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Title: Subspace theories/explanations?
Post by: Nova Terran on September 20, 2019, 07:11:21 am
So, the wiki has a page where several fan theories on Shivan and their mystery are listed. Are there any such pages on either wiki or here on the forum? I am especially interested in fan theory on why shield doesn't work in subspace, and why subspace looks swirly.
Title: Re: Subspace theories/explanations?
Post by: 0rph3u5 on September 20, 2019, 08:03:16 am
I am especially interested in fan theory on why shield doesn't work in subspace, and why subspace looks swirly.

In-universe head-canon:

1) Subspace contains an energy field that creates a destructive interference with the Shield.

2) Because its not the ships that are moving but the transit corridor.


Meta-level:

1) Because the Lucifer needed to be destroyed somehow and they were not going to go down the "oh, it just takes lots of bombs"-route because that would not be approriate to the theme of "destruction of the old bringing forth a better new". If it were just a question of firepower the entire inclusion of the Ancients in the plot of FS1 would have been redundant.

2) Because it looks unfamiliar and is disorienting; yet also its motion translates to the idea that the Lucifer is moving when it cannot for gameplay reasons (otherwise the Ursas would take forever to catch up).
Title: Re: Subspace theories/explanations?
Post by: Nightmare on September 20, 2019, 08:17:09 am
Maybe it requires energy not only to get into subspace but to stay there, so no shields (most energy intensive) in the mean time?
Title: Re: Subspace theories/explanations?
Post by: Nyctaeus on September 20, 2019, 09:14:25 am
...and why subspace looks swirly.
Visual identification, rule of cool, creative decisions, creative freedom and because "Hey! Let's put player into washing mashine!" is awesome.
Title: Re: Subspace theories/explanations?
Post by: mjn.mixael on September 26, 2019, 12:56:29 pm
You should check out subspace in VR...
Title: Re: Subspace theories/explanations?
Post by: Colonol Dekker on September 26, 2019, 01:08:26 pm
Clearly space wizards.
Title: Re: Subspace theories/explanations?
Post by: Nightmare on September 26, 2019, 01:19:16 pm
I always enhance subspace ambient with 2 vortexes at the end of the tunnesl.
Title: Re: Subspace theories/explanations?
Post by: Kie99 on September 27, 2019, 09:10:43 am
My headcanon is that shields absorb energy and dump it into subspace.  I thought this was actual canon until I look it up.