... I'd use it properly.
Just some ranty thing. Read at your own risk ^^
I like superhero stories (or stories with people with super powers), but I often wonder why those people aren't using their abilities properly. I often see them and wonder "Hey this is obvious. Do this!" and then they pull some strange stunt that comes out of nowhere and you wonder how that is supposed to work.
I am firmly grounded in reality, but I enjoy mind experiments a lot. Like what would happen if some parameters of reality changed.
And superpowers breake the laws of physics in many cases ^^
So here are some examples and hopefully you can tell me if you think the same.
Kevin Leven from Ben 10.
This is one of the most obvious.
So Kevin can absorb the properties of matter he touches to aid him in battle. Touch stone = Rock hard and strong, Touch metal = the same.
But that is the only thing he ever does. Absorb metal or stone and punch bad guys (or tetanite... which is some super hard fantasy crystal). There was one epsiode where he absorbed Carbon to control a nuclear reaction (don't think too hard about that ^^). If he has absorbed other stuff then I haven't seen that epsiode.
Now if I had Kevin's power, the first thing I'd do is get a belt and glue dozens of different material on it I could use for every situation that could come up. Not only do I have more variation, I don't have to hope there is something hard near me when I need to fight.
Things I'd prepare?
Teflon: Chemically inert and resistant to acid (especially if I get the good stuff used in Labs). Oh how convenient my best friend can turn into an acid slime monster. Now he doesn't have to be careful around me when we double team.
Neat side effect is, that it is easy to clean so dirt will glide right off... and from what I'd seen they often land in insect guts or something else disgusting.
Rubber: Sometimes I need defense instead of offense. Become soft rubber and absorb blocks or give electro attacking enemies the finger.
I dunno if he could do that, but if he can first rubberize himself and then lay on a sheet of metal he'd walk around in a farady cage and be even better protected.
Wolfram: Metal with the highest melting point. Could be useful.
Osmium/Irridium: Metals with the highest density. If I need to get heavy.
Gold: Almost impossible to harm with aggressive chemicals (same application as teflon but with more weight).
Areogel: This substance is mostly air so it has no weight to speak of. If I could absorb that I could jump better than on the moon... but even slight wind would blow me away.
Heat shielding of the spaceshuttle: This material is designed to absorb and store heat without harm to the vehicle. Good against fire attacks, I'd guess.
Diamond: Does not conduct electricity while conducting heat very well, extremly hard and transparent. Immunity to energy ray attacks?
SciFi Fantasy stuff: This is a SciFi show. Sure there must be a few alien or future substances that are interesting to copy there. Tetonite was mentioned a few times for being the hardest stuff ever, but it hardly sees use (only in one or two episodes) to be absorbed.
I'd make that my standard absorbtion.
Other Examples.... I may add some more or write a new journal. I just had to get this out ^^
6 years, 6 months ago
28 Mar 2012 14:24 CEST