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From:     vdongen <VDONGEN@??????.??????????.nl>
Date:     Tue, 14 Mar 1995 10:29:32 +0100 (MET)
Subject:  Re: SPELLJAMMER digest 148
After all has already been said about the "laser" device, I feel I have to
make a contribution as well (oh no, not another one...):

Continual Light is supposed to be equivalent to bright sunlight. The idea
of a laser device is to concentrate the light beam in a small, coherent
ray that keeps itself from dying out by resonance with itself. For this,
you need light of a pure quality and one distinct color, and that's exactly
what Continual Light is not. Sunlight is a mix of all kinds of colors of
light (forming a kind of yellow normally, but becoming red if you filter out
the blue when the sun sets) and can, by definition, never be concentrated so
well that it gains laser capacity. The light will never travel any further
than, say, the lights you may see coming over when a plane passes (i.e.,
several miles, no more, even when lensed).

Now there are two solutions. First, since we're using magic anyway, why not
make a spell that filters and purifies the light into one color (some minor
alteration spell) and use another spell to focus the light really good
(some medium level priest spell, I'd say). There's your laser, effectively
cutting steel, and traveling really far (but try to spot a single dot of
light at a distance of several AU; you'd have to be right on the spot to
notice it in the first place, as no light is dispersed in any direction
but right ahead).

Secondly, why not use the sunlight as you would normally use sunlight. Put
a lens in front and you get the same nice burning effect that you have on
a sunny day while playing with a magnifying glass. If you would convert a
hooded lantern into such a "burner", you would have a nice new weapon?
I'd rule a normal to hit, an effective rate of fire of 1/round (you would
have to keep the device aimed some time for the burning to take effect) and
a damage of D3. The focus of the burner has to be adjustable, resulting in
the usual range modifiers of -2 (medium) and -5 (long range) over about
5 feet (short), 10 feet (med), 15 feet (long), or so...
I'd rule there are no adverse effects, except maybe for tghe

I'd rule there are no adverse effects, except maybe for the shutter opening
at unexpected times (5% chance per day or so). But, since the device draws
energy from the Continual Light spell, maybe the permanent duration (which
is just a very long time if you read the spell description carefully) should
become a duration of 1 day per level of the spellcaster?

Hope this stuff generates some new ideas...
As Thot would like it, be smart, but be WISE in doing so!
Qrefcit, priest of Thot

Hans van Dongen   vdongen@??????.??????????.nl


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Re: SPELLJAMMER digest 148    vdongen    14 Mar 1995 09:29:32
Re: SPELLJAMMER digest 148    Sunny Koh    14 Mar 1995 23:33:07

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