The site is full of 'spoilers' for the book

Living Labyrinth

by Ian Stewart and Tim Poston

If you can't read St Matthew's Gospel because St Mark gave away the resurrection, don't explore further.

I like background on books:
let me in, and do not warn me again

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Syntelic Technology

Some uses of syntei were developed on Qish, some (later) by Starfolk.

Early uses included the fishing barrel (still in use in villages like Sackbane) connected to the river by syntei. Beside the uses for transfer of travellers and goods, other devices include the dropsynte (a projectile-transmitting synte, turning potential energy to kinetic), the falasynte (bidirectional sound-passing synte or kasynte, with membrane), kolosynte for surveillance, mamasynte for male breastfeeding, napisynte for babies, sunsynte lighting by transferring sunlight, slavestone, syndial (wearable sundial), interventional medical devices, and so on. The synte-knife's tip, collected to a deep place, sucks away anything you loosen: this is useful to soldiers and to surgeons.

As with any new technology, from the hammock to the internet, human ingenuity found uses for entertainment: erotic, comic or both. A few of these are described in The Living Labyrinth. There is also large scale syntelic engineering such as the water management in Bansh, and the Water of Life transfer from the Greywraiths in Lamynt to the bazza fields of Wevory.

The Starfolk from Valkyrie added velocity dissipation parachutes, water-propelled gliders, underground river diversion, and remote-hot-air balloons.

As this web site develops we hope to include working diagrams of many of these technologies, including such details as how to trigger (from below) a dropsynte projectile's release from above. As a simple example, reduced to a bare diagram, Qish reinvented the wheel:

Half a wheel, that works

In the half-wheel, a continuous rim passes through a pair of syntei. This uses less material, and takes up less space.

We would welcome reader-contributed detailed engineering drawings of this, or of any other inventions, via the Fangineering page. Diagrams, animations, simulations, equations, reports on disaster investigations, …