Would it sound like I were on helium?
Or would it have Peter-Pan pixie dust effects?
Would there be a black market underground trade of refined Suspendium that the less-than-noble digest?
This stuff... keeps me up at night...
Like at the nightclub... would an off-duty Airsailor enjoy a pull on the suspendi-hookah?
Or is it insanely dangerous to consume, like twisting ones internal organs as the body attempts to digest it? Gives you cancer?
Oh, never-mind - according to lore it's toxic to humans.
But that's not to say Cigarettes and Alcohol aren't.
Air Lord, Engineering Corps
I'd imagine it would be like inhaling fiberglass (never do this).
Fiberglass is a substance made when small glass particles are extruded into thin but very durable strands, so inhaling fiberglass dust would be like being stabbed in the lungs thousands of times by miniature glass shards.
I figure suspendium dust has similar properties to fiberglass in this sense.
edit: Oh yeah and there is the whole repulsion thing, suspendium dust would probably ruin people's lungs much easier than fiberglass if exposed to it for a time, maybe the animals that use suspendium are good at filtering it out.
Hmmm.... Psyringe, I am going to strangle you if I ever meet you....
because now it's stuck in my head too
Suspendium isn't toxic, it just happens to repel each other within the body. I think it won't kill you outright, but I don't think it'd have a high inducing effect so it won't have hookah.
with the repulsion logic, I think you'll cause internal damage at a cellular level as the dust particles push each other away and into whatever cells it has. Incidentally that would only happen if it's charged, so maybe a couple of people pass out from spontaneous internal damage every thunderstorm?
other than that I think it's just like inhaling actual dust. Not pleasant and causes a coughing fit.
Of course I'm overthinking it like fuck because I like my scifi shit to sound plausible.
Yep, so pretty much like fiberglass dust but it wants to absolutely ruin your alveoli when you go near machinery/a thunderstorm. (I base this on that -like fiberglass dust- suspendium dust is durable, small and easily inhaled but not readily absorbed by lungs.)
Think suspendium dust is usually bigger/smaller than what can be absorbed by our lungs? If it's smaller people with suspendium blood syndrome better avoid anything relating to electronics and/or bad weather.
Holy shit. That.... Firebird my friend. You blew my mind. Though that would bring into question how severe it could be. I suppose a mild case would cause some pain and discomfort, then all the way to extreme where you'd rupture your own heart if you went to close to something like that...
People would have to live underground or the desert to avoid that shit. It could be a WHOLE new thing if the lore becomes fleshed out enough and an rpg could happen someday
Yep. You got it pretty much right. Cancer. Floating cancer. You're welcome.
Inhaling the stuff as dust is a sure-fire way to developing horrible lung problems - the people running Suspendium chambers tend to die young in a nonpretty fashion.
As for the general populace - a lot of animals and plants have gained the ability to safely accumulate and store Suspendium, so there's not a lot of it freely floating around in most places. But desolate, rocky places, or areas where there's sand grains made of Suspendium, are very bad news.
Equally, eating the tissues of animals and plants where the Suspendium is accumulated is generally known to be unhealthy.
I do like the idea of Suspendium Blood Syndrome. Your blood gently decides to move upwards inside your body during thunderstorms...
I guess suspendium absorbing plants would be a valuable commodity until they start floating out of your house.
I'd bet a lot of people would just suddenly fall unconscious during thunderstorms if they had that condition, sounds like superstition material for less scientific places lore-wise.
Also holy crap I just realized this: Lightning in this universe would cause any suspendium (even the dust) to overcharge, lightning would literally be explosive in some areas of the world and cause shockwaves.
And then this happens but with more green shockwaves destroying anything that isn't underground! (Overcharged suspendium just looks cool in the atmosphere if we pretend it turns red)
Dayum. Well thanks to a commercial on the tv I'm aware of something called a hail cannon (No it doesn't shoot hail, it shoots a shockwave to destroy hail. pretty neat huh?) Maybe using something in a similar way they can let such storms not hit major cities? Otherwise it'd be as bad as Pompeii in some places
Maybe during storms it might be possible to make lightning barrage balloons to make the lightning jump prematurely and high in the air; But that requires navigating a balloon/suspendium thing through a storm with the intent of getting it hit by lightning.
they could have men sentenced to death do that. probably instill hope and say "if you survive you'll live, cause then it's a miracle"