Worldbuilding, meet Bob. Bob meet Worldbuilding. Bob has the ability to pinch time and space and tear a hole at the pinch point. The result is a temporary opening, or portal, from Bob's location to anywhere he's been or seen before. When Bob first realized he had this ability, he could only open very small portals between locations and they only stayed open for a couple of seconds. As Bob has developed his ability, he is able to open larger portals.
Bob has figured a few things out about his ability:
- The largest portal Bob has been able to open has been 3.5m x 3.5m
- The portals can be opened in basic round or quadrilateral shapes
- The larger the portal, the shorter time it can stay open; his largest will only stay open for 5 seconds but he can create 45cm round portals that stay open for 30 seconds, the longest of any of this portals
- The larger the portal, the more energy Bob has to exert to pinch the entire area together
- Bob's portals can be opened anywhere in local space as long as he can see the location the portal is created; this can be accomplished through a telescope or binoculars but Bob has less control of the size, space, and duration
- Once the portal is opened, Bob does not have to do anything to keep it open and he cannot force it closed
- Bob's portals exert no force on objects
aroundthem, unless the portal is opened under an object in which case gravity would cause the object to fall into the portal
- Portals are two dimesional and act as doorways; objects can pass through from both sides, people on either side can see through them; the back side of the portal is as impenetrable as the sides
- When Bob was little, he accidentally opened a portal in the same space as a squirrel. The squirrel shrieked as its body was ripped apart by the expanding portal. Bob cried. Bob has since opened portals in the same space as boulders, steel safes, and in the side of a hill - the objects either flew apart or a portal shape was left in the object. The border of the portals seem indestructible.
- Bob once opened a fist-sized portal from one side of his room to the other and held a pencil in the portal. He was amused to see the point appear on the far side as he moved the pencil in and out. When the portal closed abruptly, Bob was glad his hand was not in the portal as the pencil was cut clean and smooth as if by a razor.
- There are no "after affects" once the portal has been created and nothing to indicate it was ever there once it closes
Bob wants to use his ability practically. But he's also concerned about how people will respond once he reveals his ability. He's not much of a fighter, so the military is out, and he's naive enough to think that's an option. Bob doesn't have any delusions of grandeur and that whole double life, super hero thing sounds exhausting.
Changing up the question to reduce the scope...
Bob wants to jumpstart space colonization, starting with the moon. Due to the unpredictable nature of opening portals by looking through a telescope, this won't be as easy as looking through a lense and creating a portal.
There are limitations to how much equipment can be moved safely with Bob's current abilities. The vaccuum of space will present a problem if a portal is opened on earth. The squirrels shrieks forever haunt Bob and he doesn't want to see it happen to a human.
Logistically, how does Bob get the equipment needed to the moon as quickly and safely as possible?