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[AC] Chara'ai Crystalline entities
« on: December 31, 2009, 03:39:06 pm »
The Chara'ai Crystalline Entities


Above: The Chara'ai in it's purest form

The Chara'ai Crystalline Entities are an extraordinary species. Almost completely composed of quartz like crystal structures, they sit on the boundary between a natural biological creature and an artificial construct.


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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2009, 03:39:33 pm »
Alien sheet:  Chara'ai Crystalline entities [ʂɑɽeːʔaʎ]

(Section 1 -- Biology)
Type                 : Various
Appearance           : Artificial/Otherworldly
Gravity preferences  : none (anything that isn't deadly)
Temperature pref.    : 70 to 75 °C
Atmosphere breathed  : none
Body cover           : Crystal
Body color           : ranging from soft blue to pink
Hair                 : none
Eyes                 : No specific eyes; can see from anywhere
Eyes color           : pearly blue to pink
Body characteristics : Crystal based; capable of changing body characteristics
Diet                 : Minerals, radiation, direct energy intake
Sexual reproduction  : none
Reproduction method  : culturing new crystal structures
Limbs pair n° 1 : none (highly variable)
Mass :  various
Size :  various

(Section 2 -- Culture)
Attributes:
  Militancy       : 10
  Determination   : 15
  Racial tolerance: 12
  Progressivness  : 9
  Loyalty         : 20
  Social cohesion : 17
  Art             : 13
  Individualism   : 5
  Body            : ?
  Mind            : ? (30 typical; collective mind is 700)
  Speed           : ?
  Lifespan        : indefinite
  Tech level      : 8.5

(Section 3 -- Government and Religion)
Government type   : Democratic Aristocracy
Religion          : Rational Atheism
Devotion          : absolute

(Section 4 -- Extra things you should know)
Special abilities:

Acute Hearing
Acute Vision
Ambidexterous
Cold Tolerance
Color blind
Cybernetics
Dampen (Can hinder the operation of electronics)
Dependancy (Dependant on some substance other than food or air)
Disease Tolerance
Eidetic memory (Perfect or almost perfect memory)
Electric Blast (Pikachu! I choose YOU!)
EM imaging (Can see Electromagnetic fields generated by magnets, electronics, etc.)
Field sense (Race can detect and orient itself to electromagnetic fields. Like a bird's internal compass)
Heat Tolerance
Hive mind
Hypnotism (Able to gain and hold the attention of most races easily. Originally, this was much more powerful and mystic
Infrared Vision (Predator vision, Yey!)
Lightning calculator (Race has a knack for mathematics)
Microscopic Sense (Has extremely acute sense that can detect tiny details)
Night Vision
No Sense of smell/taste
Pressure support (Can withstand heavy atmospheres or the vacuum of space.)
Racial memory (Members of this race have memories of their genetic ancestors.)
Radiation Tolerance
Radioactive sensing (can detect radioactivity)
Radio hearing (Who needs a Walkman?)
Sealed system (Able to survive in conditions very unlike it's homeworld, including the vacuum of space)
Sonar (Echolocation!)
Spectrum vision (Able to see radio waves, gamma rays, X-rays, and/or ultraviolet)
Strange appearance (... Whatever that thing is, it's frea-kay!)
Subsonic hearing
Swarm (Race fuctions as a group)
Time sense (Race allways knows what time it is.)
Ultrasonic hearing
Vibration sense (Race is very sensitive to vibrations)
Water dependency (Needs to be kept wet for optimal health)
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Re: [AC] Chara'ai Crystalline entities
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2009, 03:49:33 pm »
Ah, I was wondering when a silicon-based creature would show up! Good job. Remember, everyone, the approximate ratio of carbon-to-silicon-based life is 10-to-1.

I say, is this your only AC creature, or are these guys part of a federation or something of yours?
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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2009, 03:53:40 pm »
At the moment, it is my only one. I might consider moving the Akazi here, since I really liked those guys.
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2009, 03:56:43 pm »
They'd have to be a federation/coalition then, though

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Re: [AC] Chara'ai Crystalline entities
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2009, 04:04:14 pm »
ARGLBARGL

My creature's name has crystal in it, but they're not crystalline. Could you remove the crystalline part if the name once mine gets approved, so that people don't get confused?
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Re: [AC] Chara'ai Crystalline entities
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2009, 04:06:30 pm »
D:

But mine IS crystal

and, I will always refer to them as the crystalLINE entities.

anyway, what's your creature's name?
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« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2009, 04:06:45 pm »
I don't think that's necessary. Maybe a change to [AC]The Crystalline Chara'Ai?

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« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2009, 04:08:15 pm »
Does anyone know how I could draw a crystal quickly and easily?
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Re: [AC] Chara'ai Crystalline entities
« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2009, 04:09:33 pm »
My creatures name is the Crystalion, but they're not crystalline per se, but the appear to be, somewhat.  I'm just worried that I'll get confused if either is referenced if both are participants.
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Re: [AC] Chara'ai Crystalline entities
« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2009, 04:15:26 pm »
Does anyone know how I could draw a crystal quickly and easily?
Yes, I do. They're basically just geometric shapes. Here are some examples:

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« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2009, 04:20:15 pm »
Hmm... Maybe I'll use those. Thanks, King :)
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« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2009, 05:15:54 pm »
Biology, Part II: Evolution of Intelligence
Evolution, part I

The Chara'ai originate on the planet Chara Alpha XII, or Chara'ai, a watery, porous world rich in minerals, a perfect environment for breeding crystals. The consciousness of the crystalline entities is a collective one, containing over 11,000,000,000 individual crystals. The crystalline entities first experienced consciousness in a very small colony in a remote underwater vent. The vast amounts of mineral material contained a large amount of acidic matter, which built up in the crystals. This acid mixed with small amounts of metals being ejected from the vents, created a conduction currents which flowed around the crystal colony. While this first little bit of intelligence was about the equivalent of a few cells, it was something. And that something fed back into itself. The more intelligence the crystals gained, the more electricity flowed around, and the larger the crystals became. Eventually, after some billion or two years of this, several colonies had been created, but they were very primitive and not self-aware. The original colony, however, was. It became aware of its own existence, and became aware of its ability to think. It became able, after a few years of training itself, able to influence connections between crystals, grow new cultures willingly, and, perhaps most important of all, it became aware of a wonderful communication ability—radio. Since the crystals were... well... crystals, they were able to function almost as a primitive crystals radio set, capable of talking to other crystals without a connection between them.

They were on their way to becoming a sentient species, and weren't going to stop soon.
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Re: [AC] Chara'ai Crystalline entities
« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2009, 05:29:47 pm »
I've studied some basic geology, and it does make sense for a watery, mineral-rich world to be perfect for crystals. By the way, what exactly would a crystal talk about with radio? As far as I know, crystals have a pretty boring life. They look pretty, but being surrounded by them all your life would get old quickly.
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« Reply #14 on: December 31, 2009, 05:33:08 pm »
XD

Hmm... They would probably talk about WORLD DOMINATION the meaning of life >.>

In all seriousness, they mainly talk about intelligence an how to get smarter (think Spore: the game being played by Cyto)
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« Reply #15 on: December 31, 2009, 06:16:51 pm »
Evolution, Part II: First Steps into Sentience
Civilization, Part I

Over the course of some 3 billion years from that first colony's realization of itself, many other colonies had also developed self-awareness at the advice of the Prime Colony, through radio. The Prime Colony was not only the most intelligent, but also the largest, encompassing some 2 square miles of crystal bed, and stretching a quarter mile into the air at its highest point. As such, it became the nerve center of this huge consciousness. At this point, the Prime Colony alone greatly surpassed the powers of a biological mind. They began to think about more complex matters, namely mathematics. But it was found that even with a capability greater than a biological brain, a computer must first be programmed with algorithms. To begin with, they experimented. They soon realized simple thinks like 1 + 1 = 2. That was a great leap. They found that addition was very inefficient at higher numbers, and set out to think more abstractly, continually reconfiguring themselves in many ways, eventually stumbling across the theory of multiplication. It was this that sparked a realization: "If math can be applied to simple things like numbers, maybe we can apply math to more complex matters!" And as such, physics was experimented with. The outer colonies listened in amazement, as their leader gained intelligence at lightspeed, soon pulling themselves into their "great project of existence". Strength in numbers had so many wonderful levels of meaning! What more is there to learn? We must find out!
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« Reply #16 on: December 31, 2009, 06:28:42 pm »
A whole race of mathematicians? It's like the polar opposite of humanity!
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« Reply #17 on: December 31, 2009, 06:29:56 pm »
That was just begging to be sigged :D

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« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2009, 06:57:40 pm »
Civilization, Part II: More to the World Than Just Science

By 4.5 Billion years, the colonies had been fully integrated into the Prime Colony, in a great alliance called the Prime Collective. By this time, most colonies that would ever encounter the outside world were developed to full sentience, and most were perfectly happy with living together on this wonderful world of theirs. However, some of the newer colonies were threatened by the intelligence of the Prime Collective, and sought to rebel against the Prime Colony and its allies. Diplomacy would do no good, and it was being tried in every way possible, but the rebels, calling themselves the Coalition of Autonomous Entities, would hear nothing of it. For hundreds of years, they lived in resentment of the Collective, frantically trying to prepare for the day, they thought, when they would finally be attacked (mentally, of course) by the Collective. They themselves formed a strong mental bond, becoming the Autonomous Collective, to strive for ways to defeat their enemy. They would make such technological advancements as engineering, using certain minerals mixed into a normal crystal structure, creating such things as electromagnets powering basic machines.

Things were going down, and nothing good could come of it unless they could settle their differences...
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« Reply #19 on: December 31, 2009, 07:28:27 pm »
That was just begging to be sigged :D

EDIT: But apparently, it was too big D:
It's okay, I shortened it.

This is a pretty well-written history. I'm looking forward to more.
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« Reply #20 on: December 31, 2009, 07:41:18 pm »
OH MY GOSH! THIS GUYS ARE FREAKING AWESOME! :o :o :o

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« Reply #21 on: December 31, 2009, 08:28:38 pm »
Civilization, Part III: Arms Race to the Stars

For 50 years, the Collectives watched each other warily. The Autonomous continued with its technological advancements, creating the first motor vehicle, a large sea creature like beast controlled directly by the Autonomous Collective. It drove a test course several miles outside of the Autonomous's main colony, in a territory far out enough, close enough to Prime Territory, for the Prime Collective to sense it. They were incredulous at the sight, and quite worried. They certainly had the knowledge to create such things; why hadn't they? How could a technologically inferior race create something so advanced while we just sat pondering equations in our mind? We must react!

And so, they began to apply their vast knowledge to the creation of a machine. This machine would be the pinnacle of their scientific achievements, putting every scrap of knowledge into it. Not only would it be able to move as the primitive carbon-based life on the planet did, it would be capable of repressing these infernal machines of the Coalition. The Prime machines functioned much in the same way as the Autonomous' machine's did, though with math on their side, the Prime's machines were much more reliable and quick to build. Not only that, but the had an unknowing knowledge of weaponry; their experiments with physics yielded many "failures"—destructive happenings—that they now realized would be extremely useful. For example, a projection of radio on various frequencies, going slowly up and down the scale, killed the researchers by shattering the crystals—resonance. If directed, this beam would destroy the war machines, and, if absolutely necessary, the barbaric measure of aiming it at a colony and destroying it.

So, 72 years after the start of the cold war that divided the planet, action was taken on the Prime's side. It sent out two of their warships to dispatch the growing army of the Autonomous, starting the War of Chara Alpha XII. Despite its designation of a full scale war, very little fighting was done in reality; mush was done with diplomatic relations and passive measures. The War raged between the naval powers of the two sides, and with the armies' growing sizes, it was thought that the sea would soon become unliveably dangerous. For the first time, the Prime sought to actively explore their world physically, rather than mentally. A small colony was cultured in multiple personal vehicles. It was long determined that it would be impossible to move in air the same way it was possible to move in the water, so a walker system was devised for the exploration group—the first instance of the Chara'ai using a mobile, artificial body.

They Explored much of the planet, finding a great many things, and documenting innumerable things for study later. Of these was the presence of independent colonies scattered over the surface. These were found to be much denser than the aquatic Autonomous and Prime crystals, these were built to survive the harsh environment of the atmosphere. As such they were found to much blunter, in more ways than one. They were more like rounded stones, pounded from the wind, and had the intelligence one. The exploration was cut short when it was found that the party's exploration suits were rapidly deterioration; they had to get back to the water.

The Prime weren't happy with the results of the search; the outside was a bad environment, it would be too difficult at the moment to conquer the land. News of this reached far and wide, somewhat demoralizing the Prime, but when it finally managed to get to the Autonomous, they were delighted. A vast land all to us! What's more, we get the high ground! Research was done into resisting the environment of the atmosphere, and they soon began experiments. It was found that the higher the mineral content in the crystalline structure, the more resistant it would be. This lead to the creation of a sort of exoskeleton to protect the entities in harsh environments, a big technological advancement in history.

When the Prime got wind of this achievement, they were worried. The would not go well for them. They were loosing their chance at claiming the land fast, perhaps faster than they could overcome it. They were loosing the war, and they had to step up their game. Since they couldn't easily fight them on level ground, the Prime considered ways of how to fight the Autonomous from the safety of the water. Their knowledge of physics led them to experiments with gravity, namely ballistics. They worked on applying this theory to weapons, and came up with a basic catapult. Their only problem was that using a throwing technique, they would get perhaps 100 feet at best. They searched the archives of knowledge, looking frantically to something that would help, and found a very old experiment: Chemical reactions. It was found that mixing several chemicals together produced a very violent effect, and physics dictated that directing this force would provide the necessary force to propel a projectile thousands of feet, perhaps several miles with sufficient mixes and quantities of chemical compounds.

And thus, the first rocket was created.

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« Reply #22 on: December 31, 2009, 10:06:57 pm »
On a curious note...

When they finally reach into the stars, will they colonize other worlds via seeding them with meteorites?

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« Reply #23 on: December 31, 2009, 10:16:12 pm »
That sounds like a good idea, Yuu. And this reminds me of USA vs. Soviets all over again.

"We've got an atomic bomb!"
"Well, we've got one too!"
"Well, we've got a hydrogen bomb!"
"Well, we've got an artificial satellite!"
"Well, we've got a man on the moon!"
"Well, we're disintegrating because of that idiot comrade Gorbachev's openness! Oh, no, here come the Germans reuniting! Arrggghbll..."
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« Reply #24 on: December 31, 2009, 10:28:46 pm »
"I'm the only superpower! Sweet! Now to make Iraq the 51st state!"

That one made me chuckle. ;D

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« Reply #25 on: January 01, 2010, 04:59:38 am »
I have to wonder what their reaction would be when discovering Ahm for what it is.

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« Reply #26 on: January 01, 2010, 07:17:14 am »
Probable crystalgasm, methinks! ;D

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« Reply #27 on: January 01, 2010, 07:21:41 am »
Maybe they'll all convert to Ahmism.  :P

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« Reply #28 on: January 01, 2010, 01:25:39 pm »
What is it with crystals in this galaxy? I dunno, but I like it.
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« Reply #29 on: January 01, 2010, 01:37:08 pm »
Well, the Crystalions don't really count. It's just this and Ahm.

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« Reply #30 on: January 01, 2010, 04:13:07 pm »
Thanks guys! :D
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« Reply #31 on: January 01, 2010, 05:07:48 pm »
I really like this. :D
Could you elaborate a bit on their anatomy?

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« Reply #32 on: January 01, 2010, 05:33:53 pm »
Civilization, Part IV: Arms Race to the Stars
Part II

On the 17th year of the war, scientists of the Prime Collective observed a comet. This comet fascinated them; it was incredible! Very few Chara'ai devoted themselves to the study of astronomy, typically confining themselves to their minds; creating the heavens in a model of many equations. They wanted to know; what was this thing? How was it there? Why? Where? So many questions, so little answers! One entity had an idea; a rocket. If we send a rocket up there, we can study that comet, we can find out its secrets! The rocket was quickly prepared; all it was was a simple rocket with a small optical sensor attached. When the rocket reached the upper atmosphere, what was seen was incredible! Their planet, it was so beautiful! And the comet! It looked incredible! How could we have missed such beauties before now?

When the rocket came down, it burned in the atmosphere, a brilliant fireball streaking through the atmosphere. So much could be realized in reality!

The Autonomous saw something entirely different, however. They saw the creation of a weapon, an orbital device capable of striking down on any location on the planet. They saw a threat. A threat to their power, a threat to their land, a threat to their life. They sought to act upon this, and they soon began an aeronautics program of their own. They would soon rule the skies as well as the land, and none would stop them! So, in the 18th year of the war, the first Autonomous rocket was launched, reaching the low stratosphere.

By this time, multiple Prime rockets had been launched, the most recent being Explorer 14, a satellite built to spend two weeks in orbit capturing images of the landscape. What pictures they were! The beautiful shots revealed previously unseen landscapes on the planet, and showed several Autonomous military sites. These were merely looked upon as smudges on the beauty of the world, nothing more. But on the amazing 3rd week of orbiting, Explorer 14 saw something disturbing, a small orb flying below; a permanent orbital satellite launched by the Coalition. How would this happen? Once again, they were showed up by the Autonomous, and the final frontier wasn't big enough for the two of them (at least that's what the Coalition thought).

In the latter half of the 18th year, a great mission was proposed by leading members of the Prime Collective; Launch a rocket to the nearer of Chara Alpha XII's two moons, orbit and study the land, land on a suitable spot, and return safely back to the planet's surface.

On year 20, the plan was realized. A rocket holding multiple equipment modules for monitoring and maneuvering, 4 crew members, "and a whole lotta spirit", launched off the planet. For three days, the Prime waited for the news, and on the 4th day of transit, news and a video feed broadcasted across the Prime Collective territory showed the incredible feat of ingenuity and engineering. For two weeks, feeds from the ship documented the amazing trip of these intrepid individuals as they explored the moon's surface, and as the began the trip home. But as they began descent, something went wrong. They would not land in the ocean as anticipated by flight planners in Prime mission control. Instead, they would land on a plain, on the border of Autonomous territory. The Autonomous intercepted them, claiming the ship as their own and apprehending the explorers as prisoners of war. Rather than boost the morale of the Autonomous people, they became appalled. This ship had no weapons, it was not meant for war! You apprehend these peaceful explorers on accusation of malicious intent toward the interests of the Autonomous Collective, but they do nothing but peaceful exploration!

The outrage created by this turned the tide of the war. In days, collapse in the Autonomous Collective, and negotiations from the Prime Collective, reintegrated the two collectives into the Prime Collective of Individual Entities, essentaily a federation of states from the Autonomous and Prime sides.

And this is how it remains to this day, a collection of peaceful, individual entities striving toward knowledge of their world, and the universe it resides in.
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« Reply #33 on: January 01, 2010, 05:35:41 pm »
GAH! CLAAAAAAAARRRRRKE!

Anyway, it's rather hard to elaborate of their anatomy, since they, really, are just crystals. Essentially they're like Wexxians; they have no specific anatomy, only that they're silicon based. And in this case, crystal in form.

Basically, they're crystalline robots.
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« Reply #34 on: January 01, 2010, 05:40:17 pm »
I love the "whole lotta spirit," and I'm glad to see the two Collectives join together.
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I'm glad too, and I'm glad you like them :)
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« Reply #36 on: January 01, 2010, 05:55:25 pm »
GAH! CLAAAAAAAARRRRRKE!
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No, it's fine :P
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« Reply #38 on: January 01, 2010, 07:16:59 pm »
Man, I love the irony of that story! :D

I love how even though they hated each other's crystalline guts, they didn't stoop as low as humans did during their cold war. :)

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Chara Alpha System


Above: The Chara Alpha system as observed by Voyager 11, a long-distance interstellar probe, early in its mission

Section I: Star System

System Name: Chara Alpha

System Class: Cataclysmic Variable

Primary Star: Chara Alpha Majoris
   Radius: 2.75 Solar Radii
   Mass: 4.57 Solar Masses
   Temperature: 20,250 K
   Luminosity Class: III
   Spectral Type: M
   Absolute Magnitude: -1
Secondary Star: Chara Alpha Minoris
      Parent: Chara Alpha
   Radius: .075 Solar Radii
   Mass: 1.37 Solar Masses
   Temperature: 6,452 K
   Luminosity Class: VII
   Spectral Type: F
   Absolute Magnitude: +12

Section II: Planets

Satellite Name: Chara Alpha I
      Parent body: Chara Alpha Minoris
   Length of Year (approximate): 59
   Axial Tilt: 65°
   Mean Distance from Parent: 4,672,010 km
   Average Terrain Features: None (Sea of lava)
   Composition Materials: Silicon (90%), Iron (8%), Quartz (1%) other compounds (1%)
   Atmospheric Composition: Ash (70%), Various carbon compounds (90%), other compounds (10%)
   Mean Atmospheric Temperature: 600°C (Night), 790°C (day)
   Atmospheric Density (Sea Level): 100 Psi
   Mean Liquid Cover: 0%


Satellite Name: Chara Alpha II
      Parent body: Chara Alpha Majoris
   Length of Year (approximate): 109
   Axial Tilt: 14°
   Mean Distance from Parent: 44,809,225 km
   Average Terrain Features: Silicate lake beds, lava seas, ash dunes
   Composition Materials: Silicon (75%), Iron (10%), Zirconium (5%), Quartz (8%) other compounds (2%)
   Atmospheric Composition: Ash (78%), Various carbon compounds (10%), Oxygen (8%), Nitrogen (2%), other compounds (2%)
   Mean Atmospheric Temperature: 78°C (Night), 102°C (day)
   Atmospheric Density (Sea Level): 80 Psi
   Mean Liquid Cover: 0%

Satellite Name: Chara Alpha III
      Parent body: Chara Alpha Majoris
   Length of Year (approximate): 129
   Axial Tilt: 82°
   Mean Distance from Parent: 67,354,746 km
   Average Terrain Features: Silicate lake beds, expansive lava pits
   Composition Materials: Silicon (75%), Iron (10%), Zirconium (5%), Quartz (8%) other compounds (2%)
   Atmospheric Composition: Ash (65%), Various carbon compounds (25%), Oxygen (5%), Nitrogen (3%), other compounds (2%)
   Mean Atmospheric Temperature: 50°C (Night), 94.5°C (day)
   Atmospheric Density (Sea Level): 57 Psi
   Mean Liquid Cover: .01%

Satellite Name: Chara Alpha IV
      Parent body: Chara Alpha Majoris
   Length of Year (approximate): 156
   Axial Tilt: 0°
   Mean Distance from Parent: 78,236,583 km
   Average Terrain Features: Iron lake beds, lava pits
   Composition Materials: Silicon (20%), Iron (10%), Zirconium (10%), Quartz (50%) other compounds (5%)
   Atmospheric Composition: Ash (50%), Various carbon compounds (30%), Oxygen (10%), Nitrogen (6%), other compounds (4%)
   Mean Atmospheric Temperature: 5°C (Night), 45°C (day)
   Atmospheric Density (Sea Level): 7 Psi
   Mean Liquid Cover: 1.1%


Satellite Name: Chara Alpha V
      Parent body: Chara Alpha Majoris
      Child Body: Chara Alpha V B
   Length of Year (approximate): 189
   Axial Tilt: 2°
   Mean Distance from Parent: 82,255,359 km
   Average Terrain Features: Small craters, silicate sand dunes
   Composition Materials: Silicon (40%), Iron (30%), Zirconium (10%), Quartz (10%), Ash (5%) other compounds (5%)
   Atmospheric Composition: Oxygen (25%), Nitrogen (55%), Various carbon compounds (30%), other compounds (8%)
   Mean Atmospheric Temperature: 8°C (Night), 20°C (day)
   Atmospheric Density (Sea Level): 10.5 Psi
   Mean Liquid Cover: 30%

Satellite Name: Chara Alpha VI
      Parent body: Chara Alpha Majoris
      Partner Body: Chara Alpha VII
   Length of Year (approximate): 202
   Axial Tilt: 10°
   Mean Distance from Parent: 87,356,563 km
   Average Terrain Features: Heavily Cratered, large meteor fragments
   Composition Materials: Iron (46%), Silicon (30%), Zirconium (29%), other compounds (5%)
   Atmospheric Composition: Oxygen (25%), Nitrogen (55%), other compounds (20%)
   Mean Atmospheric Temperature: 2°C (Night), 87°C (day)
   Atmospheric Density (Sea Level): .7 Psi
   Mean Liquid Cover: 10% (Ice patches scattered about)


Satellite Name: Chara Alpha VII
      Parent body: Chara Alpha Majoris
      Partner Body: Chara Alpha VI
      Child Body: 12 Small satellite asteroids.
   Length of Year (approximate): 234
   Axial Tilt: 12°
   Mean Distance from Parent: 90,742,356 km
   Average Terrain Features: Heavily Cratered, large meteor fragments
   Composition Materials: Silicon (32%), Zirconium (34%), Iron (30%), other compounds (4%)
   Atmospheric Composition: Oxygen (20%), Nitrogen (70%), other compounds (10%)
   Mean Atmospheric Temperature: 2°C (Night), 87°C (day)
   Atmospheric Density (Sea Level): .1 Psi
   Mean Liquid Cover: 10% (Ice patches scattered about)

Satellite Name: Chara Alpha VIII
      Parent body: Chara Alpha Majoris
      Child body: Some 30 small satellite asteroids.
   Length of Year (approximate): 268
   Axial Tilt: 72°
   Mean Distance from Parent: 96,309,201 km
   Average Terrain Features: Heavily Cratered, large meteor fragments
   Composition Materials: Silicon (54%), Iron (30%), Carbon (15%), other compounds (1%)
   Atmospheric Composition: Oxygen (40%), Nitrogen (20%), Hydrogen (20%), other compounds (20%)
   Mean Atmospheric Temperature: 5°C (Night), 70°C (day)
   Atmospheric Density (Sea Level): 2 Psi
   Mean Liquid Cover: 23% (Large Ice patches represent small seas)

Satellite Name: Chara Alpha IX
      Parent body: Chara Alpha Majoris
      Child body: Some 25 small, unnamed satellite asteroids.
   Length of Year (approximate): 322
   Axial Tilt: 65°
   Mean Distance from Parent: 101,247,110 km
   Average Terrain Features: Heavily Cratered, large meteor fragments
   Composition Materials: Iron (60%), Carbon (15%), Silicon (15%), other compounds (10%)
   Atmospheric Composition: Oxygen (45%), Nitrogen (50%), Helium (5%)
   Mean Atmospheric Temperature: 1°C (Night), 90°C (day)
   Atmospheric Density (Sea Level): .001 Psi
   Mean Liquid Cover: 22% (Large Ice patches represent small seas)

Satellite Name: Chara Alpha X
      Parent body: Chara Alpha Majoris
   Length of Year (approximate): 721
   Axial Tilt: 65°
   Mean Distance from Parent: 129,823,009 km
   Average Terrain Features: Craters, meteor fragments
   Composition Materials: Silicon (60%), Iron (30%), Carbon (5%), other compounds (5%)
   Atmospheric Composition: N/A (No atmosphere)
   Mean Atmospheric Temperature: 0°C (Night), 99.99°C (day)
   Atmospheric Density (Sea Level): 0 Psi
   Mean Liquid Cover: 1.9% (Ice patches scattered about)

Satellite Name: Chara Alpha XI
      Parent body: Chara Alpha Majoris
   Length of Year (approximate): 711
   Axial Tilt: 1°
   Mean Distance from Parent: 143,457,289 km
   Average Terrain Features: Craters, dust dunes
   Composition Materials: Silicon (30%), Iron (20%), Carbon (20%), other compounds (30%)
   Atmospheric Composition: Nitrogen (20%), Oxygen (15%), Hydrogen (50%), other compounds (25%)
   Mean Atmospheric Temperature: 5°C
   Atmospheric Density (Sea Level): 3 Psi
   Mean Liquid Cover: 1%

Satellite Name: Chara Alpha XII
      Parent body: Chara Alpha Majoris
      Child body: Chara Alpha XII B
      Child Body: Chara Alpha XII C
   Length of Year (approximate): 832
   Axial Tilt: 40°
   Mean Distance from Parent: 204,163,211 km
   Average Terrain Features: rolling hills, volcanic vents
   Composition Materials: Silicon (28.5%), Iron (32.3%), Quartz (9.2%), Carbon (20%), other compounds (10%)
   Atmospheric Composition: Sulfur Dioxide (29%), Water Vapor (10%), Nitrogen (7%), Oxygen (21%), Ash (3%), Hydrogen (5%), other compounds (25%)
   Mean Atmospheric Temperature: 25°C
   Atmospheric Density (Sea Level): 152 kPa (22 Psi)
   Mean Liquid Cover: 71.9%
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« Reply #40 on: January 01, 2010, 08:23:38 pm »
Damn, that's awesome. You know, the land mass seen looks a bit like southern North America with South America cut off.
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« Reply #41 on: January 01, 2010, 08:30:25 pm »
I just realized that wwhile you were posting.

That's so wierd! Especially because the base image was a clump of lichen.



That's the planet with the cloud cover removed.

Sorry about the size, I forgot how big it was when I uploaded it.
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« Reply #42 on: January 01, 2010, 08:34:05 pm »
Looking great! I can't wait for more.
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« Reply #43 on: January 01, 2010, 08:52:30 pm »
Added a bit to planetary system sheet
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« Reply #44 on: January 01, 2010, 09:22:47 pm »
Same boat as UFO on this one.

You really put quite some detail on the stars themselves. I'll be looking into it once the entry is complete.

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« Reply #45 on: January 01, 2010, 09:41:11 pm »
Stars=2 clicks :P

Yay for the lens flare effect on photoshop!

EDIT: Almost done with Chara Alpha XII's sheet, only need a bit more.

EDITx2: Chara Alpha XII done!

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« Reply #46 on: January 01, 2010, 09:41:22 pm »
Nah, I meant the stats themselves.

Though, the stars are quite beautiful. :)

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« Reply #47 on: January 02, 2010, 04:48:19 pm »
YEAAAAAAAAAASH!

I FINALLY FINISHED IT!
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« Reply #48 on: January 02, 2010, 05:02:38 pm »
It looks ridiculously complicated. I LOVE IT!
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« Reply #49 on: January 02, 2010, 05:05:55 pm »
Yay! Thanks!

I agree with that sentiment; if it's simple, it's boring!
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« Reply #50 on: January 02, 2010, 05:12:54 pm »
Chara'ai Technological Innovations in Modern History
[Will post info once my head clears up o_°]
[EDIT: Okay... I've drunken some teak, now I'm good]


Above: The aft of a Chara'ai Stralker Galaxy Class Cruiser, showing 4 Negative Injector prongs, and the volatile Warp Core, which creats the Positive and Negative energies.


Starship Propulsion

One of the most important innovations in modern history, the innovation of the Faster-Than-Light Drive has provided the Chara'ai unlimited, quick access to every corner of the Alpha Cluster. The FTL drive created by the Chara'ai uses an interesting Positive-Negative Energy Field, warping space around the ship, moving the ship through the galaxy without traveling a centimeter. It uses an intricate matrix of Positive and Negative Energy injectors and a low-yield force-field generator to guide the energies around the ship, creating the P-N Field around it.

Reactor Technology
The reactor technology of the Chara'ai is extremely useful on many fronts. First off, it uses atomic fission, rather than the typical fusion of most reactors in the galaxy. This fission on a near-subatomic level produces heat energy, Positive energy, Negative energy, and light (the only energy that is typically lost in the reactors). The heat energy can be converted into electricity via electro-friction generator crystals (when heated up, they produce an intense electric flow used to drive systems and provide electricity necessary for thought to occur.). The negative and positive energies of course are used in the Warp Drive that powers the ships through the galaxy. The primary fuel source of the reactors is iron, since it is the densest natural material easily found across the galaxy and therefore has a greater energy inherent than the lighter Hydrogen. The reactors, however, normally start their journey off with a uranium core, and occasionally, the odd fuel station on a distant planet. The reactor is in the form of a gigantic, constant explosion being held in place by force fields at the aft of the craft. The Yerxe should remember this. *Hint Hint*

Beam-Based Weaponry
The Chara'ai typically use beam-based weapons technology. The beams are concentrated in the Injector prongs (see starship propulsion), which shoot concentrated beams of positive and negative energy, electricity, and (though very uncommon) lasers. The  P and N based beams basically rip through ships using an intense gravity/antigravity field. The first instance of beam based weaponry was on the Stralker Class cruiser for use in clearing asteroids in its way, and found its way into most following designs. The electricity based weaponry is typically used close-quarters to short out enemy ships. It was first used on the lunar lander as an excess energy discharge system. Lasers are basically used when there is sufficient light absorbed from the reactor to emit a beam. This is an effective weapon, but is rarely capable of use.

Solid-Based Weaponry
Solid-based weaponry has been in use ever since the first aquatic vehicles went on their test runs, and evolved from torpedo to missile with the invention of the ballistic missile by the Prime Collective way back when. It is commonly used as a system for clearing out asteroids, much like the beam based P/N beams. However, these have a dual function, if given a small visual receptor, they can be used as small probes, for times when the mothership itself can't properly investigate scientific interests. They are very widespread in use, and every ship usually has at least 10 torpedoes, which are normally 10 feet from stem to stern, easy to pack into ships like the Stralker.
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EVA Unit Technology

This is a standard Mark XVI EVA skeleton, the most commonly used EVA skeleton due to its versatility and ease of control (This title was later taken by the Mark XXII). The primary eye is the red glow on what seems to be the "head" (though the brain is in the biological equivalent of the chest cavity), along with two secondary sensors alongside. The primary arms are built to move in any direction, slightly emulating the limbs of certain Terran creatures, such as the squid. The secondary back arms commony stay in the retracted position when unneeded, and is usually only used for delicate manipulation and detection. The legs are much more rigid than the arms, only having two joints each (the second of which simply acts as a shock absorber). They carry the power cells used for running the suit, converting motion and shock energy into electricity.
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« Reply #51 on: January 02, 2010, 07:00:58 pm »
I have but one complaint: "Positive-negative energy matrix?" All you need is a gravity-warping device to make a warp drive(hence the name "warp" drive), not random technobabble. Other than that, it looks amazing! It kind of reminds me of the Narada, Nero's ship in J. J. Abrams' Star Trek. I'm looking forward to more crystal starships!
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« Reply #52 on: January 02, 2010, 07:17:02 pm »
It actually is a gravity-warping drive. I saw it on Sci-Fi Science. Basically, it expands space in back and contracts it in front (mine works slightly differently though), moving the ship without changing it's location in space (constantly, obviously it shifts toward the end to get it where it's going.).

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It kind of reminds me of the Narada, Nero's ship in J. J. Abrams' Star Trek. I'm looking forward to more crystal starships!

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« Reply #53 on: January 02, 2010, 07:24:02 pm »
Well
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I lost in a science duel? Clearly, I must study more positive-negative energy relations! But for the sake of simplicity, let's just say that a standard warp drive is an intricate device somehow utilizing gravity field metal and other technologies we humans have yet to discover. And boy, am I glad I watched Star Trek last night!
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« Reply #54 on: January 02, 2010, 07:29:38 pm »
I was just going to watch it too!

Except I have a terrible headache and am in no mood to move from my comfy (sort of) computer desk and chair D:

EDIT: And yeah, we'll just call it a Warp or PN (between Chara'ai) Drive.
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« Reply #55 on: January 02, 2010, 07:34:01 pm »
Some Mexican physicist named Miguel Alcubierre explained the whole thing some years ago, and he named it the Alcubierre Drive after himself. Of course, everybody just calls it a Warp Drive because of its similarity to Star Trek. Oh, and I love the starship battles. They're so creatively inspirational to my own creatures' starship designs! Of course, they also look cool.
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« Reply #56 on: January 02, 2010, 07:36:45 pm »
Oh! I remember seeing a (badly cut off for comedic value) explanation he gave  in the show How Shatner Changed the World.
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« Reply #57 on: January 02, 2010, 08:01:23 pm »
Added the Reactor section.
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« Reply #58 on: January 02, 2010, 08:27:39 pm »
"the innovation of the Faster-Than-Light Drive has provided the Chara'ai unlimited, quick access to every corner of the Alpha Cluster" - I'm assuming 'quick' is a relative term, in comparison to the usual slower-than-light propulsions?

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« Reply #59 on: January 02, 2010, 08:30:16 pm »
Of course, I'm fully aware of the "galactic speed-limit"
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« Reply #60 on: January 02, 2010, 08:53:30 pm »
Fantastilicious!

A green version of that should would be absolutely awesome! 8)

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Re: [AC] Chara'ai Crystalline entities
« Reply #61 on: January 02, 2010, 09:26:45 pm »
Too bad Crystalion are blind.  I'm sure the Crystalion "word" for Chara'ai ships will have emotion chemical 8 in there.
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« Reply #62 on: January 02, 2010, 10:32:18 pm »
Sad?
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Re: [AC] Chara'ai Crystalline entities
« Reply #63 on: January 02, 2010, 10:35:57 pm »
I'll remember the reactor technology, although I think that the Yerxe would actually use their warp drive to travel at normal speeds as well as FTL. For energy I think that the more advanced and important ships would use antimatter, but others would use nuclear fission, and small fighter craft would just use solar power.
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« Reply #64 on: January 02, 2010, 10:40:15 pm »
The thing the Yerxe would find useful is the volatility and instability of the reactor. Big boom, big boom!
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« Reply #65 on: January 02, 2010, 10:43:01 pm »
perfect for emergency kamikaze, eh? ;)

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Re: [AC] Chara'ai Crystalline entities
« Reply #66 on: January 02, 2010, 10:44:09 pm »
or the Achilles heel in EVERY SHIP used by the Chara'ai. That's why it's built into the back; a few shots and the core would loose containment.
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Re: [AC] Chara'ai Crystalline entities
« Reply #67 on: January 02, 2010, 10:50:02 pm »
Well, think of the destructive capabilities of antimatter... Heck, Yerxe can turn tools into weapons more easily than humans! Yerxe soldiers are kind of like the Japanese in WWII: Never giving up, never surrendering, and going kamikaze if they need to. Of course, the commanders would flee before a ship would go kamikaze. But the explosive power!
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« Reply #68 on: January 03, 2010, 07:28:48 am »
Sad?

You know, sad that they can't see it.
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« Reply #69 on: January 03, 2010, 05:01:42 pm »
I see :D
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« Reply #70 on: January 03, 2010, 05:14:34 pm »
Added some info on weaponry to the tech page.
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« Reply #71 on: January 03, 2010, 05:16:36 pm »
The beam weapons sort of remind me of the exploding lightning gun from District 9.
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Re: [AC] Chara'ai Crystalline entities
« Reply #72 on: January 15, 2010, 08:30:56 pm »
Litrium: The Oddest Element in the Galaxy?

Litrium is by far, one of the silliest elements on the current periodic table of the AC. For one, it's composition being made with more that its fair share of gravitons, as well as unusually large nuclei (Yes, I said nuclei), give it a very high mass and relatively low gravitational effect. Basically, it thinks that one G is .2, and has unusually high mass. It exists naturally in a crystalloid, metallic, Non-Newtonian substance that quite enjoys sticking to stuff. Due to its mass, it holds together when left alone. Basically, it looks like a greenish faceted metal deposit, until you touch it, at which point it becomes gooey.

The amount of matter in an atom of Litrium means that it is a bit unstable at times, especially when it comes into contact with Hafnium. It doesn't like Hafnium. Hafnium gives Litrium a tummy-ache. The nature of Hafnium liking to steal neutrons upsets the delicate balancing act of the Litrium. Litrium goes boom. A BIG BOOM. Like, 20 or more Hiroshima bombs, using the same technology, for the same volume of uranium to Litrium.

Litrium has been demonstrated to work very well it reactors, providing much more energy than normal fuel, but the rarity and difficulty of producing the element has ruled it out of probability in usage in reactors, for now.
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« Reply #73 on: January 15, 2010, 08:42:51 pm »
On an unrelated note, I'd like some feedback on some things, I feel like I'm presenting this creature to air :/

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Re: [AC] Chara'ai Crystalline entities
« Reply #74 on: January 15, 2010, 08:47:07 pm »
So, they're kinda like Gummi blocks from KH, but has more fuel potential?

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Re: [AC] Chara'ai Crystalline entities
« Reply #75 on: January 15, 2010, 08:54:11 pm »
Hmm... It would appear so!

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Re: [AC] Chara'ai Crystalline entities
« Reply #76 on: January 15, 2010, 11:09:58 pm »
It looks like we're inventing a lot of new elements here! Just remember that gravitons are 100% hypothetical and have no evidence so far, and try not to go overboard with scientific hypotheses.
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« Reply #77 on: January 16, 2010, 02:18:06 pm »
Yeah, I tried to stay away from them, but Litrium just didn't seem to work without it.
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Re: [AC] Chara'ai Crystalline entities
« Reply #78 on: January 25, 2010, 04:23:29 pm »
Hmm... What have I not gone into/didn't say much about?
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Re: [AC] Chara'ai Crystalline entities
« Reply #79 on: January 25, 2010, 04:32:21 pm »
You could do language.

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« Reply #80 on: January 25, 2010, 05:22:35 pm »
Ooh, good idea.
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« Reply #81 on: January 25, 2010, 05:32:08 pm »
Chara'ai Language, Processes of Thought and Learning

Language


The Chara'ai language is deceptively simplistic on the surface. It consists of rings, simply, in a primarily horizontal, left-to-right procession of letters. These rings, while to the casual viewer not of Chara'ai will look all identical, are in truth extremely complex. The language consists, simply, of thoughts. These thoughts are divided into six simple ones, but have no more than 32 bands of these reside on each of the rings, telling a very intricate tale. It says what this character is about, what it is trying to convey, and the relation to the proceeding ring(s). If you were to look closely at the rings, you would find they look strikingly like CD-ROM disks, with a long band on information coded in the hexadecimal derivative of Chara'ai neural function.

Thought/learning


Rather than what is normal in carbon based life, a mostly-fixed web of neurons (or their equivalent) which learn as they go and stay that way, the Chara'ai brain is primarily "software". While the crystal structure that makes them up is the sort of "motherboard", or "had drive", the neural circuits which form within are malleable and change their connections as needed. As such, rather than a computer program, of sorts, as in our primitive manufactured computing devices, the Chara'ai mind is created using lessons. These lessons, hard programs that exist in older areas of crystal structures, teach and advise the brain of function. It allows the circuits to quickly adapt to the changing situations it may encounter, such as in space, or combat. As such, they can learn things almost instantly, making them capable of adjusting to anything. Though, this intelligence has given them a slight bias against carbon-based life, most of which they have encountered being non-sentient or simple microbes.

Viruses


While the Chara'ai aren't biological and aren't susceptible to viruses and bacteria of the normal kind, they can still suffer from computer-borne viruses. (construction)

(UNDER CONSTRUCTION [mostly])
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« Reply #82 on: January 25, 2010, 10:23:44 pm »
I can't wait! ;D

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Re: [AC] Chara'ai Crystalline entities
« Reply #83 on: January 26, 2010, 04:42:28 pm »
Updated with thought/learning.
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