Arcane automobiles, automotive carriages, or simply 'cars', are the primary form of transportation in modern Solace. They are wheeled vehicles powered by cryptite combustion engines. Inspired on traditional animal-drawn carriages, most cars have four wheels and can seat one to eight people including the driver, who sits behind a wheel to control the vehicle.
Automobiles were invented in 3918, soon after the start of the Industrial Awakening. Like most machines at the time, they were expensive and unreliable, but gradual improvements and increased production made them affordable and safe by 3926. In 3937, 64% of the population in Loria's metropolises owned automotive carriages. New roads were built to accommodate the widespread use of these vehicles, and many city sectors were modified or expanded to house the daily traffic. As of today however, the presence of cars isn't as dominant in the less advanced areas of the Kingdom, and many places are ill suited for automotive traffic. Many people still prefer to use animal-drawn carriages, though cars are still a common sight to anyone.
Cars are one of the few machines with mechanically complex engines. They rely on fire-enchanted cryptite cores that release controlled bursts in combustion chambers that drive the engine's components. Refined crude oil is used to lubricate most mechanisms.
The speed and range of a car is determined by the size of the combustion core, though that also adds weight. Faster cars typically have a larger core and smaller frames, while trucks have large cores and resistant frames. Smaller cores are used in most sedans or motorcycles, making them much cheaper to use. A combustion core lasts between 1 to 3 months depending on size and use frequency; once spent, it must be replaced.
Cars are characterized by their resemblance to elegant carriages, with big cryptite headlights and wider tires. They usually have roofs and windows that cover all passengers, though certain models only have retractable canvas roofs. Cars come in a variety of colors, most commonly black, white, and dark blue. More expensive models have visual details such as golden ornaments, engravings, higher technology, leather seats, and so on.
Arcane Automobiles are started by a small cryptite key that fits in a receptacle near the wheel and provides the necessary electrical power to start the vehicle. The acceleration pedal is also powered by this electrical shard, as it regulates the speed of a little arm that constantly taps the combustion crystal to release fire bursts into the combustion chamber. Because of this mechanism, all cars have a distinctive quiet and rapid clicking sound along with the rumble of the engine.
Authorities advise not to use cars older than the 3930's, as there is a small chance they will burst into flames when overworked or exposed to external high heats.