Many of the things learned from the K'tonian ruins and reverse engineering their equipement is less that brutally obvious. While the flying airships and the grand artificer's mechanical clocks are obvious, less so are the mundane applications.
The Screw Drive
This is no fancy method of travel, but a functional differential that can change the force of motion from one direction to another. The use of a screw drive allows for the energy/motion generated by a waterwheel of horse turned capstan to be translated into vertical or lateral motion to power a weaver's loom, automate billows for a forge, or some other semi-industrial application.
The Christie Suspension
This form of suspension allows for carriages and war wagons to have smoother rides. The wheel is mounted to an axle, and then the axle is mounted to the far side of the vehicle body and fixed to the close side by a shock dampening body, in some places a spring and in others a cylinder filled with air and water. This makes for a heavier carriage as well as making the vehicle a good bit taller, but a much more comfortable ride. Go to Comment
The creak and groan of the iron hearted, wood shod windmill was a constant one in old K'ton. When water was not available to drive water wheels, the K'tonians raised great scaffolded towers and mounted slatted wheels to capture the power of the wind. These could reach as large as fifty feet across in areas with reliable winds. While modern windmills exist, most are fixed in location, built as part of a greater building. The K'tonian windmills worm gears that could be used to rotate the great fans into the wind no matter its direction for greater power.
The common applications for these giant mills were dirving pumps that kept water out of the deep mines that the K'tonians dug into the earth. Other uses included drawing water from wells, powering grist mills, and running the strange sliding and swinging booms of their technology. Go to Comment
The K'ton Enigma
While it is speculated that the K'tonians were decimated by illness or some similar plague-like catastrophe, one of the great enigmas of the Realm is the lack of K'tonian remains. While many of the ruins have been close to hermetically sealed, none have contained any sort of burial chambers, mausoleums, or even unceremonious dead left where they fell. A number of theories have been put forward as to the reason behind this oddity.
The Cremation Theory - This version holds that the K'tonians cremated their dead and had nu use for the trappings on honored dead. While there are certainly K'tonian Furnaces that have been uncovered that could have immolated a body very quickly, unless the operators threw themselves in after the last dead body, there would still be some dead somewhere.
The Continuation Theory - this theory holds that the K'tonians were removed from theit vault cities by the survivors who made a wide-scale abandonment of technology. These cities were later sealed away from the rest of the world by happenstance and nature.
The Void Consumption Theory - this is one of the more outlandish theories floating around. It defines a powerful anti-ego demon that was drawn to acts of hubris, and in massive strike destroyed the K'tonians and drew them into some hellish realm of non-existance.
The Nimz Mummy - One of the most amazing finds from the Nimz deep excavations was a partially buried corpse that had by virtue of cavern airflow and calcium buildup from a stalagtite had survived, somewhat. Controvery surrounds the partial remains, and it can be determined that the creature in life had hollow bones and feathers or a vestigial, or possibly juvenile nature. Some claim this is the only known K'tonian corpse while more level heads assert that it was some sort of pet or form of avian livestock.
The Tevash Dead - Found a decade before the Nimz Mummy, the Tevash dead consist of six skeletal corpses. Each has a humanoid profile but long spindly fingers and a thick lower jaw. Many construe that the Tevash K'tonians would have looked similar to a hybrid human-orc creature with possible elven features such as pointed ears, slanted eyes, and delicate hands
The Vyger Bone Pit - The Vyger Bone Pit is a shallow mas grave discovered near the ruins of the Old world city of Vyger, now almost completely destroyed by wind and rain. The pit contains a large number of bones, reconstruction reveals a humanoid creature, though the skulls are so bady crushed and destroyed that they could not be reconstructed. The bodies are similar to the Tevash Dead, but are slightly lighter in build. Many of the bones show signifigant damage, many being fractured, broken, or severed. Go to Comment
The only reason I wouldn't is that Wulfhere's Mirabilis is more a necromancer while the archetype Mirabilis of this 30 is the progenitor of the modern scientist. Similar name, some superficial resmblances, but underneath completely different ideals. Go to Comment
Really great archetypes. I like that you've drawn from history, but instead of lifting wholesale wizards we're familiar with, you've molded famous personages into unique mages. Well done. Go to Comment
The Black Forest- actually a part of another forest, is said to be cursed by the presence of some horrific monster, which burns the very earth with its body!
No one has yet seen it and lived to tell, so be warned!(see NPC Aurelius Blackfoot for details)