While exploring, you will occasionally find an unusual structure, made of dark stone columns, beams, and tiles. Near the top is a ring of eight blocks engraved with a strange, glowing symbol. At the top of the structure sits a glowing beacon, one visibly and audibly (and if you get too close, palpably) radiating with raw crystal power.
At first, these pylons of energy will be little more than scenery, but they become crucial to your progress later on, as they are the source of all your energy.
More immediately useful are the crystals found deep in the caves underground. Standing near a crystal will give living entities small stat effects which last for 10 seconds. Crystals cannot be mined directly – they drop shards which are your main crafting ingredient. However, they can be harvested with silk touch to get the actual crystal. Crystal shards can also be used to brew potions, some of which (such as jump boost) are not available normally.
“Potion Crystals” can also be made. Much more costly than a lamp, they double the aesthetic function of a lamp with a 5-minute level-3 potion effect, akin to a scaled-down beacon.
Crystals generate in every dimension except the end, and are most frequent in the Twilight Forest. Nether crystals deal different and much nastier effects.
To get started with ChromatiCraft, explore until you find a number of cave crystals. These shards are your key to get started. Combine them with a crafting table to get a special crystalline variant, and use some more to make a crystal manipulator. This is the table on which you will craft the rest of your equipment and devices, and the manipulator is the tool you will use to trigger crafting, among other uses. For now, however, the table’s power is limited, and you need to become more familiar with its use. Once you have done so, you can build a structure around it to help focus its power.
Now you can leverage the weak power of the crystal runes to aid you in your crafting. Certain arrangements will be required for the crafting of various items; combining these patterns together will yield a versatile casting table.
Once you become well-acquainted with this version of the table, you can upgrade it again, increasing the size and complexity of the surrounding structure.
With an arrangement of item stands like above, you now have an effective 5×5 grid on which to do your crafting. Runes still play a big role, and you will be required to find ways to arrange them in order to maximize your crafting power.
Finally, the top tier of crafting requires you upgrade the table and structure once more, now linking it with the network of pylons. Recipes may still require runes, but now more commonly require raw input energy from various colors of crystal pylon.
The beams from the crystal pylon have a limited range, and are blocked by any solid material, so unless you had the great luck to build this table next to one of every pylon – a dangerous endeavor – you will need to build repeater beacons. These are constructed by placing two blocks of crysalline stone, a rune, and then a crystal repeater. The color of the rune controls the color the repeater can receive and transmit. In all likelihood, you will need to construct a relay several repeaters long to link the pylons from various locations to your table.