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Old 2013-04-18, 11:22   Link #3241
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I guess you're right, why not - there are some irregularities. I would agree wholeheartedly - even though bear in mind that only the Type IVs are actually that good. The rest have barely a fragment of that power (having a fragment of a Jewel Seed-like thing in you can only give you that much power). But it's infinitely closer than using Nanoha, who beat the ever-living crap out of real-sized ones at a fraction of her current power, wouldn't you say?

After all, the Cheytac Intervention is arguably a better weapon than, say, the old Mosin-Nagant in terms of pure specs...but at least they're still both sniper rifles. Now if we brought in the GAU-8A Avenger, then there'd be some trouble with the Bad Analogies Department waiting to happen right there.
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Old 2013-04-18, 15:08   Link #3242
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The Type IV's are that strong as they're actually leftovers from Ancient Belka. The Type I-III are ones Jail himself made, which I imagine aren't as good. Ancient tech and all that.

Also, I don't think the ban on mass weapons derives from the damage they can inflict, rather its that ANYONE can use a gun. Not everyone can use magic, and those can, magic is inherently non-lethal, and furthermore, controllable.

Well, there's also that Belka basically destroyed itself through mass weaponry as another reason for the TSAB to ban it. Mass weapons are dirty and messy. Magic doesn't produce any kind of harmful byproduct.
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Old 2013-04-18, 15:18   Link #3243
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Uhm, i don't know where this "magic is inherently non-lethal" came from, sure, we know Nanoha and most mages sponsored by the TSAB learned how to use non-lethal magic, but not every mage sticks to that statement. The magic used by the Wolks can be very lethal, you could ask Zest about that xDU Teana's stray bullets were a pretty big deal on StrikerS to the point Vita gave her a good scolding for almost grievously injuring Subaru, Reinforce and U-D were both World-endangering magical beings and Stern is not called the "Starlight Destroyer" just for kicks xDU
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Old 2013-04-18, 15:43   Link #3244
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The first bit of lethal magic being depicted in Nanoha came from A's, when Fate minced the Scarlet Dragon that was attacking Signum, leaving it both dead and in pieces. Nanoha magic comes with a non-lethality switch, it is not permanently non-lethal, and even that can leave lasting damage--look at Laguna.
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Old 2013-04-18, 19:22   Link #3245
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Probably because the same amount of concussive force that could crack a rib and knock you flat on your back would probably bust an eyeball. Oh well, too bad for you, Vice.

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Also, I don't think the ban on mass weapons derives from the damage they can inflict, rather its that ANYONE can use a gun. Not everyone can use magic, and those can, magic is inherently non-lethal, and furthermore, controllable.

Well, there's also that Belka basically destroyed itself through mass weaponry as another reason for the TSAB to ban it. Mass weapons are dirty and messy. Magic doesn't produce any kind of harmful byproduct.
Lethality issue addressed, won't cover.

What I think the two factors behind the ban needn't be mutually exclusive - the damage they can cause is definitely a very real problem, and the ease of use exacerbates the issue. As I see it, though, that ease of use is a dangerous factor at all requires that ease of obtainment must also be reasonably high.

Which leads me to imagine that there must have been a significant and very profitable arms trade -indeed, I believe it may still exist albeit well out of the Bureau's reach- going on before the Bureau decided to shut them out of Administered Space. After all, there would be little need for you to ban a little nasty something in your sphere of influence if the big bad outside people wren't threatening to flood the porous borders of Slipspace with the stuff.
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Old 2013-04-18, 20:56   Link #3246
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Xenahort you ninja, those were all points I wanted to make.

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Anyway, as Xenahort said, part of the question is indeed scale. No one's seriously saying that standard handguns and rifles will pose a threat with what we do know of Nanohaverse durability. On the other hand, if you look across fiction, there are plenty of mundanes doing crazy shit: The Death Star shatters planets. The Forerunners can cleanse an entire galaxy of life. Strike Legion consider drivebys in space viable method of orbital bombardment. Cultureverse gridfire is nova-level. Xeelee routinely break stars. Not a drop of magic in 'em. Or to quote:

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Old 2013-04-18, 21:46   Link #3247
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I think it is as they say: "sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
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Old 2013-04-18, 21:55   Link #3248
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I think in the Nanohaverse it's more "Magic is just another branch of science."
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Old 2013-04-18, 21:59   Link #3249
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Hoo, guess I wouldn't contest that.
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Old 2013-04-18, 22:05   Link #3250
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Magic in Nanoha still has elements of it being magic; it's not simply technology. Magic refined by technology, certainly, but you can't explain everything with technology, like familiar contracts and how magic damage only causes pain but not death, yet can still utterly devastate the surroundings...
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Old 2013-04-18, 22:14   Link #3251
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Pretty sure I typed Science, not Technology.

As for how less-than-lethal magic attacks work?
First, barrier-jackets can tank hits that would pulverize concrete.
Second, take Divine Buster as an example. What is it? A concentrated stream of accelerated mana. With sufficient control, the caster can program them to slow down as soon as the enemy barrier are down and disperse the damage somewhere else, preventing lethality. Of course, as shown with Vice's case, this isn't perfect and miscalculations could result in organ damage.
Third, magic damage are not always less-than-lethal. Remember Signum killing Zest? Or all the kills done by the Wolkenritter under their previous masters(is is stated that they only do less-than-lethal approaches for the sake of Hayate)? Or the Arc-en-Ciel?

As for familiars...I haven't got a clue, but I remember the author of Game Theory describing a plausible explanation on how it works. Maybe I'll dig it up later.
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Old 2013-04-19, 12:15   Link #3252
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For the Wolkies, it's more that while magic CAN be non-lethal, their Armed Devices are inherently lethal. Magic is what makes them able to not kill people, combined with knowing where to not strike someone.

You can certainly kill someone with magic though, just standard TSAB procedure is to always have the "safety" on.

The Arc-en-Ciel is kinda iffy in that, I don't think it's so much the Arc ITSELF kills things, but considering it rips a big hole in space-time, that is probably pretty lethal... or at least, would probably trap you somewhere pretty unpleasant.
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Old 2013-04-19, 12:27   Link #3253
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I'll put forth the iffyness of familiar contracts as filling in variables and the like that programming runs by. Which is the platform magic supposedly operates on in-universe.
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Old 2013-04-19, 12:39   Link #3254
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For the Wolkies, it's more that while magic CAN be non-lethal, their Armed Devices are inherently lethal. Magic is what makes them able to not kill people, combined with knowing where to not strike someone.

You can certainly kill someone with magic though, just standard TSAB procedure is to always have the "safety" on.

The Arc-en-Ciel is kinda iffy in that, I don't think it's so much the Arc ITSELF kills things, but considering it rips a big hole in space-time, that is probably pretty lethal... or at least, would probably trap you somewhere pretty unpleasant.
Something like crushing the thing while sending it to another dimension?
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Old 2013-04-19, 12:55   Link #3255
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Something like crushing the thing while sending it to another dimension?
Yeah, exactly! Sure, same as killing someone, but I guess it's an argument of semantics.

Either way, you really don't want to be anywhere near an Arc-en-Ciel blast. Or an Augusto, I would imagine.
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Old 2013-04-19, 14:47   Link #3256
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I assume the Arc-en-Ciel rip appart your molecules and spread those across different dimensions ...deader than death indeed xDU

I would like to see the Augusto shooting against something non-EC-powered so we can attest the real capabilities of said weapon.
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Old 2013-04-19, 19:08   Link #3257
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It works like vacuum blast, the arc en ciel destroy the dimensional integrity of a certain area, caused everything within it to collapse, and the feedback pressure caused by the universe trying to 'mend' the chaotic near-vacuum state into equilibrium threw the scattered subatomic materials at sufficient velocity, across the MULTI-verse

A sufficiently powerful weapon of same type might even cause entire universe to collapse and implode.
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Old 2013-04-22, 10:09   Link #3258
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Aye, the Arc is essentially a weaponised dimensional dislocation. Of the same kind that lost logia have a bad habit of accidently causing when things go wrong. It's a pretty terrifying beast to be honest.
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Old 2013-04-22, 11:44   Link #3259
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Has anyone noticed that everyone's description of the Arc-en-Cie's functions are contradicting each other.
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Has anyone noticed that everyone's description of the Arc-en-Cie's functions are contradicting each other.
lol my description is vague...
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