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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:22 am 
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Kendrakirai wrote:
We've never been told HOW Annie plants get refueled or how often though, so...


Actually...
https://www.schlockmercenary.com/2012-07-08
https://www.schlockmercenary.com/2013-11-08


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:26 am 
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Unfortunately, neither of those strips say much about how annie plants are refueled. The first strip was about the combat suits' recycling systems, and the second only said the suits can be recharged by an outside source, giving no further details.

I recall a footnote about annie plants by Howard saying he preferred to keep it a "black-box" system, keeping the inner workings as mysterious as possible. If I'm recalling that footnote correctly, then our ignorance about much of the inner workings of annie plants is a deliberate choice on the author's part.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:51 pm 
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Kendrakirai wrote:
Hm, okay, you're right, I wonder why I thought Elf complained about the power draw.


Perhaps you were thinking about Osiri's gravity? https://www.schlockmercenary.com/2012-12-09

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:03 pm 
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stonefish wrote:
Kendrakirai wrote:
We've never been told HOW Annie plants get refueled or how often though, so...


Actually...
https://www.schlockmercenary.com/2012-07-08
https://www.schlockmercenary.com/2013-11-08


That doesn't explain the how or frequency though, just that they DO. Which we already knew because way way back, a trigger happy gunner wanted to crush the Toughs into a speck of neutronium and feed it to the Annies on his battleplate.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:15 pm 
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It doesn't show frequency? You've got Tagon's suit that can last him decades and then Ebby's that will only handle a few weeks with recharges.

Not that the discrepancy makes any sense without further information, but that's what's been presented :)


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:02 am 
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stonefish wrote:
It doesn't show frequency? You've got Tagon's suit that can last him decades and then Ebby's that will only handle a few weeks with recharges.

Not that the discrepancy makes any sense without further information, but that's what's been presented :)

Environment would be part of it, since Tagon is basically in a shirtsleeve environment whereas Ebby is in a cold wet environment where hypothermia would likely kill in short order without artificial heat.

I don't think that's enough . . . though what's the local gravity-equivalent for Ebby?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:05 am 
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stonefish wrote:
It doesn't show frequency? You've got Tagon's suit that can last him decades and then Ebby's that will only handle a few weeks with recharges.

Not that the discrepancy makes any sense without further information, but that's what's been presented :)


Tagon was also on a research station with its own power systems, and note that Tailor says 'stay out of combat and you can die of old age in there'.

Since almost everything in Eina-Afa was hostile at the time, Ebby would have projected to be in combat and flying a lot, draining the suit and Dropsy, which was basically only a big supply crate with a gas can in it. They had no way to generate more power for the suits. At least not nearly fast enough.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:44 pm 
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True.

So it basically goes under "different environmental conditions".

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