Rolepgeek wrote:I get that with enough time any ship can Exterminatus. My point is that the Planet Killer is redundant if escorts can destroy entire populations with single shots. As much as we make fun of Abbadon, the Planet Killer was built for a reason, and called such for a reason. 'Because it looks cool' is not the answer, either.
Your hostility really isn't that great, either. 90% of the speed of light is almost the speed of light, you're correct. But 15% of the speed of light is still considered relativistic(and I think you're underestimating just how fast that is), because that's where non-relativistic calculations begin to break down. Kardashev scale III essentially means the civilization controls the entire galaxy, handily, and well enough to harness the energy output of every single star.
My point concerning why planets aren't being blown up literally every time is because the side with less investment in capturing the planet can literally just interpose themselves between their enemy and the planet, and they can't be fired at if you don't want to risk blowing the shit out of the planet, too. Also, power creep in novels=/=good, nor necessarily accurate, especially because it's power creep, and that's how propaganda works.
But I mean, hey, it's all about how you interpret it, so we could all be right. Again, propaganda, so who knows what's right or what's wrong?
I mean, for the purposes of this, it seems like figuring out what statistics would actually make it an interesting comparison instead of '40k curbstomp' would be nice. Though, I suppose we could probably start comparing Culture warships to Imperial Warships, if they actually use those levels of power.
Actually Planet killer really doesn't exist for much more than 'looking cool'... Abadon is just an egotistical idiot. He already has the biggest comisssioned Gloriana Super Battleship (Vengful Spirt) which is larger and in many ways superior to the Planet killer... But this bastard just needed a ship he could call 'his'.
As for the whole clacs thing, yes I frequently change them around (within justifiable limits) to make decent comparisons. You let 40K of the leash, there is very little indeed that compares.