On Force Fields, Power Armor and Exoskeletons!

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    Force Fields

    Force Fields are often attached to the belt or installed into armor, and absorb the kinetic energy of high velocity projectiles as they both enter or leave. They are far more effective at absorbing energy weapons such as lasers or plasma than physical projectiles. While most energy projectiles are completely negated, physical projectiles lose most of their kinetic energy and end up slipping through the forcefield, softening the blow. On the other hand, energy projectiles do more damage to the shield itself. When the shield is damaged, it progressively heats up until it enters a state of shutdown until it has sufficient time to cool down. Which is conveniently about how much time it takes to exit combat. They can be used with power armor, but with drastically reduced effectiveness due to the sheer surface area it needs to cover. Smaller, sleeker bodies will find force fields more effective. Force fields are also heavily reliant on power; the strength at which they can absorb and deflect depends on the energy capacity. Cheaper, more common force fields with less energy capacity are weaker, absorbing only one or two shots from energy blasts before shutting down entirely, and are far more susceptible to physical projectiles.

    Force fields are most susceptible to overheating by persistent energetic shock, and are ignored altogether by low-velocity projectiles such as melee weapons and arrows.

    Unfortunately, force fields are much more effective at preventing projectiles from leaving than they are at keeping them out. Even low-velocity projectiles have trouble escaping.


    Power Armor

    Power armor can range to a few different varieties. It rests on an exoskeleton which transmits power across its systems as well as relieves the burden of heavier models. Depending on the weight of the build, power armor can move at speeds from unhindered to a snail’s pace. The more effective the armor, the heavier it will be.


    Exoskeletons

    There are plenty of affordable exoskeletons in the form of large, construction builds used for heavy lifting and manual labor. Smaller, more compact and maneuverable exoskeletons tend to be more expensive, being an asset most frequently owed to militaries or professional athletes. Exoskeletons are known for being complicated machines that demand a decent knowledge on how to operate them. Although the most common form of exoskeleton and power armors are Human-made, there are other - albeit rare - forms developed by other races and organizations.

    Due to a massacre on a USCM hub world by an unknown terrorist organization, power armor and exoskeletons that do not fall under construction-class are considered outlawed for civilian use by the USCM.

    Force Fields are considered a civilian technology because of the range of prices they can be found in. In some dangerous hub worlds, it’s rare to find someone without a low to mid-grade force field.
     
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