Potentium Catanode (WBM Blurb)
The potentium catanode, short for “potentium arca-catalyst nodal unit,” is the most common energy source used in Nuhight City, a northwestern megalopolis on the continent of Macai. Potentium catanodes usually serve as the “perfect fit” for energy needs due to their refinement process, which can create variations in potential energy output to suit specific purposes. Industrial grade catanodes sustain Nuhight City’s power grid and public transport lines, while smaller catanodes fuel market technologies, such as handheld lights or personal weaponry. Depending on the nature and extent of use, a properly assembled catanode can provide clean, sustainable power for as long as three hundred years.
Raw potentium appears as an ore that lows with condensed elemental energies. In this form, it can become volatile through prolonged exposure to heat, light, or air. To use as a stable power source, potentium must first be refined into an arca-catalyst form. Refinement requires extreme amounts of physical pressure combined with bursts of energy (such as those produced by magic or magical effects) concentrated on an ore sample. The ore sent through refinement typically range from 2 to 50 centimeters in diameter, depending on the intended placement of the future catanode. A successful refinement creates a potentium arca-catalyst shaped like a prism. The arca-catalyst has transparent to translucent sides, except for two dull faces. Larger ore samples can produce arca-catalysts that have a higher number of sides, which positively correlates with potential energy output.
To create the nodal unit, an arca-catalyst is fitted into a base frame according to size and potential energy output. The nodal unit’s base frame, called the “body” of the potentium catanode, fits tightly over the prism. A silver-steel alloy usually makes up this frame, though silver-mithril and silver-adamantium bodies can better accommodate higher energy prisms. Typically, every edge is covered by the frame with plating on as many as half of the sides. Two conducting handles, referred to as the “mind,” are then attached to the arca-catalyst’s dull faces. The mind connects the catanode to machinery, including interfaces for controlling energy output. In the final step, a circuit pattern is lightly etched into the frame with gem dust (quartz being the lowest quality while diamond is the highest). Circuit patterns dictate the actual energy output of a potentium catanode while doubling as a safeguard to prevent volatile malfunctions.