The Obsidian Order Project

Return to Index


Miscellaneous Information
Armour Alloys and Other Materials
32.0 "     The proton torpedo rode a jet of blue flame as it streaked out after the TIE.  It actually overshot its target when the TIE pilot rolled the fighter and pulled the starboard solar panel out of the torpedo's range.  The proximity sensors on the proton torpedo caused it to detonate, filling the area around it with a rapidly expanding cloud of shrapnel.  Before the TIE pilot could react, tiny bits of metal pierced the transparisteel cockpit canopy, shattering it into a million razor-edged fragments, that proceeded to reduce everything in the cockpit to debris."   [ "X-Wing: The Bacta War", p. 79 ]

This clearly demonstrates the low firepower of proton torpedoes, as well as the fragility of TIE fighters.  The low firepower is evident from the fact that there is shrapnel (sub nuclear explosion), and by the fact that the cloud of shrapnel was visible - which means that it wasn't expanding that quickly.
32.1 "     The first torpedo lanced up from the snowy landscape and smashed full into the Interceptor's cockpit.  The subsequent explosion shredded the Quandanium solar panels, sowing chaff and debris in the path of the other two TIEs.  The second torpedo blasted into the left wing of its target, snapping it off, then exploded right behind the cockpit.  The Interceptor just disintegrated, its scattered pieces clipping the last Interceptor."   [ "X-Wing: The Bacta War", p. 156 ]

Again sub nuclear explosions.  This also clearly shows that the Quandanium armor sucks - at the very least against KE impacts.
32.2 "Wedge could fly in close to target the ship for the first volley, then have Tycho follow up for a second, hopefully catching the Corrupter without shields in place.  If the second spread hits the Star Destroyer in an unshielded area, it could rip it apart.  We'll get damage on the first spread, but it will be the second that knocks it out."   [ "X-Wing: The Bacta War", p. 196-197 ]

One or two volleys (depending on your interpretation of Wedge's thoughts) with 22 proton torpedoes in each can "rip apart" an unshielded VSDII. Whatever it is armored with, it is not enought to protect it from a few dozen proton torpedoes - not even close.
32.3 "The tardy torpedoes and two concussion missiles pounded the destroyer's hull, blasting apart armor plates and crushing turbolaser batteries."   [ "X-Wing: The Bacta War", p. 197 ]

These weak proton torpedoes and concussion missiles are nevertheless powerful enough to do significant damage to a Star Destroyer.  Great armor, huh?
32.4 "Gaps appeared at a couple of points, allowing a handful of torpedoes to skip through and blast into the ship's hull.  Armor plates peeled away like dead, dry skin and secondary explosions ripped gaping holes in the Interdictor's hull."   [ "X-Wing: The Bacta War", p. 200 ]

Hmm...  More large effects on an armored ship - this SW armor appears to suck more and more!
32.5 "     Corran hit the trigger and walked laser fire from stern to nose on the ugly.  Two bolts blew the R5's flowerpot head off, then two more punctured the cockpit, exploding it into a cloud of transparisteel and duraplast fragments.  The last bolts hit forward and touched off a proton torpedo's fuel cells.  The fuel's detonation filled the slender craft with fire and sent the nose spinning wildly off into space."   [ "X-Wing: The Krytos Trap" p.46 ]

The fighter laser cannons (in this case those of a TIE Interceptor) are not powerful enough to melt or vaporize almost any of the fighter.  It apparently took 2 bolts to just blow up an R5!
32.6 "     The quad burst of laser fire pierced the Headhunter's shields.  The red beams sliced into the joint where the port wing joined the fuselage,  sheering it off.  The engine on that wing exploded and the ship itself whirled off in a flat spin."   [ "X-Wing: The Bacta War", p. 75 ]

X-wing lasers can pierce the shields of a Z-95 Headhunter and at the same time damage/destroy it.
32.7 "     Corran picked at a chipped area of the duraplast table's edge with his thumbnail."   [ "X-Wing: The Bacta War", p. 166 ]

Duraplast is not very durable, if a table's edge made out of it is chipped.
32.8 "The Quelii sector - home to Dathomir - comes under the control of Warlord Zsinj.  While fearing the Nightsisters destructive power, Zsinj is unwilling to waste a large portion of his fleet guarding a relatively unimportant planet.  As luck would have it, a remarkable find is made on Koratas, Dathomir's fourth moon.  Digging through the thick, red - tinted soil, Imperial scientists stumble across several rich veins of neutronium, lommite and zersium.  These minerals are the primary components in the alloy known as durasteel, the most common warship - grade armour used in Imperial ship construction.  Excited by the discovery, Zsinj moved all his shipbuilding facilities to Dathomir, producing huge docks of scaffolding that stretched over ten kilometers in length.  Since the Star Destroyers would have to guard the shipyard anyway, they could also keep watch over the planet . . . and the Nightsisters." (Quote from Christopher G. McElroy's execellent SW:Timetales 2000)   [ "SW RPG: Cracken's Threat Dossier", p. 12 ]

Natural occurring SW neutronium are found on moons.  Therefore it cannot be the same thing as real-world neutronium, which would decay, just as ST neutronium.
32.9 "'By introducing quantum-crystalline armor, where only a few layers of atoms are stacked as densley as physics permits, laminated on top of another thin film just as tough but phase shifted, we can be confident that nothing will harm it.  Not so much as a dent.'"   [ "Jedi Search", p. 278 ]

Qui describes the quantum-crystalline armor.  From this description it appears to be simply a very large crystal - such as a diamond.  And therefore it should be extremely simple to penetrate or cut by various methods - an antiproton beam, for example.
32.10 "     Daala turned and ripped one of the electric-blue glowtorches from the floor behind her.  'Enough!' she shouted.  She raised the durasteel staff high and smashed it down upon the tabletop.  The glowcrystal exploded into shards with crackling blue sparks, and transparent fragmentsflew in all directions.  She hammered the rod down again and again, denting the table, bending the staff, and fragmenting the end."   [ "Darksaber", p. 133 ]

Durasteel sucks!  It is no stronger than plain old aluminium - perhaps even weaker!
32.11 "     'The problems will be minimal,' Thrawn said with easy confidence.  'If the jump is done with sufficient accuracy, the Judicator will be in direct sunlight for only a few minutes each way.  Its hull can certainly handle that much.  We'll simply need to take a few days first to shield the viewports and remove external sensors and communications equipment.   [ "Heir to the Empire", p. 101 ]

"'Nkllon's a superhot planet - way too close to its sun for any normal ship to get to without getting part of its hull peeled off.'"   [ "Heir to the Empire", p. 134 ]

"The Star Destroyer itself didn't worry him - if Lando's descriptions of the sunlight's intensity were right, the big ship itself was probably helpless by now, its sensors and maybe even a fair amount of its armament vaporized right off its hull."   [ "Heir to the Empire", p. 145 ]

"'Captain Pellaeon, how long will it take to repair the damage to the Judicator?'
      'Several days at the least, Admiral,' Pellaeon told him.  'Depending on the damage, it could take as long as three or four weeks.'   [ "Heir to the Empire", p. 150 ]

An ISD coming too close to the sun was severely burned, while the E-D in a similar situation, was not even significantly damaged.  Didn't even loose any hull paint.  And this was before the invention of the metaphasic shields.  The fact that the ISD was damaged at all shows us that its shields were penetrated.  Also, Nkllon cannot be too close to its sun, since if it was, it would have been thrown out of orbit by the solar flairs ages ago.
Shield Information
33.0 "He tightened down on the trigger, pulsing kilojoules of scarlet energy into an eyeball's cockpit."   [ "X-Wing: The Krytos Trap" p.54 ]

Kilo-joules - not mega- or giga-joules come out of fighter laser cannons.
33.1 "     The quad burst of laser fire pierced the Headhunter's shields.  The red beams sliced into the joint where the port wing joined the fuselage,  sheering it off.  The engine on that wing exploded and the ship itself whirled off in a flat spin."   [ "X-Wing: The Bacta War", p. 75 ]

X-wing lasers can pierce the shields of a Z-95 Headhunter and at the same time damage/destroy it.
33.2 "Moonshadow was coming up and turning to port, its port-side batteries firing against Direption's aft shields.  Red and blue laser and ion cannon fire pumped terajoules of energy into the shields, but somehow they stayed up."   [ "X-Wing: Isard's Revenge" p.111 ]

Clearly shows that ion cannons and lasers (possibly even turbo-lasers) are in the TJ range.  Very interesting, especially considering the fact that the Moonshadow and the Direption are both ISD2's, and they were doing their best to hurt or kill each other in this situation.
33.3 "The ion cannons mounted on towers around the facility had been cranked skyward.  They pulsed out massive blue bolts that shot upward at the invading fleet, pouring out through momentary gaps opened in the shields by fire-control computers."   [ "X-Wing: Isard's Revenge" p.287 ]

SW computers have to open holes in shields for the weapons to fire through them.  Or at least in the planetary shields.
33.4 "     'Do you know of any weaknesses or vulnerability of the vagabond that we can exploit?'
      'Yes.  Blaster cannon, cruiser-weight and up.  The hull's not armored, and there don't seem to be ray shields, at least not at those frequencies. You can hole it and hurt it.'"   [ "Tyrant's Test", p. 339 ]

Since Lando knew absolutely nothing about the vagabond, he could only talk about its shields from the perspective of shields known to him - by assuming that the vagabond's shields worked the same way as the standard SW shields.  Therefore, not only are SW blaster cannons frequency dependent, but so are their ray shields.
33.5 "     As the Lusankya picked up speed, the gunners shifted their aimpoints and began firing at the upper atmosphere.  Their shots hit and splashed color into the lower of the two shield spheres encasing the planet.  Created to stop starship assaults from without, they proved just as powerful against an attack from within.  Even so, after twenty seconds of the Lusankya's withering barrage, a hole opened in the lower shield."   [ "X-Wing: The Krytos Trap" p.324 ]

SW planetary shields stop attacks from inside and outside.  Therefore to fire through them one must either know their frequency and use it, or turn them off for a fraction of a second to fire a weapon.
33.6 "     The two pilots acknowledged, and she returned her attention to the inconspicuous spot beneath the Star Destroyer's central sublight drive nozzle where her Z-95's lasers were currently blasting away.  Beneath the shielding at that point was a critical part of the lower-aft sensor package.  If she could take it out, she and the others would have free run of the relatively undefended underside of the huge ship.
      With a sudden puff of vaporized metal and plastic, the lasers punched through it."   [ "Dark Force Rising", p. 425 ]

After only a few minutes of concentrated firing the lasers of a Z-95 Headhunter can punch through a shield of an ISD.
33.7 "     'Thank you,' Leia said, keying off the shields.  They didn't affect tractor beams all that much, but there was no point in making a tricky high-speed grab any harder than it already was."   [ "Vision of the Future" p.517 ]

More proof that SW shields do not affect tractor beams.
33.8 "     'The problems will be minimal,' Thrawn said with easy confidence.  'If the jump is done with sufficient accuracy, the Judicator will be in direct sunlight for only a few minutes each way.  Its hull can certainly handle that much.  We'll simply need to take a few days first to shield the viewports and remove external sensors and communications equipment.   [ "Heir to the Empire", p. 101 ]

"'Nkllon's a superhot planet - way too close to its sun for any normal ship to get to without getting part of its hull peeled off.'"   [ "Heir to the Empire", p. 134 ]

"The Star Destroyer itself didn't worry him - if Lando's descriptions of the sunlight's intensity were right, the big ship itself was probably helpless by now, its sensors and maybe even a fair amount of its armament vaporized right off its hull."   [ "Heir to the Empire", p. 145 ]

"'Captain Pellaeon, how long will it take to repair the damage to the Judicator?'
      'Several days at the least, Admiral,' Pellaeon told him.  'Depending on the damage, it could take as long as three or four weeks.'   [ "Heir to the Empire", p. 150 ]

An ISD coming too close to the sun was severely burned, while the E-D in a similar situation, was not even significantly damaged.  Didn't even loose any hull paint.  And this was before the invention of the metaphasic shields.  The fact that the ISD was damaged at all shows us that its shields were penetrated.  Also, Nkllon cannot be too close to its sun, since if it was, it would have been thrown out of orbit by the solar flairs ages ago.
Other
34.0 "     Iella flipped open the box -- which was no bigger than a deck of sabbac cards.  Inside, Wedge saw a couple of computer chips, two energy cells, some electronic components, a small motor, a metal cylinder with holes drilled into it every centimeter or so, and a rainbow of wires. Iella hit a small button, and the twenty-centimeter-long cylinder flipped upright." "'The wires came from a nerve graft -- the kind they use in cybernetic replacements.  The machine hooked into Urlor's aural nerves, picking up what he heard.  When the chip matched the voiceprint of my saying Urlor's name to the voiceprint it had stored, the motor turned a gear that spun another one that depressed a plunger down through the cylinder and pumped the kill-juice into him.'"   [ "X-Wing: Isard's Revenge" p.40 ]

This device is painfully pathetic.  Ten times too large, and the technology used in it is at or in places even below the one used today.
34.1 "'Huttspit!  If the designer of these helmets ever had to use them in the field...'"   [ "X-Wing: Isard's Revenge" p.126 ]

Even experienced stormtroopers have trouble seeing through their helmets.
34.2 "It was a stupid landspeeder accident.  A truck was blocking the other lane, some lum-dumb whipped around it and smashed head-on into her. It busted her up badly, too badly for bacta to help."   [ "X-Wing: Isard's Revenge" p.209 ]

Bacta is not magical, not even close.  She lived for at least several hours more, and yet Bacta was no help.
34.3 "     As he came in tight he chopped his throttle back, then activated the Defender's tractor beam.  It latched hold of the space station, but since it massed far more than the starfighter, it didn't go anywhere.  Instead the tractor beam acted like a line that shortened the arc of Corran's turn."   [ "X-Wing: Isard's Revenge" p.227 ]

SW tractor beams obey Newton's second law.
34.4 "'How long - in real time - have I been lying there?'
      'About five days,' Luke told her." "'I'm impressed.  I don't think even a bacta tank would have done the job that fast.'"   [ "Vision of the Future" p.400 ]

Mara had a very bad burn, but bacta could not have healed it in 5 days.
34.5 "The conduit shell was heavily armored, and it took nearly ten minutes more for the disintegrator beam to eat its way through.  The power cables themselves flash-burned almost instantly once that happened, of course - they were, after all, only normal power cables, not designed to withstand anything more strenuous than high-power electrical current."   [ "Vision of the Future" p.590 ]

SW systems use basic electricity for power transmission - and apparently send that electricity along normal metal cables.
34.6 "'It's a tractor beam,' he told the Caamasi, throwing a desperate glance at the sensor display.  If it was an edgewise grab, something marginal or tenuous, he might be able to wiggle his way out."   [ "Vision of the Future" p.617 ]

It is possible to wiggle your way out of SW tractor beams if they did not catch you very well.
34.7 "     While Booster was more than generous with his friends, in business he was shrewd and capable of saving money in any situation where he found himself.  By lowering the station temp, and by refusing to heat unoccupied portions of the station, he lowered its operating costs rather significantly."   [ "X-Wing: The Bacta War", p. 109 ]

How weak are SW power sources that an Empress class station can't afford to be heated?!?!?
34.8 "     'Someone give me a report on what's going on out there.  Lieutenant Carsa?'
      'Carsa's dead, sir.  His monitor blew up in his face.'"   [ "X-Wing: The Bacta War", p. 314 ]

Ha!  SW monitors kill people too!  :)
34.9 "'There were rumors, just before the Battle of Endor, that the Emperor's researchers had finally developed a genuinely practical cloaking shield.'"   [ "Heir to the Empire", p. 48-49 ]

Hmmm...  All cloaking systems developed by the Empire before their last prototype were impractical...  I.E. they would consume too much energy, take too much space, etc.
34.10 "     He dropped his shields, throwing full power once again to the drive, knowing full well it was most likely a futile gesture.  And he was right - for a second the beam seemed to falter, but it quickly caught back up with him.  Such a relatively minor change in speed was too small to foul up the beam's tracking equipment.
      But if he could find a way to arrange a more major change in speed..."   [ "Heir to the Empire", p. 181 ]

"     And with a scream of horribly stressed electronics, the X-wing came to a sudden dead stop.
      There wasn't even enough time for Luke to wonder what aboard his ship could possibly have made a scream like that before he was again thrown, even harder this time, against his harness.  His thumbs, ready on the firing buttons, jabbed down hard, sending a pair of proton torpedoes lancing forward; simultaneously, he pulled the X-wing upward.  The Star Destroyer's tractor beam, tracking him along his path, had momentarily gotten lost by his sudden maneuver.  If the computers guiding that lock would now be considerate enough to latch onto the proton torpedoes insstead of him -"   [ "Heir to the Empire", p. 182 ]

"'The computer lost the lock, but seemed to pick it up again right away.  There was no way for me to know it had really picked up something else unitil-'"   [ "Heir to the Empire", p. 184 ]

SW tractor beam computers suck badly - can't even figure out the difference between a pair of proton torpedoes and an X-wing.
34.11 "With half an ear he listened to the damage control reports coming from the Number Four tractor beam projector, carefully not getting himself involved with the cleanup.
      The destruction of one of the Chimaera's ten projectors was a relatively minor loss."   [ "Heir to the Empire", p. 183 ]

First of all, this shows that ISDs have 10 tractor beam projectors.  Second, the tractor beams either require thin shields, or they can't function at all through the firing ships shields (they would lock onto their own shield instead of the enemy ship - as seen by other quotes) - and thus they are extremely vulnerable.
34.12 "     'Let's get out of here,' Tee-ubo suggested, and she popped the beetle into a belt pouch and pulled the lever control for her flight pack forward. Hardly waiting, she fired up the pack.
      Or tried to.
      It sputtered and cought, even popped off enough once to jolt Tee-ubo into the air, a short hop and nothing more.
      Then it went dead.
      'It can't get enough oxygen,' Bendodi reasoned."   [ "Vector Prime", p. 122 ]

SW flight packs require oxygen for flight.
34.13 "There were available technologies to make the TIE fighters able to withstand many asteroid hits, using combinations of shields and an enhanced repulsor system, but for many years the militaries of both the Empire and the New Republic had been trying to perfect off-ship shielding, with greater power sources lending deflector shields to small starfighters, thus freeing the drives of the starfighters to the tasks of maneuvering, accelerating, and firing.  Thus far, little progress had been made with the technique, and Luke understood that if Lando could perfect it out here, the value to the enterprising man would be many times greater than all the treasure he could leech off of all the asteroids of Lando's Folly."   [ "Vector Prime", p. 146 ]

While the Imps and the New Republic have been working on the problem of remote power transfer for years, ST Federation has developed this technology in its youth - in the first Star Trek episode ever, "The Cage".  Back then the transfer device was relatively large (3-4 m^3), but it has obviously greatly matured, since similar technology - a device slightly bigger than a person's palm was used in the Voyager episode "Memorial".  This technology is also relatively widespread, since the Cardassian defense platforms in "Tears of the Prophets" also used it.  This clearly shows yet again the lower level of general technology used in the SW galaxy.

By 'Elim Garak'