Comic 189 - Delaying Action
1st Mar 2013, 11:13 PM in Star
Delaying Action
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KOOM.

I'm going to sleep for a day, now.
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Nightsky
Prettyyy... Too bad it's all but guaranteed to be deadly. :P
Jcdrocks
Why rubber bullets?
You would think they would of brought something stronger.
mal3
A rubber bullet gatling gun? Thats the most lethal non lethal deterrent I've seen.

I guess that cop doesn't know how effective they can be...even more so at 600 rounds a second.
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Unity's unarmored cyborg soldiers are immune to actual bullets, remember... and these are Unity's armored soldiers.
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Well, you won't need to remember it. Sunday they fire the gun and it bounces off. You're just one page fast.
It still raises this question of why they even have a rubber bullet rotatory gun in the first place...
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Because it's a planet full of 800 pound elephant people, and they tend to ignore the first few polite little rubber bullets?
Kax definatly has bigger ones than I do, I wouldn't want to be that close to an orbital strike.
Runesavaan
At least I got the laser designator part right.

That's a pretty damned accurate orbital strike laser cannon. . . no fucksplosion or anything.
Could have been a Kinetic strike. A pure slug of Iridium would probably leave a nice trail of plasma on the way down. Plus you wouldn't have an energy trail.
AngelofPity
Nah, iridium or uranium round, even a single kilogram dumb round would level the block. I used to run grim math scenarios for science projects in middle and high school. My favorite was on quantifications of WWII casualty statistics (body mass and volume killed, average characteristics, statistical characteristics associated with casualty, etc.) followed by weaponized kinetic rounds and natural disasters. Scared the crap out of the teachers, but my presentations were always the most popular, which also independently scared the teachers. Math to follow.

A one kilogram dumb round, ceramic jacket, fin stabilized, length maybe ten to twelve times the radius, with assisted thrust to bring it up to around 20 km/s which isn't much(<i>controlled</i> reentry for the space shuttle started at 7.7 km/s at a 42 degree angle) coming in at a ninety degree angle (straight down) would leave something like a 100 meter wide by 40 meter deep crater depending on the rock. There would be a 90 foot fireball and thermal radiation deadly out to about 500 feet, an optical flash about fifteen times as bright as the sun. Even at half a mile, you'd have a 90 mph wind gust, not to mention the radiation pulse off the impact would fry anyone inside maybe half a mile(assuming the round punched into the ground which would absorb most of the radiation which is best case scenario). So, no, definitely not kinetic.
Reminds me of some info from my other favorite sci-fi comic. Along the lines of "even a tinfoil cone is a deadly weapon at relativistic speeds."
AngelofPity
My actual guess, very very strong x-ray laser. Ionization, barometric effects, localized thermal as an insanely high gradient. Basically a lightning strike and laser strike in one with higher efficiency than optical laser. Plus, angle has less impact on effect other than punching through more atmosphere so it's more practical that way as well.
And it explains the ionization glow, which sure as heck isn't going to be Cherenkov radiation or this would be a different kind of story entirely.

Edit: Ionizing glow, btw, is blue just for future reference.
pensivedragon
Damn. I wish you had been in my math class back in high school. I might have actually managed to pass it, if I could have seen how interesting it could be under the right circumstances. :)
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Hey hey, Angel of Pity is good.

It's also why I tried very hard to establish the city as yellow, so the blue would be a clear contrast.
Sheela
Gotta love physics.

As for the blue light, it's something that happens in a lot of sci-fi and even in real life too !
After about a week of reading, I've finally caught up, HOORAY!

Yeah, I'm new here by the way
VlRGlL
That tank looks very ghost in the shelly if you don't mind me pointing out
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The comics are very good. Same artist as Ghost in the Shell.
Sheela
Never seen Appleseed either - Sounds like something I should check out.