Technology

The Aeon War has come and at no other time in history has the
prospect for mankind’s future been so uncertain. Yet the Strange
Aeon also heralds a time in which civilization has reached its
pinnacle of scientific achievement. The rapid development of
technologies, manufacturing innovations, and medical break
throughs emerge into the lives of every day citizens at an unprecedented
rate and the fanciful wonders of a hundred years ago are the reality of today.

The application of arcanotechnology as an inexhaustible power
source transformed the face of technology and industry in an
age hardened by war. The infinite availability of inexpensive power
revolutionized modern methods of transportation, effectively
slashing industrial manufacturing expenses and accelerating the
development of other technologies. The enormous amount of
cheap and reliable power provided by Cascaded D-Engine generators
has fueled the reconstruction of major cities since the
end of the First Arcanotech War. Gigantic fully self-sufficient
urban arcologies are the standard model for modern metropolitan
centers. Large A-Pod transports ply their way between these
mammoth constructs providing an efficient means of shipping
passengers and goods.

Medical science and the manufacture of new and more durable
materials have benefited from the advancement of nanotechnology.
Building structures, vehicle frames, and powered armor
are all examples of the way steel has been replaced by new high
strength polycomposite materials. The use of nanotubes as
power conduits in these durable materials has lead to, among
other things, the development of hyper-edge blades used by mecha.
The advancements of computer technologies through high
speed molecular switching are another benefit gained through
the practical application of nanotech. The ability to manipulate
matter on a sub-molecular level using bio-organic nanomachines
has lead to enormous advancements in medicine. This
form of nanotech proved to be the key component in developing
the synthesis interface process used by Engel pilots.
With such leaps in scientific knowledge, technological advancement,
sorcerous insight, and awareness of the mind’s potential,
it’s no wonder the Migou were moved to finally strike.

Arcanotech Power sources

The unlimited power provided by arcanotech is harnessed
through two primary sources, which have evolved in the form of
fully self-sufficient D-Engines and rechargeable D-Cells. To accommodate
varying sustained power requirements, D-Engines
are engineered in two main classes. The Class “A” D-Engine, the
larger of the two, is designed to function as a main engine for
larger A-Pod vessels such as Battlecruisers or to serve as part
of a Cascaded D-Engine generator system found within major
power distribution plants. The Class “B” D-Engine, using less
physical space than the Class A, is designed to accommodate
smaller power consumption needs. Mecha and smaller A-Pod
vehicle power plants commonly rely upon the Class B to meet
their power requirements.

The non-Euclidian principles of arcanotechnology have also
been successfully applied to portable power storage devices.
These devices, known as D-Cells, are divided into three major
classes depending on power and space requirements. The Class
“1” D-Cell – the largest – is typically used to power smaller conventional
vehicles, hand-held mecha weapons, or to provide
emergency power backup for critical facilities such as hospitals,
police stations, or emergency communications sites. Averaging
6000 to 8000 amp hours per cell, the Class 1 is roughly the
size of an old 12-volt car battery. A single cell can easily drive
a standard electric vehicle for over 48 hours before recharging,
though most vehicles utilize multiple cells. The Class “2” D-Cell
is primarily used by powered armor or electric powered motor
cycles, are roughly the size of a brick, and can supply between
500 and 800 amp hours of energy per cell. Devices with small
application power requirements, such as personal sidearms or
PCPU’s, utilize the Class “3” D-Cell. Ranging from 20,000 to
40,000 milliamp hours, these D-Cells provide power to certain
small electronic devices for over a year without recharging. Once
connected to a D-Engine recharge station, a D-Cell can be fully
recharged in anywhere from one to fifteen minutes depending
on the size of the cell.

Weapons

The advent of D-Cells altered the development of weapons technologies.
New innovations in electrokinetic firearms are possible
through the use of Class 3 D-Cells. Even though the Class 3 D-Cell
cannot produce the necessary level of kilojoules to create
an effective man-portable laser weapon, it can produce enough
energy to hurl small metallic projectiles at amazing velocities.
Electrokinetic firearms today are a proven and deadly addition
to mankind’s weapons arsenal, firing magazine fed needles
along a barrel flanked by oppositely polarized magnetic fields.
The strength and focus of these fields are such that they extend
beyond the muzzle of the weapon by roughly a foot – thus, the
projectile accelerates for a fraction of a second after leaving the
weapon. With a minimum of moving parts, electrokinetic rail
weapons silently fire metallic projectiles at an extremely high and
accurate rate with a muzzle velocity that exceeds the speed of
sound. So far rail weapons are only available in rifle and submachinegun
configurations.

Another version of electrokinetic weapons are gauss firearms.
Unlike rail weapons, gauss firearms rely on a series of concentric
electromagnetic rings to propel the round. Gauss weapons do
not project an electromagnetic field beyond the muzzle of the
weapon so their range is slightly inferior. Aside from this slight
design difference, both weapon types operate under the same
principles. Beyond the audible crack of breaking the sound barrier,
electrokinetic weapons are virtually silent.

Electrokinetic firearms aren’t the only innovations in modern
weaponry. Alternate methods of propelling projectiles have
been introduced in the form of gas-powered needlers. Needler
handguns fire a solid metallic projectile similar to those of electrokinetic
weapons but are loaded through a spring mechanism
and propelled by the discharge of highly compressed gas. Since
the projectile does not break the sound barrier, the weapon is
almost completely silent. The drawback to a needler is that ammunition
magazines come pre-sealed with rounds and a gas cartridge,
making battlefield reuse impossible.

The most common form of sidearm remains the chemically
propelled firearm similar to those of the 20th and early 21st
centuries. Most utilize magazine-fed ammunition, but some
require an ejection system for traditional cased ammunition
while others rely on caseless rounds. These modern firearms
differ from their earlier ancestors in that resilient new forms of
composite polymer materials have replaced steel components.
The frames of all firearms, whether electrokinetic or chemically
propelled, are constructed with a similar type of composite
polymer material molded into an ergonomic unibody design.
Chemically propelled assault firearms are produced in
the form of traditional forward magazine fed weapons,
shortened carbine designs, or stock-fed “bullpup” configurations
depending on the manufacturer.

Computer technology and Communication

The face of computer technology has drastically changed
since the beginning of the 21st century. Molecular switching
has replaced solid-state silicon gates allowing for CPU
processing speeds that are a thousand times faster. Today’s
computers consume only a small portion of power compared
to their predecessors at only a fraction of the cost. Utilizing
an optical architecture and multi-layered holographic
data storage technology, small yet powerful central processing
units can now be worn like jewelry. Containing personal
and encrypted account information, a person’s Personal
Central Processing Unit (PCPU) can uplink through an RF
interface to any Public Area Network (PAN) access point located
throughout most major cities. People can remotely access
stocks, bank accounts, and web pages pretty much any
time. PCPU’s also manage wireless subscriber account information
and act as gateways for any personal telecommunications
device, typically utilizing wireless earpieces with built-
in microphones

PCPUs come in several shapes and sizes from a wrist-strapped
devices to decorative pendants. Some models sport an internal
display and others rely solely on wireless adjunct devices.
All PCPUs come with a voice command feature that allows
for the swift execution of simple tasks such as voice calling
and browsing web favorites. Holo-Interface Units (HIUs or
Hi-Yous) are quite popular with the average consumer. These
remote devices, the size of an old fashioned fountain pen, can
be placed on a flat surface to project a holographic keyboard
and monitor display. Larger holographic monitor and access
systems also exist to meet the needs of more demanding interface
environments including flight control centers or police
dispatch offices. The manipulation of holo-icons allows
a system operator to quickly input data while tracking multi-
layered holo-displays.

The development of semi-transparent thin film transistor displays
has advanced personal eyeglass and goggle monitors
that have given rise to Augmented Reality (AR). Unlike Virtual
Reality (VR), which replaces true environmental sensory input
with computer-generated input, Augmented Reality simply
lays one over the other. The practical applications of this idea
are boundless. From computer aided surgery, to navigation,
to mechanical repair, to interior design, the ability to overlay
computer-generated graphics while viewing a physical scene
allows professionals to work while viewing pertinent information
about the task at hand. A telecommunications technician
in the early 21st century, for example, had to rely on his
technical knowledge, troubleshooting expertise, and primitive
diagnostic tools to fix a piece of electronic equipment. In
today’s world, a telecommunications technician with AR can
project schematic diagrams to guide him through the equipment
and superimpose data to provide troubleshooting tips
thus expediting repair time.

Another area of technology currently under investigation by
certain research companies is the creation of direct neural
interfaces between computer networks and the human mind.
Though the concept seems promising, no practical or functional
method has yet been developed that does not entail extraordinary
risk to the user. Severe brain damage in test subjects has
made the introduction of a neural interface system unlikely in
the near future.

Artificial Intelligence touches nearly every citizen’s life in some
way. Limited Artificial Intelligence (LAI) is standard in nearly
every computer system or computerized device and creates a
“smart” machine. LAI is not true intelligence, but it does allow
computers to recognize casual voice commands, verbally
respond to users, and perform basic tasks on their own. Most
people wouldn’t know how to use computers if it weren’t for LAI there
simply is no need for your average citizen to physically
interface with their machines. LAI can be programmed with a
variety of after-market “personalities,” which give computers a
semblance of life. People often get attached to their LAI personalities,
treating them like pets.

Robotics have benefited greatly from Limited Artificial Intelligence.
But in an era where nanotechnology can accomplish most
of the manufacturing needs of society, the use of robotics is limited.
The military benefits from robotic drones and Human Android for the purpose
of waging war but their conception are limited and extremely rare. More, The
perfection of the technology is so advanced that is impossible to see the
difference between a human and a android making the moralist politician been afraid
of permitting the creation of vast army of android because of the fear of
rebellion.

Transportation

Very few aspects of modern life have benefited as much from
the introduction of arcanotechnology as transportation. D-Engines
have found their way into A-Pod-suspended commercial
vehicles including large passenger transports and cargo vessels.
In fact, passenger transport companies such as TransWorld
Lines (TWL) helped finance the Ashcroft Foundation’s development
of the D-Engine OESE dampening field when it became apparent
that the high environmental sensitivity generated by the
Operator Extension Side Effect created motion sickness among
passengers during extended flights. Once the OESE dampening
field was released for commercial use, making A-Pod flight more
comfortable for travelers, arcanotech began to spread through
the transportation business at a startling rate.

The D-Engine powered anti-gravity hovercraft design is not limited
to larger vessels. Many smaller vehicles including intra-city
passenger transports, personal pleasure yachts, police corsairs,
construction vehicles, and waste sanitation vehicles enjoy the
benefits of A-Pod technology. However, due to the enormous
amount of energy needed to power A-Pod generated anti-gravity
fields for flight and the corresponding physical D-Engine space
constraints D-Engine/A-Pod combinations are only used in vehicles
over twenty feet in length.

Instead of providing vertical lift, A-Pods have been modified
for horizontal thrust. In effect, tipping an A-Pod on its side to
drive horizontal motion requires far less energy since the A-Pod’s
electromagnetic field does not need to compensate for lift. The
practical upshot is a wheeled or waterborne vehicle drive system
that can be efficiently powered by D-Cells. Thus, D-Cell powered
A-Pods have completely replaced the internal combustion engine,
drive train, and transmission assemblies in all automobiles,
small trucks, and power boats. Many A-Pod driven vehicles can
travel for an entire month between visits to D-Engine recharge
stations. Since there are no pollutant emissions from A-Pod systems,
the air quality in urban areas is cleaner than at any time
during the previous century.

New technologies have given way to new luxuries in the area of
transportation. Personal comfort is considered important when
operating a vehicle or enjoying a private compartment aboard a
passenger transport. The vehicle’s onboard computer will crosscheck
individual data contained within a person’s PCPU through
a wireless interface. The onboard computer will then arrange a
person’s favorite music, set environmental conditions to suit his
preferences, download his favorite destinations into the vehicle’s
navigation system, and select the most ideal seat position to suit
his posture. A person’s wireless communications subscriber data
will also be queried to provide access to the vehicle’s onboard
voice and data telecommunications system. All this is easily
and automatically arranged when a driver takes his seat within
the vehicle.

Nanotechnology

Who would have ever thought that something so small would
cause such an immense change in the fabric of modern civilization?
Yet the development of tiny sub-molecular biomechanical
machines, or nanites, revolutionized so many aspects of New
Earth Government society that only arcanotechnology could possibly
equal it in scope. The ability to manipulate matter on an
atomic level through a process known as mechanosynthesis, has
forever altered manufacturing, medicine, waste recycling, water
purification, hardware repair, and other aspects of contemporary
life. The capacity for nanite production of convenient and readily
available merchandise resulted in the most complete redefinition
of NEG economy since the time of the First Arcanotech War.
Nanites are constructed and programmed using nanofactories.
These machines range in size from large industrial manufacturing
vaults to common household units roughly the size of an
early 21st century washing machine. All commercial nanites are
limited in that they can only be replicated, reprogrammed, or re-
energized from within a nanofactory. This intentional engineering
constraint is designed to help administrate and control the technology.
The beauty of nanofactories is that a user can simply load raw material into
the machine, initiate a manufacturing program, and within minutes
remove a nice new shirt, PCPU, or other common item, freshly
constructed from the atomic level on up by microscopic robots.

The vast overall potential of nanotechnology includes an enormous
possibility of misuse. During early stages of development,
the New Earth Government realized that the unrestrained development
of nanotechnology was dangerous. With an entire
world already fighting for survival, the possibility of unleashing
uncontrollable nanoweapons upon the Earth was too horrible
to consider. The NEG created a new government office to oversee
and regulate nanotechnology development and control. Today,
the Department of Nanotech Administration (DNA) maintains
a firm grip on all aspects of nanotechnology through the
establishment of stringent regulatory laws. DNA laws are strictly
enforced through the Restricted Technology Enforcement division
of the Federal Security Bureau. The potentially devastating
consequences involved with the illegal use of nanotechnology is
so severe that anyone convicted of tampering with or attempting
to alter nanotech systems in any way faces capital punishment
in court.

By law, nanotech manufacturing requires a validation process
for each use of the nanofactory to ensure that only approved
items are constructed and licensed copyrights are protected.

Each nanofactory communicates with a Nanoproduction Authorization
Center (NPAC) over a wireless or fiberoptic interface.
NPAC’s operate in a mated pair configuration, meaning
that two remote centers mirror each other – this configuration
provides operational diversity and allows for protection against
system tampering. Communication between nanofactories and
NPAC’s is facilitated through a fractal-encrypted protocol that
is almost impossible to crack. In addition, nanoproduction software
releases require a unique core operating system that is proprietary
and a closely guarded secret by the DNA. These precautions
have made the entire nanoproduction network extremely
difficult to crack for hackers.

The validation process for nanotech manufacturing is based on
four major considerations. First, a valid software license must be
verified by the NPAC central database. These licenses are typically
operated on a pay-per-use basis and can be downloaded
from a Public Area Network. Second, a nanofactory must fall
under the proper classification for the type product. Nanofactories
are classified as Private Use, Commercial/Industrial Use,
and Government Use. Some items, such as automatic firearms,
may be authorized for Governmental Use but not for Private Use
nanofactories. Third, restricted items, including advanced medical
equipment and organ replacements, require a personal authorization code.
These codes are provided to individuals who
operate under certain vocational requirements, particularly doctors,
and are stored in PCPU’s for remote access by the nanofactory.
Finally, the item must be legal. The DNA maintains a master
list of restricted and illegal items that is always cross-checked
against a nanofactory’s authorization request.
Nanofactories can be equipped with licensed reusable software
that allows an operator to perform certain functions without
having to download a new copy of the software with each use.
Such an application could be repair software to mend a hole in
a pair of pants or repair a burned out A-Pod actuator assembly.
Even these activities are monitored by the NPAC.

Any attempt to manufacture unauthorized goods or operate illegal
software will result in a warning message from the controlling
NPAC, displayed on the nanofactory’s control panel. Unauthorized
tampering with the machine itself will activate a failsafe
system that will cause the nanites to completely disassemble the
factory, rendering themselves useless in the process.

Unknown to the general public, not all nanites require nanofactories
to function. The New Earth Government has developed a
class of free-roaming nanite security drones that are fully self-
sufficient. All nanites generated by authorized factories include
unique embedded identification codes, which can be used to
trace them back to their point of origin. The security drones
hunt down and locate any nanite that doesn’t possess a valid
identification code. These nanites are traced back to their point
of origin, which is reported to an FSB operations control center,
triggering an immediate law enforcement response. In this way,
the FSB can counter the deployment of illegal “pirate” nanofactories
and maintain control of this technology.

Of course the development of nanotechnology would lead to
the consideration of nanoweapons. As it turns out, the “grey
goo” scenario of free-roaming nanites deconstructing everything
in their path is an inefficient use of the technology. Nanites are
rendered useless by concentrated high-energy radiation and
there is no known way to shield machines that small – both the
New Earth Government and the Migou are aware of this. Thus,
the notion of developing nanoweapons has been abandoned by
the NEG.

The Migou use of nanotechnology is in many ways similar to
that of the NEG, though not as widely deployed. Most of their
nanotech applications involve genetic manipulation, repair and
manufacture of physical goods, and food replication. Nanotechnology
to the Migou is merely a matter of convenience. They too have abandoned
nanotech weapons research due the technology’s inherent limitations.

Medicine

The last eighty years have seen incredible advancements in medical science.
Human and Nazzadi genetic structures are completely mapped. Nerve damage from spinal chord injury can now be successfully repaired. Nanotechnology allows for a new form of “bladeless” non-invasive surgery that has revolutionized many
operations. Nanites are used to hunt down and eradicate cancer
cells, eliminating a disease that has haunted mankind through
out history. Damaged organ tissue can be repaired similarly and
nerve endings can be spliced for organ or limb transplant. Genetic
sequencing and cloning expertise are combined with nanotech
to produce transplant parts – a patient can actually receive
a new limb based on his own genetic code.

The advancement of cybertechnology would have never been developed if
was not of the war. The highly demand for better and resistant soldier has
been the greatest demands from the military. The problem is that surgically
enhancing a man demand time and the risk is high because of this cybertech
are rare and designed for private use by the military or others agency of the
New Earth government.

In order to keep up on the demand resulting from the Aeon War,
the health care industry resorted to other forms of medicine outside
of its traditional scientific options. The treatment of physical
injury and disease has, in many cases, been accomplished through
the practical application of magic. Most major hospitals employ
resident sorcerers. Unfortunately, some people are still a bit squea
mish at the idea of being subjected to cosmic energy, even to cure
their ills. Nevertheless, licensed sorcerers have played a key role in
managing the health care demand through this time of war.

The Aeon War has brought with it a renewed focus on mental
health. The effects of battle fatigue have been well known for the
last hundred and fifty years, yet today’s war-torn environment
has brought a whole new brand of horrors to assault the human
mind as the true and dreadful nature of the universe starts to
reveal itself. The secrets of the universe test the sanity of those
exposed to them. Common citizens sometimes must cope with
horrible creatures devouring their friends or neighbors. A collective
thread of tension weaves its way through every part of society,
coming from the understanding that something out there
feverishly works toward the ultimate enslavement or destruction
of mankind. It’s a weight that everyone, at some level, carries
with them every day of their lives.

The New Earth Government understands that this war cannot
be fought on the battlefield alone. It must be fought within the
minds of each individual exposed to the horrors they must face.
To this end, the NEG has committed significant resources to establish
new psychiatric hospitals and to increase the number of
available therapists. The patterns of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
and other mood and anxiety disorders from exposure to
eldritch horrors are so well documented that a proper course of
treatment can quickly be prescribed for most patients. Through
efficient diagnosis, proper medication, and the correct adminisration
of psychotherapy, patients can swiftly return to a healthy
outlook on life. Direct exposure to the terrors of reality makes
treatment mandatory by law.

The benchmark by which psychiatric care facilities operate is set
by the Ashcroft Clinic. Countless hours of behavioral research
and statistical studies by clinic specialists have positioned the
Ashcroft Clinic as the foremost authority on the effect of the
Aeon War’s horrors on the human mind. As such, their treatment
policies and recommendations are distributed to hospitals
and care facilities throughout the globe. The authority of
the Ashcroft Clinic is enforced by the New Earth Government
and in fact provides a way of fighting the war for the individual
mind on a united front. In addition to providing valuable research
results and treatment strategies, the Clinic also tracks
behavioral trends within the geographical areas of NEG society.
They can detect any common threads of dysfunctional behavior
that might suggest excessive exposure to taint or other unnatural
influences. Their role is one that the New Earth Government very
much values and appreciates. The Ashcroft Clinic maintains its
headquarters in Chicago with a handful of other research and
psychiatric care facilities located throughout the world.

Medical diagnosis today enjoys the advantage of convenience. If
a person feels ill, he can consult the nearest available Automated
Patient Diagnostics Machine. APDM’s, located in most workplaces
or public kiosks, download a person’s personal medical
profile from his PCPU. He then selects his medical symptoms
from a list of menu options. Once a person’s hand is placed on
the sensor pad, the APDM can quickly diagnose the nature of
his illness, the best possible treatment to suit his profile, and any
recommended prescription medication. The hand sensor measures
pulse, temperature, and can take small blood samples and
run genescans. Other sensors scan the remaining vital signs. The
APDM will automatically forward any prescriptions to the pharmacy
of a person’s choice, as well as make any necessary clinic
appointments for further care. APDM’s provide a quick and efficient
means of providing help for minor illnesses, relieving some
pressure from the already over-taxed health care system.

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