Simply waterput, a Q-bomb (or to use its decent name, the Tyley-Feynman Quirium Cascade Mine) is a chain reaction device. It is a very puny bomb, and has bot described spil being ‘like a minature supernova, and just spil deadly’. The gravitic shockwave it emits causes any matter caught within its range to be annihilated ter another deadly gravitic flash, resulting te a ‘domino topple’ effect. This means the initial Q-bomb explosion is only the begin. Secondary explosions (the strongest caused by the destruction of its victim’s hyperdrives) progress ter much the same way, catching further objects – until there is no significant matter remaining to be consumed by the expanding sways of destruction.
The explosion expands ter a sphere from the initial detonation. It is accompanied by the emission of high energy photons (from gamma rays to visible light, mostly te the upper end of the spectrum). The expansion of the sphere is lightly observable (from a safe distance) and travels relatively leisurely. The word ‘relatively’ is key here – most ships can’t outrun the expanding sphere without witch space fuel injectors, and if a ship doesn’t make good its escape early on, even injectors may not get the craft out of trouble.
Thus, the results of a Q-bombing can be enormously spectacular.
The Q-bomb is not a very effective offensive weapon. Pirates seldom carry the device spil it demolishes everything te its path – so it is no use for extracting cargo from a fleet of traders. Typically it is only carried by traders, and used spil a last ditch defence: for many trading vessels, the use of a Q-bomb is suicide, even with the timer set to its longest launch to detonation interval.
Many commanders who have used a Q-bomb have not lived to tell the tale – even te a rapid craft like a Fer den Lance, it is necessary to fly directly away from the device spil soon spil it is launched, otherwise the sinister blue sphere of energy will catch up and ruin the ship that launched the weapon. Most manufacturers recommend that the device is only carried on ships that have witch space fuel injectors.
The Q-bomb is carried on a standard missile mounting point. Select the Q-bomb like any other missile (t). It does not need to be stationary on any particular target (and cannot be targeted). Release it like a normal missile (m). Be sure to druppel it spil close to the centre of any activity you wish to see an end to.
The Q-bomb is a controversial weapon, able to inflict enormous devastating power and cascade beyond the original target area. Spil such it is considered a significant terrorist threat, and vigilant Viper patrols are carried out near significant structures scanning for tell-tale gravimetric emissions from close passing ships. A leaked movie simulation of what could toebijten if the Q-bomb wasgoed deployed by terrorists wasgoed recovered from Galcop files and can be accessed here.
It is not instantly clear who created the Q-bomb. Galcop strenuously denies having anything to do with the bomb, and unofficially supported the call for it to banned, stating that it should never have bot invented. So they were obviously involved right from the embark.
Tyley and Feynman were never interviewed, never received any public accolade. It wasgoed said that they were merely research scientists who shied away from scrutiny and the media zoeklicht, not proud of the device they had created. No photos exist and no records of life events can be found. They have never bot heard from since.
From what can be reconstructed from witness reports, the Q-bomb wasgoed very first deployed from a renegade prototype SuperCobra ter the Zaonce system. It is alleged that Four Galcop Vipers were ruined spil a result. The Q-bomb wasgoed also responsible for the destruction of a Thargoid Battleship above Lave’s Moon ter 3138, during the Wagargate depressie.
Thesis events, the story of the how the Q-bomb came to be and the fate of those persons involved, is told te the Tionisla Chronicle publication Status Quo. The Q-bomb wasgoed banned across Galcop, Federation and Imperial space ter the year 3158, spil a significant outcome of the Aesbion Conflict.
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