The arctic is perhaps the most vulnerable ecosystem in the wake of climate change. According to the ACIA, a report by the Arctic Council, average temperatures have risen almost twice as fast in the arctic as compared to the rest of the world since the industrial revolution. The arctic ecosystems are especially threatened by climate change compared to warmer systems because in general, there are fewer species to fill similar roles(vegetation, prey, predator, scavenger) so when one species is in decline or displaced, there is a rapid and devastating ripple effect across the entire system.
Can you give us more of your headcanons on eco and eco sages?
contrary to popular belief among the general population, green eco is not ‘safer’ for non-channelers to use relative to the other primary ecos; being the ‘life energy’ eco, it can destroy and mutate organic matter just as easily as heal. all four primary eco types pose an equal risk to non-channelers.
dark and light eco are actually very similar (opposite forms of the same energy; where one pushes the other pulls). neither is inherently good or bad, though light eco is often believed to be ‘pure and good’ while dark is seen to have few positive qualities– the good/evil dynamic is a key component of the Precurian religion, and as a result very few people understand that these energies are equally dangerous when thrown out of balance.
eco is pure energy, not governed by the laws of matter, though it can be infused into many solids and some gels/liquids. unlike pure energy in our world, eco can exist in a nonvolatile state outside of any container or conduit.
some materials will naturally resist eco (examples include ‘precursor metal’ and the exoskeletons of metalheads) making these materials ideal for armour and eco-containment.
sages were most prevalent in the pre-Haven era, disappearing around the time of the metalhead invasion. the title of ‘sage’ was typically passed from master to apprentice.
a sage’s primary duties involved researching new uses for their eco type, and teaching young channelers (anyone with channeling ability might take basic lessons from the sage, but generally only the most skilled and dedicated students would become full-time apprentices). related to the teaching aspect, sages were also expected to take on something of a leadership role within their community.
traditionally, there were always 4-5 sages at any time (there wasn’t always a practising dark sage because non-primary affinities are much rarer). the four primary-eco sages each took up residence in a major settlement of the pre-tpl era, while the dark sage lived in the remote northern Citadel (where sagely conferences were usually held) as dark eco was considered too dangerous to bring into populated areas. there was never a light sage, as its existence was purely hypothetical during the era of sages.
sages were almost always male– there was no rule against women becoming sages, but they were generally discouraged and were less likely to be chosen as apprentices (because it would be ‘improper’ for a young woman to live with an older male teacher).
of the Acheron siblings, Maia was the more skilled and capable dark eco channeler, better resisting its toxic effects compared to her brother. however, Gol was officially named the sage, and the other sages only considered Maia to be his ‘assistant’ (on account of her being younger and female).
in the post-invasion era (ie, in modern Haven) sages are seen as a thing of the past. some people (such as young Samos) looked up to the sages and even attempted to revive the old tradition, but these attempts were never successful, as society had largely moved away from the more spiritual aspect of sages and saw eco in a more scientific light.
((you can find more eco-related posts in our eco theory tag!))