Lithis Chemical was, and to some extent still is, a corporation whose products lie almost completely in the realm of its namesake. Most infamous for its role in The Reformation War, Lithis produced everything from medicines and industrial compounds to a wide variety of biological and chemical weapons, eventually including arms based on the Mutagen itself.
While Lithis was eventually given access to raw Mutagen samples and testing data for weaponization purposes, they had no role in the Mutagen’s development or ownership of any of its main production or research facilities. This was entirely the realm of labs subsidized directly by the Hierarchy itself. Popular culture often attributes the entire affair to Lithis, but enough records have survived the war to indicate this was simply not the case, and that, to some degree, the Hierarchy saw the Mutagen as too important to be trusted to market-driven Supercorporations.
In addition to the incredibly rare prototype Mutagenic infantry-portable weapons, Lithis was responsible for the near-legendary end-of-war ‘infection engines’ mounted on the Carnifex and Slith class warships. Their less advanced standbys were no less devastating, and their presence throughout the war means many claimed far more lives than their more notorious mutagenic cousins. The increasingly fine chemical agents deployed in Lithis Heartbreaker warheads eventually gave way to the development of Fessariko gas, while soft-target research paved the way for the horrifying Deathknell, a weapon so monstrous even the Hierarchy that commissioned its creation immediately renounced its use. The controversial Lithis Disruptor has been quietly incorporated into armories around the world after the conclusion of the War. Less impressively, they released the copycat Hunter 2 rifle soon after the war’s end, filling an important niche while insulting a company indirectly responsible for the deaths of thousands of their employees.
Despite their public, and to some degree factual, reputation of essentially being cruel sellers of agonizing death, Lithis’ pre-war records are impressively nonviolent. Lithis techniques for synthesizing (and salt-proofing) rubber continue to be imitated across the globe and are the industry standard, as are their organic-waste solvents used for cleaning artificial agriculture machinery and ensuring maximum resource preservation (a humanitarian product that ironically contributed heavily to the development of the Deathknell). Lithis fertilizers and long-term soil aerators (‘ground-tenderizers’) are the most desirable in the world, and even peak competitors from the Unity, Harvest Dawn Produce, and Serican Bounty are considered excellent imitations at best. Finally, Hierarchy-commissioned work in dealing with their nation’s mounting narcotics problems led to the development of Lirezene, a ‘wonder-drug’ capable of undoing almost any chemical addiction with careful therapy.
All authentic Lithis products are sealed with a unique reactive chemical signature that allows easy verification of authenticity. While the algorithms to create and update the Lithis signature would be easy to duplicate by some of the more economically capable Supercorporations, to date their either hasn’t been any duplication or it has gone unnoticed, and authentic Lithis products continue to dribble into global circulation at a value-enriching pace. As Lithis was officially de-nationalized rather than disbanded during the war, their intellectual property rights remain intact. Whether their are still islands of civilization housing their factories in Rastakgan, extra-city establishments in Serica, mobile manufactories aboard Jahangi trade cities, or some combination of the three is unknown, but stigma or not, some form of Lithis continues to thrive atop the pile of dead they’ve produced.