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Theoretically how tactically useful would an aluminum or aleast aluminum plated thunderclast be? Could such a thing even be possible?

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1 hour ago, Lesser spren said:

Theoretically how tactically useful would an aluminum or aleast aluminum plated thunderclast be? Could such a thing even be possible?

Assuming you could somehow get enough aluminum to armor a beast that size and have it be thick enough (ie, Nightblood's sheath-level thickness, not just a thin film) then you'd end up with a very large monster that's very resistant to the weapons that were intended to kill them. Aluminum will stop the magical cutting properties of a Shardblade as long as it's thick enough so it would do a pretty good job protecting a thunderclast from attack, as well as from most other forms of Investiture like the Surge of Division. The end result would be that you'd likely need to find a way to chip off enough of the aluminum to expose its body before you could attack it, or find gaps in the plating. I suspect that sufficiently massive objects and Basic Lashings would do the trick at the end of the day, or a lot of extremely brave people with hammers..

Now, aluminum is expensive and rare on all known Cosmere worlds at this time so how you'd get a sufficient quantity of the stuff is an entirely different matter, as is how you'd apply it to a thunderclast in the first place. But if you could, it would be pretty storming dangerous for a while.

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2 hours ago, Weltall said:

Assuming you could somehow get enough aluminum to armor a beast that size and have it be thick enough (ie, Nightblood's sheath-level thickness, not just a thin film) then you'd end up with a very large monster that's very resistant to the weapons that were intended to kill them. Aluminum will stop the magical cutting properties of a Shardblade as long as it's thick enough so it would do a pretty good job protecting a thunderclast from attack, as well as from most other forms of Investiture like the Surge of Division. The end result would be that you'd likely need to find a way to chip off enough of the aluminum to expose its body before you could attack it, or find gaps in the plating. I suspect that sufficiently massive objects and Basic Lashings would do the trick at the end of the day, or a lot of extremely brave people with hammers..

Now, aluminum is expensive and rare on all known Cosmere worlds at this time so how you'd get a sufficient quantity of the stuff is an entirely different matter, as is how you'd apply it to a thunderclast in the first place. But if you could, it would be pretty storming dangerous for a while.

This is assuming that coating a thunderclast in aluminum wouldn't kill it or something. coating plate in aluminum would hurt it, so I don't know if thunderclasts would be any better.

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4 minutes ago, Nameless said:

This is assuming that coating a thunderclast in aluminum wouldn't kill it or something. coating plate in aluminum would hurt it, so I don't know if thunderclasts would be any better.

i'd assume it would be fine, but you'd have to do the coating after it was created, I doubt the spren or whatever could penetrate pre-existing aluminum.

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4 hours ago, Nameless said:

This is assuming that coating a thunderclast in aluminum wouldn't kill it or something. coating plate in aluminum would hurt it, so I don't know if thunderclasts would be any better.

I don't know that it would kill it. Trap it though... yeah probably that.

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15 hours ago, Dunkum said:

i'd assume it would be fine, but you'd have to do the coating after it was created, I doubt the spren or whatever could penetrate pre-existing aluminum.

Do you think a careful soulcasting could work? You can't soulcast aluminum, but you can soulcast something INTO aluminum.

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23 minutes ago, Lesser spren said:

Do you think a careful soulcasting could work? You can't soulcast aluminum, but you can soulcast something INTO aluminum.

This should work, and now that Radiants are back they aren't reliant on finding a Soulcaster capable of Aluminum (or offworld sources, I suppose).

The only catch Im aware of is that Aluminum's ability to disrupt investiture is a bit of a field effect, which may or may not cause issues with how the Thundercast animate their stone bodies.  The armor would also be innately non-magical so gaps are going to be somewhat inevitable, since it cant conform the way plate would, or otherwise have non-standard material properties or movement. 

 

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8 hours ago, Quantus said:

This should work, and now that Radiants are back they aren't reliant on finding a Soulcaster capable of Aluminum (or offworld sources, I suppose).

The only catch Im aware of is that Aluminum's ability to disrupt investiture is a bit of a field effect, which may or may not cause issues with how the Thundercast animate their stone bodies.  The armor would also be innately non-magical so gaps are going to be somewhat inevitable, since it cant conform the way plate would, or otherwise have non-standard material properties or movement. 

 

 

i'm thinking soulcasting the entire body to alumnium might fail, or at least cause problems, and may also be painful for the spren animating it. i expect tht sulcasting a thin layer around it would work though

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12 hours ago, Dunkum said:

i'm thinking soulcasting the entire body to alumnium might fail, or at least cause problems, and may also be painful for the spren animating it. i expect tht sulcasting a thin layer around it would work though

Oh, I wasn't even sure that would work with the field effect issue, I was thinking traditional (if substantially oversized) plate armor soulcast elsewhere in segments and strapped on. 

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