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I have always contemplated the concept on how the DE are able to capture and harness the essence of Dark Matter. According to theory, Dark Matter constitutes almost 75% of all matter in the known universe, although is completely invisible to all but the minute readings in gravitational fluctuations. In addition, the weight of this unstable substance is supposed to exceed that of standard matter by almost 10000000:1.
This is why I am curious, and why I would like to hear your thoughts on how you believe the Dark Eldar came to harness the awesome power of these molecules.
Me personally, in order for it to not destroy what it comes into contact with, it is kept in a gravitational-stasis like form, within the primary housing chamber. A secondary chamber funnels this into a cross-threading propulsion system which allows for extreme velocities, near the speed of light, in order to reach its target before it becomes immune to other forms of matter, ie. gases, and other life forms.
Anyway, I am a complete science and technology fanatic, and would love to hear other opinions, no matter how crazy they are. All theories are more credible than real truth.
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I'm not certain Dark Eldar technology harnesses what we currently think of as dark matter. After all, the prevailing theory of scientists is that dark matter takes the form of WIMPs, and that there are many such particles passing through the earth all the time. Yet we are not destroyed by it as if we were hit by a dark lance.
So my theory is that DE lance technology fires a stream of some webway-based energy that acts like a weaponized portal to another reality. So the stream wouldn't need to actually destroy anything in the traditional way since it just transports matter to who-knows-where (the webway? the warp? another universe?). After all, the description in our codex indicates rumors tying the dark matter to black holes (perhaps wormholes in actuality) and warp storms (which do seem to swallow up matter and dump it in some other time & space). Also, since there's no desire by the DE to use this tech as an actual transport, the molecules could very likely become scrambled as they are "beamed up." No need for complicated resequencing techniques.
The pictures of the DL and Disintegrator in our codex tell me a couple things. Firstly, magnetic containment is being used in the barrel, but not necessarily in the "dark matter cell." Secondly, the dissie has a "secondary catalyst feedline" which suggests that there is also a primary catalyst. That indicates to me that the dark matter could be in an inert state while it is held in the cell, and is then catalyzed into dangerous energy as it accelerates through the barrel.
This inert state could actually end up being something else though. Perhaps the cell actually "beams in" the dark matter as needed for each shot. That would make containment a non issue, and would alleviate any issues such as weight or volatility.
Dark matter, Light matter, it doesn’t matter. The light or ‘Bright’ and the dark seem to be just there to differentiate between the Eldar with their Bright Lances and the Dark Eldar and their Dark Lances.
I suppose that its all based on ‘Lance” rules in the big rules book of firing a coherent focused beam of energy that disregards matter.
So it all seems to be actually energy versed against matter – not matter vs matter here.
Webway based energy would be similar to Eldar Distort cannons and I really don’t think that DE would use this.
Maybe DE actually stole the tech from the Orks during an early campaign – who knows?
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I'm not a scientist, but from what I know of 40k terminology, "lance" is a term for a specific type of weapon usually mounted on star ships that appears to be a highly focused laser. Imperial ships tend to have lance batteries used for ship-to-ship combat...they're described as the astronautical equivalent of a lascannon. Eldar bright/dark lances, in particular, seem to be just highly powered lasers. And from what I know about dark matter (again, not a scientist) it wouldn't even be very useful as a weapon anyway.
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The Eldar bright lance is a more efficient laser weapon, but the dark lance is described differently. It accelerates the 40K version of dark matter (which appears to differ from our own), and that reacts violently upon contact with the target, often leaving nothing left to mark its having been there. That doesn't sound like a laser to me.