Friday, March 30, 2012

I, Crimsonstreak: The Technology

In addition to beloved superhero gadgets, the characters in the I, Crimsonstreak universe employ a variety of technological tools. A quick look follows.

Particle Busters: The particle buster is the primary weapon of the New World Common Wealth's Enforcer Corps. It's basically a nightstick with the properties of an "amped-up cattle prod." You don't want to be on the wrong end of one of these, although if you are, you'd better hope it's blue. Remember: "Blue means subdue, red means dead." I should've used that in the book.

Comet Acclerator: The Crusading Comet possesses no superpowers other than his extremely large bank account. In order to level the playing field with heroes capable of flight, super-speed, and teleportation, he designed the "Comet Accelerator." Unfortunately, it's an energy hog and a one-way journey, although the Comet hopes he'll be able to work out the kinks.

Containment Fields: When heroes are imprisoned, their superpowers are negated by a field of green energy designed by Colonel Chaos himself. These suppress powers, but their energy drain forces guards at places like the Clermont Institution for the Criminally Insane to reserve them only for the most dangerous villains.

Cloning Chambers: Imagine a room full of life-size versions of those canisters you send to tellers in the bank drive thru. Now fill those with a nondescript "goo," line 'em up by the dozens, and place yourself inside. Congratulations! Now you're staring at your own clone!

Bluetooth for Your Brain: The New World Common Wealth has significantly changed the way the internet works. Though not thoroughly detailed in the book, our hero does access a device dubbed "Bluetooth for your brain" that gives him pertinent information with a single thought.

Enforcer Armor: The Enforcers of the New World Common Wealth wear matte-gray armor of the fairly generic, sci-fi movie variety. It's the kind of thing you'd see in Starship Troopers or Halo or any other movie/video game that involves futuristic soldiers and/or space marines.

Rocket Boots: We only see these in action once, but Crimsonstreak's love interest is a hero named Boost. She has the natural ability of flight, but wears rocket boots to enhance her powers. These boots, you see, are made for flyin'. Are you ready, boots?