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  #135 New May 4th, 2019 11:12 AM
I keep debating weighing in on the thread regarding the 100,000 ton beastie on the Mongoose Traveller forum. They are just looking for how would this creature haul a crashed or immobile space ship to a space port. I am not sure that they have bothered to think this through at all. We have some examples of how big structures are that mass about 100,000 tons. They are called large cruise ships, aircraft carriers, and bulk cargo carriers. All of them range about 1000 feet plus long, over 100 feet wide, and somewhat on the order of 100 feet or so in depth. So that would be roughly the size of the critter if it can float. It can be smaller if is does not float, but then you get into the nasty issue of ground pressure and does the thing start sinking into the ground that it is traversing. Then, of course, you have this massive object moving overland, and somehow not flattening a good part of the landscape. I hope that the buildings in the area of the star port are well insured against being flattened by creatures, as they are going to be flattened. If it has to drag its own body plus a star ship, the terrain better be pretty level. Can you imagine something that big trying to get through something like the Rockies?

Then how does it move? To avoid that nasty issue of ground pressure, it most likely is going to have to move on its undersurface, which leads to the question. Does it move like an inchworm, hunching its body up and then extending the front, or a snake, with a side to side movement. Now that will lead to a very wide track if dragging something. Then you do have to figure out how to attach a ship to it. Is it carrying the ship on its back? Then the ground pressure issue hits in spades.

Then there is the tiny matter of feeding such a creature. I figure that it is not warm-blooded in the sense of a mammal, at it is going to have a horrible time getting rid of any generated body heat. Dragging a star ship is going to generate a terrific amount of body heat. It has to be a herbivore, as a carnivore of that size is going to eat an enormous amount of meat every single day of its existence. So you would figure for a carnivore, that means somewhere on the order of 3,000 tons per DAY of food. I hope that it does not like the taste of humans. Now, if it is a herbivore, then you are looking at maybe 4,000 to 8,000 tons per DAY of something. Hmm, a good potato crop would be 9 tons per acre. Rutabagas might get you about 30 tons or so. So a couple of square miles of crops per Day for food. Probably more, depending on how efficient its digestive system is. By the way, you do have to grow this thing this big as well.

The bottom line is that Mongoose is not longer talking science fiction, but pure fantasy with this. Well, the D&D guys will have some fun with it.
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#1 August 7th, 2019 01:08 PM
Wait Mongoose just created a Space Tarrasque?! Oh for crying out loud..yeah, get 'em, Dale!
 


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