Essentially the Dark Sun is a fantasy post-apocalyptic scenario, where much of the world is desert due to the destruction vested upon it. Defilers work by drawing life energy from the nearby area - permanently damaging the environment and potentially injuring live creatures nearby. 'Good' spellcasters - preservers if I remember correctly, do the same, but a slower rate that allows for recovery..
I like these. Every Oraki merchantman should have one of these in a hold somewhere for shotgunning pirates.
Is there any particular reason the Oraki would not omit the pilot altogether? Given the very 'simple' environment of space combat, and the relatively low population of the Oraki, I would expect them to deploy drone fighters and save their numbers for command and control functions like the Eye.
This is a great submission, and I love the idea of flying warships.
It funny in that the Cosmic Era, with all its darkness, has an optimistic side to it - more so than our own world. Regardless of its barbarism, public opinion has not managed to move real world governments away from nuclear, biological or chemical weapons.
In some ways, a world without nukes feels more fantastic than a world with warp drive.
This reminds me of my pressure washer :) I suppose you could have a mode that sends lots of little squirts over a wide area to deal with fighters and missiles as well. Or a fan-like blast. Being machines, you program all sorts of patterns into the nozzles to deal with the specific threat at hand.
Maybe even to act as a decoy, one of these could set their rockets to maximum diffusion, and fire all of them at once to surround their ship in wildly dispersed, slow-moving plasma, an irresistible beacon for heat seeking weapons, and potentially blinding to IR sensors nearby?
A great item with lots of potential. It is really well done, though one of Gossamer's questions highlights a minor formatting issue - some of the paragraphs need to be broken up. For example, even the description could benefit from being broken into more paragraphs - I would do so at the
"The glass, which protects"
" An expert watchmaker "
I think the watch would draw its power from the life-potential lost by its users due to the ageing, and so those with longer lifespans that humans would simply be aged a greater amount consistent with their extended lifespans. I'd rule Immortals could not use the item at all for the same reason.
Gossamer - the question on manipulation is in there, though it may have been added since you read it, but it is buried deep in a paragraph.
..."They will find it just as easy to move things as it was when time was not frozen, they could open doors, move people, but would not be able to manipulate anything too heavy for them, objects in this environment also defy gravity, and will float in the air if placed there"