During our December 2016 Skycycle Flash Fiction contest, community member Idyantin gave us a story detailing the Mysterium’s efforts to find a new power source, and how the popori researcher Bofki took it to the next logical step.
NOTE: As fan fiction, this story is not considered official TERA lore, and does not influence the story of TERA in any way.
Like all of the most impressive creations of mortals, the origin of skycycles is steeped in competition.
While power of the Core has been a key factor in the high elves’ rise, the children of Karas are not well known for resting on their laurels.
After the stability of the core was threatened by Akasha, the elders of Allemantheia decided to pursue an alternate energy source. Like most things elven, this process was slow and deliberate, and produced little of practical value. Outside Allemantheia, the implications spread like wildfire throughout the federation. More and more researchers joined the search for a new energy source, not trusting the high elves to share their efforts with others.
Eventually, Mysterium arcanists managed to convert wild mana into pure arcane energy, but found it too dangerous to handle reliably. This minor setback did not deter them in the slightest, and the Mysterium devoted even more resources to studying new conversion methods.
Enter Bofki, a wide-eyed popori who was almost more excited to visit Allemantheia than to work on a potentially transformative project. He didn't question why he was tasked with bigger and more powerful generators, only when and where they would be needed.
In fact, it was Bofki who was able to perfect a previous version of the Mysterium’s efforts into an improved arcannon powercell. Gunners the world over rejoiced at their increase in power, though Bofki himself was somewhat disappointed.
“It could have been bigger.”
Bofki’s last project before he flew off in a cloud of dust was a new vehicle which allowed its rider to conquer land and sky alike. The plans for his "skycycle" were inscribed with strange, antiquated glyphs championing the idea of creation over destruction, a silent declaration that the Mysterium was not as altruistic as they purported to be.