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9 and 1/2 seconds
Sun Aug 27, 2006 6:52pm

On any planetary mass any object, when in free-fall, will accelerate at the same rate. This is what is known as a constant. On Mercury that rate is three and seven tenths meters per second squared, on Sol (our sun) it is two-hundred-seventy-five meters per second squared. Here on Earth we calculate it as nine and eighty-one tenths meters per second squared. Because this is a constant, an object dropped from a resting position will accelerate at about nine and eighty-one tenths meters per second in the first second, nineteen and sixty-two tenths meters per second by the next and, twenty-nine and forty-three tenths meters per second by the third.

Because the object started at rest it will have only fallen five meters by the first second. And although it will have accelerated to around ten meters per second, its average rate of descent is only five meters per second. At two seconds it will have fallen twenty meters, but with an average rate of only ten meters per second. At three seconds it will have fallen around forty-five meters, and it is falling at thirty meters per second. In two more seconds the object will reach an average terminal velocity of fifty-meters per second. This means that unless the mass or density of that mass are changed, it will not fall any faster than this.

Using the time equation of “time squared is the equivalent of two times distance divided by the acceleration constant” a fall from one-hundred-fifty stories (around four-hundred-fifty-six meters) will take only nine and one-half seconds.

I know this and you know this, but Sarina did not and in truth it really would not have mattered to her if she did. But as it was she stepped off of the tower, one-hundred-fifty stories up, four-hundred-fifty-six meters above the ground, fifteen-hundred feet of free fall to the ground below.

In the last few seconds of her fall she remembered what a Brown Ajah Sister had showed to her a few days before. It was a small manuscript printed on a thin onion type paper from an author named ecclesiastes. It said, “’Meaningless! Meaningless!’ Says the Teacher, ‘utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless. What does man gain from his labor at which he toils under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. The sunrises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again. All things are wearisome, more than one can say. They eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.’”

Two-hundred-seventy-one days, fourteen hours, six minutes, and nine and one half seconds. This was how long she had lived at the Tower. Would she be mourned after she was gone? Would it even matter that the “wild girl”, the “forest wench” would no longer be there? No, most likely not. No tears would be shed for Sarina, at most a black line would be placed through her name in the novice book. Her clothing and other worldly possessions, all given to her by the tower, recycled for some other needy novice.
It was the end.




(OOC: Well I guess it can be expected. I never really wanted her to die, but some things are inevitable. I was hoping someone could save her and we would have an interesting string of it, but there you go.

FYI though: I know some of my figures about acceleration and time and others are not exactly correct, but I am doing it from what I remember of high school physics from years ago so cut me some slack)

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