Units without drive fields in a starless nexus?

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Units without drive fields in a starless nexus?

Postby Pyrite on Thu 15 Feb 2018 14:36

What happens to units without drive fields (space stations, damaged ships, etc) in a starless nexus? Do they drift toward the center of the system, anchor around warp points, drift inexorably out of the area?

If I were to build a space station module in a starless nexus and let it go, what would happen to it?
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Re: Units without drive fields in a starless nexus?

Postby coldsteel on Thu 15 Feb 2018 17:43

Without station-keeping drives, it'd be drawn into the warp point and destroyed if close enough (same hex). Away from the warp points, probably nothing, it'd stay put in the time-scale of the game (stellar motion not evident at this level).
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Re: Units without drive fields in a starless nexus?

Postby Cralis on Fri 16 Feb 2018 01:35

That... is an interesting question. I think we've always assumed they would orbit relative to the nexus center. The nexus still has a depression in spacetime ... or else it wouldn't exist. However, we can't allow for orbital motion or else you'd automatically know where the center of the nexus is located.

Hmmm... I'm going to need to think about that. If we allow units to sit motionless (relative, of course), then we need to decide if we'd allow space stations (and if not, why not). I'm guessing that it would have to do with the fact that space stations are inherently designed to be in an orbit due to the way they are built.

Unfortunately, coldsteel, warp points don't exhibit much in the way of a gravity field (at least in SSF, there are other quantum functions at work, however, but only because we know more about that area in science now then we did 20 years ago). But you're absolutely right, motion would not be apparent at all except relative to WP positions or other objects in the nexus (like an asteroid field, for example), and objects like warp points are so nebulous that you could easily drift a tH or two before you might notice (at least, early on).

If we were being realistic, we'd have some sort of drift factor for units left in a nexus. But that would be hard to do without being time consuming and extremely annoying...
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Re: Units without drive fields in a starless nexus?

Postby Pyrite on Fri 16 Feb 2018 03:22

Doesn't W5.05.7.1 say

the small asteroids and dust collected by the WP’s gravity well.


And GG4 say

Each month new asteroids are captured by the gravity well


Indicating that warp points do have some gravitic pull?
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Re: Units without drive fields in a starless nexus?

Postby Cralis on Fri 16 Feb 2018 10:33

Asteroid fields have gravity of their own. What I was getting at is that WPs have virtually no gravity field.

Of course, there is the question of how the nexus was formed in the first place. One theory is that they are depressions in spacetime that are deep enough for WPs to form. Another theory is that they are WPs left over from long exploded stars. Then there is the crackpot theory that they are artificially created by long forgotten aliens.

Who knows for sure?
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