Notes on Technology

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  1. Crusader

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    Im creating this thread because I'm a bit bored, so i thought id get down some points on certain technologies I had in mind in this 'universe' Please feel free to add your own notes on this for laraj/ghohany/etc specific technologies.

    Weapons:

    Modern weaponry varies extensively to a huge array of laser/plasma and other forms of enery weapons, however most of these are used only on larger sale ship weaponry. For handhel arms there are two prominent types.

    Ammunition based; this includes heay weapons such as rocket launchers etc and othe rhigh grade personal arms that require ammunition for each shot as standard. Smaller based version of this type (handguns, machineguns etc) hvae been developed to such a degree that they accept standardised ammunition. The days of different bullets for different guns is over. Each clip contains thousands of alloy rods and when the gun needs a 'round' these modular rods form together to make it. Each grade or caliber of gun uses a differnet amount of rods to form each shot so higher grade weapons require more ammunition, but unless the gun needs some form of special chemical or technical shot most guns are fit to this standard.

    Ion weaponry; Ion weaponry is the most commonly used weapons form for personal arms, while balistic weapons pierce their target and cause tissue damage, Ion weapon radically disintegrates objects and causes far more damage, another bonus is that unless specifically shielded agaisnt ion weaponry it can be very damaging to vehicles and structures, where noram bullets deflect ion fire incrementally erodes structures.
    The principal follows that of the standard television, which uses an electron gun to fire electrons through a tube of charged chambers. Ion weaponry follows a similar pricinpal but instead of firing a constant beam it fires a burst of superintricate ions.
    superintricate ions are atoms from the extremely complex side of the periodic table which are so large in structure the outer shell carries thousands of electrons, whne ionised they become extremely dangerous. When these ion contact an object they break down its atomic form by taking the electrons from it in order to balance itself out. Until the ions are fully neutralised they will break down any matter they contract, hence their extremely damaging properties.
    Ion weapons refine air and use their power source to form these ions and fire bursts of them at enemies. Their damaging effect is proportional to the object they are damaging. they cause damage by breaking down an object's atomic structure, so whether the object is firmly bonded or loosly bonded effects the scale of devestation. In the real world atom bonding is reflected in the strength and reactancy of a substance, steel is very strong whereas something like wood is not. Wood or flesh is easily disintegrated entirely by ion shots (ion weapons when shot through water are unreliable, they boil the water and turn it to steam so shooting into a pool will not last more than 6ft below the surface before the shot is used up), it can blast a hole in an unarmoured foe, and severely injure one armoured. Another advantage here s the ions tend to spread on contact if they dotn immediately go through something, as as atoms they form a gas so they free flow into damaing space. Even minor doses of this can cause extreme burning and long term exposure can eventually cause cancer.
    Cheaper ion weapons use cannister of the ion gas as ammunition, whihc is the most dangerous way to use them as such cans are potent and leaks are devestating, also there is mild exposure during reloading which is where the cancer problem lies.
    Most improved ion weapons refine the gas from the air in microchemical-processors, these require air or some other chemicals in the current atmosphere which are refines and combined nto the ion, this is much safer as only a small amount of the gas is created before used making exposure zero. Also in order to ionise the gas its electrons must be removed, and using a complex proceedure the excess atoms can redouble the battery of the gun over time making it muhc more long lasting.

    These types of ion guns still need energy to fire, and standard guns can be charged or interchange battery cells. the muhc more expensive option is to use a micro reactor to power the gun itself, whihc is much more expensive but has the effect of a gun with no ammunition limit (though extensive use requires periods to recharge when the cells become depleted).


    Armour:
    Armour has developed to such a level that balistic weapons can be completely blocked by light weight armour alloys, though limits apply to these.
    With the invention of ion weaponry which is much mroe effective against most armour types a new armour has been invented to counteract it, MDA.

    MDA: Magnetic displacement armour, also known as an 'electron shield' uses magnetic charge to defend its occupier. The high powered armour floods the outer layer with electrons, making it positively charged. Where ion weapons disintigrate matter by robbing its electrons, the outer layer on MDA replaces it and dissipates the charge of the shot, rendering ion weapons almost useless. MDA is also good against balistics, as the flooding of electrons creates a magnetic field, and t a certain extent diverts bullets fired at it that come at an angle and severely decrease the velocity of straight bullets. They also have the same effect of metalic melee weapons. A third and final bonus of the armour is that it outer cahrge means direct contact provides an electric shock to any lifeform that contacts it.
    There are downsides though, the main one of which is that MDa requires extreme amounts of power to maintain its charge, and while ion shots dissipate against the armour instantly, enough of them can drain the battery and make the armour inactive. A second disadvantage is that because this technology is relatively new the armour plating is complex and hefty restricting it to use for mechanical purposes such as battle robots and vehicles. Rumour has it that the technology had been in secret deelopment for decades and that smaller versions exist, but suhc tehcnology would be only available to the most elite sources.