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#1PostSubject: Years of research... (Cykx plexiglass dev thread.)   Thu May 11, 2017 7:24 pm

Long time ago....The homeplanet of the Cykx was destroyed by an unidentified flying object. No one knows for certain who it was but many believe it was a rogue UNSC squad. Only one thing the Cykx know for sure and that was that it was humans. Ever since, the Cykx have hated humans fiercely. Eventually they found a new planet to settle on and they named it "ZIM" after one of the many Cykx marines who have died in an attempt to take the hostile ship down. Once on ZIM time went by and their civlization slowly took on the shape it currently has. With the almighty Vohx lords ruling the Cykx while the mastermind still controls everything all together. Many factories were set up, some to shell out weaponry, others to breed Cykx soldiers to serve in the army. Slowly but surely the Cykx rebuild their home and they never forgot how the humans have so lowly taken their homes away. One day they would pay them back dearly...
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#2PostSubject: Re: Years of research... (Cykx plexiglass dev thread.)   Sun May 14, 2017 8:55 pm

After a long time of floating through space, the Cykx finally found a new planet they could call home. Upon landing they reorganized and connected with other remaining Cykx...And Gyz....The vohx lords have actually told him to defend until the evacuation was done but apparently each Cykx made it out okay more or less. Gyz was a defect and had a mind and will of his own, resulting in him ruining several missions because he ignored commands and took matters into his own hands, and now the Vohx lords were stuck with him again. They would have to find a harmless job for him to do for now, like garbage disposal or something until their empire was up to full power again.
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#3PostSubject: Re: Years of research... (Cykx plexiglass dev thread.)   Mon May 15, 2017 9:16 am

The economy was blooming once more...The masterminds were set in place, Vohx lords were chosen and the P.I.F was taking on the shape it used to have on a planet named after one of the many brabe soldier that fell whilst defending their homeplanet, ZIM...Only with many soldiers and civilians oozing with hatred for humans...With all this hatred it was easy for the Vohx to get more effort into the creation of weaponry and ships. Many factories were built for the creation of weaponry, arm packs and most important of all, soldiers...Fuel however was scarce on this planet and mining was difficult for the Cykx that used to get most of their energy from powered crystals to power their machinery, they had to come up with an alternative, so the many Cykx scientists and engineers were chosen to begin searching for the new power supply that would keep their new empire running.
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#4PostSubject: Re: Years of research... (Cykx plexiglass dev thread.)   Mon May 15, 2017 9:23 am

After years of searching the Cykx scientists discovered that an unlikely but potent candidate for their power problem has been right under their noses all this time...The liquid used to keep Cykx alive in breeding tanks until they were grown to adult size apparently had the same properties as battery acid, minus the acidic part of course and capable of storing much more power than a regular battery. So instead of destroying the liquid it was Stored in huge tank like housings, the Cykx liquid was now not only used to breed soldiers or power their empire it also served as lighting for buildings as the liquid emits a bright pink light when it is holding energy. With this discovery Cykx liquid was everywhere in the empire fast. And now that the scientists have an understanding of the potential this substance carried they were tasked with performing more tests on the liquid to see what else it could be used for...
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#5PostSubject: Re: Years of research... (Cykx plexiglass dev thread.)   Mon May 15, 2017 9:30 am

With the discovery of the potential of Cykx liquid many more inventions came out of it very soon. It was quickly being used in many battle vehicles like their battle walker, their sniper rifles and machine guns could drain energy from this liquid to fire alot of powerfull blasts in either slow or rapid succesion. Ships could be kept afloat with this and the industries were using it to shell out more and more soldiers and weapons to get the empire back on it's feet...The Cykx were becoming stronger and stronger every minute, their armies grew at a rapid rate but their was but one problem... They were very lightly armored and the metal they could gain out of the ground was not strong enough to serve as armor. They had to find something new. Scientists were tasked with searching for a new material thougher than metal, preferable light to wear so that the Cykx could carry it into battle in the form of body armor.
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#6PostSubject: Re: Years of research... (Cykx plexiglass dev thread.)   Mon May 15, 2017 9:40 am

Many metals and materials were tested...Kevlar was too primitive, the metal found on Zim could have worked but it was too heavy, their current armor proved useless in the fight against the rogue attackers and they couldnt start a trade deal with other planets either. The scientists have been working for months until they once again stumbled across the Cykx liquid. Despite the high demand of the liquid there was never a shortage as the production of Cykx liquid was just as fast as the production of Cykx soldiers. So scientists could take several tests with this liquid. So far tests have not brought much promising as overheating it causes the liquid to turn into dust, freezing it was an awfull decision as well considering it would melt in high temperature battles and the effects of putting it under electricity were already known. The Cykx liquid still seemed to have solid particles that the scientists could fuse and expand to turn it into a solid substance, even if the process for this was unknown the scientists would not give up, they were determined to make this work...
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#7PostSubject: Re: Years of research... (Cykx plexiglass dev thread.)   Mon May 15, 2017 9:47 am

After many months of failed expirements it was finally found. Somewhere close to the start of the tests the solid parts were filtered out of the liquid and examined up close. It seemed to have reaction to being overheated first and then cooled. This made the liquid thick and take on a mud like texture. With this advance the tests were still not done however. It was still not yet known how to turn it into a solid substance and forging it in this state has caused the substance to vaporize, the properties of this gas like substance was the same as that of steam and wasnt usable to the cykx in any way. Cooling it caused the substance to indeed become solid but it was extremely flimsy and fragile making it unsuitable for an armor piece. Electrocuting it in this state however had much more promising effects, the electrocution caused it to take on a but more of a solid form as the already enlarged particles grew in size again. During tests the cykx have tried shooting this mass with a regular ballistic gun and the bullet could not go through it. They now had the base of their armor and the solution for using it as armor was not far around the corner.
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#8PostSubject: Re: Years of research... (Cykx plexiglass dev thread.)   Mon May 15, 2017 9:56 am

The thick substance was now highly ressistant to freezing, it eminated some sort of heat from the core. The solid particles were now about the size of a strawberry and could be taken out to examine further. The little particles apeared to be the source of the heat and emited a warmth for unknown reasons. With this advance the Cykx were close to finally creating their armor and their faith in the Cykx liquid would pay off, their patience would be rewarded but it was no time to loosen up yet as there was still not a way to fuse them, melting them down only resulted in the original liquid, freezing was not a possibility and this time electrocuting caused the particals to explode. The cykx however had more to their exposal then just overheating, electrocuting and freezing...They tried iradiating an amount of the substance wich turned it into some sort of gel. In this jelly like state the Substance exhibited none of the properties the original liquid used to have. Finally in this state there were only 2 ways the test could go: total failure or success...
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#9PostSubject: Re: Years of research... (Cykx plexiglass dev thread.)   Mon May 15, 2017 10:01 am

With more of this gel available after just 15 minutes the final tests were taken. The freezing caused the gel to turn into a rock like texture not nearly capable of tanking the amount of damage the Cykx would need to be relevant on the battlefield. Iradiating it more turned the gel extremely hard but toxic to wear, the test subject survived the gunshots but was killed by radiation poisoning while wearing it. Electrocuting it simply stored energy like the liquid did before but overheating it turned it into a dough like substance that would harden in under 20 seconds after being exposed to temperatures anywhere below 200 degrees. Once hardened it becomes a transparent plastic like material that is extremely though easily capable of stopping and even deflecting but ballistic weaponry and laser or plasme weaponry...There was but one downside, before the tests could be completed the planet was polluted and inhabitable for the Cykx...
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#10PostSubject: Re: Years of research... (Cykx plexiglass dev thread.)   Mon May 15, 2017 10:17 am

Another evacuation took place and although nearly forgotten in the hurry to escape a now lethal planet, the Cykx scientists managed to snatch away the results and make it out okay but once more many Cykx have lost their lives while looking over the escape, it seemed their species were not created for luck and instead for disaster...On the ships of the Cykx there were no laboratories so the scientists had to keep the results closeby or they would forget the recipe for creating the gel that could be turned in that solid form. Meawhile in the cockpit of the ship the Vohx lords were discussing their options. After a deal with a civilian ship they got a map and a list of factions known to the universe and what their motivations were. The map and list were laying on a table and the Vohx lords were discussing wich one to take.

"Hmmm, let's see...The UNSC is mostly humans...and it is rumored a rogue squad of them is what destroyed our home planet..." "Not them then, i'd rather throw out our weapons and kill our own race then merge with them." "Urgh...so many of these factions are human! But let's see...Ohhh! the inquisitoral reich! check this out, they're conquerers. just like us!" "Really? let me see! oh ohh.... they only use balistic weapons it seems, and again, it's mostly humans, we're not giving ourselves to a faction with mostly humans and ballistics." "You're so right...uhm you got these nypherians that have a mostly robotic army?" "Nah, besides, since we're on refuge they might not even use our advances, we need someone with alot of industry where we can build our factories again to rebuild our empire." "alright then...I guess we can scratch the empirium too if that's the case, they dont really have an outstanding industry and they OH! look at this! check out this faction." "The immortals...A planet full of factories named Apex-122 huh? that seems like the perfect place for us to build a few factories and OH! They are governed by a human but the majority of species on their planets are elves...Whatever those may be and alot of different species as well! Surely the might Cykx empire will be a welcome addition to their arsenal..." "you said it, Hey pilot! set course to Apex 122! we found a place for our empire."
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#11PostSubject: Re: Years of research... (Cykx plexiglass dev thread.)   Mon May 15, 2017 10:31 am

The Cykx headed to immortal teritory. They cruised right past the might fortress that is Imm'enne. "ohhhhohohoh Look at that! Metal planet what do you think they store there? Soldier? vehicles? weapons of mass destructions?" "i have no idea but we shall found out soon, HAHAHA" Meanwhile on Apex-122 everyone was being alerted to the presence of the Cykx. "HQ, this is immortal admin-125, We've detected a big spacecraft, possible hostile. What do we do?" "HQ to Admin-125, send our welcome and ask them for their bussines, report back after that." "Understood. Unknown ship, this is Admin-125. Welcome to immortal teritory, please state your bussines here and we will try to help you." "D-did you hear that?" "Of course i did, turn on the translator." The Vohx lords turned on a translating device to find out what the admin told them. After hearing the message they turned on a reverse translator to reply. "We are the Cykx from the planetary invasion force. Our planet along with our empire was destroyed and we seek the aid of a faction and in return we offer our resources, can you send up someone to negotiate the terms with us?" "Understood, please stand by. Admin-125 to HQ send someone to their ship, they need help." "HQ to admin-125, understood. Klaut is en route to the ship to discuss the terms."


Klaut has arrived on the ship and discussed the alliance with the vohx lords. In short he promised the Vohx lords that they would be allowed to build on their planet in exchange for their support in terms of resources and force, just like the Vohx had in mind. The Vohx came down to apex and began building their factories and such. Meanwhile the Cykx scientists could begin working on their Gel again as they were so close.
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#12PostSubject: Re: Years of research... (Cykx plexiglass dev thread.)   Mon May 15, 2017 10:45 am

Now with the ability to work again and having access to laboratories again, the scientists could continue their work. However there was another problem, they shared the laboratories with the dwarves of Apex 122. But this was little more than an annoyance than really an issue as all the dwarves wanted to do is assist. With the dwarves on their side however another step could be added to the process. Dwarven steel was melted and then treated with the help of a crystal that would enchant the molten metal so to say. The liquid could go through the same process where between the second and third processing step the liquid could be treated with the same crystal. After examining the particles it seemed that this crystal has hardened the particles, further increasing the defensive potential of the finished product.

Now that the crystal had hardened the particles the iradiation process was shortened. Increasing the production speed of the cykx gel a little bit. Now all they had to do was overheat the gel to turn it into a self hardening liquid. There were a few problems with this however...It hardened extremely fast and if not molded on time, the liquid would harden and it would be impossible to melt again, leaving the scientists stuck with many plates of Cykx plexiglass they couldnt use...This was easily solved by keeping the molds nearby wich also slightly increased the production speed as machines were made to automatically keep the molds under the forge for the plexiglass. With this discovery already existing armors like raider armor could be improved even further by simply dipping some of the parts in the molten Plexiglass and letting it harden on the armor. 

Only now the Cykx scientists discovered how hard the plexiglass really was. It was capable of ressisting energy weapons, plasma weapons, ballistic weapons, explosive weapons and just about anything except magic... Arcane attacks phased through. This was because of the agressive treatment of the solid particles wich cause it to completely focus on physical weaponry instead of magical weaponry, leaving those solely equiped with Cykx plexiglass vulnerable to magical attacks. Also due to the liquid like nature of the plexiglass, the armor can be very slippery when completely made out of it, as such only certain parts on the armor may be treated or made out of Cykx plexiglass while others may not. But regardless of these drawbacks, the Cykx have persisted in making armor out of their liquids. They have created an extremely easy to get material harder than diamond despite all the setbacks...
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