The first experience with Zion’s forms of transportation technology comes right at the outset of the trilogy. We see Gediel dashing through the woods like a rapid gust of smoke. Unlike humans, duta have the ability to move quite rapidly, disappearing and reappearing from place to place. But, surely a device of some kind is responsible for the phasing?
Technically, there is. It is called the atman. The more advanced the crystal is the more it can manipulate, including transporting itself over distances. Without a Samsaran husk to slow them down, atman/sattva are not limited by physics known to Earth. Walking through solid matter, also becomes an easy feat. The crystal has the ability to maintain the molecules that make it up, as well as the energy, but pass them between the spaces of other objects. So too, they can appear and reappear at distances, travelling at unseen velocities—or phasing.
Duta prefer to travel in this manner, which they call blinking, but also like to slow down the ride, or slide. The difference would be between walking and running in humans. Other races can learn to slide at various paces, but they cannot blink, and they are never as fast as duta. This can make guardian units made up of souls and duta more difficult to command, as the duta are expected to either assist the souls or slow themselves to keep pace with the slowest of their ranks. Obviously, in dangerous situations the preference is to assist, because of the advantage slowing the pace can provide danava.
Walking, running, and other basic forms of movement are the norm among all the races, aside from the above. Much like in Samsara, souls still love to invent vehicles. They are still useful for hauling things, and mass transport of troops and personnel. Souls and duta alike enjoy the fun of bicycles, automobiles, trains, aircraft, watercraft, and spacecraft. Readers of the series will encounter archaic forms of the above transportation as well as newer technology, as they would in the real world. Souls and duta do not differ in the appreciation of artifacts and antiques.
One must also keep in mind that traveling at higher velocity requires more energy. Using transportation that can travel at the high speeds required conserves energy. This makes it more efficient in many cases. For example, a tour of duty into Jahannam is best begun with rested and ready troops, who have not spent all their energy getting there, and would need to seek a covert camp in which to rest until they were prepared to face the enemy. When maneuvers are time sensitive, it makes little sense to send them on foot. However, clandestine operations are almost always embarked on by foot. It is up to the operative to maintain the balance of rest and exertion that best serves their mission.
When reading the trilogy, you may see hints of what to expect from future editions of Trailokya stories. So keep your eyes open.
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