- For the collectible item, see Argent Energy Cell.
Argent Energy is a new form of renewable energy that was discovered by the Union Aerospace Corporation in the late 21st century. It is produced by neutron activation of Argent Plasma. Publicly, Argent Energy was believed to originate on Mars, but in reality, it is secretly mined from Hell, where the element is innately tied to that realm and its demonic inhabitants.
The UAC discovered Argent Plasma in 2095 during a geological survey mission in the Promethei Terra region of Mars, in a narrow trench which later dubbed as the "Argent Fracture". Within a year, the UAC established an outpost to extract Argent Plasma and subjected it to the Fermionic Transference Pattern, producing Argent Energy.
Within a span of two decades, Argent Energy revolutionized human society as it met their energy requirements, allowing it to be integrated into all forms of technology to the point of becoming practically ubiquitous. As a result, oil, nuclear and solar energy were rendered obsolete due to Argent Energy's unlimited source and high energy efficiency.
The UAC strictly kept the origins and production of Argent Energy secret from the public including the Global Science Council, keeping them from learning the existence of Hell, and as well bottlenecking the production of Argent Energy to maintain their control over the market value.
Found in Hell, Argent Energy's metaphysical nature defies previous laws of physics on other forms of plasma. While plasma itself is a superheated gas to the point of freeing electrons to become ionized, Argent Energy seems to be stable at higher than thought possible temperatures and can energize objects it comes into contact with.
- Although being pinkish-orange in color, the word Argent itself means silver or white, being a tincture of silver. It was often used on symbols of heraldry. It derives from Latin argentum, again meaning silver.
- Ironically silver is believed to dispel demons and to heal diseases in many cultures, but Argent is an energy harvested from Hell and used by demons.
- Coincidentally, the Chinese version of Doom (2016) translates Argent as "亞金", which means "second to gold/inferior than gold".