This winter is the harshest that Lanthara has seen in 10 years. Its been 2 days since the blizzard began, and snow has already piled up to 1.6 meters outside the door, with no signs of abating.
We are trapped inside the facility, but with proper rationing the food reserves are expected to last us a week. In the meantime, research continues as usual, with the new sample occupying the majority of my time.
The sample may prove to be the breakthrough that crystallises a concrete, scientific explanation of magic itself. However, the sample proves to be a problematic study subject, maintaining a fluctuating state of matter when under observation, while reverting to a crytalline form when contained in a Surtnarian maculite container under ambient conditions. The sample behaves differently when exposed to different conditions, deepening the mystery of its nature, but other sources may have an answer. Today’s experimental report is included here for reference.
- Maculite container is placed in an insulated heating chamber, and manipulators are used to open the container and place the crystal on heating platform.
- Maculite container is then removed. Sample is heated at an increasing temperature of 50 degrees/minute, temperatures are taken, and observations are recorded.
The white crystalline structure of the sample retains its state of matter up to 1100 degrees celsius, then begins to sublimate. The resultant gas has a soft, white glow, and flows around without any outside interference. Upon turning off the heater, the gas instantly condenses, and over a period of a minute the droplets seem to gravitate toward each other without any interference. Further observation details a crystalline structure forming on the base of the heating platform, with more vapour condensing on top of the structure, but reforming into another shape. The crystal stays inert when the chamber returns to ambient temperatures, although parts at the bottom of the heating chamber have been colored a slight, translucent hue of aqua as a result. Attempts to clean the ‘mess’ up have failed, suggesting that the change was not cosmetic, but perhaps some parts/properties of the heating chamber have been altered.
Further analysis of the altered heating chamber section parts show an improvement in tensile strength of 42.65%, and an increased thermal resistance of 76.54%. This unprecedented improvement needs further verification.
Repeat experiments of the sample yield several similarities and differences.
Similarities – The sample mass before and after the experiments does not change. The sublimation and condensation process of the sample remain the same, although the temperatures at which the process happens vary.
Differences – The change in states of matter for the sample seem to be related to the rate at which the chamber temperature is increased. The temperature at which the sample sublimates decreases exponentially with a heating rate increase (25% increase in heating rate from teach previous experiment).
With each heating process, various parts of the heating chamber have their material properties (tensile strength, thermal resistance, weight, and flexibility) improved, although the aqua coloring does not seem to be consistent with all the changes. The material alterations show a range of improvements between 20.9% to 146.96%, all of which are dependent on the duration at which these materials were exposed to the plasma.
Despite the difference in alterations of material properties throughout the series of experiments, somehow the parts of the heating chamber seem to work together, or at least ‘blend’ together with surprising efficiency. The result of the final experiment saw the majority of altered parts of the heating chamber demonstrate near-homogeneous properties, being able to handle much higher temperatures than before (initial maximum operating temperature was at 1500 degrees, new operating temperature is shown to be 2204.4 degrees, after testing in the localised furnace).
This phenomenon requires further testing with other materials.
I believe that the sample may be reactive to energy, which requires further testing to validate. Based off my limited observations, this substance defies the laws of matter, but holds exciting potential for further study. The potential to disrupt the industry, or maybe the world as we know it, could very well lie in this hand-sized crystal. I lie in my room with these exciting possibilities and theories in my mind, writing this. My dinner lies cold on the floor, but my mind is filled with the things that I’m looking forward to do tomorrow.