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Nanofoam Ordinance
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Siren no Orakio's comment on 2007-06-06 05:24 PM
Now this.. is good nanotech. Two thumbs up. Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2007-06-06 12:48 PM
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
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Scrasamax's comment on 2007-06-06 02:53 PM
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.

Otherwise, it's foam, don't go munchkin with it. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2007-06-06 04:53 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2007-06-06 08:43 PM
cool. Foam Wars! Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2007-06-06 12:58 PM
Any particular reasons it would not be used? The US army is currently looking at using it for less-then-lethal situations:

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/army/p525-73.htm
and
http://www.aquafoam.com/MilitaryDefenseLaw.html

In addition as a non-lethal weapon, its use for concealment (ie smoke), vehical impediment have been actively explored in real life. Apparenlty patents for the above have been applied for.

For why it would used for lethal warfare, it would fill the same role as chemical or neutron weaponry - kill poorly equipped personnel and leave hardware untouched.

In the case where the battlefield is dominated by very good assault armor, difficult to defeat with light weapons, entombing such units would be a viable solution. Go to Comment
Nanofoam Ordinance
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valadaar's comment on 2007-06-06 03:30 PM
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
Nanofoam Ordinance
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valadaar's comment on 2007-06-06 06:16 PM
I was playing with formats. I'll demote them. They will get over it... Go to Comment
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Wulfhere's comment on 2007-06-06 01:05 PM
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
School of Midwifery
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manfred's comment on 2007-06-05 04:31 PM
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
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Scrasamax's comment on 2007-06-05 03:31 AM
Not quite what I had in mind, but I was not very specific with my demands. :p

Thanks Val. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2007-06-04 10:29 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Dozus's comment on 2014-01-30 11:28 PM
Magic systems always need more utilitarian spells and schools such as this. One can imagine a midwife mage is called on by folks much more frequently than one who can conjure fire. Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2007-06-05 04:22 PM
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
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axlerowes's comment on 2017-01-06 12:18 PM
Nice one, much more useful than fireball or windwall Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2007-06-04 08:26 PM
From Sacramax's suggestion I have broken this out as it's own sub! Go to Comment
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Silveressa's comment on 2011-08-02 11:04 AM


A nice fleshing out of an otherwise obscure profession nearly every town will have at least one practitioner of, and interesting plot hook.


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Kassy's comment on 2014-05-02 07:24 AM
4.0/5

Short and sweet. An interesting school of 'magic'. Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2007-06-04 04:19 PM
Gruesome, and the detail is quite good. I will be honest, it needs a better name, when I read Tamperer I thought of some sort of sabotage/spy/espianoge type school of roguery and magic. I would like to see the midwife magic expanded out into it's own submission. For a long time doctors have looked down on midwives, but the midwives have been delivering babies long before doctors in white lab coats.

As for the Political disclaimer, I don't think it is really needed. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2007-06-05 12:21 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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A Prophecy: The Blasphemer's Rise

       By: Wulfhere

The ancient prophet Oijas Bek uttered a cryptic prediction:
In the time of the Floating Ships,
In the Capitol of the Shattered Empire,
The False God will draw the people to his banner,
The Blasphemer shall don robes of righteousness.

No one is sure what he meant, but the various sects each have their theories, which they often fight over.

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