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Oct 9 13 2:11 PM
Now, there's a simple Doylist reason why portals can't cut solid objects (which leads to some of my difficulties in making them fit the Watsonian model): They would be far too efficient a weapon otherwise. Forget trying to get clever with the pressure of the Mariana Trenches, or the Earth's gravity, or any of the other tricks I intend to have Eriko come up with as time passes - just open a portal and cut. So really, I'm struggling to rationalize ways for it not to work.
...You might try instead defining it in a path-of-least-resistance manner. With the string, there's no choice but to snap it. With water, "snapping" it takes relatively little energy. With a sock, moving it to one side or the other takes considerably less energy than tearing it in half. Since we can already create energy out of thin air, and we see similar effects in quantum mechanics (quantum tunneling, for instance), this seems to be a reasonable path.
Oct 13 13 8:57 AM
Given these major changes to physics, retaining a maximum speed of information would seem rather silly unless it was a plot point.
Oct 14 13 4:28 PM
Oct 16 13 11:58 AM
As for the speed of information, I figured portals work instantaneously. Boom, instant information transmittance.
Even if they delay somehow, you've already thrown out the first law of thermodynamics, and the third may soon follow suit. Mass-energy equivalence is gone, at least for the purposes of summoning (and possibly destroying) mass and energy. Given these major changes to physics, retaining a maximum speed of information would seem rather silly unless it was a plot point.
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Nov 5 13 12:10 AM
lendary wrote: The two ends of a portal always move at the same speed anyway, iirc so speed differences don't matter. Only thing that would matter is time dilation due to gravitational differences and since Eriko needed multiple portals to get to the moon abusing the stronger gravity of other planets for more time would be impractical at best if she needed to periodically get back to earth. I don't know that much about relativity, but at the top of my head I can't think of any way to abuse this for time shenanigans.
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