From: Capt. Isvieve Kalyn, Procurement, Resplendent Exponential Vector
To: Adm. Gilad Tsurilen, Bureau of Innovation
Subject: FAT NINJA progress report
Security: SECRET (GREEN) FAT NINJA
Development on project FAT NINJA itself is essentially complete. Our research contractor has successfully demonstrated a prototype design capable of using intense paragravitational fields to distort the fabric of space-time in such a manner as to place the prototype within an enclosed polypoid volume of distortion, connected to the original location of the prototype by a narrow “neck”. They have further demonstrated limited communication capacity through this “neck”, suggesting that it would be theoretically possible to monitor events outside the distortion using a small drone vehicle, rendering FAT NINJA a non-double-blind device.
Unfortunately, no progress has been made on the fundamental problem of sustaining the distortion in the light of fundamental thermodynamics: necessarily, an enclosed polypoid volume suitable for preventing detection retains all radiation, including waste heat, emitted by the objects within it. Were the distortion to be handwaved into existence, this would be merely an irritating limitation; however, given the extremely high energies required to create the distortion, even with the most efficient power generation and paragravity equipment available, FAT NINJA is able at best to sustain a cloaked state for a matter of milliseconds before undergoing a catastrophic thermal excursion leading to complete vaporization of the prototype and immediate reversion of the cloaked volume.
While the experiment was worth doing, I must conclude that this is a physical limitation of all FAT NINJA type devices, and in the absence of some new fundamental breakthrough with regard to the thermodynamics of the case, FAT NINJA is a dead-end – at least as a cloaking device.
It does, however, make a rather splendid, if outré, bomb.
In service and glory,
Isvieve Kalyn (Capt.)
Is it bad that the first thing that comes to mind is accidentally-on-purpose leaking this to one of the more thorn-in-the-side polities of the Worlds?
Of course, the risk is that somebody actually has the one piece of the puzzle that’s missing and can actually make the bloody thing work like it’s supposed to – and I imagine the Empire, or more properly those sophs within it who would be behind such a thing, is just a wee bit too careful to risk having that kind of egg on their collective faces.
Ah, the NAIL SPIKE approach! ( http://www.tor.com/2012/07/20/a-tall-tail/ )
I can neither confirm nor deny…
Now that, I’d never heard of! But yes, pretty much precisely the failure mode I had in mind, give or take a few s/toxic/gravitationally\ ultra-weird/g substitutions here or there.
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