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The Starcaster Chronicles 07.20

May 6, 2020 by Tim


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JanTuts
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“What, you think the Starcaster is only useful for shooting laser beams? It is literally a terraforming tool, AND can synthesise anything you can imagine from stardust.”

Uhhhh, it's complicated
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Uhhhh, it's complicated

Maybe it can do all this miracle stuff with a mind-reading user interface. But there’s a long way from refining pure silicon out of a heap of sand with lots of impurities, sputter it with individual atoms of other type in a controlled fashion, then carve transistors into the layered material in the nanometer range, and assemble the resultin microprocessors into, say, a missing wing assembly on your ship with countless other complicated-to-make components while not being an expert in material science, aerospace engineering, etc. A miracle 3D printer with access to a virtually unlimited energy source ist only as… Read more »

John Swift
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John Swift

Thats a good point, this would be a good chance for a low stakes attempt at learning how to control it. And maybe it leading them to an Aug temple.

Kaitensatsuma
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Kaitensatsuma

I’m not sure about the stakes being low if they’re running out of food, water and fuel.

Karrde
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Karrde

as low as the stakes have been. I dont know about Mimions or cyborgs, but Cort could probably last at least a month without food. Water can be recycled to a degree onboard the ship, so its got to get desperately low before its becomes a real problem.

Urazz
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Urazz

Yeah, I imagine the food for most sentient beings tends to be other living beings such as plants or animals.

As for making resources, I could sees the Starcaster being able to make some raw material, even water, with a source of energy.

Of course the planet may not be barren and may have life on it so there could be a food source there.

ChargersFan
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ChargersFan

I think this particular starcaster’s previous owner was proof that it can’t just make food.
I suppose it is possible he died of old age or whatnot; who knows how long he was holed up in that temple… but it certainly seems unlikely.

Pajuka
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Pajuka

Well according to previous chapters – he was in there for about a century.

Shecky
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Shecky

https://cad-comic.com/comic/the-starcaster-chronicles-05-11/

And also “limited rations”. That planet was also still pretty hostile, no terraformed little oasis.

ChargersFan
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ChargersFan

Right; I meant before he died.

Lt. Kettch
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Lt. Kettch

…toilet paper

Ian Nicholls
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Ian Nicholls

Hmm I wonder what sort of toilet paper Speck could even use…

teawatermelon
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teawatermelon

Unless Speck extretes his acid, his buttcheeks alone will do the job of disposing waste! You may not like it but this is what peak efficiency looks like.

Aeneas
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Aeneas

Would he even need toilet paper? Any residue would be dissolved by the acid.

Steve
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Steve

Nivium-weave TP? And here I thought leaves in the woods were rough.

(Actually agree that he probably dissolves it. Although I am confused what he even has going on internally…. his skin melts things, but why doesn’t he melt his own insides, beyond there not being a story if he did?)

GarlynSav
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GarlynSav

The hag fish can absorb nutrients through its skin. Perhaps there is something similar going on here. Like a fly/eel. The acid liquifies the materials and the skin absorbs the good leaving the bad.

7eggert
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7eggert

Our stomach (+ intestines) is able to dissolve meat.

Steve
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Steve

Speck dissolves stone and most metals nearly instantly, which is quite a bit more intense than slowly digesting something to break it down and absorb the nutrients.

Hahlp
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Hahlp

same reason a poison dart frog can’t

Michael
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Michael

Stomach acid doesn’t hurt the stomach because it’s coated with snot; Speck most likely has a similar chemical composition for his skin and fur.

Clayton
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Clayton

Anyone else wondering why a robot body needs a bandage on a severed arm?

Kaitensatsuma
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Kaitensatsuma

“Whoops”

Shecky
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Shecky

Rumor has it it used to be a nice planet, but then something happened and all that is left on the surface are these massive tarantulas…

Halosty
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Halosty

I heard some weirdos will buy them, but only for some weird currency. Belts, maybe?

Leon
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Leon

Or a bunch of barbarians who kill anyone foreign

Leon
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Leon

You know there’s killer aliens………

ChargersFan
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ChargersFan

Maybe we’ll get a montage of him grinding experience on some local fauna.

tiamattt
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tiamattt

Meanwhile on Quel’s ship… Ensign: Sir, I…I think I did it! I think I found out where they are! 2nd in command: Great work ensign, we’ll jump right over once the Marshal gets back. Now show me their location. Ensign: Here sir. (points to a star chart exactly where our heroes jumped to) 2nd: ……Are you sure that’s the right location ensign? Ensign: Um…yes? Maybe? Is something wrong sir? 2nd: It’s a totally uninhabited area of space, if they go out there they’ll soon run out of supplies & starve to death. There’s no way anyone would go out there,… Read more »

Johnny 5
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Johnny 5

Welcome to Kharak.

Javada
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Javada

Pretty sure there is an abandoned research facility or at least an Indian Jones-esque camp site you can “crash” at.

Pajuka
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Pajuka

Given the state of their ship, the “crash” might be literal

Alex
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Alex

Not sure why, but I always imagine Speck sounding like Rocket Raccoon from the MCU.