cathexis wrote:Ok, here's how it works: anything that's an energy weapon (with the possible exception of torpedoes, I'm not sure about those) is cut by 75% damage by an absorber. To fully stop (not cut by 75%, stop like how deflectors stop anything solid) without fear of having the system go down at an unpleasent moment, you use a meson screen which provides a shield-like barrier around your ship that never goes down and only works against beam-type weapons. The only thing that works against some energy weapons and not against beams is reflective armor, which only works against pulsed weapons (the laser line and pulse phasers).
Hope this clarifies the issue!
NEWSFLASH! MESON SHIELDS ARE NOT INVULNERABLE!
Rumors from the Locust Fleetworld front lines suggest that our scientists have exaggerated their claims of Meson shield effectiveness, as Meson-shielded ships find themselves overwhelmed despite so-called "invulnerability" of Meson shields versus energy weapons. Suspicion has spread to Meson Beams, with Mother Against Meson Shields (MAMS) advocating a complete switch to Graviton Beams. Congressional hearings have been announced, and public outcry is brewing.
In other news, Shields, Inc. is looking into their meson-based consumer products, and a recall is expected.
Or so I've heard from the BoB Locust threads, anyways ('cept for the Meson Beams part; that's just fiction).
Since I'm not all that well-informed on the background of this issue, can anyone clarify under what conditions Meson Shields fail?