The damage of a beam weapon at range, would depend on 2 factors:
1- The design and focusing accuracy of the weapon (A weapon perfectly focused on the target will retain more damage at range)
2- The environment - How much space dust/debris is between the weapon and target to absorb or diffuse the energy.
In a vacuum, a ballistic weapon will not lose any significant energy until it hits something, or gets captured by a gravity well.
However, a mass driver projectile of such high energy will likely almost entirely vaporize on impact, leaving only fragments, a cloud of metallic vapour, and debris, none of which will have any more energy or velocity than debris from a regular missile strike.
It's not the pellets that hit, it's the ones that miss, flying around the system at massive speed. Obviously the Souri have a great setup for computing exact trajectories to be so accurate. Their calculations of the gravity well in which the battle is being fought have allowed such amazing accuracy.
Oh, nice spotting on the Souri ident, a well spotted clue from waaay back in the comic. Nice one
::face turns blue::
Friday, the 19th of October, 2007
We might see the Souri again someday, but don't hold your breath.
4 years, that would be a heck of a time to hold your breath...