A D’Olex Decipher or ‘Decipher’ is a form of Nanobot used to translate the various languages in the Lore of Energy and Light universe of D’Olex. Deciphers are the size of a dot on the tip of your finger, black, round, and very thin. When first placed in a host’s ear, the Nanobot is activated and traverses the ear canal before embedding itself inside the inner ear.
“As Zach pressed the black D’Olex Decipher into his ear, the creature leapt into action, crawling his canal. It tickled; a creepy feeling. The Nanobot affixed itself tight to his ear wall by digging in its miniature legs. It was done. At first his mind went a little fuzzy, then after a few heartbeats words suddenly became earthly, understandable and all was being translated. Zach could now understand the conversations around him; words were being translated as signals to the mind, as if they were in his native tongue. Remarkably words held their tone, pace and pitch.”
A host with a D’Olex Decipher embedded in their ear can hear conversations as if they are being spoken in their mother tongue. Choosing the language to hear is simply done through thought, and is generally an unconscious act by the host. The most widely spoken language in D’Olex is Universal Prose. The translation by the Nanobot is not dubbed, but rather the host hears words being spoken in real-time in the voice of the speaker as if they were communicating in the same language.
A host may choose at any time to by-pass the translation of their D’Olex Decipher. In this case, the host would hear whatever sound is coming into their ear canal.
“The Ka’s deep tones bypassed Alzarrae’s Decipher to echo from within. His hairs stood on end and his heart skipped a beat. T’was as if the sound sucked the air from the cave; part audible, part energy.”
The second most common use of a D’Olex Decipher is communication via thought. I host can simply think a message which is transmitted to any connected Deciphers. All intended recipients hear the message in their minds, as translated by their own Deciphers. This is not telepathy or assisted telepathy, but rather a purely technological form of communication. From the book series so far it is unknown what the communication range is between two Deciphers, although they do appear to work across battlefields and between a space station and nearby ships.
D’Olex Deciphers can be used to help a host speak a given language if the individual they are conversing with does not have a Decipher themselves. The Decipher starts by detecting the language being spoken towards the host. When the host thinks about a reply, the Decipher quickly generates the appropriate foreign words, keeping pace with the host’s thoughts and guiding their speech. Thus, the host hears what their reply should sound like in the foreign language and simply repeats, speaking the words.
Zach Salt pictured above, is given a D’Olex Decipher towards the start of Book 1.
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