The radioactive Thaddium, the lethal zirradiated ore, was created and
refined by Thaddeus Kaine in the first half of the tenth century.
Usually formed into a pocket-sized glowing metal cylinder, this
dangerous mineral must be shielded by lead (either in a special
container or in a Thaddium Elemental Diverter (TED)). If exposed
to air, Thaddium particles begin to immediately disintergrate. Without
containment, all life forms within a radius of five miles will be
consumed by fire moments after their blood begins to boil from intense
The Thaddium Elemental Diverter (TED) is a cylindrical lead transformer
shaped like a portable electric screwdriver. Combining Thaddium with
the TED creates a power source. Kaine invented a battle tank that ran
on Thaddium when a TED was placed into its Power Transducer Unit. As
many of Kaine's inventions were
prototypes, the TED upset the battle tank from time to time by
producing a Thaddium energy spike which was required to be released
immediately. This buildup was released through the tank's barrel.