Wednesday, May 28, 2008

An irresistible force and an immovable object cannot exit in the same universe.

Deep under the Derro halls, Thesis, Kruddo and the assorted bag of amputees huddle in the oasis of light coming from the single lantern.
From floor level comes Ortos’ gruff voice, “Well, what are you going to do?”
Thesis looks down at the truncated human and sighs. The injured Humans and Orcs won’t survive wading through the acid, but if they go back up, he and Kruddo might be killed… or worse!
Despite his warrior upbringing, Thesis has never felt comfortable with the whole ‘Dying in battle is glorious’ philosophy.
His thoughts are interrupted however by a dirty and hairy figure bursting through the doorway at the bottom of the stairwell.
“Durin!” bellows Kruddo. “Why are you here?”
Much to Thesis’ annoyance, the Dwarves chatter in Dwarvish and after a few minutes, Kruddo starts the long slog up the stairs.
“Where’s he going?” Thesis asks Durrin.
“It’s his turn.” Is Durrin’s blank faced reply.


robogeek said...

I definitely don't get whats occurring here. Maybe it is Thesis who needs that helm of intelligence ...

Mendez said...

It's like Clark Kent and Superman.
You never see Durin and Kruddo in the same place at the same time.
Or maybe they're just a tag team?

Joebroesel said...

Or maybe quantum dwarfs? If you look at the one, the other one's gone :D

robogeek said...

Collapsing of the quantum dwarf equation: Observation resolves the helmet state.

You could also carry out a little experiment. If you put a cat in a sealed box with an unresolved dwarf (i.e. one that could be in either the K or D state), and give that dwarf a weapon only usable by a D state dwarf, then the cat is both alive and dead at the same time until an observer opens the box. At which point the observer is also killed by an irate dwarf and/or cat.

Joebroesel said...

I think you would have to say "gets attacked by a irate dwarf" because this depends again on the state of the dwarf. If in "K" state, it hacks at you but does no damage. "D"-state is lethal! This also means the weapon can be there in D and K state.

At first I thought we have a 4-dimensional quantum state in the box, but the above makes the situation in the box more simple as the cat can only be in the two states: Dead and attacked by K

Mendez said...

In the defence of unresolved dwarf state 'K':
The time required to convert it to zero viability is approximately 3 x that of unresolved dwarf state 'D'.
Therefore, although not as aggressive a state as 'D', 'K' stays active much longer.
Does the phrase 'Half-life' apply to Dwarves?

Joebroesel said...

Perhaps we can re-define it for dwarfs:

The time required to convert one half of a orc horde to dead orc after appearance of dwarf with axe.

Ah, no, we need it the other way round :)

Time it takes a normed big rock to get dwarf to half size when placed on top?

I'm confused :D

Mendez said...

The time required to convert Dwarf state 'D' or 'K' from an active to an inert state by immersion in an Orc horde?

TieDye said...

Wow...just, wow.

They're a tag team, plain and simple. No quantum dwarfs, no cats, but hordes of dead orcs do crop up wherever they go. In fact, once Kruddo and Durin realized there weren't any orcs in the caverns worth killing, they decided to divide up the sessions.