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Wouldn’t be as simple as just waiting it out for them after all. I don’t think the trends of storytelling would allow that. (colors soon as my hands stop shaking)
That’s a problem with being smart, experienced, confident, and so forth. You’re used to being able to solve a problem easily, so when you think you have a solution, you stop thinking.
And, inversely, that’s the virtue of being smart, inexperienced, overconfident, and so forth. You’re used to thinking of others as stupider than they are, so when you see them give up, you see it as a challenge.
“We don’t have enough Harmony…” I wonder what would happen if they USED UP all of the Harmony…
No more power, so the air-refreshing life support systems fail and they asphyxiate, and the food replicator stops working and they starve, etc.
Presumably the projector is running on its own battery. If it has 30 minutes of power and spent an effective 25 minutes in near-stasis back when it was inside its own field of effect, it still has 5 minutes and subjective millennia to run.
That said, petrification stasis is still an option, and I don’t recall why teleportation isn’t.
Do Goro or Aki have any skills in petrification? I can’t recall if we ever got a full description of what Goro can do.
Last discussion I remember of Goro’s magic was Page 8 of Chapter 6, when Sarin accidentally cast aspersions on her (rather specialized) magical abilities.
Hands stop shaking? that can’t be good. Give yourself a little rest, much as I want to see how this story turns out. Petrification (if they can find a way to not go crazy) is another option indeed. Can they do a mind meld like Greg and Kili did? Could Aki and Goro handle millenia of conversation? Would their daughter mature mentally if she had time to think on her own? Would Goro/Aki consider going into petrification status if their daughter wanted to stick it out on her own with Amy turning on once a year?
Is Goro’s hair starting to turn gray? And she has lines under her eyes?
I wonder: What would happen if that arrow, even while crumbling on the machine, were to tip it over? If that’s even possible of course.
The crystal looks like it might have some substantial mass-it isn’t as thin as an arrow would be. And it was moving faster than the speed of sound when it exited the bubble, so it can’t have lost all its speed based on wind resistance. So tipping it over is possible. But there is a leg of the tripod base opposite the impact point, which I think makes it harder to tip. Kinetic energy could have been transformed into heat or mechanical energy to destroy the crystal. The question is, would conservation of momentum make the crystal shards flow past the sides of the field generator, or would it allow them to pile up against the side it impacted? Took physics over the summer, if you can’t tell…
It would still take years that they don’t have for it to fall over, or otherwise cause a failure, this field generator had had been running non-stop for a few centuries, while it was inside its own slow time bubble, sure, which means it was built to last and essentially brand new, also crystals tend to be exceptionally light weight, but strong so taking that into consideration, mass might not be enough, the shrapnel that will hit in .3 more years roughly, might hit the field projector though…
… she looks like she is willing to give up anything now to help her Family. her face in the last panel is pretty grim.
Damn. If they had aimed a little higher, they might have taken out the antenna. And yeah, Hitomi’s thinking of something serious.
I don’t think I’d have the patience to wait for just one arrow… over 18 years, I’d have launched a few hundred things at the machine. Arrow might be the only effective one, but would likely be times I was wandering around, eating an apple or something, and hurled the apple core at it. Because why not?
The “arrow” was a piece of Amy’s body, the only thing guaranteed to be able to survive the time-dilation.
Also, it was not clear if the “crossbow” broke after its first use.
Granted, they would have had the time to rebuild it and send a second one. And/or third and so on.
But yeah, why not? I can only imagine they didn’t want to endanger anyone standing behind the machine, in case the first arrow does the job completely.
Aha! I didn’t remember seeing that said on panel, but it makes sense.
I wonder if Hitomi has some magical talent?
She might be able to figure out, from scratch, how to do the “song of distortion” and expand the bubble outwards so they can reach the controls.
Actually, you know what Hitomi does know a few things about?
Uses for Harmony.
Yeah, I’m excited.
if they launched a second arrow, there would be a chance it was going faster than the first, and that the two of them hitting together would knock both off course
Not if they waited year or two before trying for second time.
Is the Time machine inside the time-barrier itself, or is it outside the barrier? Does the time barrier have any thickness or is it one-dimensional?
The machine is outside the barrier, and is generating it. The barrier has SOME kind of “interface” to it. The last person to try crossing from a “fast” time to a “slow” time got his hand torn off by immense tidal forces. Not something any of these crew should attempt.
His hand wasn’t torn off, it got stuck and they amputated it.
They need a light spell to break it, light travels at the high enough speeds to have a minimal response time with the time dilation, symbolically, crystals are the easiest way to create lasers…
another possibility is that the pre-4th breaking people maybe didn’t see EMPs as being dangerous, or had safeguards in place in the event someone would use the time dilation field generator as a weapon, the victims could trigger something that would deactivate it remotely.
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