Paula hadn't eyes for many years, so it was always difficult to read her face. When Destiny had first met the plucky grad student, she was quite easy to tell from a distance. She wore her emotions on her sleeve, despite the thin veneer of professionalism. Now, with several years on her shoulders, and some of her face obscured, sweet Pollie was just plain Pollie. The discontent she felt, which was noticeable in her tense shoulders, was hidden well by her face.
Destiny was hard-headed, stubborn, and quite set in her ways; those three things lent themselves to Dr. Brigg's meteoric rise as the figurehead of knowledge in the Renewed Age. The discovery of the link between Terran Science and the Shaver Fields, enabling uniform, scientific learning of 'Magitech'; strides in algorithms that redefined machine learning; fibrous pnuemo-muscle structures that turned automation on its head; and the greatest achievement likely being the Briggs Function, the only known, safe algorithm that could allow safe mind-transfers between a human mind and that of a machine.
Pollie had only managed a quarter of the level of achievement in her current lifespan. Even then, her award winning paper: The Unknowable, Transferable Properties in Materials
, was merely a footnote reference in more popular papers in the materials studies of Mystech. Her works were a foundational knowledge, things that cutting edge stood on to confirm their work.
With a sigh and her enthusiasm drained, Pollie grabbed her equipment. She never expected to get through to Destiny, but it was hard to swallow every time it failed.
said Dr. Kashevsky, coming back to business, "the Anomalous Materials
division have analyzed the returned materials from Torriban IV. What we believe to have uncovered are ceramics and igneous formations that seem to react to various waves in a Shaver Field. Their effects seem to be most pronounced at high power, low frequency projections. At this time we have only been able to determine base effects on certain material compositions. I will demonstrate:"
The smallest researcher in the room gathered up a circular, ceramic ball, and set it on the floor. Then, from her coat, she tugged out a narrow rod. "Watch the sphere while I project with this effect rod."
Dr. Kachesky furrowed her brow, the lights on her goggles narrowing as she pointed the wand to one end of the room. With a bit of hesitation, the ball answered, rolling over to the point, before gently swerving it around as Paulie guided it around the room. "Another object has similar gravitational effects, this glass ball for instance; exudes force when the right waves are impressed upon it."
Now she drew up a glass sphere, its shape almost too pristine, and were it not for the small amount of refraction, it was near unnoticeable. Carefully, Pollie put the sphere on the floor, before waving her wand at it. "Now, obsSEERV--
A furious gust of force shot up from the ball, knocking the wand from Pollies hand, and blasting the hem of her large t-shirt over her head along with her lab coat. Thankfully, her shoulders kept anything from flying off, but her garments were upended.
"As you can--..."
Paulie wiggled her arms, furling her shirt back down. "As you can see, the results are incredibly powerful with only slight applications."