Another century or two should pass, though, until the trading city of Lak made its big discovery:
Glass is what is now the defining element of Lak. Being the only city far enough west to have access to sand, they use glass for their expeditions in both the Hot Sea and the Wheat Sea, as well as for decorative reasons. Some very creative magmer even use glass to produce sounds, and make music that way.
A glass oven works by pumping sand slowly through a thick metal tube, which partially goes through the tof. The processed sand then leaves the tube on the other end, where a metal frame lies, ready for the glass to be formed into.
Because of the enormous heat, that the tube has to withstand all the time, it has to be exchanged regularly: A new tube is needed after about 6 months - that means 1.5 years - of active use. Disregarding this leads to sand leaking into the tof, up to a point where no datamoto reaches the end anymore.
A magmer can form most metals pretty easily by pre-heating it with their hands: A magmer can consciously redirect the heat of his body to one place, and create temperatures that are enough to melt some metals.
To not melt in the tof, the metal used to make a sand oven is mixed with kukt. It has to be an exact mixing ratio of 12:5 metal:kukt. If there is too much metal, the oven will melt. If there is too much kukt, the oven will catch fire.
After mixing the material, a magmer must form the tube with an appropriate thickness and curvature. This procedure needs a good amount of precision and focus.
The last, and by far the easiest two steps are making a frame and making a pump. Both are just made from whatever lies around at the moment. The pump is operated by hand, so it is actually not much more than a rock which is just thick enough to fill the entire cross-section of the tube.
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- Decently common (Everyone knows how, many just don't want to)
In the Winter of 776, a young magmer man by the name of Tort went to the coast of the Hot Sea after a thunder storm. He was a Geologist, and wanted to research the effect of weather on the different materials that are available around Lak. There he found, that thunderstruck sand can form small tubes of a hard, but easily breakable material. He spent three years researching sand, acting upon it with the heat of his hands, with water, sound and extreme light from an uncovered sun, until one day, in 778, he accidentally threw his sample of sand into the tofta, where he managed to get a quick glimpse on a crystalline shimmer before it was digested by the tof.
Tort spent half a year building a construction, that was not melting in the tof, could get the sand down there and bring the datamoto back up.
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