"Following the Revelation of the amazing Properties of the Crystal Lens, our Renovation of the Research Facility has progressed well. The speed of the Rebuild is entirely thanks to the strenuous work of our friends the Mountain Mummies, who have leased us the Facility. Apparently their own Experiments at this Site once had good results, many years ago. They seem quite keen to embrace our Newest Technologies, and allowed us to build a new tower for the Heliotrope. Those old days of using Dragons and Black Oil for heat are long behind us. We are now producing Crystal glass of the highest quality using only the raw Power of Kaliphlin`s bounteous Sunlight, and pure Dune Sea Sand. Today was a big day, which I record now for posterity. We dispatched our first full shipment of Double Crystal Glazing to our good friends the East Mitgardia Trading Company. Soon all Mitgardia will enjoy their beautiful Northern Winter views from the warmth and comfort of their own homes, with no drafts to chill them. What a Happy Christmas they should have!
Herr Liebniz supervised Handsome Jim in the loading the Caravanserai with Crystal glass. Handsome Jim appread to be more in need of Muscular Assistance than Managerial Direction, but we must all play to our strengths. The camel took the unfamiliar Load well, and contributed One of its own.
While One Eyed Jack completed the surface renovations, the Shaman Mola Ra spent considerable effort in Prayer at the Sarcophagus of the Unknown King, conjuring Spirits to guide us. For these people, the sacrifice of a Desert Scorpion is sure to bring safety and good Fortune to the Adventure ahead.
As we were preparing for the long Journey to Petrea and Barqa Beyond, a cry came from The Watcher. He had spotted one of our Caravanserais, many leagues hence.
Thanks to our Grinding and Polishing of the Crystal, we can now use Mirrored Glass to reflect the Sun, and send Coded Signals to the Manufactory from afar. The Watcher patiently deciphered the message. Good News! "Festival Tree received from Friends in North. Make more Lenses." What a way to celebrate the New Year! And, even better, our first shipments of Crystal Lenses for Eyeglasses, Spy Glasses, and Scrying Glasses, have been a Success in these times of Intellectual Awakening! I am so glad all Historica can benefit from the Manufactory, and our coffers with it!
The Watcher unfurled the Tower's Golden Dome and deployed the Heliotrope to send our message in reply.
It gets hot up there in the Chair, hot and lonely. But The Watcher never complains, he says he has been lonely for a thousand Years already. He just moves the controls that blink the mirrors, and sends the Code. "New batch coming. Raise prices for Christmas". And he calibrates the Heliotrope, to channel the Infernal Power of the Sun down to the Manufactory Below.
For the secret of the Tower is this - the Heliotrope has a Double Purpose. The intricate Parabola of Mirrors concentrates the light so strongly, that it shines down the Light Pipe with the power of a hundred Suns, hot enough to melt the Dune Sand below. Rasputin Jones, The president of the Petrea General Trading Company, seems extraordinarily interested in this method of transmitting Heat, but I have told him it is too Dangerous and uncontrollable. In fact we accidentally set fire to Scrub Bushes fully 3 Miles away in our early Calibrations of the Heliotropic Parabola!
But here in the Manufactory, the power is safely controlled. No more intemperate hot-blooded Dragons in this Modern Manufactory! The Molten Sand floats by reason of relative Density on a bed of superheated Quicksilver. This circulates by convection, pushing the molten Crystal to the edge of the furnace, where it cools and can be safely handled.
A full cutaway diagram of the Manufactory has been recorded by Petrea GTC artists, and will be made available for the edification of the General Publick, as soon as our Patents are confirmed.
Indeed, today was a great Day for Science, for Manufacturing, and for Commerce. But something Herr Leibniz said so casually made me wonder, is this Progress really such a great thing for us all?
"Doktor", he said, "This Glass is Flawless. Just think how perfect the image it produces will be."
"Yes, Herr Leibniz," I thought to myself, "A Perfect image, and a Monstrous one. I See it clearly for the first time. What have we done? How could a girl like Sally Templeton Smyth ever want anything to do with such a Monster as me? I see that my Dreams of Her can only ever be just that, the pointless Dreams of a Fool."
Edited by robuko, 12 December 2011 - 04:13 PM.