Interesting. Especially that cost is dependant on volume of armour assembled. Do you have any data on the Posleen railguns? Length/mass/density/material of the projectile, projectile velocity. Do the HVMs have a warhead, or do they just use kinetic energy to kill?
As best as I can determine, the HVMs are pure kinetic-kill weapons; at their velocity they carry significantly more energy than their own weight in chemical explosives. For that matter, given the mass percentage of antimatter in the fullerened antimatter used in-setting, they might well carry more energy than their own weight in nuclear
explosives. Can't prove that last bit, though.
I have no useful data on the Posleen rail guns and HVMs, at least not in numbers. I might be able to reverse-engineer some numbers, but it would take time and I'm not as good at that sort of thing as some of the other guys here.
I could mock the Darhel for never figuring out how to replicate it- after all, if the Indowy are the only source of something they need it gives them power and the one thing the Darhel hate is someone else having power over them.
To be sure you could. However, the Darhel worked very hard to gain control over the Indowy
, and over their Sohon adepts. And succeeded, to the point where an Indowy Sohon master will sit there and starve to death rather than challenge the Darhel order.
So while the Sohon users are a hypothetical threat to the Darhel, and a hypothetical source of power over them, the Darhel had the problem well under control until the first human adepts came on the scene, thirty to forty years after the Posleen war ended on Earth.
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Wouldn't work. Posleen point-defense detects and engages any rounds using active systems of any sort. For example, all missiles are pretty much dogmeat. Artillery rounds with cameras and transmitters mounted on them for reconnaissance get shot down as well.
You can build a camera-guided weapon that locks on to the shape
of a target; I believe this is how most top-attack antitank missiles work, for instance. However, I'm not sure how practical this would be as an anti-tenar system.
Correct, a HVM is roughly a soda bottle sized projectile accelerated to some .3c unless my memory fails me. They can penetrate the armor on pretty much any ground vehicle or ACS. HVM's are relatively few on a Posleen Company though, more common on God King saucers.
My impression was that they were smaller or slower than that. A projectile that size and velocity would be in the megaton range, unless I'm doing my calculations badly wrong.
Except that makes no goddamn sense. You control supply and demand by centralizing the interstellar economy and making everyone dependent on your goods, which you produce using a minimal amount of labor so you pay the fewest Indowy possible while producing at the lowest price possible. If you feel like it, you then distribute stuff to the now extraneous Indowy as a show of generosity, and to crush any remaining industry under their control under your free stuff. You don't need them and you never did. If the Ewoks want to agitate for their independence let's see them do so when they've been effectively excised from the galactic economy.
Hmm. That might work, but it has drawbacks:
-The Galactic economy isn't capitalism as we know it; if you really
tried to excise 90% or so of the Indowy race from the economy entirely, they might just build their own economy and screw you over. For the Darhel, controlling the Indowy economy is merely a means to controlling the Indowy race
, so having them try to escape your system en masse
is not good.
-The Indowy breed very rapidly, so this would be an ongoing process, which increases the social strain of trying to keep it up. Each generation of Indowy would have far more productive potential than you need, so each generation would have to have a large fraction of its population weeded out to keep production down to levels you can control.
You're also still ignoring the point about using a lower grade of armor that's easier to make in thick plates. Stop doing that.
I'm not sure the 'lesser' Galactic materials (the ones that do not require Sohon adept man-hours to produce) are strong enough to make much difference as vehicle armor, compared to Earthly materials such as steel and depleted uranium.
the very concept of funds in this is laughable.
Perhaps. Think of "funds" as "prestige," awarded by the AIs that effectively coordinate the Posleen's logistics. Conquer a lot of stuff or capture things the logistics AI "Net" can use, and you are rewarded with access to more and better weaponry.
And again you miss the key point that suits fly nonbalistic courses without getting shot out of the sky all the goddamn time. Every time they so much as move they should light up every gravitic anomaly sensor on all the Tenars in ten kilometers. Do you see my point, or will I have to repeat it again? A suit on one of these extended jumps is a powered object on a non-balistic course through the air. By definition, it's exactly what the Polseen are supposed to be shooting down left and right.
They do; when they pull that kind of shit in line of sight to a Posleen force armed with heavy weapons that can reliably penetrate the armor, they tend to die.