TARKAN SHIELD BELT
A group of Tarkan freedom fighters gave us our shield belt.
It's the best body armor I've ever seen — against energy weapons. Its
invisible force field activates instantly to block anything resembling
pulse fire, then stays active for a few moments before shutting down to
However, a Tarkan shield belt isn't activated by more mundane threats,
such as lava or thrown rocks. It only turns on when it senses the
higher order of energy that is discharged by pulse weapons. Kinetic-energy weapons such as sticks and stones pass right through and break your bones — unless the belt is still active from a pulse blast seconds before.
In other words, if I'm wearing a shield belt and Aeryn
shoots me with her pulse pistol, I'm safe. If John Wayne shoots me with
a Winchester rifle, I'm dead, because a bullet is just a solid
projectile moving really quickly. If Aeryn shoots at me with her pulse
pistol, activating the shield belt, and then the Duke shoots at me while the belt's still on, I'm safe again, because the belt blocks everything for the few instants that it remains active.
I don't know why the belts aren't triggered by kinetic energy. Maybe
originally they blocked everything, but people kept getting zapped when
they tried to toss their belt-wearing comrades the car keys. Or maybe
the Tarkans just never expected to battle enemies who would stoop to
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