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The Starcaster Chronicles 09.10

October 18, 2021 by Tim


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Gonfrask
Gonfrask
1 month ago

Ok, wasn’t expecting that the use of the starcaster this way would give such a bill. Thought that Court lost his conscience because he was overwhelmed by the use…but seems like you must put something of your part, literally

Muppet
Muppet
1 month ago
Reply to  Gonfrask

Reminds me of the Shannara Chronicles and the elfstones

Mike
Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  Gonfrask

Even there Court seemed to spend less (it just got his hand). Does that mean he’s a better match for it?

Hunter
Hunter
1 month ago

It’s good to see that these doom weapons aren’t without a cost. They are extremely powerful, but they’re not without their downsides.

nealithi
nealithi
1 month ago
Reply to  Hunter

From the description given they are not doom weapons. They are tools meant to build worlds and create life. But no one since the creators have found how to do this. I think it is not supposed to damage anyone but the only part anyone can access yet is open the fuel line.

Marsh
Marsh
1 month ago

How far does the beam continue for?

evilleet
evilleet
1 month ago
Reply to  Marsh

i would say probably around 3.14159265359 space miles

GUNnibal
GUNnibal
1 month ago
Reply to  evilleet

I don’t know, that number seems a bit irrational to me…

Tim
Tim
1 month ago
Reply to  GUNnibal

it LOOKs like an irrational number. But if you look closely, this one IS rational ^^

Jacob
Jacob
1 month ago
Reply to  Tim

Pedantic, but in the best possible way.

7eggert
7eggert
1 month ago
Reply to  Marsh
Mr_Meng
Mr_Meng
1 month ago
Reply to  Marsh

“That means Sir Isaac Newton is the deadliest son-of-a-b*tch in space. Now! Serviceman Burnside! What is Newton’s First Law?”
“Sir! An object in motion stays in motion, sir!”
“No credit for partial answers, maggot!”
“Sir! Unless acted on by an outside force, sir!”

Acher4
Acher4
1 month ago

Ohhh, so there is an important toll in using them.
I do wonder if the damage to the body is then fixed by the starcaster.

ir8munk33
ir8munk33
1 month ago
Reply to  Acher4

That’s my assumption, but I imagine its at least a bit of time until you’re fully healed.

Michael
Michael
1 month ago
Reply to  Acher4

I fail to see how it’s an assumption, Nyra very clearly stated that it uses solar power to fix damage caused by using solar power.

Robert Loughrey
Robert Loughrey
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael

She also stated that Cort wouldn’t be able to cut his arm off because the starcaster would heal it faster than he could cut, so its probably pretty fast, but painful.

7eggert
7eggert
1 month ago

Maybe he could starcaster it off with a second starcaster …

Freddie
Freddie
1 month ago

There’s naver a guillotine around when you need one.

Nyzer
Nyzer
1 month ago

She’s also said at least once that his arm could be removed. Just… not with the knife he had at the time he was considering it. A quick enough, strong enough slice would presumably be able to completely sever the arm at once, separating the Starcaster and taking away his ability to heal with it.

Kevin Greenbaum
Kevin Greenbaum
1 month ago
Reply to  Acher4

They did put one on Cort to heal what would’ve been a fatal gunshot wound had it not bonded to him. So I’d imagine it heals them pretty quickly, but still hurts a lot to use it.

John Swift
John Swift
1 month ago

Wow his hand is not doing so good there. The hand is ungloved so exposure would be a toll aswell but his face is messed up too. That prob heated his hand a ton so a hot hand in the cold of space might suck too.
Is the effect on him worse due to him “seemingly” having had this starcaster for so long?

toughluck
toughluck
1 month ago
Reply to  John Swift

It’s either due to art, or it seems that his hand already healed some of the damage between the second and the third panel.

And contrary to what a lot of people think about the coldness of space, there’s actually very little specific heat capacity, so it’s extremely difficult to cool equipment in space.

Neil
Neil
1 month ago
Reply to  toughluck

Hand in the glove is not his, one of the guys helping him up

toughluck
toughluck
1 month ago
Reply to  Neil

Ah, okay. That makes sense. Much more sense.

Cyrad
Cyrad
1 month ago
Reply to  John Swift

toughluck’s correct. Heat must be transferred away from something in order to cool it down. On Earth, a breeze cools you because some of your heat transfers to the air. Coolant systems work by transferring heat to some other medium that carries it away. However, there’s almost nothing in the vacuum of space to transfer heat to.

Robert Loughrey
Robert Loughrey
1 month ago
Reply to  Cyrad

There’s three kinds of heat, convection, conduction, and radiation. Radiation heating works fine in space, but would be smaller than the amount of radiation heating he would be getting from the sun at that distance (a world in the Goldilocks zone) What might be a bigger problem, is that if his biology is similar to ours, then the blood in his hand would be rapidly embolizing and he would have bubbles of gas in his bloodstream, leading to cardiac arrest. The starcaster must be able to keep up with that “damage” though.

7eggert
7eggert
1 month ago

People did put their hand (and some their whole body) into a vacuum chamber. The skin is very good at keeping the blood contained but you’ll have a very large love bite.

The Schaef
The Schaef
1 month ago
Reply to  7eggert

Also, people can survive in vacuum for like a minute or more on The Expanse, and that’s about the same thing as science.

Jon
Jon
1 month ago

As you say, radiation of heat is the only way to get rid of heat in space. And of the three types, it’s also the slowest. Kyle Hill, back in his Because Science days, had a video about space wars, and talked about heat being a possible limiting factor of a battle in space. (The heat discussion starts at about 6:30 into the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Xs3mGhQGxM)

Jon
Jon
1 month ago
Reply to  Jon

Shad also touches on heat, though not to Kyle’s degree (heh), at about 17 minutes into his space combat video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyyW6T7hZRY

toughluck
toughluck
1 month ago

Okay, so this explains how having more starcasters gives you superiority. You use one, you’re then too exhausted to fight back, while starcaster wielders on the other side can destroy your ship safely, crippling your ability to quickly retreat.

Even if the Federation traded starcasters 1:1, reducing Dranglaex starcaster capacity to zero while still retaining one means an extremely substantial advantage (jump in a starcaster wielder, destroy a planet/space station/good part of the fleet, jump out).

GUNnibal
GUNnibal
1 month ago

Too bad to see our starcaster-wielding fellow in such a sorry state in the end – he was beaming just moments ago.

Last edited 1 month ago by GUNnibal
Paddy
Paddy
1 month ago
Reply to  GUNnibal

It’s not all that uncommon to feel a bit tired after shooting your load, but his reaction does seem a little extreme.

Atros
Atros
1 month ago

Interesting. Cort using the death beam only blackened his *palm*, without the death beam, and he seemed to be just mentally shocked rather than particularly harmed or exhausted by it. Hell, he then had the energy to go rip off the awkwardness band-aid and mentioned not being tired enough to go to bed yet… I wonder if different starcasters are different in some way that Cort might not be as effected. Or maybe its a time used thing? You’d think if short bursts were the way to go this guy would just go out there and do short bursts though.… Read more »

drago
drago
1 month ago
Reply to  Atros

I’m betting it’s more the reasons behind why the starcaster is being used. Orignialy they were meant to help life, but this dude is using it for destruction. Maybe the Starcaster doesn’t like that, so it’s punishing him. Cort wasn’t using it like that, so maybe he didn’t get hit as hard. Also could be that his blast didn’t have as much oomph behind it, so it didn’t take as much from him. But I’m betting there’s going to be some kind of worthiness meter, like Mjolnir built into the Starcasters.

The Schaef
The Schaef
1 month ago

That doesn’t bode well for Cort. If this guy is like Hulk using the Gauntlet (i.e. he’s been trained in its use and can direct its power), Cort’s more of a Tony Stark size human.

Crestlinger
Crestlinger
1 month ago

Extra crispy beam And origin. Smells like chicken in honour of one Mr. Jenkins.