Survey Team 4 the Search for the Sundered Realm
Scenario 1/Setting/Technologies and Artifacts
Technologies and Artifacts
(pre Survey Team 4)
ʊ CITY SIGIL An artifact as old as the city itself, carved in the form of a fatherly face. Said to constitute and maintain an immutable link to the Arbiter and the Council of Sixteen. Issued to and carried by Survey Teams as a symbol of authority, seal for negotiations, and permit for (limited) social and ecological transgressions.
Ψ HANDIGLOBE A permanent light spell contained in a handy shell able to cast a focused beam, or all round lantern light. Waterproof and buoyant.
Ψ CHRONOGRAPH A mechanical timepiece, which requires winding. Water resistant.
Ψ HYDRALIC JACK A light duty automotive jack, with specialized attachments for shifting boulders.
Ψ DEMO CHARGE A shaped charge of chemical explosives, used for mine shaft emergencies, such as ground water flooding. If tamped by a specialist, it explodes with extreme violence, with a restricted direction and area of effect. Use requires authorization and constitutes minor ecodamage.
Ψ CHAIN WINCH A hand driven ratcheting assembly of hardened steel, used to raise or shift loads, establish bridges for chasm crossings, etc. Various sizes and used in conjunction with welded link steel chain and braided steel rope cable.
Ψ CHAIN or ROPE LADDER Part of a caving system used for scaling in conjunction with ropes, pitons, twist anchors, etc.
Ψ SURVEY SPIKES Rock spikes with high visibility whip poles, used in conjunction with rope net barriers at the leading edge of chasms
Ψ PLASTIC ARMOR A rigid, lightweight body armor designed to reduce impact damage to the head, spine and joints from falls while caving (type ‘E’). Does not hold water and sheds water easily. The armor acts as a climbing harness, complete with multiple points of attachment for fall protection. A more complete version, lacking the climbing features, and similar in coverage to full plate, is made for gladiatorial combat (type ‘G’).
Ψ BLUNDERBUSS A magazine fed shotgun, developed for close quarter dominance. 6 round internal tubular magazine. Not issued for use within city boundaries! Use requires authorization and constitutes minor ecodamage.
Ψ PISTOL Pretty much a modern pistol. 12mm slugs, 14 round detachable magazine. Not issued for use within city boundaries. Use requires authorization and constitutes minor ecodamage.
Φ FLUORESTRIPE Biogoo glow paint, used to delineate for logistics and to mark caving hazards.
Φ SLIPGRIP Biogoo epoxy with many useful applications in caving and logistics. Used with sand aggregates to create non-slip grades.
Φ SLIPGRAB Biogoo epoxy with many useful applications in caving and logistics. Used in construction for erecting temporary structures, attach base plates for bridging, gluing wounds shut, etc.
Φ TORSION CRAB An exotic designed bioform, used in caving and exploration. The unit is self-securing via gripper claws (there are ten). Used for hoisting dead weight loads up to 450 kg, featuring a tough self-reeling cable of braided limpet sinews with a 150m length. Multiple Torsion Crabs may be attached to a single load. Self-propelled at 20’ per round. Use requires a trained specialist and the unit must be fed.
Φ STRONGBACK An exotic manipulated bioform based upon the Bulette. Only a few are in service, as the city has only two breeding pairs. Cortex shunt wiring allows an operator to direct the unit’s movement for rough tunneling, hauling loads or carts, or carrying loads or passengers (load limit 3,500 kg.). The unit may be ‘chopped’ to provide a loading platform on the aft carriage. The parent form’s jaws are typically wired shut for safety, and a feeding tube/hopper system attached. Use requires a trained specialist and the unit must be fed.
Φ PRIME TUNNELER An exotic manipulated bioform based upon the Purple Worm. Only a one is in service at this time, a captured adult. Cortex shunt wiring allows an operator to direct the unit’s movement for high quality, high volume tunneling, hauling loads or carts, or carrying loads (load limit 35,000 kg). The unit has been ‘chopped’ to provide an enclosed and cramped operators capsule on the aft carriage. The form’s inlet/mouth is unmodified and considered very dangerous. Under no circumstances shall personal enter the working path of the equipment. The unit is equipped with a feeding tube/hopper system but the high caloric requirements suggest that grazing might be a more efficient use of the operating crew’s time. Use requires a trained crew and the unit must be fed.
Φ VACTOR An exotic bioform product used in fluid pumping applications. May also be used for emergency ventilation, used in conjunction with proper passage gasketing. Consisting of a lung/bellows, check valve/diaphragm, and a hose system. The product is easy to operate, but must be fed. Utilizing animal muscle tissue, it has a rudimentary ganglia, mouth and digestive system. Comes in various duty ratings (20 liters per minute, 200 liters per minute).
Φ SKINSKEIN A tough, air and water tight bioform hide sheeting material. The grain of the sheeting allows one side of the material to be easily and reliably sealed to the opposite surface, forming water tight tubes, etc. The material is flexible and must be reinforced with ribbing or pressurized via a compressor or vactor unit to maintain its shape under water. Also used to gasket seal passages when used with SLIPGRAB bio epoxies. Translucent.
Φ HEADSAK A crafted bio form product. Used in caving when navigating flooded passages and for mining emergencies. The product expands automatically utilizing animal muscle tissue and provides a ten minute supply of air when placed over the head. Translucent. Used in conjunction with metabolism retardants, a citizen in stasis can live for three days underwater or in a hazardous atmosphere.
Φ ROKROPER A crafted bioform product, issued in several versions. A one-use, or reloadable (the rifle version) area effect non-lethal crowd control system. Other variants are trip wire, timed fuse or operator launched charges. The fleshy, egg like charges burst into a web of smelly, gooey filaments that contract and entangle things caught inside the 15’ radius. The sticky web like material glues to most surfaces, so targets are entangled and restrained by being secured to the floor. The material dissolves after 15 minutes or upon contact with water. The product is also used in mining emergencies to temporarily contain cave-ins and stabilize rock falls. A chemical retardant is available to extend the working time of the web to one hour.
Φ ROPER-B A stronger and possibly lethal formulation, not used in industry and restricted. Product has been shown to literally cube a target when contracting upon contacting air. Use requires authorization.
Φ PEMBOSORB A metabolic retardant pharmaceutical. One formula, color coded tops for each of the three races. The patient is placed in a state of very low function, with greatly reduced respiration and nutritional needs. Duration depends on the dosage, lasting from one hour up to one week. Use is considered somewhat dangerous.
Φ VAXOPRESSIN A metabolic booster pharmaceutical. As a potion of haste.
Φ MARVALOX A metabolic booster pharmaceutical. As a potion of strength.
φ = Mother Technologies
ψ= Father Technologies
ʊ= Artifact of a previous age or alien origin