|Continuing the schematics of MM's armor, now I talk about the VRF---the velocity-redirection-field---and in the process, reveal what powers the armor, as well as enumerate various ways she can still be harmed.
I've never mentioned this before, but the VRF was inspired by DUNE---where they fight with swords because their personal force shields do not allow high-moving objects, but will allow the slow cut. Total force shields are boring---and you have to keep inventing reasons why they fail, a la STAR TREK...but Herbert saw that if it only stops high-moving objects, suspense is restored---and is a good excuse for John Carter-like swordsmanship even in a high-technology environment. (I always saw DUNE as a cross between John Carter and Mohammed.)
It's of course, pure fantasy physics...but if you're dealing with a ultraintelligent mind, you have to expect such things occasionally. It would, in a sense, be unrealistic not to expect it.
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