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Orbiton

Power of Attraction

Written by Endrise

Since I lack any otoliths inside my skull, it's hard for me to get disoriented by acceleration. I could be tossed in all direction at once and won't even feel sick!
— Plane of Air Native

Orbiton is a mineral found exclusively in the Plane of Air, known for its gravity-bending properties. Valuable for many of the realm's inhabitants, it's one of the few things that allow their kind to have a grip of an up or down.

Properties

Physical & Chemical Properties

The unique property of Orbiton is its increased gravitational pull. Unlike other materials, the ore creates a small orbit proportional to its mass, allowing objects to either stick or swarm around it. The denser the ore, the stronger the pull.

Geology & Geography

Oribton is mostly found in small or large clusters of floating islands or planetoids amongst the plane's endless skies. Over the course of centuries, it condenses into a core of the structure, attracting more over time.

History & Usage

Everyday use

Orbiton's usage is crucial for many Airships and cities across the plane to create an artificial gravity field. Since there's no up and down in the Plane of Air, Oribton reactors are placed in the hearts of vehicles and settlements to replicate it instead.

Some types of Airships even use the gravitational pull of Orbiton to propel themselves forward. As many natives would say, "falling in style."

Cultural Significance and Usage

Due to its significance for creating gravitational fields, it's seen as a valuable material in native cultures. While its usage is more often solely industrial, some use it to create gravity-defying statues and artwork.

Refinement

Most Orbiton is heated and refined in more solid spheres of the mineral before being used for its reactors. Removing any imperfections, the more condensed form makes it able to be smaller yet maintain its gravitational pull.

Hazards

The main danger of Oribton is the threat of a singularity. The greater a chunk, the stronger its gravitational pull becomes. Extreme cases can end up in a structural collapse, causing the mineral to implode into a temporary black hole.

While the black holes don't last longer than half a minute, the strength causes enough collateral damage as is. Hence why most cities don't outgrow a certain size radius.

Type
Ore/Mineral
Rarity
Semi-Common
Color
Dark Metallic Grey
Boiling / Condensation Point
1370 Degrees Celsius | 2500 °F
Common State
Solid
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Cover image: GoldGreen Set - Material Cover by V

Comments

Author's Notes

This article was made for the WorldEmber 2020 Event.


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11 Dec, 2020 18:25

Really interesting concept for a material. I can see how the threat of singularity would keep the size of cities down.

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