The Science of Empyrion Welcome to my new err... show, called "The Science of Empyrion." I'm here to attempt to explain the science behind the mechanics that govern the structure and function of Empyrion's items, machines and plantlife. So far, backstory is something the guys at Eleon haven't shared with us. I'll be tackling things like Erestrum, Sathium, Zascosium, Promethium and Pentaxid. Then on through generalized mechanics for certain machines as well as the biology of the local flora and fauna. I'll be laying it out like a wikipedia page too, so it's all neatly ordered and stuff. This RP section is basically empty, so I might as well fill it up. Spoiler: Disclaimer This section is more or less a big pile of BS. But it's bs more or less supported by real life physics with as little handwaving as possible. Don't go all emo on me because you vaguely remember something about alloys being unlisted elements in a science class you were sniffing glue through 20 years ago. Now, i'm not just gonna throw up a whole lotta handwavium to poorly bs my way through this and just make up nonsense terms. I'm basing the function and use of these things on how it's used in game, where you get it, and drawing parallels with real-life equivalents. Through the power of wikipedia and google I can easily fact-check and bs my way through complex quantum mechanics regarding material stress and radioactive half life decay. For example, i'm not gonna go around declaring that something like Sathium is an alloy, because proper alloys usually aren't found in nature. You don't go around mining up Stainless Steel, Bronze or Brass (alloys). Just as Mayonnaise doesn't come from a plant. If you think either of those things are true, please facedesk until you can no longer read this text. Today i'm here to tell you about Erestrum... Erestrum Appearance: Green-Gold Metallic Luster Group: 1 (Alkali Metals) Electron shell: 2, 8, 18, 25, 1, 1 Erestrum is a unique neutron-heavy semi-stable isotope of chemical element Caesium (Cs) with an atomic number of 55. It is a soft, green-gold alkali metal of extra-solar origin with a melting point of 45.2°C (113.36°F / 318.35°K) and a boiling point of 411.5°C (772.2°F / 684.65°K). It's a ductile and soft metal possessing extreme electrical conductivity and high thermal conductivity coupled with moderate reactivity and high pyrophoricity. Despite being an isotope of Caesium and sharing several of Caesium's traits, the unnatural arrangement of Erestrum's electron shell, high neutron count and strong nuclear force has called it to be classified in a new group of elements (see neoelements) by many scientists. Though at present it remains officially listed as Caesium, it's often designated in commercial applications, scientific textbooks, experiments and documentation as element Em-55p, seperate from its parent element Cs-55. Occurence: First discovered by a Perseus explorative mining expedition led by scientist and geologist Doctor William Bennet in 2145 on the planet Eres III in the form of Erestrite, it has since become a staple component of high-output capacitors, reinforced electronics, power generation and thermal weaponry. Since 2180, Erestrum has been found on over 250 different planets in over 100 different star systems in mostly shallow deposits and in over 12 identifiable forms ranging from the most common Erestrite with a 60% Erestrum purity, to Pyrestrum with a 20% Erestrum purity. Large deposits of pure Erestrum have also been found in asteroids and meteorites in another 30 unrelated systems. Radioisotope dating has thus far revealed that the origins of Erestrum aren't quite as simple as most common elements; as all Erestrum seems to have originated from the same location, a trait shared by a number of similar recently discovered neoelements (see Rayet Collision Theory). The theory is reinforced by the fact that almost all terrestrial Erestrum deposits are located near the surface. Physical Properties: Erestrum is an isotope of Caesium. However, while it may share many traits it also differs in many areas. Erestrum is a ductile, faintly green-tinted gold-colored metal with a hardness of 0.5 on the Mohs scale. The presence of oxygen causes the formation of a green oxide layer of Em3O that's the cause of the vibrant green hue commonly associated with Erestrum. While pure erestrum has high thermal conductivity, the oxide layer is thermally resistant, preventing the transferrence of conducted heat. Often resulting in the eventual self-melting of the erestrum metal in temperate to hot environments and subsequent reformation of metallic erestrum. Erestrum's electrical conductivity is currently the highest of any known metal; even higher than silver, approaching the level of a superconductor. The oxide layer is also highly conductive, but due to the difference in electric resistance between the metal and the oxide heat will eventually accrue leading to a meltdown. Chemical Properties: Erestrum is less reactive than Caesium and exhibits pyrophoric traits only under certain conditions. Due to the immediate formation of an insulating oxide layer on contact with oxygen it's difficult to get a violent reaction without dissolving Erestrum in a chemical solution to prevent the formation of an oxide layer while exaggerating the pyrophoric traits of Erestrum. It's by this method that Erestrum is used in the creation of high-temperature plasma for use in plasma generators and thermal weaponry. Applications: Alloying Erestrum's electrical conductivity makes it an ideal candidate for electronics and power conductance. However due to Erestrum's reactivity and low melting point, it's only viable in orbital satellites and space probes where temperature and reactivity aren't a factor. Because of this, Erestrum is usually alloyed with Zascosium. Combining Erestrum's high conductivity with Zascosium's hardness, reactivity and comparibly high melting point allowing the production of Zascosium Alloy: A strong, highly conductive red-gold colored alloy used in the production of high output capacitors, power coils in high end manufactories and catalysts in robust ion thrusters and fusion reactors. Erestrum Gel By exposing Erestrum to small amounts of liquid Hydrogen fluoride the erestrum bonds with it, lowering its melting point to below room temperature to produce Erestrum Gel, a dull viscous metallic fluid with a lime green hue. Erestrum gel is extremely reactive and possesses exaggerated pyrophoric qualities when exposed to oxygen and a considerably lower vaporization point. These traits make it the best possible candidate for plasma generation in both generators and plasma weapons technology by superheating the gel through induction, high-temperature explosives or directed energy lasers. When the gel reaches temperatures capable of vaporizing it into plasma, the bonded fluorine molecules are forcibly expelled in an exothermic reaction further heating the Erestrum into a plasma state; Gaining paramagnetic abilities of a ferrofluid making it possible to confine, suspend and propel the plasma using induced magnetic fields (see Railgun). When the magnetic field weakens to the point that the plasma can no longer be contained (such as impact with a physical object) the plasma is released; exploding violently as a superheated gas roughly 700 times its original volume then rapidly cooling as Erestrum vapor. The high thermal conductivity of the Erestrum plasma causes extreme thermal burns to exposed skin and the bright flash of a plasma detonation is known to commonly blind individuals near the impact site. Health and Safety hazards: While only slightly toxic in its pure metallic form. Erestrum is very harmful if ingested due to its reactivity to certain acids and the body's inability to break it down. It can melt with body heat and block airways and cause various internal problems. Due to Erestrum gel's high reactivity, it's classed as a hazardous material and requires licensing to both produce and use it commercially. Erestrum gel must be stored in a sealed container with an inert gas to reduce the chance of it reacting. Several Erestrum-bearing ores are also known to contain toxic elements such as Arsenic and Radon and care should be taken during the mining and processing to ensure that the ore is handled, stored and processed correctly.