The intent - I will edit - is that is preserves mass. I belive that is an important factor to balance it. Otherwise some could have a ring that becomes platemail, one for shield, sword, etc. Go to Comment
An interesting magical "memory metal". I like the presentation and the many suggestions for how it could be used within a campaign.
I could see a key made of this material being reforged into something else to hide it from those who would magically seek it. A mask of iron could be made so that it is easily placed on the victim's head, then becomes a confining mask of solid iron locked onto the skull, held in place with no vulnerable lock or rivets to allow escape.
Perhaps other variants of these alloys could be found: One made with black meteoric iron (loaded with nickel), resistant to rust and corrosion; or one laden with copper and tin, forming a strange pale bronze. Go to Comment
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
A secret MLM (pyramid) company that offers eternal life, but in fact it transfers the life forces of its members to those position "above". If you get high enough, (meaning you get enough new members) you start to enjoy the benefits. Maybe a willing sacrifice is much more effective for the transfer. But no one says, that a suddenly unwilling member, threatening to tell the authorities, may not loose it involuntarily... thus start people to vanish, and aged corpses are deposited somewhere safe.