computers are banned in the dune universe because of an AI/human war 100000 years earlier which is really funny and #goals and neat

the shields people wear makes it so that guns are useless and all combat consists of swinging a sword real quick and then at the last moment slowing down to the point where the shield doesn't recognize the sword as a weapon which, fuck, kicks so much ass and changes combat in such interesting ways

and this is also how the culture approaches politics. every action has to be designed to appear as if it is not an attack, "feint within feints within feints" as harkonans put it.

also if you shoot a gun at a shield it triggers a small nuclear explosion and nuclear arms are banned so if that is noticed then the city in question will be turned to glass

it's a world deeply traumatized by eons old war and where that trauma is baked into every system

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@NumberOneBug wait shooting a shield blows it up?? How do the needle guns work then?

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@Lore the same way that sword fighting does! quick enough to get past a persons guard but slow enough / slows down at the right moment to where the shield doesn't register it

@Lore usually gets through with tenacity; going slow but keeping up the pressure long enough to where it can needle through, plus being thin and small enough. they're more like motarized blow darts than anything else

@NumberOneBug @Lore yeah see I don't remember needle guns in the books (it's been several years forme though) and that scene bothered me! Projectile bullets are effective as long as the victim is off guard and doesn't have a shield on e.g. asleep, but that wasn't the case in the movie's scene!!

(Btw the explosion is only if laser guns hit a shield, projectiles would simply bounce off. that's why they stick to swords)

@Lore @NumberOneBug shooting a /laser/ gun at a shield blows it up. Chemical propelled bullets would just bounce off the shield because they move too fast. Needles are fires slow enough to bypass the shield and are sharp to deliver poison

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