Berlenite is a type of crystal that generates magical energy. It is mined by the dwarves and can be used to power almost any device. The dodona referred to the crystals as Seeds, and used them as the main source of power in their technology.
The innovator Luseg Dragoneye (of Luseg Inventions) discovered that lightning magic can draw more energy from berlenite. This method is used in thunderhouses across the city, generator stations which provide Rao’s Sanctuary with electricity.
The thunderhouses are connected to vast lighting grids, which illuminate the streets at night as well as citizens’ homes. These lamps make a faint buzzing sound when switched on. Citizens unable to afford personal electricity still use flame lanterns. Portable, crystal-powered handlamps are employed by the police force and miners.
Berlenite is also used in timekeepers, inspired by instruments found in Dodonan ruins. Many Dodonan timepieces also reflected the movements of the stars and planets as well, but the dwarves did not see fit to replicate this feature. Timekeepers are usually wall fixtures, but ‘pocket’ versions are small enough to be worn on chains.
Distant citizens of Rao’s Sanctuary can talk to each other via voicelines. A user will speak into one of these non-portable devices, which then converts their voice into electricity and transmits it to another voiceline. This allows for instant, long range communication. Private voicelines are expensive, however, mainly used by important businesses and government officials.
Poorer citizens use communal voicelines (public cubicles, also known as voiceboxes) to make a call. An individual must find a voicebox and push a button to contact an operator, who will then forward the call to the intended recipient.
Motor carriages are in an early stage of commercial production. The primary manufacturer is the Redhelm Motor Carriage Company, though Luseg Inventions also competes in the industry.
Motor carriages are sturdy boxes of metal and glass, which stand on four wire wheels (not wooden wheels, like in the more common horse-drawn carriage). Motor carriages feature front-mounted engines, which are fuelled by fire magic and combustible oils drawn from the mines.
For the poor citizen, a rail system connects the different areas of Rao’s Sanctuary via tram. The trams are steam-powered and comfortable, and can house many people. The Academic oversees the timetables and ensues the trams run smoothly.
Broadcast boxes operate like one-way voicelines. Episodes (talk shows, news bulletins, music programmes or scripted dramas) are transmitted across the city from a central location, and received in homes. Families often listen together over meals. The programmes are state-run.
Luseg Inventions recently developed the pictobox, a small device which filters light onto enchanted paper to capture still images. It is faulty and has yet to catch on.