I'm excited to have comments! Man...I was really feeling like this thing was done but somehow unsatisfactory...no one was posting on it.
In fact, we at R&D have yet to be able to study the interior section without first tearing the membrane and thus releasing the contents[remove this maybe?].
Can drop or re-word. I meant that to say "we can't 'calmly' release the contents - any attempt to gain access to the center has the same effect as firing the weapon." Looking at it now, it's obvious that somehow got lost in the translation from my brain to paper. I'll either say it right, or drop it.
Close study of the membrane though, made clear that our initial conclusions of it's fragile nature and it's real functions were wrong. Relatively speaking, the membrane is surprisingly strong while kept away from carbon dioxide, which present in the surroudings of any living beeing, as well as any powererd vehicle, or cybernetic organism. At the same time, carbon dioxide is non-existant inside the shell. These facts proved that the membrane has two functions: While isolated from carbon-dioxide, it's strong and dense keratin-based surface provide efficient defense against bacterial invasion, as well as preventing the leaking of it's contents. At the same time it is clearly and cleverly designed to tear apart when the device is fired at it's target.
Well, this is an interesting idea. I guess the main problem I have with this is it implies a level of targeting that isn't there... either atmospheric CO2 is sufficient, in which case the proximity to creatures is unimportant (which rings true to gameplay), or we have trouble... I'll think about it for a bit and get back to it.
Meanwhile, what, in the stun bomb, is there that would be bothered by bacterial invasion? Quick tone note - that could be taken as a defensive "well what do you know" or an honest question. It's that second one. I'm interested, I just don't know. Do you have ideas?
Lastly, I don't honestly know what keratin is. A quick wikipedia search reveals it to be a somewhat hard substance that seems a little tough for our poor membrane, unless keratin itself has this carbon-dioxide sensitivity mentioned earlier. Can you tell me why you chose it (and, while you're at it, check on if keratin is in fact in egg membranes and find me a source I could verify it with)?
Oh, final note from the proofreader in me - unlike almost all other apostrophe-s combinations, "it's" is a contraction meaning "it is" or "it has." The possessive form is "its."
The membrane itself has been successfully reproduced using, of all things, chicken eggs as a starting material, since they also have an internal membrane partly composed of keratin.
Again with me not knowing what keratin is, or if it is in fact included in egg shells. This was partly just a joke, if you couldn't tell from the tone, but for anyone who has peeled a hard-boiled egg it speaks to how (usually) tear-able that stupid membrane is... it's amazing when it works right, though.
When the bomb is activated, an intriguing effect most probably caused by a small amount of ionized atoms of the alien substance we know as Xenium ,located within the protective membrane, spreads the contents of the bomb over the surrounding area.
Last I knew - this is back 1-2 years ago, so update me if I'm wrong - we weren't calling Xenium an element. If this has changed PLEASE tell me, because I don't like Xenium being a "fold in spacetime," mostly just because I don't actually know what that is. A large atomic number, metastable element I can handle. Folds in spacetime I have a hard time writing with. That trouble aside, I assume if it's still a fold in spacetime it can't have an ion or atoms. With regards to the second comment, I can easily put the Xenium in the membrane itself, or in the inside of the bomb, whichever ya'll prefer.Edit
: I just noticed that I included the word "explosion" even after all the discussion about not using that word. This is mainly a reminder to myself to make sure that word doesn't stay in.
Edited by Kikanaide, 24 October 2007 - 05:23 PM.