As an external examination of these mysterious structures, this is excellent. Teds point holds as well - though it is possible to fill in the details oneself, it is always nice to have option of a ready made examination.
As for the fabrication of molten stone structures, magic would almost assuredly be needed. Getting enough fuel to melt non-trivial volumes of stone would be ruinously expensive.
Feels like Firefly if the show had been written better. I know I will take flak for this, but I was never impressed with the show, because it had potential, but squandered so much of it on being basically cowboys in space, and there were many times when the production values just lost me.
This, however, while cut from the same cloth, is much better put together. There are a few spelling errors, and a few misplaced words (prison instead of the intended person) but it is minor. Go to Comment
Love the details about the fat and social ranking, a great description overall. With sverigesson's note aside, it is a solid ethnographic description with quite a bit colorful history and essence packed in. Me likey! Go to Comment
This is truly a great write up for a culture. I would give it a 4.5 or 5, but there are numerous grammatical errors that drag it down slightly, so it gets a 4. Keep it up, and I hope to hear more about this land of Parna. Go to Comment
Its a reengineering of the laser guided bomb, (the first case) and the MIRV ICBM, which we've been using since Vietnam and 1986, respectively. I suspect this will be used in a similar manner- the main delivery vehicle handles the risk over 99 percent of the flight time, this only flies the "last mile", and as such, is generally not particularly easy to handle in the chaos and surprise of war.
Not terribly bad, all in all, it's just one more niche filled. Go to Comment
You make some good points, but nothing that I didn't address. I tried to address it more clearly.
First- a ten ton glider is big and yes it would be vulnerable to anti-aircraft fire. Also why do you think a glider would be slower than any other unpowered bomb?
There is no mention of stealth, but the lack of a powerful engine, the use of a carbon shell will make it harder to detect by radar. I think I noted that, but stealth glider could also be employed.
If you launch a glider from space, you may have greater than 30 minutes of flight time, but you are a right bad weather could reduce flight time and reduce the effectiveness of the weapon. How long does it take the space shuttle to land?
I didn't mean to suggest this was great weapon, but was instead a cost effective one. Sometime 40 technologically limited and easy to maintain tanks are better than 1 excellent but difficult to maintain tank. But often I think wars are fought by weapons that could be improved and are not the top the line. The point of this item was give the players something to interact with that was different than the typical bomb or surface lander, but I believe could have a realistic backstory.
As to the payload, the space shuttle weighs more than 10-tons, WW2 gliders carried more than 7-tons. Go to Comment