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Shay Guy

So Eriko's a fledgling fighter. She can generate matter, impart it with energy, open portals from one place to another, produce shields...all very well and good. The question is, what are the best ways to apply these in combat? And how should she train?

For portals, the choice is obvious, at least from an American perspective - play through the game Portal to get thinking in the right direction, adjusting the tactics for the fact that she doesn't need to place them on solid flat surfaces. Non-portal maneuvering...well, she's gonna need lots of flight practice, and the closest equivalent is probably fighter jets, though they don't have nearly her mobility.

Attacks shown so far include energy blasts (how much kinetic energy?), anvil drops, and the wire trick she used on Downfall. She doesn't have to attack from her own position, though it's easier. Are there any advantages to using energy blasts as opposed to high-speed lead balls? Or even diamond? Does melee combat ever have any advantages?

A lot of her training is obviously gonna have to be done at Castle Nexus. What kind of rooms would she want to set up to maximize training efficiency?

6/29/2008 #1
sun tzu OM

I can promise you this much - Eriko's going to invest quite a lot of cleverness and creativity in her use of portals. It's one of those abilities that seems moderately useful at first, but can be utterly devastating in the right hands.

Please note that for now, at least, her portals can't go beyond a few thousands of kilometers...So she can't, for instance, open a portal between an enemy's position and the heart of the Sun, where temperatures reach 20 000 000 Kelvins.

For now, at least.

Heh heh heh. [/Narbon]

6/29/2008 #2
Shay Guy

Yes, yes, I recall you saying something of the sort. And depending on how quick she is on the draw (and how much concentration she needs), there are plenty of possibilities, even if they're as simple as "dodging" a punch by opening a portal so that the fist strikes thin air a foot behind her. Plus the ol' suck-'em-into-space routine you've mentioned, and all the other basic tricks. I've actually had a similar idea of my own that I've been sitting on for a while, involving a superpower that's FAR from flashy or typical, but can still be extremely useful, particularly when combined with the settings of most other stories.

Another thing she oughta do - reread Ender's Game. She's not immune to gravity, but it's still useful as all-get-out for the tactical thinking required.

EDIT: Here's an idea for a training exercise: time herself to see how long it takes her to produce a given quantity of water. Say, filling a 27,000-liter container, which I believe would be a cube three meters on each side. Basic, yes, but it still might help build concentration, focus, willpower... key parts of magic. Though right now, the shield spell might be more urgent. Drill sergeant Aurora seems to have that bit of training covered, but there still might be a way to automate a stress-test.

And an addendum to the whole portal-punch-redirect idea: instead of making the portal open behind her, have the other end open at the assailant's groin level. :D

One of her most critical limitations is going to be time. She's got a lot to learn and Downfall's going to be coming back, and he's not the worst of her problems. Plus she's got a day job as a student; she really only has a few hours each day that she can spend in Nexus. So given the fact that Nexus was created as basically a distortion in the space-time continuum, would it be possible to alter it so that time flows at different rates inside and out? You know which trope I mean. If it's possible, the 1:24 ratio in Negima seems like a good one.

6/29/2008 . Edited 7/1/2008 #3
sun tzu OM

And an addendum to the whole portal-punch-redirect idea: instead of making the portal open behind her, have the other end open at the assailant's groin level. :D

That's in the works.

One of her most critical limitations is going to be time. She's got a lot to learn and Downfall's going to be coming back, and he's not the worst of her problems. Plus she's got a day job as a student; she really only has a few hours each day that she can spend in Nexus. So given the fact that Nexus was created as basically a distortion in the space-time continuum, would it be possible to alter it so that time flows at different rates inside and out? You know which trope I mean. If it's possible, the 1:24 ratio in Negima seems like a good one.

Not an option. While messing with space isn't too hard with magic, she's discovering that time is a different story altogether. It is far more resistant to manipulation, and there's a reason to that...

(Incidentally...Time-travel is impossible in the soulverse, for reasons that will become apparent much later down the road. To grossly over-simplify, "the universe doesn't want to deal with the same thing twice". XD

7/3/2008 #4
Shay Guy

Not an option...

Crud. Okay, back to the drawing board, then. She's a student, which means there's a large chunk of time each day that she has to be in school, in the public view. Aside from that, she might be able to save a little time traveling with portals, but she can't port to or from a public area. Book-study can be done in public easily enough, and the hypothetical Portal run-through can be fit in after supper, in one evening. I suppose it's conceivable that she could take a leaf out of Nanoha's book and find some ways to practice her magic during school hours - stuff like duplicating pencils or whatever, maybe spend a science lab or two replicating complex compounds under her desk, and if the shield spell is invisible, as I believe it is, then great. She can practice that too, even if she can't stress-test it.

And, of course, there's sleep. I can't think of a single way, given what you've revealed so far, for Eriko to train in her dreams, and reducing the need for sleep would require some SERIOUSLY powerful noble magic, in addition to a lot more understanding of what sleep actually DOES.

Another thing to take into consideration: all things being equal, more practice may be better than less. But there are more efficient and less efficient ways of practicing. So...what would determine how effective training might be? And just what is she building anyway, aside from her concentration abilities?

7/3/2008 #5
sun tzu OM

Yeah, between school and magic, Eriko's free time asymptotically approaches zero. Good thing her social life is nex to nil, eh?

As for the effectiveness of training...Well, to an extent, it's like any other skill - the more you do it, the more it becomes second-nature to your brain, and the better you get at it. But, as with everything else, training only goes so far - she could train for centuries non-stop, and she still won't have Mother Aurora's raw magical power. But in Eriko's case, victory is going to be less about raw power, and more about using her power cleverly and efficiently.

I hesitate to say too much on this thread, incidentally...I have plenty of ideas for Eriko to use for various future situations, but I don't want to spoil too much, even if only a minority reads the forums.

7/4/2008 #6
Shay Guy

Okay, did some more thinking, and asked a few questions on Yahoo! Answers: http://tinyurl.com/6n8ucj

Downfall had a flamethrower attack that her shield couldn't do much against. She may want to have something in place in case she doesn't manage to get the portal open next time. On the other hand, I don't know that it'd be feasible to incorporate aspects of a fire proximity suit, especially since maneuverability is a priority, and putting up a wall of aerogel would probably take longer than making a portal, especially since those are going to be her specialty anyway. Though aerogel may still have its uses. World's best-insulating, lowest-density solid, on top of some other stuff I don't know about? Not to mention that a lot of practical applications seem to be price-limited. Kevlar and the like might be good too.

As for offense, I don't believe she actually attempted any piercing or cutting attacks, just energy blasts, bludgeoning, and shocking. Downfall has his own shield, yes, but if a molecularly-sharpened blade went at him at a speed below the shield's threshold, would it do damage?

7/7/2008 #7
sun tzu OM

Downfall had a flamethrower attack that her shield couldn't do much against. She may want to have something in place in case she doesn't manage to get the portal open next time.

Chapter 4 presents one such thing.

As for offense, I don't believe she actually attempted any piercing or cutting attacks, just energy blasts, bludgeoning, and shocking. Downfall has his own shield, yes, but if a molecularly-sharpened blade went at him at a speed below the shield's threshold, would it do damage?

Interesting question... putting spikes on the anvils she dropped on him probably would have worked

7/7/2008 . Edited 7/9/2008 #8
Shay Guy

...Uh oh. I just recently realized this, but the anvil drops may have been a bad idea in the long run. We've established that it's critical that her identity be kept secret, both for the usual reasons and because the world isn't ready to know how she gained her powers. Even if it hasn't been recorded that Soul and Downfall were speaking English, those anvil drops almost certainly were, since video was being recorded. And they're still there at the crime scene. Even if nobody recognizes Soul's face, those anvils provide a crucial clue to her identity: even though she's operating in Japan, she's the type of person who, while presumably not limited to it, would think of that sort of thing in a crisis situation.

Out of the most popular anime of all time in Japan, the only American series to break the top 100 was Tom & Jerry. I'm going to go out on a limb here and propose that not many Japanese women and girls were exposed to Warner Brothers cartoons in their formative years, or have developed a recent interest in them. If anybody wanted to identify Soul, that'd be a pretty good place to start.

7/12/2008 #9
sun tzu OM

...Uh oh. I just recently realized this, but the anvil drops may have been a bad idea in the long run. We've established that it's critical that her identity be kept secret, both for the usual reasons and because the world isn't ready to know how she gained her powers. Even if it hasn't been recorded that Soul and Downfall were speaking English, those anvil drops almost certainly were, since video was being recorded. And they're still there at the crime scene. Even if nobody recognizes Soul's face, those anvils provide a crucial clue to her identity: even though she's operating in Japan, she's the type of person who, while presumably not limited to it, would think of that sort of thing in a crisis situation.

Out of the most popular anime of all time in Japan, the only American series to break the top 100 was Tom & Jerry. I'm going to go out on a limb here and propose that not many Japanese women and girls were exposed to Warner Brothers cartoons in their formative years, or have developed a recent interest in them. If anybody wanted to identify Soul, that'd be a pretty good place to start.

While there is some truth to that...

...I suspect it's less big of a clue than the fact Soul was speaking English.

7/13/2008 #10
Shay Guy

Right, but like I said, that may or may not have been recorded. I don't think a news helicopter is likely to be able to get audio that clear. The anvils are physical evidence. One way or another, though, Eriko's shown her hand. If she knows her Death Note, she knows she'd better tread carefully, because if there's an L out there, he's had his Lind L. Tailor card played for him already.

7/13/2008 #11
sun tzu OM

Oh, there are definitely going to be people looking for her, and trying to make heads or tails of this situation.

The Tokyo police is going to send someone.

Without giving serious spoilers, the CIA's going to show interest eventually.

And a certain individual with a lot of power is going to be watching events very closely (though we're talking less about an L than about a Gendo Ikari...Heh heh heh).

And that's just some of the humans.

7/13/2008 #12
Shay Guy

My most recent thoughts: if Eriko wanted to make use of solid projectiles, what would she compose them of, and in what shape? She doesn't really have to worry about manufacturing or a gun barrel, but she does have to take air resistance into account - and, of course, she would want the projectile to penetrate as deeply as possible, piercing armor if she can. Aside from the standard bullet shape, she's also got a cone, a sphere, and plenty of other options. (Wikipedia says the round shot's main disadvantage was "not being tightly fitted into the bore.") I'm leaning toward a sort of oversized arrowhead shape, with the front edges and point as sharp as she can make it (which should be pretty damn sharp). Materials...well, there's steel, lead (the standard bullet material, with the density advantage), diamond, carbon fiber, graphite, other carbon arrangements...time to summon Wall o' Kevlar and experiment, I'd say. And all this isn't even getting into the option of explosive shells.

Portals, of course, are going to be key, but the main question I see is this: should she focus her portal use on herself, or her projectiles? I'd definitely say the former; it makes her harder to hit, gives her multiple perspectives, and allows her to attack from all directions, while projectile portalling only allows the last of those.

7/16/2008 #13
CattyNebulart

They are fighting in her hometown (earth) so she should exploit that.

Well since a portal sucks air through (ie: pressure differentials matter) when opened open a portal to the core of the earth and aim the other end at the enemy. Think Magma is destructive? Try taking almost 5700 degree kelvin magma under 380 GPa of pressure, pointed right at you. Volcanoes will seem tame in comparison. Oh and some recent research suggests we might be underestimating the temperature of the core by quite a bit.

Then again if a 5000 km distance between portals might be a bit too much for Soul, and the toxic gases and temperature might also be troublesome, but that's alright she lives in Japan so the Marinas Trench is nearby. At a mere 100 MegaPascals of pressure and a downright comforatble 4 degrees C it doesn't seem that destructive, but waterjet cutters operate at only double to six times that pressure and through a tiny nozzle as opposed to a portal big enough to walk through. For comparison firehoses that can knock down weaker brick walls ussualy operate at a mere 2 MPa. If mere anvils hurt then this will almost certainly kill. And water is easy to clean up unlike magma.

11/10/2008 #14
sun tzu OM

Good thinking...in fact, some of this is already in the plans.

11/10/2008 #15
Shay Guy

200 meganewtons, assuming a two-square-meter (80cm radius) portal? Yeah, definitely impressive. The Mariana Trench might require too much precision, though, especially in a fight where directions are changing all the time. The earth's core and mantle are always straight down. (Now, if she can use a magical anchor of some sort, that might change.) Plus there's always collateral damage, and the fact that her opponents can use portal-shields too. Come to think of it, during the fight with Murder, I don't think she ever tried using portals to direct his knives back at him. And she didn't open one behind her when he pulled the portal-backstab maneuver.

Man, she really needs some enemies who AREN'T interested in mass murder. It's a constant disadvantage to be the only one worried about your environment.

Somebody in-story really oughta work on figuring out just what happens with a portal between that kind of pressure difference. Aside from "fire hose to the max." Actually, Soul might benefit from seeking tactical advice from other humans, be they specialists or just the Internet hivemind. Though the trench bit she can always test herself by taking a handheld GPSdevice out there.

Oh, and on the "hometown" note, don't forget -- a lot of her enemies come from parallel Earths. Murder, at least, has spent a fair amount of time around them, and it's a fair bet that Chancell and his posse know the geography, if they know the tech level.

(Disclaimer: this was written before sun_tzu responded.)

11/10/2008 #16
CattyNebulart

Right so I covered portals, what fun stuff can we do with matter creation. Asside from boring stuff such as just dumping some Fluorine on your enemies.

Well antimatter is a possibility but the high energy radiation that results from it would be trouble for Soul too. A better choice is just to dump a bunch of charged Pions on the enemy and watch everything within about 21 meters die within microseconds at the most. After 21 meters Pions and their resulting decay products will have almost all decayed into electrons and neutrinos which can go through a light year of solid lead with ease and so are harmless. The likely observable effects would be a large electric charge, maybe some bremsstrahlung, and some general havoc to all atoms in range for which I haven't found hard numbers if any even exist.

I'm sure asking a physisit will come up with some more elementary particles that could cause massive damage, but I picked Pions bacuse I know that their predicted radius of destruction is in a practical range for combat applications, small enough to be managable and large enough to hit the enemy. Of course the radius for doing their stuff assumed that they where going at a pretty good clip which is probably not the case for the stuff that Soul makes as opposed to having them made in an antimatter explosion or particle acelereator. Still as long as they are all the same charge it should work just fine because they will accelerate each other.

11/10/2008 #17
Shay Guy

She'd have to be outside the blast radius, and it's been established that the difficulty of generation increases with distance. In any case, I don't think making big explosions is that critical a matter for her, though it can help. What she has to do is A) bypass her enemy's portal and holistic defenses, B) avoid getting damaged herself (and especially avoiding Murder's dagger if she's fighting him), and C) ensure minimal damage to her surroundings. It would help a lot with enemy portals if she had some way to shoot around corners, or from multiple directions.

11/10/2008 #18
CattyNebulart

The reason why I think Pions would be usefull is because we are talking about something that will do serious damage if you get a few grams of the suff, the explosion is at lightspeed and extremly devastating, yet at the same time very confined. Once the stuff is created you'd have at best microseconds to react.

Compare this with dynamite which is slightly toxic you need a significant mass of and in which the fuse needs to burn down and the shockwave is under 7000 m/s so they might get away if they react very quickly, and shields can at least blunt it, and with some hardening stuff in the area won't be destroyed. Though dynamite has the advantage that you can handle it and do stuff like throwing it.

Pions would have a 'shockwave' of near c, so shields should not be that usefull and would probably cause bremsstralung even if they had a significant effect, you'd need microsecond reaction speed to dodge it after it has been made, stuff in the area is sure to be destroyed, but asside from one hell of a lightning blast it probably won't do much damage outside of 20 meters. (Tracking down some of my physics major friends to confirm that) It does have the disatvantage of requiering Soul to create it at a distance, but she did that with anvils so it's possible. It is also puzzeling to see how Soul would learn to make them, since imagnining subatamoic particles is hard, and veryfing you have the right ones can be tricky. Esspecially since you want only positivly charged Pions, neutral ones will create photons, probably iradiating her with extremly high wavelength light, and the negativly charged one will release a disasterous amount of positrons which will then react with electrons and irradiate and kill her. Never mind all the other elementary particles that would be dangerous in large quantities that she might accdenetaly create when trying for positivly charged Pions.

Still for Science! and all that.

On a more defensive note what is the material of her costume made out of. Even without going into exotics like the different arrangements of carbon, having a kevlar weave with tititanum supports should at least help when she is rammed by a car or other such inconviences.

Though I'm sure we can come up with better materials, lets see we want it to be thermaly and electrically insulating, lightweight, flexible yet hard to pierce by things, and with inflexible sections where appropriate. Additional nice to have features would be resistance to chemicals and radioactivity. Carbon would seem to be the answer to all of the above with diamond for the hard sections and layered carbon nanotubes for the flexible sections, though I'm not sure if they are flexible enough. If you arange multiple sheets of carbon right you can get excelent insulators. The only problem is we also want Soul to be able to breathe and lose heat from her body so she doesn't overheat from her own biological processes, and she needs to be able to get back out of the suit afterwards. also some padding inside the armour would probably be nice. I haven't given this much thought, any other suggestions for armour?

11/10/2008 #19
greenmean

"play through the game Portal to get thinking in the right direction, adjusting the tactics for the fact that she doesn't need to place them on solid flat surfaces."

There is also a (free) flash portal game. (Google provides links.) Though the actual portal game is superior.

11/11/2008 #20
CattyNebulart

I think I have found a way for Junku to be usefull. Steal an armed UAV, lets say a MQ-9 Reaper, with ammo and control station. If cellphone signals can work so should UAV signals.

Then Soul will need to duplicate a few so that Junko can practice and the next time she fights she will have air support.

What could possibly go wrong, Junko is mature and responsible enough, not to mention sufficiently skilled, to be let loose with a weapons system inside a major city right? And hellfire missiles should hurt Downfall, though I would not recommend their use against Murder.

Also when will the JDSF and other allied militaries join in on the fun? I'd expect people to be screaming for protection by now, and the military is definitly going to want to take a closer look at this new form of ombat and how it an be exploited. I'd expect them to be ready to join in by the third or fourth battle.

11/11/2008 #21
greenmean

A possible attack with portals idea.

Based on the portal game. (the game makes you think with portals)

Two portals up and down connected to each other. (With possible other portals forming a cube to make escape a bit more hard. Because of the kinetic flying.) (Going up and down is a bit disorienting at first. Even when looking, though you get used to it.)

Generating lead mono-molecular blades inside this portal enclosed space. And having gravity do its work.

11/14/2008 . Edited 11/14/2008 #22
sun tzu OM

Interesting idea, but its usefullness would be limited against other magic users (who can use magic to fly out of the way).

11/14/2008 #23
greenmean

"Well since a portal sucks air through (ie: pressure differentials matter) when opened open a portal to the core of the earth and aim the other end at the enemy. Think Magma is destructive? Try taking almost 5700 degree kelvin magma under 380 GPa of pressure, pointed right at you. Volcanoes will seem tame in comparison. Oh and some recent research suggests we might be underestimating the temperature of the core by quite a bit."

This idea has a different negative side aswell, besides the cleanup and possible property damage. It could be bad for the environment.

(You don't know what the effect of reducing the core by human means might do to the planet Earth. )

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According to the pink lady/queen if you kill a 'demons' psychical body, it will take some time for him/her/it to get back.

Am I correct in assuming that if you do that, the demon/spirit/soul can make (in time) a different 'new' body (or proto-body which will then be changed) and use that?

She also said something about getting rid of one permanently and that Eriko did not know how at the moment.

I am assuming two different ways one can do that. The second way is forcefully exiling the spirit/soul into the light.

The first way would be blocking it from doing magic. If isolation is also a factor, madness may be a result. (There are multiple different types of madness and psychological problems of course. )

If the block may be removed by either the prisoner, normal time degradation or outside sources escape is also an option.

Are both ways possible?

If so is it a matter of power or ability? Or both? (Do you need a certain amount of power to block someone? Does the power of the other person matter if you try to block him/her? Is surprise a factor? )

(If you think one of your answers may be a spoiler, you may of course choose not to answer. )

11/21/2008 . Edited 11/21/2008 #24
sun tzu OM

This idea has a different negative side aswell, besides the cleanup and possible property damage. It could be bad for the environment.

(You don't know what the effect of reducing the core by human means might do to the planet Earth. )

Given the scales involved, I don't think using this attack once or twice would have any noticeable effect on geology...

...it ought to be noted, though, that geologists believe the Earth's core is in fact metallic.

According to the pink lady/queen if you kill a 'demons' psychical body, it will take some time for him/her/it to get back.

Am I correct in assuming that if you do that, the demon/spirit/soul can make (in time) a different 'new' body (or proto-body which will then be changed) and use that?

We've seen Eriko using magic to modify her own body, and we've seen Downfall use two vastly different shapes, so, not an unsafe assumption.

She also said something about getting rid of one permanently and that Eriko did not know how at the moment.

I am assuming two different ways one can do that. The second way is forcefully exiling the spirit/soul into the light.

The first way would be blocking it from doing magic. If isolation is also a factor, madness may be a result. (There are multiple different types of madness and psychological problems of course. )

If the block may be removed by either the prisoner, normal time degradation or outside sources escape is also an option.

Are both ways possible?

If so is it a matter of power or ability? Or both? (Do you need a certain amount of power to block someone? Does the power of the other person matter if you try to block him/her? Is surprise a factor? )

(If you think one of your answers may be a spoiler, you may of course choose not to answer. )

Well, blocking magic-use wouldn't stop a demon permanently...but you're correct about the "push into the light" part (The story hasn't touched this, but it's not really a big spoiler): If Mother Aurora could get her hands on Downfall, she'd be dragging him all the way to the tunnel of light, and flinging him through it. He'd be out of the equation subsequently.

11/21/2008 #25
greenmean

Can't the fairy queen attack people/magicians/demons/elysians on earth?

Using portals?

While generating something and sending it through might not work due to her limitations. Portalling something through from somewhere else and then portaling it through earth might work? (Depending on the amount of portals she might concentrate on)

Or portalling something to a sub dimension (such as Eriko's) putting pressure on it (compression) and then portalling it through could also be a possibility.

(If the fairy queen is used to a certain way of doing things, she may not know. In other words thinking outside the box. )

(The fairy is also training Eriko for her purposes. So using that ability may be something she's keeping in reserve against Eriko. )

Can sub-dimensions (/space bubles) be locked?

In different ways:

So that only those specific can enter. Or that specific entities can't enter.

So that only specific people can (or can't) do magic. (Is this limited to the power level between the locker and the locked? So for instance the fairy queen could still do magic but minus whatever person/entitiy or entities that blocked her)

So that nobody can do magic?

(Answers that could be spoilers are of course... )

11/24/2008 #26
Shay Guy

Okay, now that we've gotten some more data on the capabilities and limitations of noble magic, maybe it's time for some more thinking. Eriko and Monsoon have established that casting spells with noble magic in the midst of battle is not really practical. But what about magical weapons? So far, we've seen a grand total of ONE in the story — Murder's knife, which has the feats of A) opening portals from world to world with comparatively little effort on the user's part, including the ability to penetrate the "faerrier" despite being made by a fairy, and B) being sharp enough to slice a lamppost in half. (Note that I'm starting to suspect the knife will be changing hands at some point, in a more permanent way than the loan to Downfall.) But I'm sure there are ways to make effective weapons with much less magic than that knife has in it.

For starters, consider a gun. A pistol. Just your ordinary Glock or SIG Sauer, the kind you can 'port to America and copy from any gun shop. Now try and enchant it so that when a bullet leaves its barrel — or, say, when it's traveled five centimeters from the barrel — it's accelerated to hypersonic speeds. If you can pull it off, instant handheld railgun. Can Downfall's or Murder's shields disperse THAT kind of kinetic energy? Granted, it doesn't solve the portal-shield problem, but Murder can't block everything with them. Hell, he can't use them as a shield at ALL when he's using his backstab maneuver. (Which reminds me, can't that be countered with another portal-shield?)

1/3/2009 #27
sun tzu OM

Okay, now that we've gotten some more data on the capabilities and limitations of noble magic, maybe it's time for some more thinking. Eriko and Monsoon have established that casting spells with noble magic in the midst of battle is not really practical. But what about magical weapons? So far, we've seen a grand total of ONE in the story — Murder's knife, which has the feats of A) opening portals from world to world with comparatively little effort on the user's part, including the ability to penetrate the "faerrier" despite being made by a fairy, and B) being sharp enough to slice a lamppost in half.

A few notes about that knife: First, its ability to cut anything goes beyond mere sharpness. You'll notice that Eriko's shields did nothing to protect her, and those things can block bullets. However, most of those who know of this knife consider its cutting powers small change compared to its real strength - the ability to open inter-word portals. You'll notice that Endless Ravage needed no small amount of effort to send just one of their members to Earth, and even the Elysium, a magical powerhouse, has only sent three guys so far. Multiversal travel is a big roadblock, and an artefact that makes it easy is immensly worthwhile...if you can use it.

For starters, consider a gun. A pistol. Just your ordinary Glock or SIG Sauer, the kind you can 'port to America and copy from any gun shop. Now try and enchant it so that when a bullet leaves its barrel — or, say, when it's traveled five centimeters from the barrel — it's accelerated to hypersonic speeds. If you can pull it off, instant handheld railgun.

We will be getting into the mechanics of magical items sooner or later, but yes, you're on to something.

Granted, it doesn't solve the portal-shield problem, but Murder can't block everything with them. Hell, he can't use them as a shield at ALL when he's using his backstab maneuver. (Which reminds me, can't that be countered with another portal-shield?)

In theory, yes.

In practice, bwahahahahaha.

1/4/2009 #28
Shay Guy

However, most of those who know of this knife consider its cutting powers small change compared to its real strength - the ability to open inter-word portals.

Inter-word? It can create punctuation?

That aside, yes, most of its real value is clearly in its use as a "tool," rather than as a "weapon," but this thread is about combat, not travel or cosmology.

1/4/2009 #29
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