It’s a lightsaber. a beam of light that’s focused so heavily that it can cut through almost everything in the Galaxy it was invented in. and he’s holding one of them while wondering how to get through a door.
remind me please how decyborgification makes you so dumb you can’t even remember basic weapon properties?
It’s been said in the comic that it’s a laser sword. It’s not the same as a lightsaber.
Edit – For clarity, I changed Neal’s wording in panel 13.
one could assume that any sword strong or sharp enough can cut through anything without breaking. i also don’t think you’ve established the basic properties and limitations of a laser sword anywhere. or at least, not that i can remember. maybe you did in some annotation during the website transition.
it’s focused energy. one could assume it’s capable of melting through doors with intense heat, or whatever it uses to hack through its opponents. and i remember you cut the room of Sander’s building with laser swords (or that was a skylight). you also established early on that laser swords can deflect magic, and that it can cut through a wall to free a crystal. it wouldn’t be a far stretch to assume that it can also cut through a simple metal door.
and yes, I know i come across as a rule lawyer and nitpicker, but i’m so used from my education to filtering out errors in design and continuity, that i’m automatically doing it during my free time as well. sorry about that, I can’t help it.
one more thing: Strip 158. Scribe states, and I quote: “you have [the magic sword], and 2 laser swords that cut through almost anything.” you established in canon that the swords can cut through almost anything. and even if you don’t want Neal to escape that way, you can say the door is made of a laser proof material.
Okay, I’ve been officially put in my place. I didn’t remember Scribe saying that at all, and I’ve never really established what a laser sword’s exact properties, either are in-comic our out.
I can always use someone to point out inconsistencies and errors in continuity, so you’re actually helping quite a bit. I’m pretty good at remembering plot details and all the little pieces of canonical info that’s been mentioned in comic, but after five years of strips, plus all the planning I do for the future, some details are going to slip my mind. If you spot any other errors in continuity or design, by all means feel free to email me about them.
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