||[Sep. 19th, 2027|06:21 pm]
Digital Dive Mods
The D-Comm is this role-play's digivice, effectively serving two functions: connecting the Digimon with their Tamers, and providing a Tamer with a digital assistant. The D-comm resembles a cell phone, and is color-coded and marked with a symbol on the back that has a particular relation to the Tamer. The D-Comm's functions are supplemented by the D-Reader, who expands a Tamer's combat abilities.
The D-Comm also has an unseverable link to the “Rise Bracer”, an armband-like item that is found on every Partner digimon. The Rise Bracer relates to both communication and evolution.
A typical D-Comm looks something like this, with the exception of the personal (read, character specific) elements like symbol, name, and color.
(D-Comm design credit goes to iperithon
The D-Comm's functions are out-lined as follows:
The D-Comm doesn't just look like a cellphone; it can effectively serve as a cellphone. After recording another Tamer's “ID Number”, you may simply call them up as you would a friend. This function can also be used in conjunction with the Rise Bracer, allowing a Tamer and a digimon to communicate privately and over long distances. Calling another Tamer's ID number is done by hitting a particular key on the key-pad (resembling a wave of sound), and communication with the digimon partner is done with the key immediately above it.
Secondly, it has access to the Digital World's journal network, and provides a default account for one to post their own messages. This function is shared with the D-Reader. However, the D-Reader is capable of much more; while the D-Comm can only record text and audio, the D-Reader can attach scanned items and data, as well as video and images to journal posts. The journal menu is accessed by hitting the button marked "J" on the key-pad.
However, just as cellphones have problems, so does the D-Comm... sometimes, the signal is difficult to acquire or there is an outside party causing interference. If there is communication trouble, a red light on the D-Comm's key-pad will light up – if communication is stable, this light is green.
Hacking, Locking, and Anonymity
The D-Comm has secondary functions (again shared with the D-Reader) that relate to the preservation, or in some cases, the invasion of, privacy over the journal network. Using customized codes, one may hide their identity on the journal system and thus register as an “Anonymous” user. They can also choose to lock posts to certain users, depending on journal ID, whether someone or a group comes from the same world, or a variety of other methods.
However, codes can also be used to crack locked posts. This is called “hacking.” Posts that use faulty locks register on the network and become “noticeable” to varying degrees – the locks may fail entirely and show the post, or it will appear visible but unreadable – effectively serving as a sign to “hack me” to would be hackers.” Essentially, if you don't want your post hacked, make sure you know what you're doing.
Most hacking codes and locks are provided by a sample program in the D-Comm and D-Reader, as a selectable option in the journal menu, and this presents you with the option to customize and create your own security codes.
The D-Comm has a digimon analyzer, which is accessed by hitting the green button at the bottom of the D-Comm's key-pad. This causes a light to shine from the matrix-like device on the back of the D-Reader, which will quickly analyze a nearby digimon, identify it, and provide relevant statistics via a holographic display.
Another function shared with the D-Reader. This is activated by pressing the button labeled “map” on the key-pad. It brings up a map of your current surroundings with a range of up to ten square miles, while also providing you with signals on any nearby digimon or Tamers. The map's range can be broadened, but doing so decreases precision. The farthest one can broaden the map to is a global map of the digital world, which can only show the shape of land masses and key locations.
The D-Comm can interface with the Lightpost Network, and records location data whenever one enters an area. To use this, one must be near enough to a Lightpost, and bring up the lightpost menu using the red button with a lowercase “l” on the keypad. This transforms one's body into energy, sending them from one lightpost to another. For the record, when a D-Comm records a lightpost's data, it records data for that particular lightpost. You can have lightpost data for multiple lightposts in the same area. Lightpost data can be attached in messages and shared, as well.
The D-Comm absorbs a Tamer's emotional energy, and during evolution, transfers it to the digimon by way of the Rise Bracer. For more information on evolution, read the Game Mechanics faq on evolution.
Finally, the D-Comm can display other things, such as the time – which is accessed by hitting the clock key on the key-pad, of course.