Following that, I had an interesting discussion on IRC about how some of the stuff in TwN! 2 works which proved interesting enough that I decided to blog it out.
Why shoot Earth, instead of any of the other planets like Mars or Mercury?
First off, we have to start with what remaining planets that the Solar system currently has. In the 1st TwN, the Exelio incident cost the Solar System it’s 3 outer planets, except for Pluto, and Jupiter was used for the Black Hole Bomb. That leaves only the planets Mars, Earth, Venus and Mercury. Considering that Humanity’s last ditch attempt to destroy the gravity well was to literally ram a large mass at almost light speed to cause an enormous impact, Earth was the best candidate, as it is the largest planet amongst the four left. Plus logistics and resource-wise, it would faster to build Douze Mille on Earth as well.
Why did Nono just left without saying anything?
She decided to shoulder the burden of defending the Solar System herself. Besides, at the end of episode 05, their superiors were clearly ordering them on a suicide mission.
Why did Exelio arrive 6 months later, when it used warp? How did Lark reach Earth before Exelio arrived?
The most interesting and thought-provoking question. As established from TwN! , FTL(Faster than Light) travel causes time dilation, thus making the time passed for the user who is in FTL very very slow, but the normal world outside still experiences normal time flow. For instance, in TwN!, the Exelio battle lasted maybe about 10-15 minutes of Noriko and Kazumi’s time, but 6 months had already passed on Earth. The same thing also applies here, so the Exelio VGW(variable gravity well) actually only warped itself 10-15 minutes ago when it warped out, but 6 months had already passed in the normal time.
As for how Lark arrived before Exelio did, I assume that current human technology may have sub-light speed travel already, with speeds near the speed of light, which would of course allow them to reach Earth earlier, but without the time dilation effects, since time dilation only takes place when going above the speed of light. Mass also I think must be taken into account as well, since the Exelio VGW is extremely enormous and should suffer from some dampening.
How did Nono warp from Pluto to Titan in an instant then? She didn’t seem to suffer from time dilation then.
There are 2 ways, IMHO, to explain this, which basically deals with how “warp” could be defined as, either as FTL conventional travel, or spatial manipulation.
First of all, assuming FTL conventional travel, Nono did not warp in an instant. Most probably she reached Pluto sometime before the Titan VGW started up and was notified by the space monsters, which would have surely known that the Titan VGW is the real enemy, and thus she warped sometime before the Titan VGW attacked started.
Second, if her warp was of the spatial manipulation type or to put it in simpler terms, a teleport. It isn’t hard to think that back in the TwN! times, teleportation could have been explored, and most perhaps Nono was equiped with one, maybe experimental prototype in her. It’s also easy for her to use teleportation considering her mass and size, since the concept of teleport mainly deals with disassembling the data at the current spatial position and rewriting it simultaneously at the desired spatial postion, so it could have been done, especially since Nono has the capability of creating micro black holes and is equiped with a degeneration reactor.
Well, that’s all for now. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong and if there’s any comments/suggestions/theories/criticisms. Man… discussing this had me wikiing like mad and kept me up till 7 in morning ~.~.