It started with a bang and continued as a chime. The stars sang sweetly, and the song recorded itself deep in the hearts of the protonic planetoids. Millenia later, it rejoiced to be unearthed, and to us it sang; let us carry you further than you could ever dream. Let us be the bedrock for your wonder. Let us, let us.Data Crystals form the backbone of modern industrial technology. Discovered independently multiple times, they are now widely used in propulsion, energy storage, and as electronics substrates. Crystal strains that are used for propulsion provide momentive force when energy is applied, while storage crystals preserve energy patterns that are applied to it. Research continues on improving efficiency, lowering costs, and extending the lifespan of crystalline technology.
ColourData Crystals come in all kinds of colours. Astrallite ranges from pink to purple to blue, while Aurorite is typically green. Some rarer variants of Aurorite are blue or red.
SongData Crystals produce a gentle sound as they work. It is often described as a gentle hum or a chimimh.
HazardsThe Data Crystals used in engines are highly radioactive and require well-maintained radiation shields. The data crystals used for personal tech are either inert or small enough for the radiation to be negligible.
Crystals are defined by their form and their properties. Crystalline structures are geometric patterns all the way down to the molecular level. These lattices of perfectly flat facets serve as an ideal base for etching layers of electronic circuits, and lend themselves well for storing data or other patterns. All crystals naturally absorb radiation, including light, and re-emit the energy as momentum, heat and different forms of radiation. Small crystals have a tendency to hover if unencumbered, and specific strains of crystals are engineered to serve as reactionless propulsion on spacefaring vehicles, taking advantage of the momentum produced. It is widely known that entirely enclosing crystals tends to degrade their effectiveness. Many engineers firmly believe that the crystals themselves operate better when enclosed in beautiful cages of gold, silver, or other precious metals. The latter tendency has been explained by resonance between certain geometric patterns and metals, rather than any kind of aesthetic sense on the part of the crystals.