This is based off of Benefits of Quicken Enchantment on Humans and covers an unusual aspect of the Quicken enchantment.
The average running speed for humans is about 14 miles per hour (+/- 23km/h), with Usain Bolt representing the maximum running speed at 27 miles per hour (+/- 43km/h). Runners gain that same speed increase, alongside the endurance of an Olympic-level marathon runner, which is gained not just for running speed, but for movement in general.
In other words, if we subtract 27 mph from 14 mph, we get a difference of 13 mph (+/- 22km/h)....I'm not a mathematician, so I have no idea how to determine that difference, but if we were to apply that increase uniformly to a person's overall movement speed (to the speed of all body parts) and reaction time, what would be the benefits?
In other words, my question is How Beneficial Would Quickened Movement Be?
- Basically, this question is looking for how much faster Usain Bolt is compared to the average person, as a ratio, and how beneficial it would be for a person to have their overall movement speed and reaction time increased by that same ratio.
This is because Runners don't just run faster, they do everything faster; they think faster, they jump faster, and they just plain work faster. This affects every part of their body, so they breath, recover (and heal), even blink and pump blood faster. And, most importantly, they expend as much energy as a regular person would at any given time despite their increased speed, due to their increased speed being fueled by magic.
- Runners (also Boltrunners and Runnark, which are mentioned below) are reinforced so they can handle the accidents of life (tripping, falling, colliding into things) at their higher speeds. However, just like for regular people, if they hit something hard or sharp enough, they will die, so no running into boulders! Runners are people, not cars!
Specifications for Best Answer:
- The best answer must go above and beyond the call of duty, accounting not only for the benefits of increased speed for a Runner, but a Runnark (the monster people get Quicken from) and Boltrunner as well. A Boltrunner is ten times faster than a Runner, while Runnark have a top speed of 70 mph (same as a cheetah) and are basically Komodo Dragons adapted for a faster, more active lifestyle.
This means that for a Boltrunner, you can just take a Runner's speed increase and turn it up by 10, while for a Runnark you can just make a new ratio based off 70:12 mph (12 mph is the maximum speed of a regular Komodo dragon) and increase a Runnark's speed off that, then explain how beneficial that increased speed would be.
To clarify, yes, Boltrunners consume the same amount of energy as a Runner.