This is head researcher Bren Shiny for the Technocracy’s Artificer’s Guild- Lead Energy Research Team.
We think we may have stumbled onto gold here. We have been tirelessly searching the known universe for a source of energy to harness that will last us forever and that we can use with impunity. But now I realize we have been searching in all the wrong places.
It came to me, in a dream. I was floating in a dark void, when in the distance I saw a recognizable figure. Cogs, millions and millions of them, all turning constantly, never slowing, moving at different rates, but all working together. When I awoke, all I could think about was those cogs, then it hit me. There is no place in this universe that would have the energy we seek. But what about OTHER universes? Other planes of Existence? I went back to the research, to the old texts of the wizards we thought were insane because they wanted to breach the fabric of our reality and go to other planes. These wizards weren’t insane after all! (At least most of them) They were visionaries, ahead of their time!
After searching through the libraries and every resource imaginable, I have found what I was searching for. The plane of Law! Of course, a plane of existence in which its only function is to run on a set of rules, such as perpetual motion. We can use this! Oh yes, we simply need to find a way to get there. That is going to be the new goal of my research team.
Damn it all! The old research and notes of our forbears is exhaustingly lacking in useful information. Spells and incantations are well and good for the people who created them or have years of experience in casting them, but we don’t have that luxury. No, we must find a way to travel between the dimensions with SCIENCE!!! We are crafting theories currently on how we might move through the fabric of our universe while not shredding ourselves into millions of little pieces….
Finally, a step in the right direction! We got our first glimpse of the plane of Law today! It is a glorious milestone for our people. Using powerful vibrations and magically enhanced microscopes, we were able to rip open a tiny hole that showed the plane of law. We recorded our experiment and it will be placed in the grand library for our posterity.
Something that was in the footage worries me though. There were creatures spotted in our recording. We saw the gears, but we also saw what seemed to be automatons or clockwork creatures wondering around as well. Though we only had a 30 second window to watch, there were multiple (8) different creatures that passed through our field of view. This leads me to believe that the plane of law could be infested. We will need to look at these creatures in more depth to find out if they will be a hindrance to our goals.
I was correct, though I wish I wasn’t. After repeating our experiment multiple times, we continue to see these creatures regularly. There seems to be different kinds, but the changes seem purely cosmetic from our viewpoint. Until we can directly interact with them, there is no way to know for sure, as they are largely inactive while we view them.
On another note, the portal project has hit a roadblock. We can create small unstable portals, but they collapse before we can do much to experiment with them. I am seeking permission from the higher ups to use a stronger energy source to pull open the portal.
I have been granted access to one of our more powerful star generators. It is very rare that these are allowed to be used, as they are highly dangerous to activate and drain a lot of energy from the star we use. We also moved our experiment to a remote location outside of the Technocracy’s boundaries, as if something were to go wrong, we would not want to risk destroying everyone.
With everything set up, I and my other lead researchers moved to an observation deck nearby and started the experiment, using a power output from the generator at 10%. As we felt the air hum around us, we saw a flicker down in the experiment chamber. The vibrations increased in intensity until it reached a fever pitch. Then it felt like something snapped. With the snap, all vibrations ceased and we could see the plane of law, physically with no need for observational equipment! We sent a grad student down to run a series of experiments for us to observe. The hole that we created was currently only about the side of a child’s hula hoop, roughly 3-4 feet in diameter. We asked the student to first approach the hole, student complied. Upon reaching the hole, we asked the student to toss a series of objects of increasing mass into the hole to see how it would respond. The list of items and responses are listed below:
Cloth (lab coat on student) Cloth appears unharmed
Arlen’s Lunch (the other grad student) Passes Unharmed, protests heard
An iron rod Passes unharmed, Portal flickers
A common rabbit Passes unharmed, Portal collapses . shortly after
Again, we are dealing with the constraints of not being able to keep the portal stable. We restart the process and open the portal again. Inside, we see the rabbit, dead. We are not sure what killed the rabbit, though we hypothesize that either it suffocated or was killed by one of the creatures from the plane itself. We increased the power to 20% in the hopes that the extra power would help keep the portal open. We then conducted an impromtu test in the attempt to retrieve the rabbit. I used a little of the magic I know to attempt to pick up the rabbit and bring it back into our plane for inspection. The spell seemed to work at first, but before I got the rabbit back through the portal, one of those creatures passed by the portal and the spell immediately ceased its effects on the rabbit. I can only conclude that these creatures have some sort of innate ability to cancel out magic. After the creature appeared, it stopped and examined the portal before picking up all the items we had tossed through the portal and stacking them in a neat fashion, even folding the grad student’s lab coat. It then carried on its way and after a few minutes, I was able to call on my spell again and pull the objects back through the portal, which once again collapsed under the load of the objects passing through it.
We decided to call it a day after this, as I wished to analyze my notes and allow the team to examine the objects that had been exposed to the plane of law for roughly an hour.
We have been analyzing the data and come up with some answers, but also some new questions. After the rabbit’s post mortem autopsy, it was found that the rabbit had indeed died due to asphyxiation and had not been violently murdered by the local inhabitants. This is good news indeed, as it just means we can continue further into our research with less fear of being assaulted by those clockwork creatures. The old texts refer to these creatures as Inevitables, a foreboding name which did worry us at the time. We shall refer to those creatures as such now, to keep them constant through all the data. I have a feeling though that we will eventually need to find a way to easily deal with the Inevitables if we want to have free reign of the plane of law. I will be working on that in my own time, as this could be extremely dangerous and I don’t want the politics of the Technocracy to get in the way of progress.
As for the portal, we are making strides, I think. We have been trying different metals and created the portal in different mediums to see if this affects the portals stability. It seems that the more particles there are to interact with the portal, the more unstable it becomes. Our experiment with creating the portal in a liquid medium ended terribly, with the portal merely flickering out of existence immediately. We then put the chamber in a vacuum and achieved the best results so far. I just think we need to tinker with the frequency and amplitude of the vibrational energy we are generating to find an optimal mix.
My lab notes from 2370-2389 were burned badly in our last experiment and could not be saved. Who knew that by tweaking the timing and speed of the vibrations could even open up portals to different planes of existence. Last experiment accidentally opened up in the plane of fire, and none of us were prepared for it. Luckily, I had an emergency shut off switch located next to me, though we lost our original grad student to the lava that poured through the portal. We have now found the different frequencies at which the Plane of Law will open up. Meanwhile, I have been crafting a special suit. This suits purpose is two-fold. First, and what my team knows of it, my suit is to help me pass through the portal for an extended period of time safely. I should be shielded from the lack of oxygen, and any other harsh elements/temperatures that I may face. The 2nd use of my suit is a little more important though, as it will act as my camouflage and allow me to get close to the inevitables so that I can learn about them. I have been researching and they seem to be constructs. I am already working on crafting a magic rod that will allow me to tune to their frequencies and have them do my bidding. This will be invaluable for moving heavy equipment, but mostly for keeping them out of my way for the future. I have not gotten a chance to test this yet though, but my big day is fast approaching.
This is it! The suit is complete! I have created all the contingency plans I can imagine to make sure this experiment goes off without a hitch and brings me safely back after I am done in the Plane of law. I am taking some of my ‘other’ materials as well for some specialized tests. After the experiment, I will return to finish up my notes.
Damn that incompetent Sloan! I had just entered the portal when it started collapsing on us again. I left specific instructions for how to keep the portal open by cranking up the power a few clicks and sealing off the room, but he still allowed it to collapse. I was stuck in the plane of law for 3 days!!! The only good news is that I was able to perform my experiments without anyone seeing them. My rod I created was insufficient, but now that I have first hand knowledge of the inner workings of these creatures, I am confident I will be able to work them. They are surprisingly intelligent, they knew why I was there and actually carried on some conversations with me. They even offered to drop me back in my plane, though I politely declined and continued to study both them and the cogs of the plain. Next time, I think I will truly have some miraculous results to report to the higher ups.
Finally! Its been a few months in the making, but I believe I am prepared for my real trip into the Plane of Law. My fellow researchers have suits similar to mine, though it is in appearance only, as none of them are near smart enough to construct the kind of suit I have made for myself. Their’s are more closely related to paper mache with air support systems underneath. The plan of attack is for myself to enter and sound the all clear before the others head in so we can start setting up or kinetic energy harvesting machines. I just better make sure that Sloan, whom I am leaving back here, does not ruin everything….
Personal Entry 1:
DAMN YOU SLOAN!!!! I don’t know what that idiot did, but he probably spilled coffee on the control panel. All I know is that once I stepped into the portal, it broke down catastrophically before I was all the way through. I would have been ripped to atoms if my suit hadn’t protected me. I landed in some eccentric’s castle, and when i tried to explain who I was, he just tossed me in the dungeon. If I ever get back to the Technocracy, I will personally toss Sloan into the Plane of Fire myself.