How strong is Walk the Void?


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The star shaman mystic has an ability called walk the void and I'm not sure what all it can do.

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Walk the Void (Su) 1st Level

You are immune to the harmful environmental effects of outer space and vacuum. You also gain a fly speed of 20 feet while in space. In addition, whenever you can see the stars, you can determine your precise location. Finally, add Piloting to your list of class skills.

So the first sentence says you are "immune to the harmful environmental effects of outer space and vacuum". But what all does that include? Is not being able to breath a harmful environmental effect? What about cosmic radiation?


Owen said it includes breathing in space. Was a strange way of phrasing it, but I can't seem to find the link. Was only maybe two days ago. Sorry; I did look, but breakfast is taking precedent.


I'd say that the strongest part of that feature is getting a new class skill that makes the Star Shaman a very good pilot and/or gunner. The surviving in outer space without a spacesuit part shouldn't come up very often, unless your Star Shaman enjoys going on naked space walks.

Which, I mean, you do you.


Calmly meditating outside of a space station did sound cool. Think of the money I could save on rent.

Liberty's Edge

Life bubble and cheap jump jets negate most of it.


Also, think of that Eoxian fighter where it's completely open to the void. "Outside and able to see the stars," anyone?


Wikrin wrote:
Owen said it includes breathing in space. Was a strange way of phrasing it, but I can't seem to find the link. Was only maybe two days ago. Sorry; I did look, but breakfast is taking precedent.

Here.

Given that it specifically calls out vacuums and outer space, I believe it should provide immunity to normal cosmic radiation as well - that's really the only significant difference. I think this is slightly more powerful than people tend to give it credit for too, but not in a bad way. The description for Cosmic Radiation has this little snippet in it.

P. 394 wrote:
Planets devoid of a protective atmosphere are constantly assailed by radiation of medium to severe intensity.

A ship's hull no doubt keeps the interior quite well protected from cosmic radiation, but I'm not aware of anything that says a ship's shields keep the hull so protected. So for dealing with space specifically, this does make it better protection than normal equipment, but it's also rather narrower. It may protect you from the omnipresent radiation of the cosmos during your EVA, but it won't shield you from the fallout of your opponent's tactical nukes in a space battle. Or from drowning. Or from a bullet.


Similar question. Androids do not suffer the normal environmental effects of vacuum. Among other things that includes freezing cold. Do they have an internal heater that is activated by vacuum? Or are they fine to walk naked on an ice planet?


"Because a vacuum has no effective temperature, the void of outer space presents no danger from cold temperatures."

Androids have no special resistance to cold environments.


Bigguyinblack wrote:
Similar question. Androids do not suffer the normal environmental effects of vacuum. Among other things that includes freezing cold. Do they have an internal heater that is activated by vacuum? Or are they fine to walk naked on an ice planet?

Space is cold, but it's also a fantastic insulator.


Yeah, movies almost always get the "cold" of space wrong. You're actually in more danger of overheating than freezing, because heat has trouble radiating away in a vacuum, and people are exothermic. Of course, that danger is pretty meaningless, because there are so many other things that can kill you.

I had another thread about when the flight kicks in. The thing is that you are always "in space". Right now we are in space, because we are on a planet that is in space, that's circling a sun that's in space, that's in a galaxy that's in space. But by context, they seem to be referring to being in a low gravity/vacuum. It'd be nice to get some clarification on when you count as being "in space" though. Like, am I in space on an asteroid? An earth-type moon?

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