From the Grimoire: Entry One – Adaptive Hex Shielding

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    Gutter Dog
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    From the Grimoire – Adaptive Hex Shielding
    [Advanced Theory]

    Version 1.5 – Last Updated 5/20/18

    Authored by Taalon & Hound (GD)

    I. Introduction – The Big Picture

    Shielding as a discipline is a vast topic. This guide will focus on a very specific technique called Adaptive Hex Shielding. Hex shielding is a complex form of defensive energy work and unless the builder is experienced with shielding techniques in general, the overall shield may not act as expected. The high-level theory will be first described and then walked through with deeper explanation. Following is a section about more complex modifications which can be made. Finally, there will be a section on how to effectively use this shielding technique.

    Adaptive Hex Shielding is a shielding maze complex built from multiple nested concentric or matryoshka spheres, which are themselves made up of numerous hex shaped plates, fitting together to form the spherical shape. Each plate can be built from different energy types, the plates can change their locations in their own layers, and when damage occurs, a damaged plate can sink into a deeper layer to be replaced by another fresh plate welling up. The entire maze construct is held together not by weaving or welding, but through a more magnetic-like joining which will be described below. This form has extreme maintenance costs, but boasts immense adaptability, and among other shielding techniques, one of the highest generalized defensive powers. The form needs to be constructed meticulously and powered by a dense and deep energy source to work at maximum efficiency.

    II. Basic Construction

    The meaning of hex in this case refers to a geometric shape, not a type of magic or curse. Hex shapes tend to work best with this form – they fit together well, offer flexibility in the layers, and are relatively simple to build. Each plate is created individually, meaning that more techniques and specializations can be employed than in a shield with a more singular construction type. Every hex can be built from different energy types and with different types of weaves, welds, mixes, or other compounding techniques. As long as the internals of the plate are cohesive, and each hex is identical in size and shape, the overall shield will be stable. The spheres being built from these plates will not need to be “perfect” edge to edge fitting, so math won’t be needed to figure out the number and placement of other shapes (to model a perfect edge to edge sphere using hex shapes, a few other polygons are needed at specific locations to line everything up). An outer sphere can have anywhere from 20 or so individual plates all the way up into the 1000s. A higher plate count per layer generally means that individual plates are smaller. Once the spheres start getting up into the complexity needed for 1000+ plates per layer, the time and energy investment is typically not worth the final result. There seems to be a bit of a diminishing return that kicks in at that level which dampens the effect of any further added plates and can even begin to lower the overall speed of use and adaptability of the complete shield. As long as all plates in all layers are identical in outward dimension, you won’t need to worry about the ratio between layers of the number of plates. The specific number of plates per layer will vary depending on the plate size.

    In constructing the plates, many different techniques can be employed. The most basic processes available are weaving, welding, and mixing. Weaving involves combining two or more non-opposed energy types in a way that leaves all types coherent and separate but bound together. A final weave can be thought of like a tapestry, with individual strands of each energy type like individual threads of fabric. Welding is simply binding two energy types together without any part of each type ending up within another. Mixing is a more advanced form of weaving wherein each energy type is converted into extremely small particles which are suspended together in a homogeneous mixture. Generally, for all of these techniques, opposed energy types should not be used as doing so will lower the overall integrity of the plate.

    To bind the plates together, a type of magnetic-like joining will be used. This will allow the plates to have fluid movements within their own layer and give them the freedom of movement to sink down to deeper layers or well up to higher layers. I use a lunar-cosmic typed mixture for this effect but lunar by itself or with another “sticky” energy type will work if you aren’t able to work with cosmic.

    Lunar energy itself is a reflective energy type based on light energy. It’s generally cooling, neutral, and useful for many applications involving multiple types. Because of its attributes, it binds well to other types and is very effective at acting as a binding agent between multiple types. Cosmic energy is part of the frame which helps to hold together space-time. It’s a volatile type which tends to violently try to return to the cosmic bulk (the universal cosmic energy well) when removed. It’s also generally toxic to non-cosmic based entities.

    At this point, if you aren’t comfortable working with a large number of energy constructs (all of the plates) simultaneously, you’ll likely want to build a spherical scaffolding to assist you in putting together each layer. The scaffolding should be made from something easily removable, as the most internal surface of the entire shielding system will eventually need to be bonded to the target of protection. Hex shields can be either dynamic (attached to an object or entity which moves around) or static (attached to specific spatial coordinates or a piece of the environment). There are a few different considerations like the power source and maintenance that might change depending on the mobility needed in the shield.

    The most internal layer, with the fewest plates, should be built first. To start, begin creating a dense well of lunar energy. If another “sticky” energy type will be mixed in, like cosmic, stabilize and mix it together with the lunar energy. Mixing will usually produce a better result in this scenario than other joining methods, like weaving or welding. Lunar energy by itself is not usually “sticky” but can be forced into this state by creating an extremely dense/compressed, syrup-like viscosity. When the lunar magnetic glue is ready, simply bind two plate edges together with the mixture. The edges will be held together through the “stickiness” factor in a sort of lunar gluefield. You can think of the gluefield like a bit of egg wash to seal pasta, or a constrained magnetic field to hold plasma in a tokamak reactor. The idea is to create a field of the lunar glue, into which each plate edge binds (a gluefield). It’s important that the joined edges are not touching, only being held together with the gluefield. Be very generous with the amount of glue used as too much cannot be used. Build off of the two bound plates, geometrically (the scaffolding can help a lot in placement) until you’ve created a complete sphere by joining each plate edge to its neighbor. Don’t worry too much about perfect angles when building the hex spheres – when you place the final few plates in each layer, the entire layer will flex together and evenly distribute the plates. When everything pops into place, the plates should have gaps in between each joined edge filled with the lunar gluefield.

    This first, most internal sphere is a hex shield. It’s a generally strong shield that can handle any type of attack thrown at it, depending on the number of plates and their individual make ups. It also gives the user some adaptability and flexibility in moving plates around to counter given energy types in attacks. The downside to this form is the high maintenance requirement. The lunar gluefield must be held in a limbo state at all times – it cannot be allowed to “harden” as that would remove the ability for the plates to shuffle around, and must not be allowed to absorb/bind to passing energy (or attacks) as that would weaken the defensive capabilities and eventually lead to a cascade failure. The initial energy and time investments in this shield are also quite high. It can take a long time and a lot of energy to construct all of the needed plates, especially if you plan on using a vast array of types and techniques. Depending on the number of plates, the amount of lunar glue mixture needed might also be time and energy intensive.

    III. Adaptability

    With the completed hex sphere, all plates should be able to fluidly move around the overall form, while staying within a connected formation. The entire formation should also be able to rotate/spin as a whole. The lunar magnetic gluefield, if made properly, should allow any individual plate to switch places with any other plate over the course of multiple swaps. Think of the movements like a sliding puzzle where you have enough space to move a single plate at a time (this flex ability built in by not joining the plates perfectly edge to edge) but any plate can end up anywhere on the overall form. There are more intricate constructions using specific mixtures for the gluefield, and specific angles and distances between the plates which allow multiple simultaneous swaps inter and intra layer, but that discussion is a level of complexity best left for another guide.

    To make the hex shield truly adaptive, another larger sphere now needs to be constructed on top of the complete internal sphere. That internal sphere now becomes the frame to build from and the placeholder frame, if used, can now be removed. Increasingly larger layers will require more and more plates per layer. Before placing the first plate in the next sphere, be sure to entirely coat the current sphere with the lunar magnetic glue. All possible gaps need to be filled. A thickness of the gluefield should also be built up on the outer surface of the current sphere. All spheres (except the most outward) will need to have this thickness built on their entire outer surfaces before beginning construction of the next layer – this is another “edge” which will end up being joined to the layers above. Place the first plate of the next sphere onto the built up gluefield and bind it to the first sphere (plate flat side to plate flat side). A movement gap, made from the gluefield, is required between the layers to allow maximum flexibility (this is the thickness of glue being built up). Follow the same steps as with the first sphere and build out another, larger sphere by binding the edges of each plate (and now also the face of each plate).

    Once the 2nd sphere is in place, the shielding complex is now an adaptive hex shield. This is a complete form and no more work is needed, however as you add more nested spheres, the defensive capabilities and adaptability will increase exponentially. However, the maintenance costs will increase as well. Having 2+ nested spheres allows a new dynamic which a single layer hex shield would not provide – the capability to sink damaged plates into an internal layer for repair while an undamaged plate from that internal layer replaces the damaged external plate. This is all possible because of the lunar magnetic glue and its application. The entire construct can be conceptualized as individually constructed plates connected to each other and suspended in the gluefield. All spheres should be able to rotate as a full layer without hindrance from the layers above and below, and all plates should be able to move within their layer, and ultimately to any other position in any other layer.

    IV. Advanced Modifications

    There are countless modifications you can add to a shield complex of this type, however because of the high base complexity, anything in this section might be outside of the overall scope of this write up. A few ideas will be described. While all of these modifications add powerful functionality, the already high maintenance costs for this shield type can become astronomical when any of these are implemented. If the overall shield complex has more than about 3-4 layers, and any of these modifications, it becomes increasingly difficult to construct as a static shield in a location you might not always be around to maintain. It’s not impossible to build them statically, but some additional pre-setup would be required. With a high level of drone construct knowledge for example, a set of maintenance bots (servitors) can be created to run the movement and repair operations of the plates for static or dynamic applications.

    Adding traps to the complex is probably one the easiest modifications available. Traps are obfuscated and triggered elements which can cause a variety of usually offensive effects. Two forms of trapping work well with this shield – interlayer trapping and plate trapping. Interlayer trapping involves adding a different type of shield layer between the layers of hex spheres. This can become unwieldy quickly though as an energy type must be used which will not impede the gluefield. The trapped layer will be essentially floating in the gluefield, in between the layers of hex spheres, and can be programmed to explode outwardly, among other effects, when pierced or exposed. Exotic energy types work best here like cosmic, chaos, lunar, and others. Chaos energy is an entropy-based type that has a dispersing effect on other energies. The trap layer should also have the smallest profile possible as to not impede any inter or intra layer plate movement. The other form of trapping, plate trapping, simply involves making some of your plates into traps from the beginning of their construction. Leech traps work particularly well, as any leeched energy can be fed directly into the internals of the complex to help ongoing repairs to damaged plates. Explosive trapping also can work decently, but keep in mind that the overall integrity and power of the shield complex will be reduced for each destroyed plate. If a plate is outright destroyed (either through detonation or by incoming damage), the sphere layer will adapt by spreading the remaining plates slightly, but this can only be done so many times until there are not enough plates left for a layer to remain defensive. If this occurs, the best course of action would be to forcefully sink the entire partial layer as deep as possible to allow new plates to be built and added until the optimal number is again reached.

    Auto-regeneration capabilities highly benefit this shielding type. As plates are damaged, they will be sinking inward in the layers, to protect themselves from external attack. The gluefield can be specifically coded to force the most damaged plates to sink in to the deepest level, assuming the overall shield has 2+ layers (very complex, but it has to do with density and diffuseness). This allows a repair schedule to be created, repairing the most damaged, most internal plates first. Once repaired, they will automatically well up or bubble back outward and be replaced by another damaged plate coming down from the outside layers. To bring in auto-regeneration, a specialized layer can be built on the internal surface of the most internal sphere. This is less of a shield layer and more of an actual programmed construct (servitor), shaped like a shield layer, bound to the most internal sphere. As damaged plates sink to this layer, the construct’s job is to simply repair them. Multiple constructs like this can be implemented in high layer count shields to set up repair zones at varying depths. If repair zones are placed anywhere except the inside of the inner most layer, there might be difficulties in having the plates move through these zones to deeper ones in times of overwhelming incoming damage (repair constructs can only handle so much capacity at any given time). Having these zones at multiple depths can help against field attacks that might be impacting all the plates in a layer simultaneously, or any other time where the shield is taking an overwhelming amount of damage.

    Adding an attack auto-detection package to this shield type can be helpful in lowering the amount of thought you need to put into plate/layer movement and repair when under attack. When a point attack is impacting the outer layer, it’s important to rotate a plate which is hardened against that attack type to the location of the impact. A set of constructs (servitors) set up to automatically detect the attacking form and make these rotations for you can be built. These constructs usually take the place of a few plates per layer and are all in communication with each other. They should be built to have control over the spin of their overall layers, not necessarily the movements of the individual plates. When an attack begins impacting, the constructs quickly communicate the type/form of attack and where the plates best equipped to handle such attack currently sit in the entire shield. They then rotate their layers to line up those plates directly underneath the attack. When the external most plate begins to become damaged, it will sink in and be replaced by one of the plates suited to take the attack.

    V. Usage and Maintenance Tips

    Adaptive hex shields offer extreme protection, flexibility, and adaptability, but do suffer from high maintenance and set up costs. Because of these downsides, a deep and dense energy source is needed for worthwhile operation. It is probably easiest to tie these types of shields to yourself versus an environmental source, but be cautious of draining yourself too quickly. If you don’t know how to absorb, feed, or take in energy in a higher than 1:1 energy intake to time ratio, or don’t have very deep internal reserves, then this type of shielding complex is not recommended for dynamic applications. As mentioned above, you can build hex shields statically and create drone forces to maintain and repair them, either by setting up an energy reserve ahead of time or having additional drones harvesting energy from the environment to power operations.

    When active, this shield should appear to be “crawling” if everything is operating correctly. Plates should be moving around on their layer and to other layers. The shield is always in motion – the individual plates “jitter” and the overall layers spin. The layers should be able to freely move as a complete unit without disrupting surrounding layers. A gyroscope is a decent analogy, though with nested spheres instead of nested rings.

    These shields are very effective as just one or two layer constructs if you are prepared to spend a little more conscious energy to maintain them under attack. By adding more layers, the idea is to simply slow down the damage trickle (the damage seeping from the outer layers, down and onto you). If you can repair plates faster then they are being damaged, you will be safe from whatever attack is impacting you. Additional layers add more raw material to this form, essentially adding extra life bars, but also increasing your capacity to deal with the damage. The more plates you have, the slower you can be at repairing them, basically, especially if you have attack auto-detection.

    In use, there can be a learning curve. I recommend creating your own testing packages as it will help you to get the feel for this shield. In terms of active maintenance, when under attack, you’ll be dedicating at least part of your consciousness to triaging and repairing damaged plates. This sounds more intensive than it actually is. The ability to use this shield will increase rapidly with practice. It is a robust form with very few pitfalls other than the maintenance requirements.

    Further inquiries can be made to either author at their handles below.

    Taalon (Reddit: Taalon1)
    Hound (Reddit: MachinaDog)

  • #1247
    Taalon
    Taalon
    Participant

    As this is quite an advanced shielding form, I (and Gutter Dog) am happy to answer any additional questions that may arise. This was a form which I originally created through long periods of experimentation and refined/evolved in tandem with Gutter Dog.

    • This reply was modified 3 months ago by Taalon Taalon.
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  • #1252
    VelvetSilverRose
    VelvetSilverRose
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    It is an advanced and complex shield, but complex shields are not necessary better. I prefer layering different types of shields for my house shield. That way an attacker has to change their method of attack for each layer which makes them waste power and gives me time to prepare my own attack. Have you ever thought if this shield will protect you if someone simply uses a sword of power to cut a doorway into you house?

    The Moon is my mother, The night is my world. In the dark, I hunt for the souls of the world. By Air, Fire, Water, and Earth the spell is cast.

  • #1253
    Gutter Dog
    Gutter Dog
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    It is an advanced and complex shield, but complex shields are not necessary better. I prefer layering different types of shields for my house shield. That way an attacker has to change their method of attack for each layer which makes them waste power and gives me time to prepare my own attack. Have you ever thought if this shield will protect you if someone simply uses a sword of power to cut a doorway into you house?

    Anyone can have any form of offensive magic at their disposal, but if they are incapable of producing enough energy and power into the attack to cut through any type of shield, then it doesn’t matter what weapon they use. The point of hex shielding is to provide a more adaptive and reactive shielding base to yourself or a particular location. A single hit doesn’t work on this shield type. As a master of offensive magic, Taalon and I have run through many courses of testing for this energy complex. It takes quite a few slashes to break enough hex plates to get through a singular layer. And these attacks are coming from someone (myself) who is naturally proficient in offensive magic and has been practicing it for a decade.

    Because the hex plates can rotate and switch with other plates on the radius of the shield, it provides an active counter and buffer towards incoming attacks. Normal shielding types can be dispersed in their entirety with a singular hit, because they’re much like bubbles. Doesn’t matter how many you have up. Once a basic shield takes enough damage or is hit with the right kind of magic, it will disperse. You can even collapse multiple normal shielding complexes with vibration fields or a charged attack. Hex plates do not do this, and one simply cannot disperse the entire shield no matter what they toss at it.

    This is why this shielding theory has been proven in combat and testing against various forms of offensive negative magic.

  • #1254
    Taalon
    Taalon
    Participant

    It is an advanced and complex shield, but complex shields are not necessary better. I prefer layering different types of shields for my house shield. That way an attacker has to change their method of attack for each layer which makes them waste power and gives me time to prepare my own attack. Have you ever thought if this shield will protect you if someone simply uses a sword of power to cut a doorway into you house?

    This shield form IS a layered shield (multiple layers of spheres). Every plate in a single layer can also be of different types/construction forcing the attacker to “change their method” constantly, and at any time you chose, by rotating the spheres, or swapping the positions of the plates. These changes can even happen automatically if you’ve built in some of the modifications listed above. This template is well suited for home domain static applications as long as you can power it. To “cut a doorway” you’d have to destroy multiple plates (again, of varying type and construction) and then you’d only be through the first layer. As soon as a single plate registers an attack, unless it is outright destroyed in a single shot, the shield adapts to the attack by sinking that damaged plate (or letting it get destroyed) for repair and presenting a different plate which is specifically strong against whatever is impacting the shield. This is an automatic function of the form.

  • #1255
    VelvetSilverRose
    VelvetSilverRose
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    I don’t do much in offensive, but my shields are quite good and I have learned every-time they have been attacked. I didn’t have a friend who was able to test so I had to do through trial and error. I ask about the sword of power attack because my last attack was with a sword of power and it sliced through all my shield layers at once. I don’t know how the attacker was able to make a sword of power since after he or it stepped through, I just swept him back out with minimal energy. My shields were still intact, just a doorway was cut through them. My solution was to add a filter that would grab any energy that tried to slice through, but I would love to learn other ideas to counter that type of attack.

    The Moon is my mother, The night is my world. In the dark, I hunt for the souls of the world. By Air, Fire, Water, and Earth the spell is cast.

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