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Re: low power paintball usage still being useful - not really.

The Espees were mostly in power armor, they're perfectly at home in microgravity and thus with differing gravity zones, and there were like a dozen people left aboard the Broken Wind with minimal armor, few heavy weapons, and at least two of them are *civilians* (Ch'vorthq and Lizzie) versus a platoon of heavy armor-clad soldiers firing plasma, rockets, and rail guns, all of which are a *lot* more energetic and in the case of the rockets, almost certainly self-guided.

A tenth of a gee blip will pull a paintball going 20m/s off course enough to miss a man-sized target, if done at the right moment. It will barely even budge a rail gun flechette going 20*k*/s over that same distance. It'll just hit a couple millimeters to the left of where it's aimed.

Also, Doyt's armor had multiple small grav systems all over the armor, as well as an array of lasers, masers, and other energy projectors. He was fast enough to put up *single-point shields* and good enough to disable weapons. (we'll just chalk up the 'adding a safety' to the same early installment weirdness that made Kaff (and other Toughs who should really know better) hideously sexist and Speciesist, Schlock horny for humanoid women, and them actively talking with the narrator and breaking the fourth wall.)

I'll edit in an appropriate link to where point-shields are gone into, since I just passed that this morning in my re-read. EDIT: and here is that link. http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2001-07-15 note how it says deflecting energy weapons requires ten times as much power as that being deflected, and has to be done *fast*. That's a different thing from 'being able to twist Thurls head off his body while leaving everyone else untouched' that's the fine control I was talking about.


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Oh, and one other thing, regarding flying with an ex-crazy AI. Remember they not only had no other AI that *could* fly one of the Oafan ships....if they didn't let her come along, they wouldn't HAVE any Oafan ships. Taking Iafa along was part of the deal of getting them, and their only ship (Bristlecone) was scrap, to the point they had to shut down (who would becom) Cindy in order for her to *not die* from 'quitting without saving'.

Clearly, they came to regret their security measures, and in the months to come between Eina-Afa and the Worldforge, they'd learn to trust Iafa and forget they did it in the first place, but at the time of the refit, they probably thought it was a prudent decision compared to *bankrupcy and disbandment*.


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It's worth remembering that the Toughs, as military contractors, routinely do personally hazardous things for pay.
How is flying with a recently senile, (not crazy), AI copy any different from walking into a firefight with only as much armor as you had with you, and your personal weapon?


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