|Power Source of the Machines?
||[Oct. 28th, 2005|07:43 pm]
Seven Lives of the Sun
Taoist did one of his rare appearing tricks on MSN today, and I got to talk with him for a while. What concerned me most was what sort of power machines would be running on, seeing as this is, if anything, their main weakpoint that the forces of Machinekind could exploit.
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In summary: The energy source of Machines is powered by some sort of quantum electricity, using units smaller than electrons, and are used by subverting stars into artificial blackholes for the use of Machine power. They've basically given no light or solar power to the Universe, which may be what's causing its death somehow. There appears to be no way in sight to destroy these black hole suns, without completely disrupting the planet system around it, which could cause some destructive mayhem for the truly apocalyptic in nature (assuming they ever acquire their own ship, considering that the Machines power space travel). Besides that, subverting the black holes may not even work at all, considering that the Machines themselves have a very long battery charge. The only weakness it seems to have, therefore, is the ever-loving power of magic. ("Null magic, specifically.")
What I'd be curious about is if there's another way to subvert the black holes without damaging the entire system around it, thus depriving Machines of precious, precious energy. Energy which is limited in value, seeing as there are so many suns you can suck up, so even if it's only a long-term negative it might still be useful for those attempting to oppose Machine-kind.
Another set of questions that wasn't made clear - how the energy is distributed. Is it powered locally? Are there some sort of cables, physical or otherwise, that link this energy to the planets, and can be severed as a result? Or are there cargo ships that physically ship energy from black hole to planet, farming the energy rather, that can be ambushed if organic rebels ever figure out how to take ships from the Machines?
If the energy was farmed or manufactured somehow, then that would make sense as they would only have to get stores of energy once in a while. But, as it were, that questioned hasn't been answered.
Is that plausible? Does that work for everyone, or are there any more questions that people might want to tack on?
Machines. Power source. >_> yes. Discussion please!