|Apr 30 2015, 11:40 PM||#81|
Join Date: Sep 2014
Fan of: Dragonriders of Pern
Re: Agenothree (HNO3, nitric acid)
In wikipedia, it says that Nitric Acid is used industrially as a fertilizer by being neutralized with ammonia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitric_acid
In most of the pern books, agenothree is mentioned as being used in actual flamethrowers. DD mentions that it can be made pretty "cheaply" with air and water using hydroelectricity, and that using a wet cloth on a spill within 20 seconds could keep it from burning too badly. Interestingly enough, they mention that using HNO3 on Thread would be like using both fire and water on it. https://books.google.com/books?id=KE...q=hno3&f=false
Doesn't the Master Smithhall have waterwheels? And since Fandarel knew enough chemistry to make a wet battery with Sulfuric Acid, and he says they already used Nitric Acid it to etch designs into knives, they must have had some way to produce it, right?
The Pern Encyclopedia (http://www.pern.nl/pe/H_table.html) has this to say about it:
Also, Pern wiki mentions that in Dragonheart,"the old firestone" (flamestone, which was mistaken for proper firestone during the Second Interval-Third Pass, unstable and exploded if it got wet) was being used in flamethrowers. Could firestone be the other ingredient? Dragons digest firestone, and Nitric Acid is pretty corrosive so... maybe?