The final key component of a base’s defenses is its system of Pylons, and the force fields generated between them. Every starbase hangs suspended between two Harrington fields - invisible planes of gravitational force which keep it anchored in space and render it effectively unassailable from above and below. Pylons generate force fields which block the relatively narrow gap between these planes, while carefully not disrupting the balance between them. The result is in many respects similar to the systems of walls employed in primitive fortifications, protecting the structures within its confines from weapons fire and encroaching enemies.
Force fields are created by arranging Pylons in the open space around a base’s perimeter. When two Pylons are placed at perpendicular angles to one another, a field will form automatically between them if at least one is within the maximum range of the other (a Pylon’s maximum range increases as it is upgraded, along with its health). Enemy attacks cannot pass through force fields and pylons, while defensive weapons can fire freely outwards from them, affording strong protection to a well designed base.
An attacking fleet can direct its weapons against the force field itself, in which case its damage is distributed between the connected Pylons, eventually overloading them; or against an individual Pylon, seeking to break through a perceived weak point in a base’s defenses. Base designers commonly build redundancy into their pylon layouts however - even if an intermediate pylon is destroyed, the force field between will persist as long as the remaining pylons are in range.
Stats & Building CostsEdit
|6||765,000||9||3,755,748||322,018||157,431||236,147||1h 15m 42s|
|7||877,400||10||8,323,117||692,001||338,312||508,468||2h 50m 47s|
|8||1,009,800||11||18,402,171||1,454,610||711,143||1,066,714||6h 23m 51s|
|9||1,132,200||12||38,486,146||3,008,840||1,470,988||2,206,482||14h 21m 20s|
|10||1,254,600||13||81,106,510||6,148,755||3,006,058||4,509,087||1d 8h 11m 23s|