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Comics - page 503 - Hashing things out - January 3rd, 2013, 11:00 pm

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Blitzkrieg1701, January 2nd, 2013, 2:10 pm

You know, it's funny. Half the reason this page exists is to piece together all the little details of what's going on so that no one will be confused... but looking over the comments, I'm actually fairly sure that you guys worked it all out on your own. Using the emergency lamps to gauge how much power they can use is the only thing somebody hasn't mentioned already.

But hey, excited Trigger is always adorable, so there.

Now, I'm sorry to report that there's not a new Voting Incentive today. I feel bad pulling this after Tuesday's went up so late, but... well, that's actually part of the reason, right there. I'm never sure who all sees the Twitter and Facebook announcements, so I wanted to make sure nobody missed the current page. It has nothing to do with the fact that I'll have already been at MAGFest a whole day by the time you read this. That would suggest that I was just in a hurry and cut some corners. Whatever gave you that idea?

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corruption, January 4th, 2013, 1:54 am

A wild guess.
I am guessing an EMP burst. Knocks out the high voltage stuff, but the lower voltage stuff, and the stuff that wold be most heavily protected, like life support and gravity, would be fine.

Seros Senric (Guest), January 4th, 2013, 3:27 am

Well, Trigger is having fun.

I don't think it'd be an EMP - they wouldn't just dim lights, rather would fry all non-protected electronics. And we call them pulses for a reason - they are a massive spike of electromagnetic radiation that happens for only a short period. Like, say, the instant it takes for a nuclear bomb to start detonating. (Nukes are fun. Dangerous and should never be played with, but fun)
It could be that it sent of a high-powered EMP first, and since then has been nearly continually putting out lesser pulses (probably a speed of around 30 to 60Hz?) that care keeping the working systems under strain, but that doesn't seem too likely.

So, probably something draining it somehow, probably something similar to mutual inductance (something you can use to leech power off power lines without actually connecting any wires to them - and also a major source of interference in network cables.
We can also use the same principles to make electromagnets.)

Concerning gravity, unless the ship is using something like centripetal force (exploiting the inertia of objects inside the spaceship to make them stick to the outside) or the bottom of the ship has an insanely large amount of mass, I can't really see any low-powered non-magical means of having gravity still there during a power-failure. Since we haven't seen any rotating bits, I'm going with everything with a high mass being at the bottom of the ship, and the hull there being some kind of super-dense material. During normal times it could be supplemented using something similar to diamagnetism, something which would take a lot of power and some heavy equipment, but could conceivably be used to normalize a gravitational field - we have used it to levitate mice I believe. It's could be part of what the 'gravity plates' mentioned in the incentive are.

Of course, if those explanations don't work I'll fall back on default explanation: It's magic.
Back in grade 12, a friend of mine always told me that how physics works was by magic. And since he got a high-distinction in physics, I'm inclined to agree with him.

Current Voting Incentive since I don't think I've said anything about it yet:
Ichabod is enjoying blasting holes in floors/walls/ceilings a little too much.
Oh, and depending on how the robots' positioning systems work, they could actually get 'dizzy' from things like vibrations and crazy gravitational effects. It'd probably be more like their position being a little different then they expect and getting lost though. A lot of commercial vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers have a similar problem even in normal use, you put them on a non-solid or moving surface and you can see them get confused really quick. (Messing with AIs can be an enjoyable past-time, as anyone that talks to chatbots can attest)

OK, that was more text than I expected. Oh well.

Stick (Guest), January 4th, 2013, 7:06 am

I sum this up in a few words!

"Conveniently misplaced field of energy limitations!"

*Nitpicker raises a finger but gets shot before saying a word*

Zaealix (Guest), January 4th, 2013, 12:40 pm

Hrm. So let's see.
The source or at least a highly suspect Macguffin, is the Crystal that Megaweapon found earlier.
The effects currently being sustained by the ship, is essentially a lockdown of anything beyond a certain power level.
Now, Assuming the Crystal is the cause of this effect, we should be able to figure out the powers it has, as well as possible uses.
Aside the now-obvious use of deadening space-ships, there must be a reason for shutting off things of a certain power limit, mainly what springs to mind is 'hazard containment'-the crystal is meant as a safety precaution against a system either overloading itself with energy beyond it's tolerances, or shutting off a system with variable energy consumption levels when energy consumption goes to high.
Now, we also saw that the crystals appeared to grow and spread around before the 'power out' effect took place-it could be possible the crystal 'metabolizes' the energy it suppresses somehow to self-propagate, seemingly suggesting it grows in strength proportionally to the amount of it available. This suggests that lower-level systems are going to lose power if the Crystal is not halted.
Of course, there could be other factors involved-right now I'm assuming the Crystal has some sort of 'power suppression field' as opposed to growing into some exposed piece of circuitry from Megaweapon's rampage, or just damage the Captain has not repaired. However, this would suggest that the crystal's method of self-propagation is separate from it's power suppressing abilities, possibly suggesting other functions that are currently unknown. Of course, the entire theory is hinged upon the Crystal being the source of the disaster, and simply being wrong about the function of the Crystal, it's method of causing this disaster, and other parts of my theory are all suspect.
I only wonder how Blitz is going to brilliantly send this house of cards crumbling.

Blitz at MAGFest (Guest), January 4th, 2013, 1:43 pm

You have no IDEA how happy it makes me to see people theorizing about my silly little comic :)

Antonio (Guest), January 4th, 2013, 5:45 pm

They are nice theories too. MY theory is going to be "sabotage, measured to look like EMP/constant EMP/radioactive crystal interference/etc, UNTIL they figure out how to fix that, whereupon a new layer shows itself".

Also, at first glance I had thought you'd updated a Station page instead.

Zaealix (Guest), January 4th, 2013, 9:39 pm

A double layered joke (or maybe triple, given the speaker) just came out to me on the last story page.
Avatar: The ship's broke.
Layla: And so's the Cap't.
Cap't: HEY!
1st: Obvious joke-he can't see, hence, he is broken.
2nd: Cap't doesn't have money to spare-up till now it's seemed like he's kinda a cheapstake, but maybe he doesn't have a choice in the matter.
3rd: Pot calling Kettle black-Layla's calling Capt broke when she's not in a much better state finically.

Seros Senric (Guest), January 5th, 2013, 5:05 am

I can't believe I missed that one!

Blitzkrieg1701, January 7th, 2013, 12:54 am

Hey, wow, that's a lot deeper than what I intended when I wrote-*AHEM* I mean, YES! That's EXACTLY what I was going for! 'Cos my writing is totally subtle and multi-layered like that! YES!

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