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Fraa Erasmas with a standard wrap of a bolt, tied with a chord.

Not to be confused with Fraa Erasmas's sister Cord.

A Chord is a rope-like length of newmatter which is primarily used with a Bolt as the clothing of an Avout.

The Chord, Bolt and Sphere, are the only personal possessions of an Avout.

The chord can shorten itself and can therefore be used to lift heavy loads. It has a small capacity to store energy for that and can be recharged by exposing it to sunlight.

It is curious to note as the Chord, the Bolt and the Sphere could be considerd as references to a 1D (the Chord, intended as a Line), a 2D (the Bolt, intended as a Plane) and a 0/3D object (the Sphere, intended both as Point and as a Solid).