So here's the foam that one occasionally heard about, and very nicely developed up to the more specialized/exotic forms. The titles didn't need to be that big, it is a fine item. :)
To add another type:
Soft as any foam upon initial dispersal, it becomes hard after a condition is met (typically after a set time, an issued command, or when the right catalyst is added). Of course it is not concrete, and you can forget making it a bulletproof wall, but it will provide a quick shelter, hold that collapsing dam for a little extra time together, imitate buildings, or allow some creative souls to make themselves a pretty little home, or a piece of art. If a soldier has duct tape in his pack (and he should have), a little foam could be also useful.
Warning: do not attempt to create or visit multiple story buildings made of foam, injuries may occur. Go to Comment
The first thing that came to mind was a James Bond-ish nanofoam bomb concealed in a travel sized container of toothpaste or mouth wash. A twist of the cap and a toss and a room is suddenly filled with narcotic laced foam, or acidic foam. Interesting idea, but I dont think it would see widespread use in military and paramilitary units. Great for slowing down and stopping riots though. Go to Comment
Okay, I tried to read the links but they are full of intensive terminology and beaurocratic lingo. Made my eyes cross. But what I did get from it before going half blind was that non-lethal solutions were to be used in Operations Other Than War (OOTW). this would be peace-keeping and police actions not troop on troop combat.
You really should'nt use the term 'munchkin'. Them's fighting words... :)
But I agree that in a true 'shooting war' where powers of similar strength are duking it out, these would have little use against line troops. One can create a much larger killing zone with conventional explosives pound per pound, then you would with a lethal foam.
The Setting I was envisioning (but not detailing enough) has many opportunities for less-lethal weapons to be deployed. With space travel and equipment being expensive, ways to fight without wrecking valuable equipment, or destroying useful labor forces has greater appeal then it would have in a Big War. Go to Comment
Well-presented and credible, these materials seem to be a reasonable advance on current aerogel-type technologies. Like Scrasamax, I picture nanofoam readily used as riot-control gear: A material that can be used to immobilize civilian rioters, then selectively shut down to enable police/troops to deal with the rioters.
The incindiary foam could readily be used as an area denial weapon or deployed for demolition work, while the bioactive foam would be used as a medium to support other agents when adverse wind conditions would otherwise prevent their use. Go to Comment
I like them much better than the more developed set (though you may want to link that to this).
Midwives were for long suspected from dabbling in The Art, and perhaps not wrongly. Tolerating the probabilities, most of this list can proudly show next to Hedge Magic that is widely spread among the folk. And perhaps there exists even this one:
Spark of Life
After a long labour, a freshly delivered baby may be weak, and this magic may just provide the impulse for it to start breathing on its own, and often also crying as babies are wont to.
(This is no healing spell, but a very ineffective transfer of life power; unless cast by a priest that has the power to heal, the midwife will need several days of rest afterwards. It cannot revive, merely help along.) Go to Comment
Love it actually! The concept is a good one. The execution covers the basics, with perfect examples! Apropos reading for me at the moment :)
Of course what comes to mind, are sinister plothooks branching out from this even further. Midwives with hidden agendas? secret society? a misunderstood male midwife? hmmmmmm
Perhaps the reason for the genesis of this particular branch of magic, involves some ancient legends. Perhaps, they all await the birth of the GREAT ONE!! ...and by his purple blotch you'll know HIM (or something) Go to Comment
An African tribe called the Ik throws their children out of their homes once they turn 3. They are left to fend for themselves with no help from their parents at all, and to survive, form groups with others their age. These groups only last a few years, and every so often the individual will join a completely different group.