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Old August 31 2008, 02:40 AM   #7
AlxxlA
Lieutenant
 
Location: Somewhere underneath the Vengeance
Re: phasers - why only short bursts?

Maybe it's because they want to be able to see what happens to the target. When you fire short bursts, you can assess the damage each time. Imagine the following two scenarios, set on the Ent-D:

Scenario 1:

Worf: The Romulan vessel is closing! Recommend immediate action.
Riker: Shields up! Lock phasers.
Worf: Phasers locked.
Riker: FIRE!
(The phasers fire, and continue for about 30 seconds)
Data: Sir, sensors show a spike in the Romulan vessel's power distribution systems. The power core is destabilizing.
(The Romulan ship explodes, and everything in the area is sucked into the now-unstable singularity.)


Scenario 2:

Worf: The Romulan vessel is closing! Recommend immediate action.
Riker: Shields up! Lock phasers.
Worf: Phasers locked.
Riker: FIRE!
(The phasers fire for one or two seconds)
Data: Sir, the Romulan vessel is heavily damaged an is proceeding across the neutral zone at impulse speed.
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