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Atomic Detonator

A high-powered explosive in handheld packaging, the atomic detonator is a grenade-sized nuclear destruction device.   As even the user would find difficulty escaping the blast, the device is banned from use by the Space Defense Legion and Hydell Order, a feature which has merely improved its popularity with the Sparnell Armed Forces.

Mechanics & Inner Workings

While nuclear explosives based on mechanical technologies would typically require enough material to preclude handheld usage, the atomic detonator avoids this limitation through skilled application of Cosmokinesis.   Runework throughout the device carefully contains the material until activation, at which point a second set of runes ensures the chain reaction required for the desired explosion.  

Variations and Effects

Atomic detonators come in a small variety of shapes and sizes, depending upon their intended usage.   The most common variant bears a resemblance to a standard grenade, with a pin to prevent activation during storage, and a striker lever to allow the bearer to choose when to set the explosion. Unlike a grenade, however, there is no chemical delay. The wielder cannot evacuate the range of the resultant crater, much less the radius of the explosion itself, and so it was determined that no delay was required – although in actuality the effects are most often delayed by a second or two as the Runework engages, directly dependant upon the skill of the enscribing Runemage.   Larger variants stretch the description of "handheld," instead designed for use with portable launchers. Despite their projectile nature, the resultant explosion is capable of flattening a medium sized city, meaning the user remains within the weapon's deadly area of effect.  

Manufacturing

The Runework required to manufacture the devices remains delicate, requiring a steady hand and highly specialized skills in Cosmokinesis. Trained cosmokinesiologists also remain in high demand across many fields, further limiting the necessary resources to manufacture the detonators.   Available supplies are therefore carefully rationed across SAF fleets based upon their usual tasks, and the prestige of their admirals, much to the relief of the rest of the universe.
Item type
Weapon, Explosive
Manufacturer
Related Technologies
Dimensions
varies, handheld


 


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Feb 4, 2024 17:27 by Stormbril

Omg this is terrifying

Feb 4, 2024 17:45 by Morgan Biscup

Yes.

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Necromancy is a Wholesome Science.
Feb 4, 2024 19:58 by E. Christopher Clark

Me much a-scared of this. *hides under desk*

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Feb 4, 2024 22:29 by Morgan Biscup

That won't save you.

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Necromancy is a Wholesome Science.
Feb 6, 2024 15:34 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Oh good, Sparnell has nukes now. D:

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Feb 6, 2024 20:05 by Morgan Biscup

They have always had nukes.   Shane wants to know what you thought the guilt was for?

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Necromancy is a Wholesome Science.
Feb 6, 2024 21:25 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Oh.

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