Monthly Archives: September 2014
It’s true, “The Emerald Dragon” is finished and available everywhere, but the story is just getting started. Book Two of the Dragomeir Series is fast approaching the finish line, and hopefully, will be out around the first of next year. It is entitled, “Flight of the Aguiva,” and is the continuing saga of Tanis, the rider to the Emerald Dragon, Demios. A new species of dragon will be introduced, as well as the addition of a breed of Saber Tooth Tiger.
More battles, more discoveries, and the return of some extremely colorful characters from “The Emerald Dragon,” are just some of the exciting twists and turns coming out of Mt. Drago.”
I hope you will follow the search for the second of the Crystal Keys and help the Dragons save the day again.
Solitaire . . .
The number one weapon talked about, hated and loved in “The Emerald Dragon” has got to be the Projector. It comes in a variety of sizes, but the most feared has got to be the Projector Station. It can hit and injure a dragon in the air at several thousand feet. Its travel through the air is silent and swift. Unlike some of the other weapons used by Queen Mother’s troops, the Projector is low tech and easy to manufacture, although somewhat difficult to move to remote areas.
Pictured below is an example of the dreaded Projector Station.
The Projector Station is very similar to its distant cousin, the hand held Projector. They both fire bolts, just of radically different sizes. The amount of pressure is adjustable up to but not to exceed, the tinsel strength of the tangs and the bow ropes. The bolt travel is close to the speed of a bullet and the barbed point of the bolt makes it difficult to remove.
The Projector itself is aimed by a metal hoop that extends from top to bottom at the back of the mechanism. The operator places one foot at the bottom and both hands at the top to swivel and vertically aim the device. The base is generally affixed to the ground by a series of stakes driven deep into the ground. The bolts are three inches in diameter and up to four feet in length.
Here is an example of the kind of Projector Bolt used by the demons on the Provinces of Hell.
The barb at the tip of the bolt varies in design, depending on use. The bolt pictured has an open faced barb. It is much simpler to remove but allows blood to flow more freely after penetration. Stay posted for future information on Weapons of War!
In my last episode I stated that on the next installment I would show my latest toy and get into Ohm’s law.
Okay, the only missing ingredient is power, and by that I mean a higher wattage. The minute you start manipulating ohm’s law, you need more power. The SVD device I had been using is an amazing machine, but you can only go down to 1.2 ohms. The law states that to calculate the needed voltage you take the ohms and multiply it by itself, so if your ohms rating was 1.8, then you would multiply it times 1.8. That gives you 3.24 volts. To calculate wattage simply multiply 3.24 times two, which then gives you 6.48. First problem . . . The taste factor says the ohm should be lower. The lower the ohm, the better the taste. Second problem . . . Any device that can fire with a lower ohm rating is only regulated above four volts. And if that wasn’t enough, the power needs to be incrementally higher as you drop down the ohms. The way to get the volts high enough is to raise the wattage, but the device I was using doesn’t go that high. Thus enters the picture . . . The Hana DNA30. With a whopping 30 watts of power and the ability to fire down to .3 ohms, it now seems possible to have your cake and eat it too. Pictured below is my new toy.
Armed with the Hana and my Kayfun/Patriot I can produce enough power to keep the volts over four by adjusting the watts as high as thirty. The taste is amazing, and all of this without the need for an analog cigarette. I’m currently down to 2 mgs of nicotine and my goal continues to be nicotine free. As Rip Trippers would say, ”Smoking is dead . . . Vaping is the future and the future is now.” Well said, Rip.