Wait. Is this the end of Volume 3?
Of course not endstoners. 😉 Vote for Endstone at TopWebComics for a preview of what is to come. And see you later in the week.
Seeing them take to the skies like that makes me wonder what the relative travel speeds are between the Angelstone, Dragonstone, and Lightstone.
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With his mastery, Pablo most likely can travel at lightspeed by turning himself into light, if he’s not carrying someone with him. :-°
The way I figure is the dragon must be the slowest. The Angelstone probably could travel as fast as a propeller plane or helicopter (and any faster would hurt the rocker’s eyes and body). As Darth Killer points out, the Lightstone can go very fast. But Pablo has to be careful — general relativity can come into play the closer one gets to the speed of light. The rocker of the Lightstone could literally lose time if he or she is not careful.
I think the Banestone and its “Stop Time” ability pretty well confirmed that the Overstones don’t fully conform to current understandings of Physics. Makes me wonder if a pesky thing like Relativity would cause any permanent harm.
There are other bits to consider regarding flight speed – such as would the Quickstone affect the Angelstone’s flight? I suppose that would depend on weather the Angelstone itself moves the rocker, or instead gives the rocker a glorified zero-range self-only telekinesis.
…It may be sleepy time if I’m overthinking things this much.
Don’t be so sure. We often talk 3D, but physics are described most of the time 4D, the 4th dimension being none else than time. So, what is the ability to stop time if not the ability to move within 3 dimensions while the 4th one is a constant ?
Even though as a comic-book-like universe there’s bound to be some degree of pseudo-science, there’s still nothing shocking. You would know if there were, as the audience would spontaniously shout “Bullshit !” upon seeing it. Check the US cartoon of Street Fighter (the one with an unwelcomed G.I. Joe feeling about it) and you’ll see what i’m talking about. :p
As for overthinking, sure you are. We all are. And we love it. That’s how much we care about Endstone. 🙂
So there’s no such thing as “too much overthinking” in those conditions. 😉
Relativity does come into play in the “stoneverse” (great term from the wki btw DNS 🙂 ). Pablo has a little story to tell about that coming soon.
And as for the Angelstone and Quickstone, stones can usually only be rocked one at a time. Jon has the ability to rock two simultaneously but that was two stationary stones (ie. the Firestone and Forcestone). Rocking the Quickstone and Angelstone together might present a problem for Jon due to velocity.
And no over thinking at all. As DK points out, it’s fun and it helps me to suss out hidden problems I might have with how the stoneverse works.
I can’t take credit for “Stoneverse,” though it certainly fits.
I’ve been assisting with too much game balancing lately for a pile of houseruled D&D items, it’s got me far too attentive of borderline-overpowered ability/equipment synergies.
From personal experience, the most powerful/annoying abilities include: Flight/Speed, Mental Influence/Crowd Control, Teleportation, and only THEN directed energy blasts or super strength.
Obviously adjust for power levels and situation, but even a weak ability (the above especially) can do great damage to the unprepared or unlucky. Mobility, for instance – the ability to fly or otherwise dodge attacks greatly limits what most enemies can do to you. Dodging 95% of everything will greatly improve both one’s damage output and overall usefulness.
“Stoneverse” is a term that poped up in the comments first, actually, a while back. I don’t remember who said it though.
You do realize that dragons are way faster than helicopters, right ? You’ll need a jet plane to outmatch them regarding flight speed. 😉
I thought that was only if the dragon in question had eaten the ‘nuclear’ burrito for lunch.
Also, you really want to stay out of that jet wash.
Now, jet-propelled dragons, if that’s you’re talking about, that would be awesome xD
No I did not realize dragons were faster than helicopters. Well, if they are, you can bet Cole will get tired quickly and end up only going as fast as a helicopter anyways. ;P
Even if the Dragonstone is faster, I’d imagine the Dragonstone uses up a lot of power. Maintaining a massive transformation vs. (relatively) simply moving the rocker through the air – the Dragonstone and Quickstone may very well be evenly matched for distance once fatigue is factored in.
Also the fact that most winged creatures rely primarily on gliding for distance. Raw speed would probably come mostly from a gravity assist, which would need a massive expenditure of energy via those relatively-less-massive wings in order to regain altitude (or some convenient updrafts, stonecraft, etc.).
At least, that’s how I understand avian flight mechanics. I presume a dragon works similarly, with some extra magic to offset the effects of gravity on a several-ton creature. No way is Cole flying by those wings alone.
Dragons have great raw speed AND great maneuverability, often flying as if they were air snakes while chasing a prey.
Their flight techniques may be closer to the one used by good old Pterosaurs rather than those of birds. The formers (which were NOT dinosaurs, by the way :p ) had achieved flight mastery beyond anything Earth’s History has ever seen since. Even the best birds need some distance to go from non-moving on the ground to flying at max speed, and even more vice versa. Pterosaurs did not, there are archeological evidence that they could do that near instantly instead, despite some having massive sized, like the Quetzalcoatlus which had roughly the size of a small T-Rex. Imagine a thing like that not moving on the ground then suddenly jumping into the air and already flying at max speed in a fraction of a second. That’s insane.
The bigger ones, like the aforementionned Quetzalcoatlus, were mostely long ranger travelers, capable of gliding while lowering their energy expenses and even half sleeping. This way they could travel entire oceans.
Dragons are sometimes depicted as being unique beings that share traits with the entire animal reign. Maybe Cole can use flight on par with the Quetzalcoatlus. 😉
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