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Transparent Elements (so named for their see-through quality) come in a wide variety of forms, usually defined by their color. Each is ABS of some kind but has a unique universal resonance signature, resulting in spectacular and often variable properties (depending on Koincidence, circumstance, and proximity to any given particulate matter). Transparent Elements, then, remain as one of the most potent resources in the entire BrikVerse and minifigs will do much to acquire even the smallest amounts. The Elements are almost always formed in some truly epic fashion and are not naturally occurring so far as anyone knows. Contrary to logik, however, their elemental nature cannot be denied.
Orange Transparent ABS (OT) is the most powerful substance known to minifigs. The only source of this material is the frigid planet of Iceworld, where ancient crusades against Robotic Ice Daemons dropped the temperatures to far below absolute zero.
Under these impossible and supernaturally cold conditions, even lasers froze, rendering all of the crusaders' weapons useless, save one: the planet-destroying Orange Laser. Thanks to its massive scale, a central core of destructive energy was able to punch through the cold, even as the outer layers of the beam froze solid and peeled away.
Bazillions of years later, the frozen shards of petrified laser remain preserved under continents of shifting ice, retaining all of their ancient world-destroying power for anyone with the secret knowledge and will to forge them into weapons.
Orange Transparent Variants
There are several alternate versions of OT in the BrikVerse.
Orange Transparent Clone
Original OT is very hard to come by. So some enterprising souls with more brains than brawn set out to make their own. It was theoretically possible to manufacture OT since the original supply was man made. They devised a plan to scour ancient legendary battlefields for microscopic bits of OT that may have been knocked loose in the OTC vs OTC battles. After thousands of years of searching, they found it, a single atom of OT.
Now with an original OT sample they could begin the scientific process of cloning it into a larger usable supply. It took over 100 million years to discover the best mixture of chemicals, power levels and environments that would grow more OT. They eventually got the process down to 1 million years to make enough clone OT to make 1 chainsaw. The trick was that each mass of clone OT needed 1 atom of original OT at its core. The self repair properties of OT took care of the rest. The atom of OT would scavenge the adjacent materials to clone itself, this is a slow process. The resulting clone OT is inferior to the original, but anyone who actually knows the difference first hand isn't talking.
Ancient Battlefields are now a source of conflict among those factions who wish to clone OT. Each atom of OT an explorer finds and sells at auction or to a private buyer could buy him a planet. Although a minifig could spend his entire life searching and still find nothing.
Of course there are still mad scientists on isolated moonbases that are running experiments to recreate the conditions that produced the original OT. None have been successful. We suppose that's what makes them so mad.
False Orange Transparent
Discovered in R. 2,010, False OT ABS or Artificial OT ABS (not to be confused with Orange Transparent Clone) is very similar to real OT ABS in color and ability but there is one major difference. This false OT ABS will not withstand the same strain normal OT will. False OT ABS, under particularly strenuous conditions, will potentially explode with astronomical force. Due to this explosive quality, it has been adapted for other teknology, such as high explosive grenades. The only way to tell the OTs apart is in their coloring. Regular OT ABS is a dark orange while the artificial stuff is much lighter in color. Professor Sharkhead is credited with the creation of FOT but his motives for doing so remain a mystery. Speculation runs rampant but, truly, folks are more interested in whether anyone can develop or has developed a FOT Chainsword.
Deep in the future, possibly near R. 3,955, minifigs of the Skadus System in the Galaxia Nehellenium wage a desperate war against the personified Concepts of Peace, Stagnation, Boredom, and Banality, the Four Horsemen of the BrikVerse. The very cosmos themselves were the weapons in the final war that could end the BrikVerse forever and, with the most primitive societies at the end of days rating a Tek Level of at least 8, the remaining factions wielded them with utmost proficiency. No one knows what happened, whether the universe was, is, or has been saved, only that the remnants of titanic Ice Moons litter the destroyed system and that nothing but the cold quiet of those shards and the phantom apocalyptic battlers sometimes glimpsed within them permeates that dead space.
Those colossal ice chunks are supernaturally cold, far colder than "modern" Science can reasonably account for, and bear the dread, slumbering energy of some future Blue Transparent (BT) teknology. Massive collisions within the Ice Fields of Skadus occurring in every iteration of the universe have scattered the element throughout its own galaxy and beyond but remains best concentrated within the dead system. Few have determined how to appropriately use the element, however, as the energies involved are far beyond their ken. Weaker concentrations of BT are extremely rare but are much more malleable in the hands of capable scientists. Such BT is slow to activate and, though it possesses impossibly deep reserves of energy, it's energy generation output is surprisingly unfocused and not overly useful in a military capacity. It has, however, been used in emerging Cold Fusion Teknologies thanks to its profoundly steady and never ending power supply.
Blue Transparent Variants
There are several alternate versions of BT in the BrikVerse.
Prussian Blue is an enhanced BT with a higher cyclical energy regeneration rate and compressed storage matrices, resulting in more responsive, higher output power sources. It is used primarily by the Neo-Prussian Empire.
Interactions with other Transparent Elements
Elements can have unique effects when combined; following are examples of how BT combines with other elements:
BT + OT
Blue Transparent and Orange Transparent is a combination of pure power. BT is completely supplemental to OT, reinforcing and strengthening the already potent element.
Titanic energies are required to tear open paths between universes and alternate dimensions and the process is not without lasting aftereffects. More than a mere rip in space and time, these passageways are rents in existence. Frayed beige fibers fall away to reveal the emptiness beyond existence. Even the space between the Astral Plate, which is itself the space between universes, and another dimension is possessed of a terrifying emptiness.
As reality struggles to make sense out of literally nothing, a residue forms around the tattered opening between realities. This Clear Transparent (CT), formed as it is of almost nothing, is virtually weightless. This base level Legitimitium is not exactly rare but is highly uncommon and sought out by creators wishing to provide both visibility and a small measure of protection in the viewports, windows, and cockpits of their buildings and vehicles. It is also sought out by individuals wishing to augment their physical abilities as it allows them to jump higher, levitate, and sometimes even fly freely about.
Green Transparent Variants
There are several alternate versions of GT in the BrikVerse.
Zupponn Mining Co. Brand
Not precisely a true variant of GT, ZMC maintains a tight grip on the resource throughout virtually the entire civilized BrikVerse. In some galaxies, namely Galaxia Nehellenium, the group controls a monopoly. ZMC refines the ore with a proprietary process and nearly every refined chunk of the stuff floating around the BrikVerse is stamped with their mark.
The act of True Friendship is so exceedingly rare and disturbing to the BrikVerse that it actually warps the very fabric of reality whenever it occurs. Every particle in realspace buckles under the onslaught of good feelings and agonizingly transforms the color and function of everything within its radius.
Opaque colors are common, transforming the landscape with hues of pinks, purples, and lime greens. These places become sanctuaries for known users of this alarming power, such as the Fiends or the Pwnies, and wellsprings of Pink Transparent (PiT) flow there. The element serves as a power source for the creatures, fueling their desire to spread icky ideas about love and friendship throughout the universe.
Pink Transparent Variants
There are several alternate versions of PiT in the BrikVerse.
Feminine Product is PiT that is especially charged with gender bias and iffy market research. In it's basic form, it's mostly harmless, just another color for characters to enjoy. Being feminine isn't necessarily a requirement for harnessing its power, equal to any other Transparent aside from Orange, regardless of what society has to say about it. However, in the hands of the biased, it becomes a powerful tool of separation...between genders and of life from limb.
Purple Transparent was first 'discovered' by a Cabal of Warrior Monks well-versed in the Farce. It first materialised when one of their number got pretty creative in his use of rich language - Warrior Monks of the Farce are known for their swearing. Instead of turning the air blue it turned purple instead, and the first known instance of Purple Transparent materialised.
No one knows the properties of Purple Transparent yet, but it always seems to appear in cultures where swearing is commonplace. This means it often materialises within foundries, military establishments, and red light districts.
Nothing is more inherent to the nature of the BrikVerse and its inhabitants than the essence of violence and the drive for bloodshed. The very ideas are hardwired into their genetik and spiritual structures. Where ever that malevolence is purely expressed, Red Transparent (RT) grows. The more malevolence, the larger the deposit of RT. Battle sites, particularly ones charged with the emotional trauma of minifig's fighting with fierce purpose, are common repositories for the element. In fact, during conflict, minifigure blood does not flow but rather crystallizes upon forceful egress from the body. It becomes the coagulated essence of hatred and anger.
Red Transparent is extraordinarly powerful, burning with one of the most fundamental forces in the BrikVerse. It is for this very reason that it is also extremely radioactive and quite dangerous to handle directly. Virtually all known RT in the universe exhibits a property of energetic infection, wherein nearby briks are attacked on a molecular level and are matter transformed into Red Transparent. These contaminated briks lose all original function and become wholly RT, with all the same power and properties of the parent element. Sentient creatures are not immune to this process; even their minds will lose all synaptic cohesion and become transformed into the aggressive element. Luckily, this process is not immediate in most cases and requires long term exposure to the element.
Red Transparent Variants
There are several alternate versions of RT in the BrikVerse.
The Republic of Independent Nations is perhaps the one galaktik civilization most familiar with the properties of Red Transparent. The natives of their HomePlanet Trion discovered massive deposits of RT early in their historical development, what they then termed, "magic crystals." Through life-long exposure and natural evolutionary mutation, the natives of Trion became immune to the element's harmful effects. Over time, the RIN have become intimately familiar with the inner workings of the element and have gained a particular mastery over it. They developed a refinement technique which enhanced its radioactive properties, creating such devastating, world-killing technologies as the RT Seed Bomb, a weapon that launches a sizable chunk of RT into a planet's core causing the briks there to become infected and lose their function...an effect that is not healthy for the planet or its inhabitants in the least.
The Sanguine Brotherhood, a cabal of blood ritualists, are well known for descending upon a battlefield once the fight is done and harvesting all the blood spilled there. The Brotherhood performs several eldritch rituals of Low Magik on the collected RT, turning the blood into all manner of enchanted ointments and potions. The most common form this Ritualized Sanguineus takes is that of the magikal amulets and talismans the ritualists wear about their persons. These serve as foci for a ritualist's spellcasting, enhancing the power of his hatred and channeling it into pure violence.
When the Great Maker first said "Let there be Light!" and flipped the switch in his playroom, those first rays of Light flooded the room and soaked into the Beige Carpet. As the Carpet spread throughout infinity, becoming the space between worlds, it carried with it the scattered remnants of that original Light and lit up the stars. No light in the BrikVerse can ever match the intensity of purpose of that original Light but the Carpet drinks it all in anyway.
Every time a Farcaster takes a shot of a battlefield, that light is captured and reflected dozens, hundreds, or possibly thousands of times as viewscreens go live all over the BrikVerse. Farcasters edit out the appearance of the yellow haze by adjusting white balance before the images go live but it still lurks there, comprising a part of that white light, and it multiplies exponentially as Beige Carpets everywhere are drenched in the light of those viewscreens.
Careful and clever miners know how to sift gently through the threads of the Carpet, that very fabric of the universe, to extract this ore. It is used, naturally, primarily as a light source by minifigs but if enough Yellow Transparent (YT) is layered together and significantly compressed, it can generate an intense heat and may serve as a power source or weapon of some kind.