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The Starcaster Chronicles, 11.21

March 6, 2023 by Tim


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11 months ago

Bye Nyrah!

(I think Lance Major here will just boop her a few dozen meters away with a shield of pure energy or incinerate the firearm, but she’d be well within her rights to just obliterate her right here. The Federation does *not* need Nyrah.

Last edited 11 months ago by Esc
M37h3w3
M37h3w3
11 months ago
Reply to  Esc

But killing is wrong! Because if you kill them, you can’t use them as leverage later!

The Legacy
The Legacy
11 months ago
Reply to  M37h3w3

?

James
James
11 months ago

How did Nyrah get there so fast?

John Swift
John Swift
11 months ago
Reply to  James

Clearly she took a dash action so its unlikely she has another action left to fire a rifle.

Troy D Bird
Troy D Bird
11 months ago
Reply to  John Swift

ACTION SURGE

Del Cox
Del Cox
11 months ago
Reply to  John Swift

I feel like such a nerd that I understand that now.

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
11 months ago
Reply to  John Swift

Does that mean this is merely talking as a free action, but no actual intimidation check?

RblDiver
RblDiver
11 months ago
Reply to  James

Not like La’ni took Cort very far. She needed to let him know she has her starcaster pointed at his face in case he got ideas of using his, and it’s a bit hard to talk when moving at high speed.

otome
otome
11 months ago
Reply to  James

she has her new gift from speck, her mechanical legs might come with rocket boosters

Jaysburn
Jaysburn
11 months ago
Reply to  otome

Pretty sure she just got a new arm.

GUNnibal
GUNnibal
11 months ago

First time you see the man and you proceed to immediately grab his face? I swear, the blatant disregard for personal space is really not winning her any points here.
Somebody gotta teach miss major here how to properly play hard to get.

Mr. Casual
Mr. Casual
11 months ago

I’d say this is going well already. Civil, diplomatic, everyone respecting each other’s personal space.

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
11 months ago

And now we talk quietly… because we are all grown persons and can do it…

otome
otome
11 months ago

anyone else noticed that her caster is on her sleeve?

Hugh
Hugh
11 months ago
Reply to  otome

Could be a special protective cover just covering both starcaster and sleeve? (Thus starcaster still right against the skin.) Or something not protective, but just more fashionable than what would look like an ugly lump hidden under her sleeve.)

Dorander
Dorander
11 months ago
Reply to  Hugh

Was it mentioned somewhere that Starcasters must maintain contact with the skin?

The Major appears to be wearing a Federation uniform, you can make a good comparison in this comic: https://cad-comic.com/comic/the-starcaster-chronicles-11-09/

The uniforms appear to have long sleeves on both sides, so it’s reasonable to assume that yes, she’s wearing it on her sleeve… but is that an issue?

playing it safe
playing it safe
11 months ago
Reply to  Dorander

Not an issue unless you like changing clothes.

Eric the White
Eric the White
11 months ago
Reply to  Dorander

The starcaster is supposedly bonded to the flesh and cannot be removed.

Garth
Garth
11 months ago
Reply to  otome

And the same colour as Cort’s shirt.

Cort’s starcaster is space grey. She must have one of the newer ones that were available in Sienna.

Ben
Ben
11 months ago

“Dodge this”

Flintlocke
Flintlocke
11 months ago
Reply to  Ben

<XCOM PTSD>

Freddie
Freddie
11 months ago

TECHnically, Cort in not suspended above the ground, and so cannot be “dropped”

CTOWNS
CTOWNS
11 months ago
Reply to  Freddie

Maybe she’s using the slang for “Kill him”. It would be more feasible at this point, right?

Mike
Mike
11 months ago
Reply to  CTOWNS

Very poor choice of words!

DrakeStarkiller
DrakeStarkiller
11 months ago

Dun dun duuuuunnnnn
To be continued in 215 days
Muhahahahaha

Kenju
Kenju
11 months ago

While I doubt that gun could kill her, it would probably hurt, a lot, and she knows getting shot in the head would mean likely dropping the unidentified person with a Starcaster, which *would* kill her. Nyrah has effectively put her into checkmate. Either she concedes and lets him go, or she doesn’t, gets shot, drops him and he is free, or turns her attention to Nyrah which gives the other Starcaster user the chance to attack. Every outcome results in a loss. Bravo Nyrah, well played. I’m just hoping the view peers down to show Spek also present, ready… Read more »

Ben
Ben
11 months ago
Reply to  Tim

That depends on what level of imperviousness you decided to give the starcaster carriers 😉

RblDiver
RblDiver
11 months ago
Reply to  Tim

I mean, imperviousness no, but apparently the starcaster has INSANE regeneration abilities. I mean, if it can keep their hand more or less intact while they’re channeling a freaking star through their palm (and also the hand being exposed to naked space), it’s not unreasonable for us to think that maybe it can be regenerating her skull and brain while the bullet is still in-flight 😛

Kenju
Kenju
11 months ago
Reply to  RblDiver

Now that you mention it, didn’t the Delgrax guy have on a spacesuit when he went outside to fire his? Why is she able to fly around without any form of protection but he needed a suit to be out for just a few moments?

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
11 months ago
Reply to  Kenju

Plenty of possible explanations why he used one and she didn’t. A – Different physiology. Lani species might be better suited to space environments than the Dranglaex. B – La’ni might just be more physically capable C – La’ni might be better trained in general C – Starcaster functionality, maybe they each work a bit different? D – Technique, maybe La’ni knows how to use the Starcaster (healing, presumably?) to endure space better than Dranlaex guy. (I could imagine Team Genocide to be more interested in destructive applications over healing. E – La’ni was just flying around and could use… Read more »

Chrispy
Chrispy
11 months ago
Reply to  Tim

how was she zooming around in space without a space suit?

Kenju
Kenju
11 months ago
Reply to  Tim

What degree of regeneration does the Starcaster grant exactly? We saw what it did with Cort, and Nyrah said it would heal his arm before he could get to the bone trying to cut it off. So, what is the upper limit of healing? If say a Starcaster user was shot in the head, would it be able to heal them, or does it go inert the moment there is no pulse? Because if all it takes to turn off a Starcaster is for the heart to stop, that would make electricity EXTREMELY dangerous to any Starcaster user. Going with… Read more »

Darkhorse
Darkhorse
11 months ago
Reply to  Kenju

I’m pretty sure that a starcaster that can level continents or terraform a planet has a much more sophisticated method of detecting when someone is still alive. We see it has a great understanding of the anatomy to heal it correctly. A simple stopping of the heart should be easy to fix and not seen as dead. An exploded brain would count very much to the dead category. We do not know the limits of healing until demonstrated or talked about. Tim is doing well in not committing to this yet, allowing him creative freedom until needed. He could also… Read more »

Dagroth
Dagroth
11 months ago
Reply to  Darkhorse

Nyrah’s brother had a Starcaster, it’s possible she has some idea about its limits, including the (lack of) imperviousness of a Starcaster’s user.
(meaning, that she could know shooting Lani in the head would work)

James Stakey
James Stakey
11 months ago
Reply to  Darkhorse

I feel like the starcaster itself isn’t really doing much in the way of deciding how the healing works. I feel like it simply accelerates the natural regeneration of tissue, so unless you have regeneration of lost limbs as an ability your race has I think any dismemberments are permanent.

Of course this is all subject to Tim’s discretion.

jonathan corbett
jonathan corbett
11 months ago

Best answer: Throw Cort at Nyrah, incinerate them both. Rogue Starcaster and threat both neutralized.

Dagroth
Dagroth
11 months ago

If Lani’s reflexes are good enough for that, considering Nyrah has the gun against her head, and probably finger on a trigger. (I don’t think we have seen anything implying, that starcaster gives someone superhuman, err, superalien 😉 reflexes)

James Stakey
James Stakey
11 months ago

Space Mexican Standoff, BEGIN

Gerard
Gerard
11 months ago

On today’s episode of Starcaster Z!!!

ThatMageGuy
ThatMageGuy
11 months ago

She swoops in, immediately asserts control over the situation but doesn’t immediately act in a particularly violent manner (she’s detected a Starcaster user of non-Federation alignment who she either doesn’t recognize or recognizes as a known criminal, so honestly, her actions are pretty reasonable).

She’s probably going to become his mentor.

Scarsdale
Scarsdale
11 months ago

I expected she would be introduced to Cort at some point, but that’s moot at this point. Now comes the fast talking and explanations etc… Quel might have some weight to their words as well.
Super-fast healing can only do so much, I’m sure there’s a less time consuming way to remove his arm than using a sharp knife, a simple guillotine type of deal where it’s a fast slice. It would block the ‘caster from rejoining the ends as well. Just very painful and I doubt they have the materials handy. Plus he’d bleed out pretty fast as well.

CTOWNS
CTOWNS
11 months ago

The Lance Major’s horns are breaking the universe a little

Lord Circe
Lord Circe
11 months ago

Huh. I’m wondering if she is going to recognize Nyrah (or at least her race), and thereby realize they aren’t with the Dranglaex.

Dagroth
Dagroth
11 months ago
Reply to  Lord Circe

Dranglaex seem to be REALLY xenophobic (to an “let’s kill everyone who isn’t us” extent), so I think a non-Dranglaex with a Starcaster makes it pretty obvious (as they wouldn’t give one to any other species).

Jaysburn
Jaysburn
11 months ago
Reply to  Dagroth

The Dranglaex aren’t above employing other speceis, though.

James Stakey
James Stakey
11 months ago
Reply to  Jaysburn

They only have one caster, and I seriously doubt they would give any member of a subject race something so powerful.

Mike
Mike
11 months ago

If she can hurt him with the gun why wouldn’t she and just take the Starcaster?