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This is a question in the series of Enchantment Benefits for Humans, the successor of Would Rubberizing Benefit People and If So, How?.

When an item kills a Chomper (you can see link one or link two for more on Chompers), that item is Calcified; it becomes harder but also tougher, capable of taking more force without shattering than another item with equivalent hardness. The durability (hardness and toughness) increase is equivalent to the hardness of enamel as compared to bone, which means a Calcified sword will be as hard compared to a regular sword as enamel is compared to bone.

That isn't to say Calcified items are more brittle; while they have enamel-like hardness, their flexibility and durability is akin to that of bone. Basically, Calcify an item and it becomes a whole lot more durable. This is great for adventurers, who of course hate it when their stuff breaks, but would it be good for creatures who kill Chompers, like humans?

Restated, my question is Would Calcification Benefit People And If So, How?

Clarification:

  1. Calcification increases the hardness and toughness of an item or creature but does not make it heavier or slower.

  2. If someone somehow has the strength to crush a Chomper with their bare hands or feet, that would Calcify only that portion of their body. If someone swallowed a Chomper (which is basically impossible without shrinking them first), that would spread the Calcification throughout their body, making the end result weaker. If someone kills or consumes twelve Chompers, however, the result is much more dramatic.

"Bonies," or skellies as they are sometimes called, have thick, shiny, and very hard skin. They are real-life ironhides, with bones like stone and muscles like steel cables. If that doesn't make sense, imagine a statue of a buff human being covered with a 2-in. thick layer of cast iron, except they can not only move but move just as quickly as a regular person, and they aren't even heavier.

A skelly is not just physically fit but incredibly strong, capable of lifting (and throwing) a small car. Their defenses are also pretty dangerous; bone can bend, and a skelly's body has that same flexibility. They are still prone to snapping and breaking, but not as much as you'd expect of someone practically made of rock. Obviously, a skelly's body acts normally aside from the above facts; for example, despite their skin's hardness, it is still flexible and does not warp, creak, or strain when they move.

EDIT: Calcification is not meant to be taken literally any more than Rubberization. Calcification makes people inflexible, yes, it makes it harder for parts of their body to bend when stressed, but it also makes them tougher to balance that. (In other words, skellie's bones have breaking points proportional to their increased hardness.) Think of stone; it may not bend, but it's not known for being easy to break or destroy, it's known for the opposite.

Besides, there are plenty of inflexible people in today's age who can't touch their toes and find stretches difficult and painful and are still relatively successful; I'm one of them! So yes, Calcified people can be shattered or deformed, but they're really not as weak as the answers seem to suggest, and they can heal.

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  • $\begingroup$ Your links are missing? $\endgroup$ – Matthew Mar 4 at 15:50
  • $\begingroup$ @Matthew: yes, sorry about that. They're in now. $\endgroup$ – Alendyias Mar 4 at 15:54
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    $\begingroup$ You may want to adjust the names of your questions. I've noticed you use a lot of jargon specific to your setting that most people will have no idea what it means. When I see your questions a lot I have no idea what you are even asking based on the title. For example, when I read the title of this question I thought you were talking about the IRL process of calcification, not the process specific to your magic system. $\endgroup$ – user2352714 Mar 4 at 20:30
  • $\begingroup$ @user2352714: good point, I will have to account for that when doing my questions. Thank you. $\endgroup$ – Alendyias Mar 4 at 20:34
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Generally speaking, when it comes to human(oid) anatomy, calcification is an ungood thing. Downright plusungood, actually.

Obviously, the skeleton is an organ system that is composed of calcified tissue: bones are therefore supposed to contain calcium compounds, but not too much!

Excess calcification of bone, or calcification of soft tissues is actually detrimental to function and wellbeing. Take these arthritic hands for example:

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Those are crippled hands, disfigured and unable to function because of excess calcification.

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  • $\begingroup$ Good point; the enchantment's title comes from the fact it makes things white and hard, seemingly calcifying them. In reality, it just alters matter, making it take on a new harder, stronger, form. $\endgroup$ – Alendyias Mar 10 at 19:24
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Assuming the "calcification" does not change the dimensions of the bone nor changes the flexibility, this would still be bad.

Two things can happen. One is similar to titanium in your skeleton. Yes its hard, its light, its flexible, it also bends where bone breaks. These bends are hard to heal and cause problems, which is why we dont enhance our bones with titanium.

The other is that our bodies have evolved over the years to be as surviveable as possible (or at least an attempt to be as surviveable as possible). Humans are one of the few species that can survive broken bones, and our bones have evolved to match: Your bones absorb a ton of forces by breaking at their breaking point. This helps organs and tissue survive the impact more easily than if the bone was hard and didnt break.

Our bones dont have the perfect ratio for breaking when they do, but its a lot safer than a massively harder bone with the same flexibility.

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  • $\begingroup$ Oof, that means back to the drawing board. Dang it! $\endgroup$ – Alendyias Mar 5 at 14:40

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