Petrified Wood (Oscariana invention)

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A cement that can be applied to cellulose-based materials like wood, reed and straw. It will merge with the cellulose and petrify it, forming a structured concrete no heavier than the original wood. Ideally, this will strengthen the cellulose material to the resiliency of stone, without causing it to become overly rigid. Only whole hulls can be safely petrified; partial certification results in dangerous structural stress. The process is irreversible. Repairs to petrified wood take twice as long as normal and cost twice as much.

When this is applied to a wooden structure that needs to be flexible in order to function, such as a ship, car, or wagon, make a reliability roll. If the roll fails, the petrification process caused undue rigidity; the craft must make a petrification reliability roll once per day or take a hull hit.

Petrified wood has a barrier toughness of 1. A wooden ship successfully petrified doubles any armor rating it may have and adds one to the result.

One ton of cement dissolved in one ton of water will petrify one ton of wood, which is generally the hull of a 10-ton vessel. The petrification process takes one day per point of reliability; the slower the process the better. It can be hurried, but this reduces effective reliability.