Thursday, April 26, 2012

W is for Weaponry

For the A to Z Blogging Challenge, I'm posting alphabetically on things related to Shayla's world from my (unpublished) novel, Ghosts of Innocence...

I've already posted about a couple of specific, and exotic, kinds of weapons in Shayla's world. This post is about the more generally-used weaponry.

The commonest weapon is the particle beam. Coming in all sizes from hand-held pistols to heavy ship- or ground-mounted batteries, a beam weapon emits focused pulses of charged particles. The effect is a bit like a precisely-controlled lightning bolt.

For really heavy offense, large warships sometimes mount plasma cannon, which spit a glob of high energy plasma. This is the decisive weapon of the Imperial Sword-class battleships, which can level whole cities in a single blast.

Electromagnetic shields provide defense against both types of weapons. When beam meets shield, it's a simple trial of strength. To get around this, projectile weapons are still a useful addition to your armory. Shields cannot protect you from brute physical assault.

From an assassin's point of view, beam pistols have two drawbacks: they are noisy, and a beam discharge can be detected and traced from miles away. Shayla regards them as a weapon of last resort, preferring a blade or bare hands for close-quarters work, and a needle gun for distance. Her needle gun holds a formidable chemical armory of drugs and poisons.

A needle gun is not something an ordinary citizen would ever carry, so in situations where she might be searched, Shayla favors a low-tech blowtube to deliver her needles. On Magentis, she carries a tiny blowtube and a small selection of needles concealed inside the cover of a religious book.

8 comments:

  1. Seems like there isn't much respect for life in this fictional world.

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  2. Inside the religious book. Perfect spot, of course. Although I'd still like to hear her explanation if it's spotted.

    I also like the fact that your shields don't block projectiles. That's always bothered me about sci-fi. Sounds like your version is at least plausible.

    --j--

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  3. Interesting post on weaponry. Lots to think about, that's for sure.

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  4. Hi Botanist - great "W" post. It's all about the weapons isn't it. I think I like the last one...nicely concealed in a religious book no less! What will the "gods" think of that, eh!!

    I hope you are enjoying the Challenge - you've been putting forth some mighty fine posts! Thanks for taking part in it!

    Jenny @ Pearson Report
    Co-Host of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

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  5. Delores: I reckon an account of real weapons in today's world would make pretty sobering reading too.

    J: I like to introduce a few weaknesses here & there :)

    M.J.: Certainly is! Thanks for dropping by.

    Jenny: I figured weaponry would be something of a focus for an assassin :)

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  6. I like the ambiguity of this word choice "religious book". I suspect that there will always be religion of some sort or another.

    It all sounds fascinating!

    When you are looking for Alpha or Beta readers for your projects--if you don't already have them lined up, please let me know? I would gladly give you feedback.

    Have a wonderful Friday. :-)

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  7. I agree with Teresa. This is fascinating. I'm not that much into weapons, but my sons loved to talk about swords and knives and would sketch them. Hubby's more into guns.

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  8. Teresa: If you're a believer in science, there's mounting evidence that humans have a natural propensity for religion as a way of making sense of the universe. I suspect it will be around for as long as we remain recognizably human.

    And thanks for the offer!

    Donna: Each to their own :) I'm not into weapons myself, but I decided to write about an assassin so it comes with the territory.

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