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Dear Denizens of Worldbuilding:

I have hit upon a method of rendering a surface devoid of the forces of friction at will, then returning it to the normal operations of physics.

As exciting as this discovery is, it also means I have become the target for many malignant men. I have currently been caged by said forces, until they can figure out a way to exploit my talents.

It is not terribly awful here, but the food is rather bland and it does get quite drafty. In fact, escape would be quite easy, just walk down the road until I reach signs of humanity. But in order to ensure my cooperation they have stationed gunmen for the next mile at regular intervals.

Therefore, your most magnificent mission is to figure out a method by which I can ensure my safety against a large variety of conventional weaponry. I have a full suite of metal working equipment, multiple minions (their survival is secondary) of skill, and a fabricator capable of generating batteries and circuits of ten kilos or less.

Will my frictionless materials help in my escape?

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  • $\begingroup$ Related, don't think it is a dupe worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/q/54041/17720 $\endgroup$ – Bellerophon Oct 24 '16 at 21:10
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you, I will edit the question to clarify I wanted to see about protection from conventional firearms $\endgroup$ – HadesHerald Oct 24 '16 at 21:13
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    $\begingroup$ I think there are several properties people are going to need to know about the "friction-less" material. Friction-less does not mean force cant be applied to it, it just means any force not on a vector inwards to the material will flow tangentially along whatever plain the armor is on. Can this material withstand a bullet hitting it directly perpendicular?(the force will still fully transfer). How about concussive force? Does this material deform when force manages to get applied? What about heat? (is it a bad day if someone has a flame thrower?) $\endgroup$ – Marky Oct 24 '16 at 21:20
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, now that I am in possession of a true console of editing, I shall clarify a few points. $\endgroup$ – HadesHerald Oct 24 '16 at 21:36
  • $\begingroup$ I've done some grammar and sentence re-structuring to the post. Feel free to decline if you don't like it or if it changes the meaning of your question in any way. $\endgroup$ – Raisus Oct 24 '16 at 23:03

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