Divine Cannons are an artillery piece of the Moldur Army and are some of the most powerful equipment known to Tomeria. The Divine Cannons are similar in overall shape to a cannon but instead of being a cylindrical shape, are made up of two metal alloys that are wrapped in a double helix shape with a solid metal rod sitting inside of the helix. It is then mounted on top of a tall and sturdy structure composed of metal struts and beams for rigidity. The Divine Cannon is fired by an engineer or magic user that can interact with the "firing pin" of the rod, a small part of the divinely infused rod that sticks out the back, which causes the rod to fire a giant divine laser on a specific target. The impact and damage are tremendous, causing small craters and instantly vaporizing most things within a 20ft radius and causing massive thunder damage outside up to a 100-foot radius.
Divine Cannons unlike most traditional artillery, shoot in a straight line. This means terrain and elevation are very important for the use of these weapons, but when used properly are devasting to an army. One single Divine Cannon and its guard is widely considered capable of fending off an entire legion of Empire troops if positioned properly. While rarely used since the end of the War of Endless Aggression the Divine Cannon was seen as a widely stable platform. It wasn't until one of them suffered a fall it's platform and bent a helix out of place that a flaw was discovered. After the unit tried to fire the Divine Cannon once more with a bent helix, the divine energy imploded and wiped out nearly all of the Moldur Army in the Battle of Vaak.
The process to building the Divine Cannons is presumed to be a long and ardous process and is one of the tightest kept secrets of Grimm and the Moldur Army.
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Divine Cannons are an expensive and technologically advanced piece of equpiment, and is a closely guarded secret by Grimm and the Moldur Kingdom. Like much of the equipment used by the Moldur Army it is not sold or produced for other nations of Tomeria.
The cannons are not only a complex design and structure, but also require a minor divine intervention to infuse the rods with the required power. The helixes are made of an unknown alloy but is presumed by scholars to be that of a very rare mineral imbued into a steel alloy that is then enchanted. When intertwined the helix's size varies from 4 foot by 8 foot to as large as 8 foot by 16 foot. The rod is a solid cylinder made up of a mineral called Gyornstar and is insanely heavy oftentimes weighing half a ton, with the largest ones weighing up to 2 tons. It typically has a diameter of anywhere from 1 - 3 feet and length of 8.5 - 17 feet. The scale of a finished Divine Cannon ranges as the platforms they are built on are scalable to provide different heights in the later model but can reach heights as tall as 60 feet.
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What's the scale of these canons? I'm half-picturing them being meters long. And how about the rod itself? Is it a munition round or fired as a whole? There's description of the casualties it can do, but not of the full devastating effects of the strike or how it exactly works. Until the mention of the rod, I was picturing it as a giant magic laser. How many were made? How many are in production? What are the tactics in using it or countering it, and how did that effect warfare and formations? This technology is really interesting, and opens up a lot of really fun questions about the nature of warfare within the setting — I'd love to see those sorts of details fleshed out. Great work!
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Thanks so much for reading and response! You brought up really good points and while I had it fleshed out in my head, I definitely needed to work on putting that to paper and so I've gone through and specified more throughout the article on the stuff you mentioned.