A Flux Matrix is a Dark Lament designed piece of Science Friction
that looks like a small, purple liver. It is completely still
when unloaded, but when loaded with preformulated Ebb calculations
the Matrix pulses with low frequency. In order to function properly, a Flux Matrix must be grafted
onto the user's DeathSuit - it fits tightly onto the wrists portion
of the suit. To activate the Matrix the user places a hand over
the Matrix and activates the desired calculation with a short
Formulaic equation. A Flux Matrix is a sentient Ebb Organism that can store Ebb Calculations.
As Ebb Calculations are dynamic, storing precalculated equations
is not simple; too many variables can change from moment to moment.
But the Flux Matrix can compute these variables indipendently;
thus it is quasi a bionic DeathSuit co-processor. While the DeathSuit
acts as calculation enhancer, the Flux Matrix can read ambient
Flux variables, compute their values in prestored equations and
quickly feed the complete equation into the user's brain, so that
he can execute them without having to calculate them himself.
There are a variety of Flux Matrixa, distinguished by the number
of equations they can store. Standard Dark Lament Matrixa come
in 3, 7, 9 and 13 equation Matrixa, costing 699, 999, 1333 and
3333 Credits respectively. To store an Ebb equation into the Flux Matrix, the user precalculates
the Ability in a non-stressful situation. He rolls a standard
CONC-test, to see if he correctly calculates the Ability and identifies
all situational variables correctly. Then he rolls a Formulae
roll and adds the Success Die from the CONC-test. If the result
indicates a success, the Ability is stored in the Matrix and can
be executed any time the user wishes. Executing an equation stored in a Flux Matrix counts a no Action,
but executing two equations does count as an Action. Thus a maximum
of two equations can be executed from a Flux Matrix per Phase.
To store an Equation the Ebon pays the FLUX needed for the Ability
plus an additional 7 FLUX for storage. Any point scored on the
Success Die of the Formulae roll reduces the total by one point.
**Note:** Rumors that Flux Matrixa possess enough sentience
to "take over" the Ebon are wholly unsubstantiated. The Flux Matrix uses DNotice-system terminology. The procedure
for standard SLA system is as follows:
To store an Ebb equation into the Flux Matrix, the user precalculates
the Ability in a non-stressful situation. He rolls a standard
CONC-test, to see if he correctly calculates the Ability and identifies
all situational variables correctly. Then he rolls a Formulae
roll and adds any points in excess of 21 scored in the previous
CONC-test. To store an Equation the Ebon pays the FLUX needed
for the Ability plus an additional 7 FLUX for storage. Any point
scored on the Formulae-test in excess of 21 reduces the total
by one point (up to a maximum of 6 points). |