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|user      = Dwarves, rarely [[Ailor]]
 
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*Source of power for usage of pistons and basic mechanics.  
 
*Source of power for usage of pistons and basic mechanics.  
 
*Research potential
 
*Research potential
 
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|rarity    = Uncommon
|proficiency    = 25 Metallurgy
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Steam power is a [[dwarf|Dwarven]] invention that employs the use of steam to drive pistons, and in turn, very basic mechanics. However, the technology is still in its very early infancy and has only been known to Ailor for a handful of years. The Dwarven people had used Steam Power for centuries in their holds, using it in their Holds in the form of grand doors, traps, and otherwise. Some scholars and engineers, both Dwarven and [[Human]], have found great interest in this new discovery and strive to bring the technology to its full potential. Though despite this, steam power at its current stage still has many limitations, drawbacks, and struggles to find practical uses. Due to this, steam power remains as something to be developed by Aloria’s great minds, but until then, it is used where it can be.
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Steam Power is a [[Dwarven]] invention that employs the use of steam to drive pistons, and in turn, very basic mechanics. However, the technology is still in its very early infancy and has only been known to [[Ailor]] for a handful of years. The Dwarven people had used Steam Power for centuries in their Holds, using it in their Holds in the form of grand doors, traps, and otherwise. Some scholars and engineers, both Dwarven and [[Human]], have found great interest in this new discovery and strive to bring the technology to its full potential. Though despite this, Steam Power at its current stage still has many limitations, drawbacks, and struggles to find practical uses. Due to this, Steam Power remains as something to be developed by [[Aloria’s]] great minds, but until then, it is used where it can be.
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
The invention of steam power is shrouded in some mystery in the present day, as Steam Power had been employed on a very basic level within Dwarven Holds for centuries. The earliest known mechanics were those of Duindin himself, who was rumored to have kept a personal corps of engineers in his employment, though their mechanical knowhow was very limited by all accounts. These early designs were flawed and largely unsuccessful. One even catastrophically exploded, which injured several of the would-be inventors, but every failure only educated the group of persistent engineers under Duindin’s command. After a long struggle to find any dwarf still willing to make the parts for one of these prototypes, eventually one was “assembled overnight by an adventurous dwarf known as Ragnor Stonefist, and successfully tested by the Dwarven inventors of the time. Sluggish and inefficient as it was, it was the first functioning steam engine in Aloria.
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The invention of Steam Power is shrouded in some mystery in the present day, as Steam Power had been employed on a very basic level within Dwarven Holds for centuries. The earliest known mechanics were those of Duindin himself, who was rumored to have kept a personal corps of engineers in his employment, though their mechanical know-how was very limited by all accounts. These early designs were flawed and largely unsuccessful. One even catastrophically exploded, which injured several of the would-be inventors, but every failure only educated the group of persistent engineers under Duindin’s command. After a long struggle to find any Dwarf still willing to make the parts for one of these prototypes, eventually one was “assembled overnight by an adventurous Dwarf known as Ragnor Stonefist, and successfully tested by the Dwarven inventors of the time. Sluggish and inefficient as it was, it was the first functioning steam engine in Aloria.
  
Centuries later, in 298 AC, steam power inevitably fell into the hands of [[human|Humans]] as dwarves began to trade with the topside world, due to desperation more than anything else. While initial rumors and stories of its existence proved uninteresting due to their apparent unreliability. Eventually functioning, albeit small, steam engines began to be sold to [[Regalia|Regalian]] engineers and scholars. Most of those who purchased the devices were disappointed at how underwhelming steam engines performed. However, they were quickly reverse-engineered, and human-made prototypes were being designed the very same year. A curious snag in the history of Steam Power was discovered in a Skyforge Seraph Ruin, with the usage of apparently Steam Powered traps being described by adventurers. What the meaning of this could possibly be is still unknown, but it has sparked scholarly debate on how the traps made their way into the Seraph Ruins, if the Dwarven people did in fact create them.  
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Centuries later, in 260 AC, Steam Power inevitably fell into the hands of Humans, specifically the Ailor as Dwarves began to trade with the topside world, due to desperation more than anything else. While initial rumors and stories of its existence proved uninteresting due to their apparent unreliability, it was at the behest of the Chancellors Tarnan and Sarvan Kade that first contact was made by Regalian officials. This meeting proved valuable, not just to the Dwarves, but also the Regalian Empire as advanced Steam Power entered into the life of thousands of Regalian citizens through the reverse-engineering of simple Dwarf technology traded to the Empire by the cautious Holds. The reverse engineering process came remarkably fast after that, and Dwarves newly migrated to the Empire found themselves working on Ailor machines rather than their own. Overall, it saw industrial capabilities of the Empire triple over the coming decades. A curious snag in the history of Steam Power was discovered in a Skyforge [[Seraph]] ruin, with the usage of apparently Steam Powered traps being described by adventurers. What the meaning of this could possibly be is still unknown, but it has sparked scholarly debate on how the traps made their way into the Seraph Ruins, if the Dwarven people did in fact create them.
  
 
==Procurement/Construction==
 
==Procurement/Construction==
Steam power in modern Aloria is still extremely limited in its uses, and the effectiveness of a steam piston differs from item to item. Dwarves have found more value for the devices over time, but Ailor have yet to be largely impressed by the still rather weak engines, and they continue to disregard it outside of a few engineering specialists. An arguably understandable decision, because despite how steam engines have developed since their initial discovery, they remain weak and unreliable. As such, Steam Power is not something that can be researched by anyone with less than 25 in Metallurgy, and cannot be procured without at least 25 in Underworld Knowledge, due to the soft ban on their usage in the Regalian Empire. Despite Human disinterest, some individuals have been known to purchase steam engines to automate certain simple tasks, though they are still disregarded as a serious invention due to this. While Human-made airships largely remain powered by sail, private builders are beginning to experiment with steam power, with limited success.  
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Steam Power in modern Aloria is still extremely limited in its uses, and the effectiveness of a steam piston differs from item to item. Dwarves have found more value for the devices over time, but Ailor have yet to be largely impressed by the still rather weak engines, and they continue to disregard it outside of a few engineering specialists. An arguably understandable decision, because despite how steam engines have developed since their initial discovery, they remain weak and unreliable. As such, Steam Power is not something that can be researched by anyone with less than 25 in Metallurgy, and cannot be procured without at least 25 in Underworld Knowledge, due to the soft ban on their usage in the Regalian Empire. Despite Human disinterest, some individuals have been known to purchase steam engines to automate certain simple tasks, though they are still disregarded as a serious invention due to this. While Human-made airships largely remain powered by sail, private builders are beginning to experiment with Steam Power, with limited success.  
  
 
==Characteristics==
 
==Characteristics==
 
===Physical Characteristics===
 
===Physical Characteristics===
Steam Power comes from the usage of basic copper pipes that have steam funneled through them. Basic steam engines largely make use of copper and tin, with initial constructions of the engines being simplistic in design. Dwarves make use of Steam Power piping by inscribing designs upon the side of the piping, usually with imagery of Duindin or the greater dwarven faith. More advanced Steam Engines are made with lighter alloys of copper and tin, allowing for their usage in basic Airship technology.
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Steam Power comes from the usage of basic copper pipes that have steam funneled through them. Basic steam engines largely make use of copper and tin, with initial constructions of the engines being simplistic in design. Dwarves make use of Steam Power piping by inscribing designs upon the side of the piping, usually with imagery of Duindin or the greater Dwarven faith. More advanced Steam Engines are made with lighter alloys of copper and tin, allowing for their usage in basic Airship technology.
  
 
==Application==
 
==Application==
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==Custom Effects==
 
==Custom Effects==
Steam Power using items always run the risk of a malfunction, in the form of explosions. If a steam power pipe or engine is not properly crafted and given cooling vents, explosions and overheating are frequent.
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Steam Power using items always run the risk of a malfunction, in the form of explosions. If a Steam Power pipe or engine is not properly crafted and given cooling vents, explosions and overheating are frequent.
  
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
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*Engineers who specialize in steam engines can often be spotted due to their likely possession of a pair of goggles. Steam is painful enough when it burns skin, but steam in one’s eye can cause blindness in some cases.
 
*Engineers who specialize in steam engines can often be spotted due to their likely possession of a pair of goggles. Steam is painful enough when it burns skin, but steam in one’s eye can cause blindness in some cases.
 
*Steam-powered airships have found limited success in piracy and are favored for their lack of dependence on the wind. However, if the balloon is pierced and not repaired immediately, the airship will slowly sink.
 
*Steam-powered airships have found limited success in piracy and are favored for their lack of dependence on the wind. However, if the balloon is pierced and not repaired immediately, the airship will slowly sink.
 
 
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Revision as of 23:50, 14 August 2019

Steam Power
Noimg.png
Technology
Invented by Dwarves
Used by Dwarves, rarely Ailor
Common uses
  • Source of power for usage of pistons and basic mechanics.
  • Research potential
Rarity Uncommon
Proficiency 25 Metallurgy Arts

Steam Power is a Dwarven invention that employs the use of steam to drive pistons, and in turn, very basic mechanics. However, the technology is still in its very early infancy and has only been known to Ailor for a handful of years. The Dwarven people had used Steam Power for centuries in their Holds, using it in their Holds in the form of grand doors, traps, and otherwise. Some scholars and engineers, both Dwarven and Human, have found great interest in this new discovery and strive to bring the technology to its full potential. Though despite this, Steam Power at its current stage still has many limitations, drawbacks, and struggles to find practical uses. Due to this, Steam Power remains as something to be developed by Aloria’s great minds, but until then, it is used where it can be.

History

The invention of Steam Power is shrouded in some mystery in the present day, as Steam Power had been employed on a very basic level within Dwarven Holds for centuries. The earliest known mechanics were those of Duindin himself, who was rumored to have kept a personal corps of engineers in his employment, though their mechanical know-how was very limited by all accounts. These early designs were flawed and largely unsuccessful. One even catastrophically exploded, which injured several of the would-be inventors, but every failure only educated the group of persistent engineers under Duindin’s command. After a long struggle to find any Dwarf still willing to make the parts for one of these prototypes, eventually one was “assembled overnight by an adventurous Dwarf known as Ragnor Stonefist, and successfully tested by the Dwarven inventors of the time. Sluggish and inefficient as it was, it was the first functioning steam engine in Aloria.

Centuries later, in 260 AC, Steam Power inevitably fell into the hands of Humans, specifically the Ailor as Dwarves began to trade with the topside world, due to desperation more than anything else. While initial rumors and stories of its existence proved uninteresting due to their apparent unreliability, it was at the behest of the Chancellors Tarnan and Sarvan Kade that first contact was made by Regalian officials. This meeting proved valuable, not just to the Dwarves, but also the Regalian Empire as advanced Steam Power entered into the life of thousands of Regalian citizens through the reverse-engineering of simple Dwarf technology traded to the Empire by the cautious Holds. The reverse engineering process came remarkably fast after that, and Dwarves newly migrated to the Empire found themselves working on Ailor machines rather than their own. Overall, it saw industrial capabilities of the Empire triple over the coming decades. A curious snag in the history of Steam Power was discovered in a Skyforge Seraph ruin, with the usage of apparently Steam Powered traps being described by adventurers. What the meaning of this could possibly be is still unknown, but it has sparked scholarly debate on how the traps made their way into the Seraph Ruins, if the Dwarven people did in fact create them.

Procurement/Construction

Steam Power in modern Aloria is still extremely limited in its uses, and the effectiveness of a steam piston differs from item to item. Dwarves have found more value for the devices over time, but Ailor have yet to be largely impressed by the still rather weak engines, and they continue to disregard it outside of a few engineering specialists. An arguably understandable decision, because despite how steam engines have developed since their initial discovery, they remain weak and unreliable. As such, Steam Power is not something that can be researched by anyone with less than 25 in Metallurgy, and cannot be procured without at least 25 in Underworld Knowledge, due to the soft ban on their usage in the Regalian Empire. Despite Human disinterest, some individuals have been known to purchase steam engines to automate certain simple tasks, though they are still disregarded as a serious invention due to this. While Human-made airships largely remain powered by sail, private builders are beginning to experiment with Steam Power, with limited success.

Characteristics

Physical Characteristics

Steam Power comes from the usage of basic copper pipes that have steam funneled through them. Basic steam engines largely make use of copper and tin, with initial constructions of the engines being simplistic in design. Dwarves make use of Steam Power piping by inscribing designs upon the side of the piping, usually with imagery of Duindin or the greater Dwarven faith. More advanced Steam Engines are made with lighter alloys of copper and tin, allowing for their usage in basic Airship technology.

Application

As Dwarves became capable of creating larger and more powerful steam engines, they began experimenting with the possible uses. Initial tests at powering ships proved unsuccessful, as the engines simply lacked the torque to power something through water. However, attaching propellers to the engines and using them to power airships was found to be far more successful. Steam airships remain somewhat unreliable, though this was considered an improvement over their old, sail-driven methods.

Transport was not the only use Dwarves found for steam engines; it was soon discovered that steam engines were far more suited for lighter tasks, such as grinding wheat, operating pumps, and automating certain blacksmith tools. While far less exciting than steam-powered airships, this automation allows for wealthier dwarves to make their lives less labor-intensive. As a result, the idea was relatively well-received among them, but this is about as close to success as the steam engine has come as of today.

Custom Effects

Steam Power using items always run the risk of a malfunction, in the form of explosions. If a Steam Power pipe or engine is not properly crafted and given cooling vents, explosions and overheating are frequent.

Trivia

  • Steam engines are nearly always made of brass due to its resistance to rust. Iron or steel has proven to be very unsuitable for the engines, as the moisture from the steam would quickly corrode them.
  • Engineers who specialize in steam engines can often be spotted due to their likely possession of a pair of goggles. Steam is painful enough when it burns skin, but steam in one’s eye can cause blindness in some cases.
  • Steam-powered airships have found limited success in piracy and are favored for their lack of dependence on the wind. However, if the balloon is pierced and not repaired immediately, the airship will slowly sink.

Accreditation
Writers LumosJared
Artists None
Processors HydraLana
Last Editor HydraLana on 11/4/2019.

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