of İlerleme Tapınağı
Current Status:
Undiscovered(i)
Geographic Distribution:



BIOLOGICAL TRAITS
 
Plant Type:
Liana(i)
Form:
Twining(i)
Width:
15 - 20 ft
(4.6 - 6.1 m)
Length:
15 - 40 ft
(4.6 - 12.2 m)
Growth Rate:
Rapid; 5+ ft/yr
(1.5+ m/yr)
Lifespan:
Perennial(i)
Reproduction:
Polycarpic(i)



RESISTANCES
 
Pollution:
High
Disease:
High(i)
Black Walnut:
Moderate(i)
Herbivores:
Moderate(i)
Insect Pests:
High(i)



INTOLERANCES
  Perpetually Shaded Areas
Dry or Sandy Soil
High Winds




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Digivine Swallowtail Butterfly


 
LARVAE
Unmodified pipevine host Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly(i) larvae. This species' caterpillars absorb Aristolochic acid while consuming the toxic plant's leaves but, unlike most creatures, they are unaffected. Instead, the acid renders the caterpillars and butterflies poisonous, protecting them from their would-be predators.

 

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BUTTERFLY
Once in nature, Digivine became another haven for Battus Philenor. However, over the generations of butterflies, a form of benign digital cancer afflicted the species until a new species emerged - the Digivine Swallowtail Butterfly, Battus Philenor var. enérgeia(i).

The creatures remain poisonous but can now also produce and store electrical energy. The luminous bands in the caterpillars' bodies and the butterflies' wings make this change apparent.

(Don't) Light the Way
Both the caterpillar and butterfly use these lights for camouflage on the Digivine, but male butterflies have also incorporated flashing and changing light patterns to individualize their courtship displays.

   

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RELATED ARTICLES

 

LOCATIONS


ORGANIZATIONS & CHARACTERS


HISTORIES, IDEAS, & ITEMS

Müthiş Savaş - The 999 Year War


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PROJECT AIÓNIOS

PHASES 6 & 7: POWER GRID DESIGN


Experiment Summary

Alteration of the transgene to grow specialized quaternary roots is complete. Genetically modified specimens form subterranean power grids by entangling their root systems. Viable specimen production is asymptotic at 80% (success).

Phase 6 - Quaternary Root Development
Experiments 181-184 developed quaternary root structures that did not previously exist in the species. Experiment 185-188 demonstrated a high confidence interval for entraining inorganic material into the quaternary root cortex(i) because of the previous experience mutating the xylem and phloem (Phases 3 & 4; Experiments 129-160). Specimen mortality from excessive residual salt in the leaves has dropped to <1% (orig. 72% during Phase 3).

Phase 7 - Q. Root Growth and Entanglement
Experiments 189-204 biased the quaternary root's growth direction perpendicular to magnetic fields produced by electrical current in a wire(i). The tests confirmed that the design caused the quaternary roots to locate the buried test cable and then grow along its longitudinal axis. A new research team blind to Project Aiónios conducted Experiments 205-208 to confirm the validity and performance of the Phase 7 transgene design.

Table 1: Phase 6 & 7 Experiment Performance Summary
Notes
1) Exhibited >66% accelerated growth rate and >66% greater mass than an average (cisgene) tertiary root.
2) Passed electrical conductivity tests from stem base to >85% of its total length.
3) While exhibiting less than 0.1% electrical leakage through the epidermis(i)
4) Located and axially entwined a buried electrical cable (live, insulated) within first 33% of its length
5) Tested parameters only. % Viable = (% Q. Root * % DP * % ISS * % IGP)

Corrective Actions
Experiment 177-180: Researcher Luce Confortante was extinguished(i) and replaced by Geschichteter Fels. Experiment 189-192: Researcher Geschichteter Fels was given 100 blows by chisel(i). Experiment 193-196: Researcher Geschichteter Fels' was forced to pulverize(i) her eldest child.

FLOWERS, FRUITS, AND SEEDS

NATURAL DESIGN

Pipevine's name originates from its bizarrely shaped flowers, which are typically hidden by the vine's dense foliage. The flowers' unique method for pollination(i) begins when they open in late spring or early summer and release an unfortunately strong but distinct "rotting meat" scent that attracts small flies and gnats. Small hairs inside the perianth tube(i), which contains Digivine's pollen, trap the insects. The hairs wither to free the pollen-coated bugs to cross-pollinate with other flowers. A pollinated flower produces fruit during the summer, which ripen and burst to disperse its seeds during the fall.

FLOWERS

Inflorescence(i):
Solitary
Location:
Axillary(i)
Shape:
"Smoking Pipe"
Color:
Yellow/Green
Corolla(i):
Absent
Size:
1-3" (3-8 cm)
Blooming Season:
Spring, Summer
Aroma:
Rotten Meat (Potent)



 

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FRUITS & SEEDS

Type:
Dehiscent(i) Cylinder
(6 capsules)
Display Time:
Late Summer to Early Fall
Color:
Green (unripened)
Brown/Grey/Black (ripe)
Texture:
Smooth, Firm
Length:
1-3" (2.5-7.6 cm)
Width:
<1" (<2.5 cm)
Seed Dispersal:
Wind
Seed Quantity:
~90/capsule (~540/fruit)
Seed Size:
Flat Equilateral Triangle
⅜"/side (1 cm/side)

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GENETIC MODIFICATION

Digivine's flowers, fruits or seeds are unmodified per the dominant trait and reproduction test results of Project Aiónios Phase 8.

MEMO
To: Soofaatasi Tagata From: Geschichteter Fels Subject: Project Aiónios - Phase 8 COMPLETE
Reproductive and transgenerational testing (Experiments 209-240) has concluded that the reproductive behaviour of the base species is neither necessary nor beneficial. 75% of the eighth generation (cross-bred with an unmodified specimen at each stage) kept altered DNA and baseline design performance. All specimens remained fertile during the experiment.
Seed production decreased by an average of ~47% for all genetically modified specimens, regardless of subsequent cross-breeding. Population models showed that the reduced seed production only slowed the projected population growth rates and did not project extinction after the initial seeding program.

Aftermath
As Müthiş Savaş drew to a close, Sōzōryoku no Kaze-hakase grew desperate. After 20 years, Digivine was flourishing and İlerleme Tapınağı was receiving the power it needed. But death still approached, and Project Aiónios remained incomplete. There were still so many tests to do and the device would not to save everyone. How was xe to choose who to leave behind?   With great reluctance, Sōzōryoku gathered xir family, Soofaatasi Tagata, Geschichteter Fels, and the rest of Erudite in Test Chamber OMEGA on the day of the Cataclysm. The lingering scent of antiseptic agents filled the room, hiding the decades of Erudite effort that would make today succeed or fail.   Sōzōryoku's eyes fell to the ominous grey throne awaiting xir beneath a vast network of black cables. Chokers hanging by their cables created a vine-like forest above a twin helix pattern engraved in the floor. The room was filled with an eerie violet-blue glow coming from transparent tubes cascading across the ceiling.   The taste of fear filled xir mouth as xe tentatively led xir eldest child to the cold chair. Reaching upward, xe took the Prime Connection and brought it to xir child's throat.  
"Don't worry, I am here. We will be together forever. It won't hurt, I promise. We will be one."
  The Connection cinched tightly around the child's neck as they took their seat. An air of nervous anticipation filled the room as the onlookers spread themselves equidistant along the helix, each one binding themselves with their own Connection.   Sōzōryoku took xir place behind the throne where the final Connection sat upon the control console. The silver ring glinted from Sōzōryoku's neck as xe turned on the machine.

"We are one."

 


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Author's Notes

Gratitudes
Dimitris Havlidis For the Spirel theme that I tried to understand and then make my own.   Ademal Jacklyn, Amy Winters-Voss, TJ Trewin for their various contributions on Twitch, the World Anvil Codex, and their World Anvil content on CSS and BBCode.   TJ Trewin for his recent tweet that reminded me colour blindness testing was something I forgot to do, and Toptal for their website to do the test.   All the other entrants to the 2021 Peculiar Plant Challenge for inspiring me to do better work. I've listed some of my favourites in my 2021 Peculiar Plants Challenge Entry Review.


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Eternal Sage AmélieIS
Amélie I. S. Debruyne
6 Apr, 2021 07:48

Great article! Longer comment coming later, but I just noticed that the link you have in the (i) next to İlerleme Tapınağı is not showing properly. I should really use the same kind of link to explain my taxonomy and save some words from the word count XD.

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6 Apr, 2021 15:32

Fixed! It was just a link to the "Elemental" species, but that it is also accessible from the İlerleme Tapınağı settlement article.

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Eternal Sage AmélieIS
Amélie I. S. Debruyne
6 Apr, 2021 12:10

So first, as a scientist, I absolutely love the level of scientific details you're providing in this article. I also like all the drama and competition between the teams. Second, this plant is a great idea and I love the verisimilitude you've given to it.   Here are the notes I took while reading:   I appreciate all the tooltips you've added to explain the technical terms. I've read a lot of plant article and sometimes it can feel that we're just adding a term just to be able to say that it's there, but the reader has no ability to understand it without having to go away from the article to do google search. On the other hand, you really have a lot of those technical terms through the article, and this is not going to be to the taste of every reader. Even for readers like me who like it, it's slowly doing the reading a lot – I'm just saying that so that you're aware, since I actually love that level of details and realism.   Some of your tooltips are green and some are yellow, is there any raison for the difference? Also Spermatophytina doesn't have a tooltip while the one on Piperales doesn't work   In current status you have "extant". Do you mean "extinct"?   Adding the adaptation of the butterfly to the plant is also a very cool idea.   "A full grown Digivine exposed to direct sunlight produces currents up to 3 A through a standard sized humanoid." I don't understand the "through a humanoid " part. When you say "Four self-managed teams of scientists, biologists, engineers, and geneticists," I understand that as 4 teams, one with "scientists", one with "biologist" etc, even if you explain just after that they are specialise din different parts if the plant. So you could put in bracket the " biologists, engineers, and geneticists" bit. Also, technically I would also classify genetics as one of the specialisations of biology, but that's just a minor detail. Though you could change "biologists" to "plant biologists" to give it the same degree of specialisation.   "It took 32 experiments and 800 specimens to mutate the plant's natural photosynthetic structures (chloroplasts(i))" Lol, that was quick to do something of such complexity…   So you have changes the chloroplast into photovoltaic cells and linked all of them to a circuit. Are the photovoltaic cells the same size as the chloroplasts? That would make everything very small, which is fine, I was just surprised with your illustration since it's not up to scale there and I would write that somewhere. Or did only part of the chloroplast get transformed, with several chloroplasts taken together forming a photovoltaic cell? And the rest of the chloroplast left intact so that the cells can still do some photosynthesis?   You don't mention at all experiments 97-103. Was that something that happened during the quarrel?   " the lead for the leaf research team lead has died" you're repeating leaf twice here.   "The stem team recovered some credibility" and "The reduction in specimen mortality to 46% may have preserved the careers and well-being of the stem research team." I love the drama XD   The green square for phase 6&7 is a bit too dark for the reading of black text to be easy.   Another small notes, you have very high success rates for the experiments of phase 6&7. I would expect them to be much lower in the first version of the plant that is deployed and only to be enhanced during the successive generations of the plant.     So this article is obviously focused on the plant and you're probably already very close to the word limit. I would be interesting if you do another article later on the usage of the plant in your world since it feels a bit like this conclusion is missing at the end. Also, I would be interesting in knowing what happened to the scientist teams at the end! Did their effort get acknowledge/did they get some glory out of this? Did they go on to make more projects of this types? Or did it all end badly?

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Eternal Sage AmélieIS
Amélie I. S. Debruyne
6 Apr, 2021 12:23

And I forgot to say: 1) you have great illustrations and css!   2) thank you for providing this link for the toptal websites! I'm also trying to be more careful about my choices of colours for my graphs at work but I completely forgot to take that into account for WA!

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6 Apr, 2021 17:39

Hi AmélieIS!   First, thank you for both the encouragement and excellent feedback! I've tried to answer your questions and listed my edits below.   (A) I'm trying a new system for 'extra' information to eliminate the number coloured and underlined words in the article. As a Master, I don't have the ability to use fa or ra icons in the article text so I used sup, small (i). The concept is: -Green (i) are informational tooltips. -Yellow (i) are tooltips and hyperlinks to a site external to WorldAnvil. I use "See external link on X" in the tooltip to flag that it is a clickable-link for the reader. -Yellow words are hyperlinks to other articles that I've made on WorldAnvil   (B) Extant is an antonym for extinct meaning "still in existence, surviving". I deleted the term as redundant with "undiscovered" (in the Current Era). (C) "through a standard sized humanoid" is an idiom since I worldbuild for my TTRPG campaigns. I made it a tooltip instead to reduce confusion.   (D) Science fantasy permits me to cheat reality and the speed at which 'science' takes. From a technical standpoint, my thought was that individual chloroplasts were converted into Organic Photovoltaic cells (biologically speaking) that were integrated to form Organic Photovoltaic cells (electrically speaking, like cells in a battery) that then created an organic solar panel (in an individual leaf). The solar panel array would then be the integration of all the leaves through the stem. Although technically infeasible, I figure it is a close enough approximation of simple physics that the fantastical element is easily suspended by the reader. Long story short, "pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!" haha   (E) In truth, missing Experiments 97-103 was an error because I re-sequenced the experiments four times during development. I was going to do a 'quick fix' by changing the capacitor development to start at Experiment 97. However, I like your curiosity that implies some experiments were "redacted from the record" during the debate period - it fits the article perspective of a biased accounting by members of the research team.   (F) I am at ~2,400 words (of the 2,500 word limit) as of the edits I've made per your feedback. The plant is undiscovered in the Current Era (the era after Müthiş Savaş - The 999 Year War) but I did include a little Aftermath button to give some payout for readers. However, the 'deeper lore' is a bit of a Easter Egg hunt and inference from other articles tied to Digivine.   Edits Log -Added (i) to activate the tooltip & link for Spermatophytina -Added tooltip text for Piperales (was previously just a link) -Restructured the team sentences and deleted "geneticists" as redundant with "biologists" -Deleted the second instance of "lead" in the Experiment 112 memo -Background of the Phase 6 & 7 report excerpt green levels raised by 16 and the paragraph text font size was increased by 10%. Please let me know if it's still too difficult to read!

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Eternal Sage AmélieIS
Amélie I. S. Debruyne
6 Apr, 2021 18:02

Thanks for taking the time to explain all of that and tell me what you changed :D   I have no problem reading the section you changed now.   I was wondering if the green/yellow tooltips were indeed that but I checked and though that was not the case - I must have made a mistake and confused myself unnecessarily!   I love the new section you've added at the end! That's a nice teaser and feels very ominous XD

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Sage George Sanders
George Sanders
6 Apr, 2021 23:46

I like the "you are what you eat" effect on the butterflies. Also the project report at the bottom is nice with the table and technical notes.

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7 Apr, 2021 16:33

Thanks for the feedback George! I'm glad the style for the project report fits the tone more than it bores the reader (haha).

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7 Apr, 2021 20:14

This is a very interesting concept and seems well-researched. I love that you've included so many links and definitions. The artwork is very interesting, and I think this is a very unique challenge entry. I especially like your aftermath section. Very chilling.

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8 Apr, 2021 16:38

It indeed was a lot of research but I wanted to move a portion of my world toward Science Fantasy (from High Fantasy) because it aligns to the deep lore better, and this was my first attempt to build something semi-"magic free". I'm also glad you enjoyed the pure story inclusion at the end. Thanks for commenting!

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9 Apr, 2021 18:39

I would not want to have to prune this thing. But it would be fun to power things with it!

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9 Apr, 2021 19:17

New 'magic' item concept - insulated shears haha I certainly enjoyed making it and the freedom it gave me to power things as opposed to the good ol' magic handwave !

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10 Apr, 2021 14:59

This is a very intersting plant and your scientific writing style is very nice :) It seems that you put quite some research into it. All of the links throughout the article are nice additions and are a quick way to look things up if you don't know a word, really appreciated it :) The layout is great as well and really fitting the general theme. Great job love it :D

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10 Apr, 2021 16:43

Thanks for the feedback Kefkejaco! I'm glad you also found the insane number of tooltip and links more beneficial than distracting, and that my pendency fit the theme (engineer, my non-technical writing skills are sub-par lol). Have an excellent day!

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10 Apr, 2021 21:38

This is an utterly fascinating plant, written about in such amazing hard science detail! I love the depths you've gone to in writing about this, the different phases of its creation, the dangers with it and everything. Amazing stuff! Also, the layout on the entire article is really nicely done, leading step by step through the whole thing.


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10 Apr, 2021 21:57

Thanks Stormbril! Glad you had a chance to peruse it between your studies :)

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Sage Dylonishere123
R. Dylon Elder
10 Apr, 2021 23:53

Ooooo well done, my friend. I love the way you've used links to your research and the like. Ima need to do that to keep up lol. Overall, I think you're plant is a super strong entry here. You've given so kuch thought into it. I like how you delve into each generation of modifications especially. I never would have considered that. The images are a nice touch as well. Sadly I lack a good eye for typos and grammer. That or you've polished this a brilliant shine. Well done.

11 Apr, 2021 00:35

Thanks for kind words Dylon! No worries about feedback on grammar or spelling. If people are able to read an article without being bored and comment what ideas are their favourite and what falls flat, that's enough for me!

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R. Dylon Elder
11 Apr, 2021 00:45

Now that I can do. Glad it works out. You're more than welcome and likewise for the kind words.

Sage Jeruviel
Jeruviel Stardust
11 Apr, 2021 20:10

Wow! I love this entry. You are so thorough. All of the tooltips with researchers and organizations surrounding the plant make it feel very real to me. The "Nintendo 64" bit in the TimeKnot is meant to imply so heavy electronic and digital elements in that species as well. I am inspired by George Carlin's piece on the Earth using Humans to create plastic ... [George Carlin: Earth with Plastic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rld0KDcan_w]   In any case, if I had my own list going this would be at the top of the thoroughness category ... great work!!

12 Apr, 2021 14:26

Thank you for the kind words and support Jeruviel! I was really hoping to imply authenticity in this article to make it science fantasy, and depart a bit from my 'normal' fantasy creations. George Carlin is an amazing comedian (albeit controversial) - thanks for the clip link (it has been a while since I watched him and it was a nice way to start my morning)!

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12 Apr, 2021 12:59

Damn, this is a really great article! I love the amount of details you gave about the plant, its fascinating to read. I also really like the more unique creation of the plant, and the reasons that brought to its creation.

Author of Interarcanum.
12 Apr, 2021 14:29

Thanks! I was wondering if/when you were going to stop by my article as I've seen your comments on many entries. I too like the uniqueness of your Zare Masni, I listed it in my 'entry review' article as one of my favourites!

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12 Apr, 2021 14:55

hahaha, sorry it took some time to getting around :') I haven't been as methodic as the other two crazy commenters   also :'00 thank you for the kind words <3 <3 i'm blushing haha

Author of Interarcanum.
13 Apr, 2021 18:00

Oh wow, this is so detailed and interesting. You've put so much thought into this article. I love the melding of nature and technology! :O <3   Also when you scroll to the bottom and the ladybird goes PEEKABOO!

13 Apr, 2021 20:05

Thanks Serukis! I really struggled with how I wanted to layout the background image. I originally thought about modifying the ladybugs in addition to the butterfly and have them along the right side of the window (but I hit the word cap and scraped that idea) so I'm glad you like the decision of having it almost like an Easter egg at the bottom :)

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13 Apr, 2021 18:00

I love the concept! Solve the world's power generation problems? It reads a bit scientific, but I guess that was the intent. (Doesn't bother me, but could scare some folks off.) The text in the table is a bit tiny... if there's a way to boost the font size within the table without messing up the whole table appearance, I'd go for it. Otherwise, love the layout, the images, and... once again... the whole concept of the plant!

13 Apr, 2021 20:29

There was certainly the potential to solve power generation issues with Digivine but, unfortunately for İlerleme Tapınağı, Müthiş Savaş (the 999 Year War) dictated a different fate. The article is definitely intended to be scientific / report-like (and yes that unfortunately impacts reader preference but what can one do). I boost the font size in the table per your comment (by ~40%). I haven't figured out how to have the table width and padding relate to cell contents/font size so I have to manually edit the table width within WA for the time being. Feel free to let me know if it's still too small. Thanks for dropping by Bob!

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13 Apr, 2021 20:43

Assuming my phone isn’t doing any weird scaling, the table font is fine now. FYI... for me, the problem is “old eyes”, but tiny, packed fonts are murder on dyslexia, and there is much of that in the reader community.

14 Apr, 2021 01:35

I'm new to content design for readability so any feedback is welcome. Thanks again Bob! Have a good evening.

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14 Apr, 2021 04:08

Confirmed... table font is good on full screen as well.

13 Apr, 2021 20:55

Oh my, a manufactured plant by mad people! o_O And holy heck at those punishments! The aftermath really explains why it was needed and holy eep!   Mild note: I spotted one he and one him in the aftermath.

Too low they build who build beneath the stars - Edward Young
14 Apr, 2021 01:31

I'm glad you enjoyed the deeper part of the project embed at the end. Thank you for pointing out the pronoun switch in the aftermath section. Should be all fixed now. Thanks Michael!

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CoffeeQuills the Coffee Quaffer
15 Apr, 2021 14:45

The science and progress reports behind this are amazing to read, SO WELL WRITTEN! All the details, the memos, the whoops need to backtrack... and the fact that the page itself glows? Amazing, and my hat's off to you!

15 Apr, 2021 14:55

Thanks for reading and the kind words Coffee! I'm very pleased that you think my article is well written (my ability to write is my biggest weakness in self confidence). Have a most wonderful day.. erm night :)

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15 Apr, 2021 20:30

This is some amazing next-level science fiction worldbuilding! I am aware that you are extrapolating upon an existing technology that is currently under development, using mostly non-organic components to work in conjunction with the organic ones (if anyone's got images of cyborg plants; yeah, basically). But of course, doing it genetically, with organic components, would allow it to reproduce itself. I used the base technology in a couple of sci-fi stories I've written; this takes it to the logical next level. And I think tech like this is the wave of the future. Well done! I will go back and read all the external links later too :D   Oh, and can I point out that the article design and CSS are things of beauty? Really, very striking! I feel a bit inadequate now (and that's okay) ;)

Author of the Wyrd West Chronicles and the Toy Soldier Saga Eater of pickles, Friend of nerds, First of her name
16 Apr, 2021 13:23

Thanks Sable! I truly do appreciate that you took the time to read my article and encourage me on the science worldbuilding side of things (as much of what I read/write/enjoy is traditional fantasy). The idea for genetic modification fiction for the Peculiar Plant challenge actually came from my leisure reading of "The Games" by Ted Kosmatka, and a paper I wrote in university on the power of collaboration in design which, in part, discussed Janine Benyus' TED talk "Biomimicry in action". I'm fortunate in that the idea fits some of the mental lore I've bounced around on the 'ancient history' of Olutanri. And yes, you may certainly point out that you like my CSS/layout. May my feelings of discomfort at praise balance out with your (hopefully temporary) feeling of inadequacy. Thanks again!

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E. Christopher Clark
16 Apr, 2021 11:52

Like Diane has already said, the article design and CSS here are things of beauty. My other favorite part was how the article began with a list of DON'Ts that helped setup my expectations for what this plant would be.

16 Apr, 2021 13:28

Thanks Chris! I did have a discussion with James Woodwright on Discord a few days ago regarding some of my colour choices/consistency but I'm glad that overall most people seem to like the CSS design. You know oddly enough, moving the DON'Ts to the beginning of the article was one of the very last adjustments I made. They just felt lost and misplaced in the sidebar. Placing them up front doesn't technically align with the 'research report' presentation of the article but I do think it just kind of works from our shared experience with instruction manuals and warning labels on everything in the real world. Thank you for taking the time to read, like, and comment on my creation. Have a great day!

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17 Apr, 2021 14:53

Nice article! :D Lots of detailed information! And I love the pulsing green light. :3

17 Apr, 2021 14:58

Thanks!

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