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78558 No. 78558 ID: 1e8ed4

One of these, for this thing! Thoughts so far? Questions? Insistence that I update something else instead?
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No. 78559 ID: eaa372

Enjoying the setting and becoming a transhuman overlord. Will there be an emphasis on empire building or recruiting people to do the empire building for us?
No. 78560 ID: 1e8ed4

That's one path I have heavily considered, if we choose to go down it, and I think I'd leave the choice between the two up to the readers.

You can probably tell from all this exposition that there's a lot of directions this could go, especially right now in these formative stages. For example, if we'd gone into the simulation to begin with, the quest would be in a very different place right now.
No. 78561 ID: 36c336

Like it so far.
I'm feeling a bit sorry for these robots that have to deal with us actually. Before they were trapped in permanent servitude to masters most of them never had to physically deal with. Now they get to watch a human go utterly nuts from isolation unless they figure out something.
No. 78563 ID: 7bbaae

Would it have been a sexy place, or a disturbing everyone-is-a-freak place? Unlimited customization is a scary thing.
No. 78565 ID: 53ba34

the people that say they have like, a dragon soul, could actually become dragons. shit would be WACK
No. 78566 ID: 36c336

Also tribble souls, shoggoth souls, ultimate sadists, ultimate masochists, baroquely creative snuff fetishists, and shit we can't even imagine yet. There's fair reasons for believing that these furries and 'otherkin' folks are crazy.
No. 78579 ID: 1e8ed4

With so many people and so few consequences for anything, you could have entire cities of dragon people.
and maybe small hamlets of sadomasochistic tribble/shoggoth hybrid snuff fetishists.
No. 78581 ID: 36c336

>and maybe small hamlets of sadomasochistic tribble/shoggoth hybrid snuff fetishists.

But what would the beholders do?
No. 78582 ID: 1e8ed4

No. 78584 ID: 36c336

Now all you need is a stick-in-the-mud landlord and you've got a sitcom on your hands. Perhaps Fox Entertainment would be interested.
No. 78597 ID: cf49fc

Pardon me, 888, but your artstyle seems familiar. Are you Mister Culexus?
No. 78598 ID: dbb156

No, I'm not.
No. 78601 ID: 955dc5

Well this -is- a quest for "degenerates".

4chan's /pol/ would explode.
No. 78602 ID: dc7e57

>4chan's /pol/ would explode.
4chan's /pol/ is known for having difficulty with tricky concepts like "other people exist".
I think anything on this site would be enough to explode them.
No. 78606 ID: cf49fc

/pol/ cannot handle concepts like "Existing." They're one long existential nightmare.
No. 78607 ID: cf49fc

Okay. I like your art.
No. 78615 ID: 53ba34

>we have faster then light drives
>people argue about how a different faster then light thing violates causality.

jesus christ. people need to learn when to just shut up and roll with it.
No. 78616 ID: 2baea8

It's Sci-fi, we don't need to ruin it with real world science.
No. 78618 ID: 7bbaae

The 4D drives aren't explicitly stated to be faster than light, though.

Anyway, if we're told to try to exploit how a system works we need to know the rules and limitations of that system. The assumptions of real world science are usually part of that system, so it would REALLY USEFUL to know which parts to ignore.
No. 78619 ID: b8ceae

That's an interesting case, but not an impossible one as there is no possibility for it to create a paradox.
Remember, the observer is not capable of interfering with the signal such that it could not be sent.
No. 78621 ID: d6c045

Why are we arguing about hard science in a fictional universe when it really isn't the point of the quest?

She may as well have said "the drives work because bananas have a secret. When placed inside a glass dome, they can be used to teleport you ACROSS THE UNIVERSE."

"It takes 23 minutes to run them in the microwave correctly, though."
No. 78622 ID: fb4e93

Personally, I think both sides have merit, and that there's some line between the two that ought to be found. It wouldn't necessarily do to accept everything at face value and ask for no more information than is given, but neither is it reasonable to demand full rational explanations for everything, because such an explanation may not exist, and we just need to ignore the discrepancies. Such is the nature of scifi, sometimes. It can be hard to tell when you've reached the line, though, and may simply be up to the author to communicate in whatever way he or she feels best.
No. 78624 ID: 2f4b71

>She may as well have said "the drives work because bananas have a secret. When placed inside a glass dome, they can be used to teleport you ACROSS THE UNIVERSE."
>"It takes 23 minutes to run them in the microwave correctly, though."
Then we'd start questioning the required shape and size of the glass dome, what power microwave is required, whether you can place a microwave-banana-dome inside another microwave-banana dome, and what occurs when you attempt to run both at the same time, etc.

Knowing how the rules work is useful in deciding how to (ab)use them.
No. 78625 ID: dc7e57

We urgently need to figure out the properties of other kinds of fruit, too.
No. 78626 ID: 7bbaae

Having the cause come after the effect is, in itself, a problem, because that violates causality, and anything that violates causality can create a paradox indirectly. Take, for example, an observer moving in respect to the two people sending signals with ansibles. Let's call them A B and C, where C is the moving one. If B sends a signal to C as soon as B receives a signal from A, and C sends a signal to A the instant he receives a signal from B, then it's quite possible for A to receive a signal before he sends it to B.
No. 78628 ID: 34b2f2

Faster than light travel exists in the setting. The 4D blink drive lets us move stuff around faster than light can travel the distances involved. We want an ansible because it can reportedly allow near-seamless communication over the vast distances involved.

I'm all for questioning the practical effects of these technologies and trying to figure out how to best utilize them, but questioning the premise itself of these technologies isn't productive. They obviously work and if we keep asking we'll get a "It's very technical, but to put it simply, no it doesn't cause paradoxes frail puny fleshling." or something of that ilk. Nobody wants to deal with time paradoxes.
No. 78630 ID: 1e8ed4
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So, I'm doing Christmassy things and will be for a while. Not sure how frequently I can update here. In the meantime, have some "Sketchy tries to remember how to draw" time.

As for the technical stuff, I'm all for abusing the system. It's quite abusable just based on what I've told you so far, without bringing special relativity into it. I don't wanna say "don't worry about it" conclusively, since I may well decide to do something with that sort of problem later and I don't want to block myself off from potential story directions, but let me just say that the science here is a little softer than you guys seem to be trying to make it.
No. 78633 ID: 2f4b71

Basically, you have FTL information transmission (spaceships, people, etc are included under 'information'), time travel, and General Relativity: pick two. No compromises, no 'you can sort of FTL but only in some ways', so 'you can only travel to someone else's past'. If you can send information outside your light-cone, and relativity is valid, then you can construct a scenario where you can send information to your past self.

The easiest way to avoid this is to declare GR invalid, give the universe a universal clock, and gloss over edge cases where GR applies in the real world (e.g. GPS satellite clocks no longer needing a fudge factor). No more Time Dilation, unfortunately.
No. 78642 ID: 761017

Relax your asses, FTL is fine as long as you respect global causality!

Teleporting parsecs at a time is completely safe as long as you avoid interaction with your past's light-cone!

Remember that communication is safe since photons can interefere constructivly/destructively without interacting!
No. 78650 ID: 2f4b71

>global causality
... Which require rejecting GR, because GR involves event A preceding event B being entirely dependant on observer position and velocity. Not just appearing to be in a different order, the events functionally happen in a different order. That's why the nothing going outside of it's own light-cone is so important.
No. 78656 ID: 53ba34

guys, everything everywhere is moving, just at different RATES. so if i send something to a guy 2 lightyears away at ftl speeds. he will get the message. think about it, and then send me a reply. if he is moving at like 99.999% light speed, he can send it and i will get it AFTER i sent my message.
all your experiments require PURPOSEFULLY trying to send information to the past. in the real world we still need to take at least a moment to consider the information before sending it on to the next point.
No. 78657 ID: 2f4b71

No, relativity does not work that way.
>if he is moving at like 99.999% light speed, he can send it and i will get it AFTER i sent my message.
What is 'after' for him, can be 'before' for you. THERE IS NO UNIVERSAL CLOCK IN A RELATIVISTIC UNIVERSE. Once you start sending information outside the light-cone, you get causality violations. And because the order of events is relative to the viewpoint of the observer for any arrangement of events where information travels superluminally there is always a possible observer vector where causality is violated.

FTL, causality, or Relativity. You can only ever have two.
No. 78658 ID: b8ceae

Not all observer vectors matter, however. Strictly speaking, they only matter if they can cause a paradox to occur.

Thus far the universe has shown to be perfectly fine with all kinds of weird things - go through both holes and de/constructively interfere with yourself.
Retrocausality is verboten because it allows for the creation of paradoxes - situations where an effect happens, but as a result the cause is prevented.
If, however, it were not possible for a preceding effect to prevent its cause then causality would be twisted but unbroken.
No. 78661 ID: 53ba34

i cite bill and ted's excellent adventure. they literally talked to themselves. and everything went perfectly fine.

they also did some great time gymnastics. such as getting the keys. if they didn't have the keys, they would not have been able to do the report and then go back in time to get them. but since they did, they can.

also i still don't get the light cone bullshit. i send a guy a thing. how can my sending possibly result in something happening that stops me from sending it in the first place. step by step.
No. 78669 ID: 2f4b71

Because breaking causality to send information backwards in time locally reverses the thermodynamic arrow of time. You can now achieve infinite energy concentrations with no input. This is obviously Not A Good Thing. It's not just a movie-style meet-your-grandpa paradox issue, but you simply introduce infinite quantities whenever you start mucking about with reversed time.

>i still don't get the light cone bullshit
No. 78670 ID: 9b57d3

The issue is that "simultaneous" events are relative. A moving observer will calculate something as happening first, while someone moving a different direction (or not moving) could very well calculate that something as happening second.

So naturally if they disagree about what the "present" is due to simultaneous events being different depending on observer, then any instant communication will be sent to a different "present" based on who's sending it.

Four ships, AB and CD each have ansibles. A and B are sitting around at some large distance away from eachother. C and D are moving quite fast relative to A and B, and CD see themselves the same large distance away from eachother. C and D will fly by A and B at the same time, to them. However, to A and B, C arrives at A after D arrives at B. So if A sends an instant message to B, then B sends it to D, D can send it to C who will be in A's past. A and B think D sent a message backwards in time to C, but C and D think A sent a message backwards in time to B.

Both viewpoints are valid, and that is the problem.
No. 78671 ID: 9b57d3

Oh hey yeah that's exactly what I was paraphrasing.
No. 78672 ID: 53ba34
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i think i fucked up. i followed your directions and got this.
left is first panel

A and B near the top on the left. C and D near the bottom. both sets are the same relative distance apart.
No. 78674 ID: b8ceae

...which all resolve themselves nicely if it's not possible for retrocausality events to interfere with themselves in such a way as to unlink cause and effect.

The universe already has virtual particles, and the equations for fusion reactions involve temperatures in negative kelvin. Strange behavior is common, and a universe where retrocausality is valid if and only if destructive interference is impossible is quite reasonable.
No. 78676 ID: d6c045

Counterpoint: Time doesn't necessarily flow backwards and forward. Time can instead be treated as Event to Event, while maintaining causality.

While strange, let's take events A, B, and C. A caused B, B caused C.

However when viewed in a linear time line C appeared to happen first, A "Now" and B in the future. Nevertheless, conservation of energy and causality is still in effect-merely back and forth through time.
No. 78679 ID: 9b57d3

Yeah that's just some lines, you didn't deal with relativity at all there. Not sure if trolling.

That is not what causality means! The cause always comes before the effect if causality is in place.
No. 78680 ID: 379075

Guys, guys, I think I just figured out the special set of keywords to use to describe what's going on here:
"Until further notice assume we are using Star Trek-oid physics."
No. 78682 ID: b8ceae

If you need to be at one of the end points then warping a black hole FROM anywhere is impossible, as you would need to have the drive warp from inside the black hole.

You could, however, warp TO a black hole and swap locations with its core up to the volume of the exchanged space. This would result in a massive explosion where the black hole was and a (possibly smaller) black hole were you left.

While this would be an absolutely horrifying means of sabotaging enemy ships when they try to leave a military center, you couldn't use it to put a black hole inside a sun as that would require you BE inside the sun in the first place.

Also remember that this is swapping two locations outright, not making a portal between them. So getting close to a black hole to warp it someplace wouldn't do anything.
No. 78683 ID: 53ba34

wouldn't need to put one inside a sun, just NEAR one. gravity will handle the rest.
No. 78685 ID: b8ceae

Any ship attempting to swap places with a black hole would almost certainly be destroyed. That's an important detail.

... It is important because we are not going to be sending any friendly intelligences on suicide missions, so these things must be planned out FAR in advance.
No. 78687 ID: 53ba34

just have a blink drive with a timer on it. turn the timer on and it will start when the timer activates. and the ship that deployed it can also blink away from the thing. also, how much blinks depends on exactly what a black hole looks like under it's Schwarzschild radius. it could be 1dimensional DOT of impossibly dense material. meaning a swap will swap everything in the black hole that matters.
No. 78690 ID: b8ceae

The Schwarzschild radius of the universe is APPROXIMATELY the size of the universe. We are uncertain if the universe is a black hole or not.

Inside a black hole could actually be very sparsely populated.
No. 78693 ID: 2f4b71

The drive works by sending a beampair to the halfway point of the jump, with the beampair travelling at 0.0002c the the halfway point. The endpoint then becomes the halfway point for each successive jump, and each jump takes 23 minutes.

Working backwards:
Distance to target is x
The final jump (n) will be from 0.5x to x (0.5x long)
The penultime jump (n-1) will be from 0.25x to 0.5x (0.25x long)
(n-2) will be from 0.125x to 0.25x (0.125x long)
(n-3) will be from 0.0625x to 0.125x (0.0625x long)

length of jump 'm' = l(m) = x/q
q = 2^j
j = n-(m-1)

n = 4

j : m : distance * x : q = 2^j
1 : 4 : 0.5 = 1/2 : 2 = 2^1
2 : 3 : 0.25 = 1/4 : 4 = 2^2
3 : 2 : 0.125 = 1/8 : 8 = 2^3
4 : 1 : 0.0625 = 1/16 : 16 = 2^4

length of jump 'm' = l(m) = x/(2^(n-(m-1)))

23minutes = 1380s

Jump time = (n * 1380s) + first jump travel time

first jump travel time = 0.0002c * x/(2^n)

Total jump time = (n * 1380s) + 0.0002c * x/(2^n)
Total jump time = 1380n + 0.0002 * c * 2^-n * x

Will turn this something useful when less tired.
No. 78695 ID: 9b57d3

The universe is very definitely not a black hole, because it's EXPANDING(and expanding faster every moment). If anything, it's a white hole, because everything was a singularity in the past, rather than a singularity in the future.
No. 78697 ID: 2f4b71

OK, turns out most of that was superflous, the only important jump is the first one.
You want the longest jump possible before it becomes more efficient to take two jumps:
1380s + 0.5*x/0.0002c < 2760s + 0.25*x/0.0002c
0.5*x/0.0002c < 1380s + 0.25*x/0.0002c
0.25*x/0.0002c < 1380s
0.25*x < 1380s * 0.0002c
x < 4 * 1380s * 0.0002c
x < 1654854368160m

Or more palatably, 1.66×10^9 kilometers, or 1.53 light-hours. Any further than that, and it's faster to do two jumps.

So the most efficient number of jumps for any distance x, is one where you do as few jumps as possible, but the shortest jump is under 1.53 light-hours.
No. 78698 ID: b8ceae

There are a LOT of problems with that statement.
First, the fact that the universe is expanding means nothing as being inside a black hole simply means you can't LEAVE, not that you can't approach the event horizon from the inside.
Second, the universe isn't simply expanding, but it's expanding at an accelerating rate for reasons which are unknown. That 'unknown' is the big deal.
Third, we THINK the Schwarzchild radius of the universe is about 13bly, and the radius of the universe is about 14bly. The margin of error on our estimates of both the mass of the universe and the radius of the universe result in there being a significant margin for potential overlap.
No. 78699 ID: 1e8ed4

1 lightyear = 9460730472580800 m
Distance to IC 10 ~ 2200000 ly = 20813607039677760000000 m = let's call it D
Distance traveled at .0002 c for 23 minutes ~ 82742718.408 m = let's call it F
Log base 2 (D / F) ~ 47.837816
Can't do fractional jumps, so the total number of jumps J = 48
Most efficient distance for the beam to travel to avoid overshooting = D / 2 ^ J ~ 73944786 m
73944786 / F * 23 minutes ~ 20 minutes, 33 seconds beam travel time
Total time to travel to IC 10 ~ 18 hours, 44 minutes, 33 seconds
Not bad for intergalactic travel.
No. 78700 ID: 9b57d3

If the universal black hole's schwarzchild radius is less than or equal to the current radius of the observable universe, and that radius is expanding, then you're just plain wrong.

Anyway, the only thing that measurement indicates in practice is that the universe is spacially flat.
No. 78701 ID: b8ceae

It's PROBABLY smaller, but not CERTAINLY smaller. This topic - if the universe is a black hole or not - is still debated. And remember that there is still no understood mechanism explaining how the rate of expansion is accelerating.

On the other point, the universe expanding doesn't mean it's not a black hole. If you throw a baseball into the air you can't say it's not stuck in a gravity well.
No. 78707 ID: 9b57d3

If the baseball keeps going faster, then it's not stuck in a gravity well, is it?
No. 78708 ID: b8ceae

That depends if you've let go of it yet or not.

We don't understand why the acceleration is happening, so we don't know what it means.
No. 78712 ID: 9b57d3

You've thrown it into the air. Against the pull of gravity. It keeps going faster.

Don't muddy the issue and go "oh we don't know what it's caused by" to make it look like I can't say you're wrong.

You're wrong.
No. 78714 ID: 34b2f2

All he's saying is that if you don't understand the mechanics, you can't make predictions. If you throw a baseball straight up and it starts speeding up something strange is going on. Maybe it accelerates forever, maybe it stops, without knowing why or how it's doing it, its future is ambiguous.
No. 78717 ID: 9b57d3

If that was what he was saying, he wouldn't have brought it up in response to "it depends on what black holes are like inside"- he's arguing that the universe could be a black hole and thus maybe we don't even know that black holes are weird inside. They definitely are.

At the very least, we know black holes are INCREDIBLY DENSE. It would make no sense for the universe to have a schwarzchild radius bigger than its radius and thus be a black hole, because the universe is INCREDIBLY SPREAD OUT.
No. 78722 ID: b8ceae

The Schwarzchild radius of a system is 2Gm/c^2.
G is the gravitational constant, m is the mass of the object, and c is the speed of light.
2, G, and c are all constants, so it works out to m times a constant. THAT constant is 1.48*10^−27 m/kg. Yes, it's meters per kilogram; the radius increases linearly with mass.
For easy reference, it works out to be about 2.95 kilometers per solar mass.
While mass increases linearly, volume increases cubically. As a result density drops very rapidly.

However, in the course of writing this I discovered that my understanding of the universe was based on information available when I was in high school. Based on new information I must concede that the universe is almost certainly not a black hole.
No. 78723 ID: 9b57d3

CORE. Stop being an idiot and trying to answer questions people are suggesting the character should ask. You're not the author, you don't know how the quest's science works! That's the point of asking questions!

Also you're still using the main thread for discussion! Exclamation points!!!

That just means a black hole can have a lot of empty space before you reach the singularity. It's still a dense object.
No. 78726 ID: 53ba34

hello, glad to see you here. now a suggestion is fine and dandy, but you are asking things that everyone can simply infer as impossible.

here, do it yourself experiment. take a piece of paper, fold it in half. cut a hole in it. that is how the drive works. you are asking to cut a hole in one side. cut another hole closer to the center. and then after folding it. try to make something go through one hole, and out the other. it just does NOT work that way. and asking is simply a waste of time.
No. 78728 ID: 5fd94e

Just reading these arguments is making my day.

Liking the quest.
No. 78732 ID: 9b57d3

I've been posting here the entire time you gigantic dumbass.

You think we HAVE TO cut a hole at the start, but that has not been made clear in the quest. Dumbass.
No. 78734 ID: b8ceae

Of course not. The quest made it abundantly clear you cut the hole at the END just before you swap places.
No. 78735 ID: 53ba34

yes, which is exactly what i said. fold the paper, cut the hole.
No. 78738 ID: 9b57d3

No, that's how they CURRENTLY do it. It was not stated that it's the ONLY way to do it.

To fully exploit a system you shouldn't just try to use the given tools in better ways. You should try to change the tools themselves. Find ways to eliminate their limitations or work around them. Find ways to broaden their scope or power. Don't just assume that the given way the tools are presented is all there is to them. That's NOT thinking outside the box.

I shouldn't have to fight with you dumbasses about this. If what I'm suggesting is impossible, then the author will tell us. Arguing against asking questions like this is self-sabotage!
No. 78739 ID: 9b57d3

0.04% of light speed is 119916.983m/s. That's 119km/s. I wouldn't call that slow. I think you're disregarding the fact that the sun is very very far away, and light moves very very very fast. Keep in mind we're trying to turn this thing into a weapon, not a faster method of travel. Distances at which we would use such a weapon would generally be shorter than the distance between the sun and the earth.
No. 78740 ID: 2f4b71
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Mount two fold drives on a ship, facing opposite directions. Move your ship backward through one fold and fire the beampair forward through the other (so it passes through two folds, rather than one). Your baseline for the second fold is now twice the distance it would be. Continue to do this for each jump, and you will always be a jump faster than any other ship.
No. 78741 ID: b8ceae


I used 1 AU to demonstrate an inherent flaw with your design.
In order for your idea to work the end point needs to pass from the absolute limit of the detection range to danger close faster than the enemy's systems can negate the jump. 1AU is about 8.3 light-minutes and a conservative estimate for the limit of fold detection.
In truth the detection radius around a planet is likely more in the range of 12 light minutes, as it would be a tactical blunder to allow somebody to warp into your system behind the sun. This is assuming they haven't deployed multiple countermeasure systems throughout their more important systems.

Actually breaking the system would be more like, say, creating an Ansible powerful enough and a beacon small enough that the Ansible could instantly send the beacon anywhere, thus rendering detection and countermeasures ineffective by means of fait accompli.
No. 78742 ID: 2f4b71
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It's actually more than just 1 jump ahead.
If you can jump through folds created by drives not on the ship (i.e. a 'jump drone'), then you could send a drone in the opposite direction to the ship using the same technique, then for the 'final' jump the ship would hop back to the drone's last jump point before 'doubling back' to fire it's beampair through it;s own 'forwardmost' jump point, doubling the final jump length.
No. 78810 ID: 01531c

What happens if you cross two sets of fold-beams at the same intersect point?
No. 78817 ID: 9b57d3

You assume enemies can move near lightspeed, but as far as we know, this 4d warp drive is the fastest way to travel distances comparable to 1AU. Always with the assumptions...

Oh and even if we could send a beacon via ansible it wouldn't be able to create a fold in less than 23 minutes.

This doesn't work because you can't jump backwards and then send a beam forwards through the tear you just used. The tear in space isn't a portal, it's a SWAP. You can't reuse a tear- beams are sent through by "catching" the particles involved. You would have to set up a beacon to stay put and keep the network active, like the ones on Earth's surface.

Also, that diagram and this
diagram are both wrong. For each jump, the new fold point is X distance away from the last endpoint. The beam travels the same distance each time, it's just skipping progressively further ahead with each fold. With the way the diagrams are set up, the beam isn't moving at all after the first fold. That's less efficient than how it actually works.

The image attached is the correct way it works. Well, the upper half is, anyway. Oh, but I made a small error. "tear begins" and "tear ends" are misleading. They are equally valid as end points and start points, because everything is swapped in the area of the tear.
No. 78819 ID: 9b57d3
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Shit I forgot the image. Sorry about the shitty lines, I'm not used to Paint.
No. 78824 ID: 53ba34

nope. the hole BECOMES the new mid point for the next jump.
No. 78833 ID: 9b57d3

You are mistaken. Reread the explanation.
No. 78904 ID: 761017
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I think i understand it now.

Distance to travel is pre-calculated, and the quantity+angle of the beam-pairs is determined.

All beam-pairs are fired at the same time.

BP1 intersects first, folding BP2 and BP3 forward.
BP2 intersects second, folding BP3 forward.
BP3 intersects third, forming the final transit space.

Is it wrong to think in terms of portals?
No. 78909 ID: 7bbaae

That doesn't look right. It's similar to how it works, though.

Each time the beams intersect they swap space between where they started and an equal distance away from their endpoint, which is how the beams jump ahead for each cycle. Those lines you drew appear to be the fold lines, not the beams.
No. 78917 ID: 761017
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Like this then?

Th beams should still need to have the angles pre-calculated, then fired all at once, for a multi-fold jump.
No. 78919 ID: 53ba34

no, the beams do not fire all at once. it was descibed earlier, BY THE AUTHOR. that one pair fires, makes a hole second pair fires THROUGH the hole to make the next jump, third pair fires through the new hole and the first pair shuts off, once the third pair makes a hole the first pair cycles back on and fires through it. the hole is formed... basically on top of the ship. the intersect point is midway between the two holes. if you fired them all at once they would all form at different spots. not go through the hole.
No. 78920 ID: 53ba34
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made a diagram of my own. black spots are the ship/emitter.
top is single fold. fires single pair. beams hit midpoint. ship folds to other side.
middle is double fold. fires a beam pair. beams hit. fires another beam pair through the hole made by the first. ship then folds around where the second beam intersected.
finally a three times fold. fires beams, fires beams through that fold. then fires beams through the second fold. then the ship folds all the way around the third point.
No. 78923 ID: 7bbaae
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That's... really not how the tears happen. It's like this (image) but the tear points at the start should all be in the same spot, and the ship has to move forwards to get into the final tear point. I just can't really draw it that way.

I'm not sure why you're having trouble understanding this, it's really simple.

The beams don't travel instantly, so there's a delay between each fold. If you fired all the beams at the same time it wouldn't work.
No. 78924 ID: 53ba34

yes yes, erase my extra lines and you get yours. i left them in so you can visualize the folding better.
No. 78925 ID: 7bbaae

Uh no you don't. You have 12 tear points when there are actually 6.
No. 78926 ID: 53ba34
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here it is again, with extra lines erased. ta-dah
No. 78928 ID: 7bbaae

Well okay I guess you were talking about the circles too. What did all that represent?
No. 78929 ID: 53ba34

same thing yours did. but with everything visible so you could see how the folds interacted with each other.
No. 78930 ID: 7bbaae

They don't though? I mean, when space is folded it's only actually affecting anything at the tear points. It's not like you're duplicating space.
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