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, "Daniel W. Johnson" <argus@a...>
>At 14:22 +0000 2005-11-01, lordamber1985 wrote:
>>Nah, it's not a time travel device, it's a time compression device.
>>The lightning generator takes too long to recharge to be useful, the
>>device just compresses time for those in the field effect. Really,
>>each of those blinks was twenty minutes of time passing in a moment
>>while the generator recharged. The people *holding* the device were
>>effected to a lesser extent, so they didn't notice the long pauses,
>>they just saw that the bugs (who were not touching the device unless
>>being fried) move much slower than expected.
> When Agatha was correcting the fail-safe, she was outside the field
> but had a more-or-less normal conversation with Gil inside the
> That would seem to rule out any major differences in the flow of
The 'blink' effect is completely unnoticed inside the field, so they
are only interacting with the world while not 'instantly recharging'
My comments on the bugs being slower is a guess at a 'boundry
effect'. A moment of speed-up/slow-down around the edges of the
blink, as the field powers up/down. This is to explain how they are
able to actually fight, even with the lightning weapon Agatha built.
Gil, who is an acomplished fencer (two weapon style, no less) is hard
pressed to just buy time against the swarm of warrior bugs. Adding
Agatha (an unskilled 'wild swinger') should not have improved their
success as much as it did.
Admittedly, the new weapon needed only contact to work (rather than
hitting a vital), but it comes with reduced mobility (got to carry
the device), inherent potential threats (cords to bind/trip over.
Getting touched by the other fighter's blade), and the need for
coordinated action between two people who are not used to working
together (three-legged race where you die if you fall down, fun!).
Plus, there's the question of how long contact must be maintained to
kill a bug.
From a conversational standpoint (if such a boundry condition
exists), the pauses and warping of sound surrounding the 'blinks'
could easily be thought to be the effect of fighting. It's hard to
carry on a normal conversation while actively performing strenuous
activity. Lots of odd sounds, pauses, and distortions of voice are
The boundry effect might not be real though. It's possible that the
warrior bugs deliberately 'lost' the fight to suck Agatha and Gil
into the trap that caught them. Or maybe they just plain had
problems fight against Agatha for some reason... *grin*
Lots of possiblities.