The Storm Has a Name
The Tech axiom affects the interactions between living beings and the natural world around them. It defines the ways in which the living can manipulate and affect the unliving portion of their reality.
It does not say anything about what “natural laws” operate in a cosm, such as gravity or radiation, only how much (if any) advantage living beings can take advantage of those natural laws.
0—No technology is possible.
1—Natural objects such as rocks and sticks may be used as very simple tools. Fire can be domesticated but not created.
2—Fire making is invented. Small primitive tools made from stone, wood or bone are possible.
3—Advanced stone tool making possible. Spears with stone points and axes (more like clubs with a rock affixed to the end) are state-of-the-art weapons. Armor made from animal products
Rafts and small river craft appear. Animals such as dogs and goats may be bred and domesticated.
5—Agriculture invented, but still practiced largely as a dietary supplement to hunting and gathering.
Calendars based on easily visible phenomena may be invented.
Simple fired clay pottery can be created. Arithmetic is possible. The wheel or axled rollers first used for transportation. Fishing vessels (four or more beings, muscle powered) appear.
7—Metal is first smelted, tools may be made from first copper and then later from alloys like
bronze. Metal hand axes and daggers are state of the art weapons.
Bows are possible, but only with enough punch for small game.
Potter’s wheel appears, plow speeds agriculture. Glass, cloth, wine, beer invented. Seaworthy ships are possible but still musclepowered.
Oil lamps invented. Kiln-fired bricks used in buildings.
8—Medicine and astronomy as organized sciences are possible (given a sufficient Social axiom for sciences.) Civil engineering possible; pulleys, block and tackle are available machines. Avian, reptilian and other “difficult” lifeforms may be domesticated.
Hard metals such as iron are smelted. Bows are powerful enough for use as combat weapons. Metal armor appears. Maps may be created. Simple wind-powered vessels appear.
9—Timekeeping devices such as sundials and water clocks appear. Place-based numbering systems (such as the decimal system) may be invented. Astronomy fully developed. Silk may be harvested for fabrics.
Large buildings appear for first time, may have simple plumbing to provide water and transport waste. Wide-scale irrigation systems are possible.
Use of hard metals is common for professional tools, metal currency may become common (given a sufficient Social axiom for currency.) Sea vessels powered by more than one sail possible;
first true trans-oceanic vessels possible.
10—Pharmacy and surgery organized sciences; healing herbs
and simple drugs may be cataloged and produced. Lathes, paper,
candles may be invented. Dying of fabric is possible.
Concrete possible. Bridges, dams, aqueducts, tunnels, extensive
road systems can be built. Hard metal tools commonplace, quality of
metals improve significantly. Locks and keys become practical.
11—Specialized surgery, such as cataract surgery, possible. Basic
anatomy of living beings, with all vital subsystems, understood
enough to diagnose and treat many ailments.
Gears and screws possible, allowing exploitation of water power.
Sugar can be refined, milling expands greatly. Magnetic compasses
are possible but crude.
12—Hard metal alloys such as steel become possible. Wind
power exploitable with windmills. Rudders make boats more
maneuverable. Clay and ceramic techniques refined to the point
that porcelain is possible.
13—Inks are refined, making book printing (block printing)
possible. Acids can be produced, mechanical clocks possible.
Accurate magnetic compasses can be made. Gunpowder may be
invented; cannon are possible. Small hot-air balloons may fly.
Alcohol denatured for use as a disinfectant. Primitive analgesics
may be refined from plants. Biology develops categorization
of animals by function rather than appearance. Glass mirrors
are invented. Corrective spectacles possible, but not terribly
15—Cut-glass process invented. Telescope, microscope may
be invented. Steam power possible but very crude and inefficient.
Metal plates used for printing; printing press possible. Barometers
invented; crude weather prediction begins.
Crude firearms (matchlocks and wheellocks) possible; principles
of ballistics understood and exploitable. Basic mechanics of physics
understood. Probability theory and calculus invented. Magnetism and
electricity connected. Psionics possible if other axiom requirements
Aysle, Magna Verita (effective level in the Cyberpapacy’s
home cosm outside of the CyberChurch)
16—Metallurgical advances allow precision-machined parts;
Industrial revolution may begin. Efficient steam engines possible if
energy source better than wood available. Pocket watches, bifocals
possible. Muskets invented. Primitive rifling possible. Large hot-air
balloons can be built.
Velocity of light recognized as finite. Gravitation and tides
understood. Plant extracts and essences possible; inoculation
invented. Anesthesia introduced into surgery.
17—First electric batteries possible. Steamboats, telegraph, crude
calculating machines, somewhat portable electric generators appear.
Railroads are possible. Easy to ignite matches, sewing machines,
reaping machines, vulcanized rubber invented. Photography on
metal plates is possible.
Thermodynamic laws established. Bacteria recognized as
transmitters of disease. Cell structure explained. Evolutionary
theories first developed.
Flintlock firearms possible, rifling improved greatly. Artillery
pieces now very reliable; as explosive shells are refined, they replace
rifles as prime killer on the battlefield.
19—Single-action revolvers, repeating rifles, hand-cranked
machine guns, recoil-operated machine guns are possible. Tungsten
steel invented. Internal combustion engines possible.
Bicycles, telephones, hydrogen airships, gliders and submarines
become practical. Syringes first used for injections. Antiseptic surgery
developed. Photosynthesis understood.
20—Radio voice transmission possible. Crude, flimsy airplanes
can fly. Automobiles are reliable enough to replace animal-drawn
transport. Sonar invented. Brain surgery successful. Automatic pistols
and submachine guns possible. Movies, including “talking pictures.”
Radioactivity understood. Discovery of relativity is possible.
21—Tanks become an effective tool of war, metal-skinned
aircraft with jet propulsion, radar possible. Electron microscope,
vaccinations against viral diseases, antibiotics, television, polymers
and artificial fabrics, large mainframe computers, helicopters,
ballpoint pens appear. Nuclear power and bombs possible. Antimatter
22—Orbital spacecraft, lightweight automatic weapons, wireguided
munitions, integrated circuits, transistor radios, organ
transplants, crude artificial hearts and other organs, gene synthesis,
“test-tube” babies, 400,000 ton oil tanker, primitive space stations,
first home computers, space shuttle, neutron bomb, robot probes
to other planets.
23—Doppler radar, genetic engineering, cloning proven possible,
international computer networks, solar power, compact disks,
computer-controlled aircraft, fire-control helmets, laser-guided
munitions, large skirted hovercraft vehicles, permanent space station,
hyperplanes capable of Mach 20, limited fusion power.
24—Small skirted hovercraft practical, clone-organ replacement,
“intelligent” self-maintaining houses, holographic television,
high-energy laser weapons, fusion commercially attractive,
superconducting technology common, supercomputers achieve
limited awareness, efficient solar cells, retina scanners, “bionic”
prosthetics that function almost as well as natural limbs, practical
virtual reality (VR) technology, energized melee weapons.
26—Personal energy weapons common, portable fusion
generators possible. “Memory” metals and plastics available.
Sublight interstellar travel is feasible. Nanotechnology practical for
microscopic-scale uses, psionic-based technology may be created
if Social and Spirit axiom allow for psionics. Basic principles of
reality and possibility energy may be deduced.
Artificial intelligence in computers, cybernetic prosthetics as good
as or better than the natural components, advanced gene therapy,
extensive genetic engineering of physical traits possible.
28—Artificial gravity can be generated, nanotechnology practical
for macro-scale uses, “living” plastics possible, genetic engineering of
non-physical traits possible, regeneration of lost body parts possible,
primitive biotechnology possible, sublight interstellar travel practical
though relativistic effects must still be dealt with.
29—Technology may be used to manipulate magical energies.
Artificial intelligences can become self-aware and pass as living
minds but lack true sentience. Biotech spaceships are possible.
Genetic manipulation can create unnatural modifications in
30—Faster-than-light space travel possible, nanotech can be
formed into “living” materials that reshape themselves as needed,
anti-gravity technology available, computers may become fully
sentient and even possibility-rated. Force fields, biotech weaponry,
teleportation, dimension travel (fringe realities) are possible. Genetic
manipulation in conjunction with medical technology can create
virtual immortality. Possibility energy may be manipulated with
31—Atomic forces can be controlled to allow for dispersal and
“phasing” of materials through other materials; mass and volume
of objects can be similarly adjusted. Energy sources can similarly
be controlled and manipulated at the atomic level.
32—Matter and energy can be manipulated and shaped almost
33—Control over reality itself; space and time can be manipulated.
Time travel is finally possible.