The most common communication device made by the Academy of Knowledge is about the size of a cellphone. They’re typically made in pairs, fours or eights, with each matching group fixed to one frequency, only able to communicate with their siblings. They range is quite short, able to communicate across a city, or a few miles in open country. They have no external controls, so are permanently ‘on’ all the time. They’re routinely issued to Academy operatives, and are often used by the Legion, or by security teams of other guilds.
‘Master’ communicators work on the same principles, but aren’t fixed to a single frequency. This gives the ability to ‘eavesdrop’ on conversations using any other set of communicators within range. The Academy will not supply these to anyone outside the guild.
Requires Fair Rank in the Academy of Knowledge, or Good Rank in any other organisation.
Oracles are the only long-range communications in Kalyr. They’re commonly associated with the Guardians; there’s one in every temple, and they’re used by the priests to communicate directly with the Guardians. They’re large and rather non-portable.
There are a few other oracles outside temples, owned by the guilds and used for communication between cities. They don’t work outside of a city (this has been tried!), so can’t be used in open country. It’s generally believed that the Guardians can eavesdrop on any communications, and can shut off contact if anyone tries to use them to pass information that the Guardians don’t want disseminated.
To be able to access an oracle requires Good Rank in a temple (character must be a priest), or Superb Rank in any a guild.
A recording eye is a palm-sized device recording images of whatever it’s pointed at. Different types are either video and audio, or video only, and have lenses of varying focal length; some are wide-angle recording the whole of one room, while others may have longer lenses enabling them to focus on one point from a considerable distance away. The images are typically grainy and poor quality, and can only be viewed back by looking into the eye itself. Most can only record a few hour’s worth of images, although they can run off an internal power source for days, or from building power indefinitely.
To get hold of a typical eye requires Fair Rank in the Academy of Knowledge, or Good connections to any other organisation;