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  • From the moment the people of Daidama arrived on A'therys, they began producing wondrous inventions. Their creations are the result of a happy marriage between need and brilliance, often gleaned from the shifting runes of the Mosiach Obelisk. An inventive spirit has permeated their society, providing leading roles in everything from the structures of the region to the agricultural trade and a bustling economy.
     
    Loti, early creations of Mosech-Tan herself, are a series of blades that spin in a formation resembling that of a bloomed flower, pushing the surrounding air downward and causing the flotation of an attached object. The larger the Lotus, the stronger the lift, allowing the mechanism to raise objects higher or raise larger objects. Though the technology was abandoned prior to Maʼiidzil's release and the breaking of the Bou-zuh Mountain, several hundred Loti still float in the skies above the region of Gaotol Zhul, a testament to the longevity of the device. As an archaic technology, much knowledge of these mechanisms have been lost: once a Lotus is activated, it cannot be deactivated. To utilize these Loti for practical purposes, the Daidamese perfected a method for "weaving" wood, especially hemlock, into a sturdy arch that would support the passage of humans and animals between Loti. The arches can be built in segments, allowing builders to adjust the structure as they go. In this way, the Loti supports can be used to facilitate transport across the arduous landscapes, reducing travel time. Known as Jjeo Iiun in the old language, but nicknamed ‘Mosech Chains’ by outsiders, these bridges are remarkably efficient, unexpectedly beautiful, and display a true testament to the past and present ingenuity of the Daidamese people.
     
    During the reunification of Hyiru Kuon’s reign, the inventor Shan Suang devised a water powered-clock with thirty-six tilting scoops that rotated on a wheel. The device has kept perfect time since it was invented, spurring the unusual Daidamese obsession with keeping time. His son incorporated an armillary sphere and a celestial globe into the clock based on research done by the Eztalpaltli Alchemists, allowing the clock to also carefully track the positioning of celestial bodies in relation to time. Although the A'therian Common Calendar invented by the Daggerlanders has been adopted as the modern timekeeping method, the Suang device, which resides in the Imperator's Treasury, continues to function to this day.

    Specialized compost containers provide a key example of the intersection between necessity and innovation in Daidamese history. Despite the cool to temperate weather and shallow, rocky soil of Daidama, the people have managed to cultivate a variety of plants by allowing the ground to till and break down in layered elevation within their compost containers. From these containers, small ebony trees can be grown, providing Daidama with a primary trade good. These trees are bulk-grown in the compost containers for about one year before being chopped down, after which their wood is used to create intricate statuettes. More recently, agricultural innovation was stimulated by the discovered usefulness of textile plants. In 6C-102, a crate of bamboo from Phralan Ha was mistakenly included in a shipment of ebony to Eztalpaltl. Tampering with the bamboo fibers, the alchemists there discovered a process to transform the resilient wood into cloth. This infuriated Mosech-Tan and her Imperator, who demanded the details of this process as tribute for the “stolen” shipment. A fraction of the bamboo cloth was sent with a complex series of pictogram instructions embroidered into the fabric, decipherable only to the alchemists themselves. In time, the High Alchemists discovered that the toxicity of their swampland prevented the bamboo plant from growing there and were forced to reach an accord with Daidama. The Daidamese would begin shipping their bamboo material to Eztalpaltl to create textiles. In return, a third of bamboo-created textiles would remain with Eztalpaltl as payment for the process, while the remaining two-thirds returned to Daidama for their own use and export.

    Though the Daidamese are innovative in their own right, they have also greatly benefited from trade and exchanges of information from other lands. One such benefit was crucial in the design of better ways to grow Juniper bushes and Faewu, a special kind of berry used to create delicious drinks. Faewu grows exclusively in caves in the glacial region of Zhe-Han. The berries are harvested only by skilled gatherers who take great care to avoid the bone-piercing thorns of the plant itself. These fruits are roasted over an open fire to release the seeds, which are then pickled, dehydrated, and ground to a fine powder. This powder is mixed with warm alcoholic spirits to create an energizing drink that has become popular with wealthy individuals, even outside Daidama’s borders. In this fashion, the unexpected agricultural innovations of Daidama continue to support the region’s economy.

    The drive of necessity and innovation does have its pitfalls. The blacksmiths of Daidama have centered their craft around the repair of farming implements and other household tools, while only a few artisans have the knowledge to craft weapons and armor. This lack of specialization puts Daidama at a military disadvantage in an age where military might can be as much a deterrent as a bargaining chip. Asali Chau has opted to better arm her military by importing common metals from their neighbors and training a new caste of blacksmiths. While the many mercenary groups of Ji Szho cooperated in sharing their knowledge, the more traditional Junsaang Heibac - or ‘House of the Silver Moon’ - refused, insisting that handpicking students is necessary to ensure the highest quality. This division of old and new has created strained tensions among the upper and lower classes of citizenry, a division that must soon be healed if Daidama is to truly stake their claim to the Shattered Lands.

    From the time-keeping of the past to the agricultural innovation of the present, the threads of invention are omnipresent in Daidama. The actions of their people today, however, will determine what role that inventive spirit will play in their future.

     

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