Gunnery Chief: This, recruits, is a 20-kilo ferrous slug. Feel the weight. Every five seconds, the main gun of an Everest-class dreadnought accelerates one to 1.3 percent of light speed. It impacts with the force of a 38-kilotomb bomb. That is three times the yield of the city buster dropped on Hiroshima back on Earth. That means Sir Isaac Newton is the deadliest son-of-a-BUS in space. Now! Serviceman Burnside! What is Newton’s First Law?
First Recruit: Sir! A object in motion stays in motion, sir!
Gunnery Chief: No credit for partial answers, maggot!
First Recruit: Sir! Unless acted on by an outside force, sir!
Gunnery Chief: Damn straight! I dare to assume you ignorant jackBUSSES know that space is empty. Once you fire this hunk of metal, it keeps going till it hits something. That can be a ship, or the planet behind that ship. It might go off into deep space and hit somebody else in ten thousand years. If you pull the trigger on this, you’re ruining someone’s day, somewhere and sometime. That is why you check your damn targets! That is why you wait for the computer to give you a damn firing solution! That is why, Serviceman Chung, we do not “eyeball it!” This is a weapon of mass destruction. You are not a cowboy shooting from the hip!
Second Recruit: Sir, yes sir!
Would make a fun fan edit…show a space battle, shots miss, cut to a wholesome scene light years away, random laser blast lands.
Plasma bolts, and they are affected both by gravity and thermal decay.
There’s a recent example in the Mandalorian. Mando states that ‘at this range, my armour can take it’ or something along those lines.
It’s a plasma bolt.
Imagine being a space trucker hauling a load of hypercabbage to a non-agrarian world when your shit gets blown up by a stray round. Sad.