Now for the post you really weren't waiting for, but should have been ('cause this is the cool stuff):
Mystical Technology Artifacts!
Nobody knows how the Ancients created these Artifacts, or how they work, or how they seem to evolve and unlock new abilities over time as it's user gains experience. That's a secret that may forever remain in the past. But really, most people could care less about that stuff.
What are Artifacts?
These items, which have strange angular lines etched along and around, have unique magic circuits. Unlike the circuits that normal creatures possess, these seem to be ambiguous, and not hard-coded. It's possible to alter and change how these magic circuits behave and do. In fact, one can add extra abilities to Artifacts, with the right materials and tools (which have only been found in the Ancient Ruins) and skills.
Often times, most Artifacts have a core ability, one that cannot be changed entirely. A fire sword Artifact will always be a fire sword. However, if it has an extra ability to, say, shoot fire balls, or something, this feature could be changed to be a fire shield instead, if you had the tools and know-how. You could even go so far to add a transformation ability so it become a fire gun, but such Artifacts capable of this are few and far between. So far, only the Mage's Association has this knowledge, and they guard it fiercely.
Who can use Artifacts?
Thankfully, anyone can. You just have to be able to use Mana. That's it.
What kind of Artifacts exist?
The most common ones fall into one of three categories: Offensive, Defensive, and Utility. Offensive Artifacts come in weapon varieties, like guns or swords. They inflict damage, as one would assume. Some even allow the user to take control of Ancient Golems (these are dubbed 'Director Artifacts'). Defensive ones usually appear to be belts, bracers, or pendants, and grant protection - either from damage, or secondary effects (like heat or cold). Utility Artifacts are the most common, and often do things that normal items shouldn't be able to, like greater storage, communications, sensors, and other handy gadgets. It should be noted that some Artifacts fall between two different categories. The really powerful ones will have abilities in all three.
More info coming soon!