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Author Topic: Alchemy for power supply?  (Read 500 times)
river rat
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« on: July 11, 2015, 02:08:30 am »

First i think i have to admit to something. I'm a fringe steam punk fan. I like the esthetics and creativity of it. Not really a history buff. I’ve never read any of the authors. Or watched any movies or shows. But would still like to join in the cosplay aspects of this fandom. So hear’s my question. Can I use alchemy for a power supply to make steam?

The story behind this design.

As a child I was pulled form beneath a sinking riverboat by a scientist who specialized in alchemy. In order to keep me alive he created a clockwork heart. This heart is powered by the constant fight between good and evil. The energy from this perpetual fighting keeps the steam flowing. It also powers the apparatus that allows me to breath under water. 

So is this practical in a steam punk universe?
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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2015, 02:19:56 am »

I don't see why not. The complication mechanism you are probably talking about employs Prof. Chang's Ying and Yang Escapement Device.
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2015, 02:56:41 am »

Practicality and plausibility are things that don't mecessarily have to mesh with the real world, I've found. I tend to insist upon a certain degree of mechanical/magical/technical workability, but that's just me.
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2015, 05:22:16 am »

it just has to sound plausible...let's see, it was mercury, sulfur, and...I forget the other two...salt?
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2015, 09:23:00 am »

The heart could hold a trapped Maxwell's demon perhaps?
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2015, 11:39:14 am »

The energy from this perpetual fighting keeps the steam flowing. It also powers the apparatus that allows me to breath under water. 

Does it need to be steam powered ?

A stirling engine can convert heat in to mechanical motion and can be quite mesmerising when running.
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river rat
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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2015, 07:06:59 pm »

Thanks for the replies.

Atterton. Guess it doesn’t need to be steam powered. Still new at this.

This is awesome! The battle between good and evil plays well for the backstory of my persona. He’s a villain. But still needs to keep a balance between good and evil.


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