Lost World Adventures
Technology and Religion of the Lost World
Genesis 4:22 -“Tubalcain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron…”
Newerth technology was, in many ways, far more advanced than that of the modern age. Due to critical and radical changes in the planets atmosphere, lithosphere and magnetosphere, many of the artifice so common before the cataclysm cannot be duplicated, or even conceived of, today.
For instance, the substance then known as bdellium (now the inert metal copper) was prized for its properties. Easily refined and highly malleable, bdellium reacted naturally with earth’s once powerful magnetic field to produce energy distortions that shimmered and defied gravity. Bdellium dynamos were common engines, which generated fields of varying strength lifting vehicles and, in some cases, whole buildings off the ground!
Due to differences in air density, pressure and atmospheric gases, magnetism, filtered cosmic radiations and unreduced geologic radioactivity and pressures many metals, crystals and reactive substances like acids and halogens behaved very different than they do today. A common crystal know at the time as ultima, now called quartz, was harnessed for its properties when exposed to light and electricity.
Ultima crystals as much as six feet tall crowned temples, palaces and towers pulsing out communication codes and transmitting sound and even visual signals all over the world. When placed within a bdellium field, ultima crystals could be tuned to focus light beams so powerful they could burn through stone and incinerate living flesh!
The inhabitants of the wild and lawless earth used these mighty and ingenious technologies indeed to rain down violence upon themselves and wrought, with much sorrow, the beginnings of destruction that would prove to be a long legacy of ingenious cruelty accredited to mankind. For those who lived in the 2nd age, much as it is today, technology was as much a wonder as it was a horror. Countless other elements were applied to ingenious mechanical devices that defy modern logic and appear, to an observer from todays comparatively alien world, to be pure magic.