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What actually happens to you when you are blasted with a laser?
In our gameplay in Rev60, if you get shot by a laser enough times, you get staggered, and then you inject yourself with a hypo and it restores your health.

One of my jobs is working on a Rev60 tech manual so all this stuff actually has some scientific backing.

I've been looking around the internet, but I can't find anything that tells me what would actually happen (on a tissue or molecular level, ideally) when someone is shot with a laser.  Anybody out there have any references on this?

Once I know the damage, then I can work on figuring out magical science to fix it.

Is it just burning tissue and melting flesh and denaturing proteins?  Destroying nerves?  Or is there more to it than that?
chris_gerrib From: chris_gerrib Date: February 14th, 2013 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)
You could visit and putz around for details, but basically it's melting and burns. However, as the human body is mostly water, when that water flashes to steam, you get pressure, so explosion and physical blast shock is possible.
frankwu From: frankwu Date: February 14th, 2013 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Crhis!
frankwu From: frankwu Date: February 14th, 2013 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I mean, Chris!
flinx From: flinx Date: February 14th, 2013 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Also adding...

that if the laser is powerful enough that it ionizes the atmosphere along its beam-path, you could follow up the direct flash-burn with an electric shock (whether or not there's an electric emitter at the originating end of the laser).

I think the steam-burning/explosion would only occur if the beam is turned on the exact same point/path on the human meatbag target for more than a few seconds.
frankwu From: frankwu Date: February 14th, 2013 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Also adding...

Ah, electric shock.... yes, I can definitely see some of the Rev60 weapons doing that. OK, so we need to (quickly) repair fibrillation of the heart and damage to the nervous system, too, in addition to the burns.
melchar From: melchar Date: February 14th, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Meatbag = best HK-47 term ever. ^_^
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