A technological overview of Atlantians, also known as “mer-people”
To see how mer-people behave when they are interacting with technology, we need to see that encounters with humans have rarely brought about peaceable exchange. Instead, tales of siren calls widowing brave sailors, and cruel marriage of spheres to the Krakenoid and Cthuloid beings that I dare not mention, we may not assume the Atlantians had similar motives nor devices to us.
This means that they cannot be thought of as joyful Ariels communicating with crustaceans and woeful Danish royalty. These beings live at the extreme pressures of the oceans, as numerous surveys and repeated trawling of the seabed have not yielded as much as a clam bikini.
A much more terrible Reality dawns before us, whence the motives of survival trump every other concern. During a productive stay in the realms of Atlantis, one might expect to find out how the Atlantians have solved the many challenges of life at the extremes.
Unlike Man, Atlantians have no borders, and may travel freely across the planet at will using their own bodies, albeit at low speed. To compensate for these limits, Atlantian ships are designed to resemble sea beasts, and follow the basic flow of sea currents. To accelerate, complex advancements in bubble cavitation and multiple oscillating thruster scilia, get around the factor traditionally thought of as “resistance”.
Much like the proposed Alcubierre hyperdrive would create a “bubble”, and using the same principle as that rescuing human Olympic divers from death when they plummet from incredible heights, disturbing the “surface” of the water, where it interfaces with the ship itself, means the resistance of water associated with surface tension, lessens remarkably. Bellows within the frame of the vessel perform peristalsis, pumping the ship through the oceans with shocking speed and unimaginable stealth to human means of detection.
The combination of borderlessness and rapid transport, means diplomacy is one of the most advanced technologies of Atlantis. The rapid declaration of an individual’s intent, needs and capacity when facing a stranger or opposing force has evolved into an art form, represented by marvellous bioluminescent displays and extremely complex scent patterns, each of which is shrouded in local cultural history and mystique too dense for this limited format. To humans, atlantian encounters are life-changing events, because of the extreme difficulties caused by a complete lack of lingua Franca. Between each other, Atlantians maintain strict social order and occasionally travel in pods, like cetaceans.
Chemistry and metallurgy are also specialties of the Atlantians. The presence of black smoker type oubierres into the Earths core, have spurred this development for millennia before the first human dried and burned peat, and discovered bloom in the ashes. Before the last ice age, approximately BCE15K Atlantians had already perfected complex alloys with exotic materials like manganese, molybdenum and chrome. This allowed them unimaginable advances in digging and burrowing, as the new materials could withstand heat better, and have cooling fluids pumped through the drill heads.
Forging is done by the aforementioned cavitation-technology, where repeated pulses of energy cause the material to heat up and deform. Within the burrowed and accidentally evacuated cavities of the Earth, the Atlantians discovered how to travel in extreme pressure dry environments. With mastery of both the dry and the wet, the Atlantians developed rapidly within the newly excavated, vast spaces below the seabed, and gradually developed towards independence from the surface oceans, in areas where the ice covered the northern hemisphere of Earth.