Union Ship Armour Profiles
Rezvoir was discovered just after the unification war when two elements were accidentally fused in a lab experiment. The result was Rezvoir plate. After extensive testing this new metal was then put into production for all Coalition forces. It became the number 1 building and armour material at the time, being over ten times stronger and more resistant to reinforced titanium. However it was gradually phased out when Quantum was discovered.
Rezvoir was the result of an experiment into the realm of the 'island of stability' a term used in science to explain a group of elements undiscovered in the periodic table which were incredibly large but were able to be sustained without breaking down in instability. It is though Rezvoir is one of these substances and this explains why it is so much harder and better the titanium. Once the method of production was fixed the Coalition set up massive factories and labs to produce this metal by the ton.
Effectiveness and Use
Rezvoir was much better at stopping solid projectile rounds than any other known substance and this led to its rapid integration and use in the Coalition. Considering nearly all enemies they faced at the time used SP weapons energy weapons were an exotic affair and so defence against them never developed directly. Rezvoir was used in nearly everything, from body armour to tank protection. It was also the first substance to be used in designing space craft and the Original frame of the Interceptor was made out of this substance. Once Quantum was discovered Rezvoir was slowly phased out. You can still find it however in light armour and some public areas and stores.
Quantum Lattice Plate
first discovered on a remote world as a metallic liquid the researchers took the samples back to the Union for study, after a long study process it was discovered this metal was in fact impossibly strong. At first the liquid itself was tested but a liquid armour was practically infeasible. High command and the Emperor personally got involved and after an idea was mentioned to bond the liquid with another molten metal and left to cool the real breakthrough came. The metal was seemingly unbreakable though it has now been proven it isn’t. It was also found out to be incapable of melting due to some strange anomaly. Not only that but when the Violar introduced their nano technology the Union was able to create Atomic lattice versions of Quantum where by using nanites was packed twice as dense. This made Quantum the most used metal in the whole of the Union is is still going strong today.
Quantum is an unknown metallic liquid which has been found on hundreds of worlds in the milky way galaxy. It has baffled scientists with some of its properties however it is these that make it so well used. Its inability to melt is from a very strange ability in the liquid. For things to heat up both objects must be at different temperatures, heat exchange then occurs between the two as the particles resonate and vibrate more as they are heated. This is what leads to melting/evaporating in targets however Quantum is different. The substance seems to counter resonate, when something touches it which is incredibly hot the Quantum metal will instantly vibrate at that temperature and become that hot, thereby negating the heat from the weapon. However this of course means anything wearing bare Quantum will die or be damaged however they always have polythine linings (a material with extreme heat absorption) as well as small Void cooling heat sinks to dissipate the heat. it is possible to turn Quantum liquid into a solid but this has only been done at absolute zero, however Pure Quantum armour is totally impractical and only been looked at in research purposes. It is usually mixed with another molten metal typically Rezvoir or Titanium or even Aluminium. When cast and atomically bonded using nanites the Quantum cannot be bend or melted into another shape, in this way the casting process has to be perfect. Quantum seems to be formed by exotic particles being trapped in highly pressurised areas and congealing into some sort of liquid. The whole process is not fully understood however many experiments are being conducted. Another quirk of Quantum is its apparent lack of weight, at twice as dense as any known element it should be unusable heavy however it isn’t and is very light. This shouldn’t be the case but is believed to be attributed to the exotic particle theory.
Effectiveness and Use
Quantum is the principle metal of the Union and is used in nearly everything as a construction material. With gigantic mines around the galaxy harvesting the substance it is used as armour on all Union units as well as building materials. It is also used to make other insanely hard substances as it can be mixed with molten glass etc. its also complete inability to melt makes it a firm favourite with commanders who fight energy weapon totting enemies.
First discovered by the Godoroks or Titans they first thought this to be another inert substance, however after testing it revealed to have amazing qualities. After conducting joint tests with the Union this substances discovery changed theories about particles and the cosmos and became an instrumental lynchpin in understanding Phase and its attributes. It is now occasionally used by the Godoroks and also by the Union on their ships and some of their stealth gear.
Ghostanium is a relatively inert metal, its opaque and its appearance is rather enjoyed by some who have a taste for collecting minerals and metals. Its hardness is fairly normal for a metal and it has a freezing, melting and evaporating point. Everything points to this being a normal substance apart from the fact that when a strong current is passed through it the material phases into another dimension for a few seconds. It stays visible in this time and objects can pass through it into the other dimension. A few early experiments ended in the scientists loosing some fingers as they poked it while it phased back in however it was considered in a number of scenarios, the only current one has been some sort of partial defence for ships however it was also considered to be used in a sort of phasic portal, though the advent of Quantum gates has rendered this pointless.
Effectiveness and Use
As an armour Ghostanium is relatively useless, most weaponry will go through it unless there are large blocks of it, however when used as a film and powered momentarily it can form a partial defence for star ships to negate attacks in certain areas. This can only happen intermittently however any defence however partial is a bonus and so the nature of the Ghostanium helps Union ships. Other than this it is mainly a collectors piece.
First discovered along with the Nakai Athena is known to be the strongest material yet discovered and so far as tests can tell if you are not using a phasic weapon it is indestructible, and even with a phasic weapon there is no guarantee it will damage it. Athena is a extremely rare substance seemly made by the Nakai though no proper making of it has been undertaken by the Union. Many tests have been preformed but it just leaves more questions than answers.
The exact nature of Athena is unknown. Some theories suggest this material is partially in another dimension like the Skia and so can stop phasic attacks, it also dosent seem to be made out of atomic molecules but something far more advanced. There have been many crazy theories but no definitive answers. All that is known is that it seems to glow softly and is pure white in appearance. The Nakai seem to have the ability to manipulate this substance at will though how is not known. The Nakai have given Athena to the Union and have manipulated it to create the Interceptor in Athena and also the Angels armour appears to have been crafted by the Nakai from ages past.
Effectiveness and Use
Athena is used exclusively by the Nakai and everything they have is made out of it, from their ships to their seemingly clothes. How this is possible is yet to be seen however it is clear it can stop any and all attacks and as shown in the Nakai Union war this has proved to be a very problematic instance indeed.
Skia Phase Skin
The exact history of this substance is unknown. The Skia however are not willing to talk or reveal such things to the Union and when they do they are snippets of information considered mostly rumours. It is theorised that this 'skin' was actually their races organic armour, technology. Seeming as their technology seems organic perhaps their technology ascended with them and was too trapped between realms. This means the technology also has the Skias amazing abilities and this was confirmed in the Shadow Wars when they were seen in action. Since then hybrid projects have been initiated, mainly the Darkstar hybrid ship which was a joint venture by all the Unions nations.
The layout and structure of this substance in its true form is completely unknown. When used in conjunction with other Skia tech this material does to all definitions not exist. One can walk, shoot, move and interact with objects behind the skin at will. This means any enemy attempting to target the pitch black substance of any Skia tech will just pass right through and have no effect whatsoever. This substance can also phase completely out of this dimension and into a sort of realm in-between realities. In this stage the substance disappears completely and can only be detected by advanced dimensional sensors. In appearance this substance is pitch black and seems to absorb light, however if grafted onto non Skia tech this material gains very strange properties, most likely deriving from its old Organic nature. When grafted to the hull of a Union starship this skin becomes comporeal, it takes on a mass and also an organic structure which can self repair at an alarming rate and seems highly resistant to damage. Its exact make up still eludes scientists and the grafting process is only known to the Skia and very high ranking scientists who the Skia deem worthy. However it is theorised it has something to do with Phasic/Quantum quasi particle melding in some strange environment and even then the bonding dosent always work. In many ways this is the biggest mystery substance the Union currently has.
Effectiveness and Use
All Skia technology is made out of such a substance along with their mysterious eye crystals. Apart from this the only use the Union has of this substance is a few samples for research purposes and potential grafting experiments. The Darkstar was the only large scale complete graft and the only grafts since have been only able to cover a fighter craft at most. Until the Skia reveal more about this substance research is not going to be going very far.
Violar Nano Lathe Armour
The Violar developed this armour when their mastery of Nano technology was achieved. It was then used alongside their also common metallic crystalline armour though far more frequent. It was implemented to help the Violar in their philosophy of armour and speed, a very interesting and seemingly oxymorinic arrangement. However the Nano Lathe armour appeared to be very light while very potent and helped the Violar achieved their goal. It is still used today despite the offer to upgrade to Quantum lattice though elements of it are being used in more modern Quantum lattice armours.
Nano Lathe armour is consisting solely of interlocking nanites on a truly huge scale. Trillions upon trillions make up a mere centimetre and the armour has to cover their ships including their monumental Worldships. However they accomplish this with the armours amazing replication and self repair abilities, able to cover a section the armour can be commanded at will. It can even if commanded change its density and thickness on certain places on the hull allowing for better defence. However due to the machine nature of the Nanites massive impulses of energy are enough to albeit temporarily shut down the nanites and cause them to loose cohesion essentially rendering that section of armour useless temporarily. However the surrounding regions with then cover and self repair.
Effectiveness and Use
Nano Lathe armour is mainly used in conjunction with Quantum lattice plate nowadays by the Violar, combining the best of both worlds, however some of their more smaller ships only mount the Nano armour to keep their speed. Elements of the armour mainly the replication and insane repair rate have been included in new Quantum lattice designs and while not as quick to repair the Union is eager to incorporate this into their armour. The Violar are also keen for they will benefit just as much for the developments and their forces are just as essential to the keeping of peace.
(also thanks to a few people who helped correct my science etc. You know who you are )
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BTW, and this I've been curious about this for a long time now, is Emperor Myric wearing a suit made of Athena Plate?
Is it possible for Myric to wear Skia Phasic Armor and Athena Plate at the same time?
Or maybe it's like fusing oil and water; it cannot be done without a third party to act as an emulsifier. Perhaps that's something the Union, Skia and Nakai can look into once the in-fighting comes to an end, i.e. a bonding agent that will 'reconcile' Skia Skin with Nakai Plating?