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The idea here is essentially a nonlethal and perhaps amusing means of self defense against muggers in a dark alley. It consists of a sword with a small flask of volatile liquid, along with a pair of contact lenses that can be triggered to glow red. (I was thinking some sort of flourescent dye that glows
under UV.) You would also need a source of UV light to trigger the contact lenses, perhaps a bracelet or ring could conceal a small lightbulb. Anyhow, you're walking along some dark alley at one in the morning and some jerk comes up, pulls his knife and demands that you hand it over. You fall to your knees in a big dramatic coughing fit ala Alien, taking attention away from the fact that you're fiddling with that UV bracelet. Once it's on, you slowly stand up and look your assailant straight in the eye- and he gasps. Your eyes are glowing blood red! You draw the sword, (which you were wearing in a baldric or something like that) and it ignites. Reaching out towards you now dazed and confused would be mugger, you rasp softly "I've come for your soulll...." (or similar) He shits his pants and you go home happy. Or he goes berserk in which case you've got a flaming sword and he has a knife so good luck to him.
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||Feel free to modify with uv-responsive tatoos, pyrotechnics etc...
||If I were a theif or ruffian ... I would probably hesitate to attack a man with a sheathed sword. Either that or I'd come from behind and bludgeon him. Secondly it seems a little complex (i.e. fiddling with the ring). HOWEVER... any excuse to wear a sword in day to day life is okay with me.
||You should really learn to speak
latin, that would add a good touch
to the system. dosnt matter what
you say, just say it in a scary voice.
||and the UV emmiting jewelry
wouldnt work out too well, but if
you found some chemical to add
to the flaming sword fuel that
makes it emit UV light then you've
got a product.
||but while we're on the subject, if
your going to have a swor dfull of
fuel to burn, why not find
somthing more efficient to burn,
like black powder. then maybe put
a hole in the sword, then a little
metal thing in the hole, so when
you light the black powder the
metal thing gets flung out at a
high velocity to harm your would
be mugger. but that may be
difficult to use, so you'd have to
change the shape of the sword,
maybe remove the blade and
shorten it, put in a bend and a
trigger mechanism at the bend for
easy access. now thats a product
idea to prtect youself from
||This would be good for the person wearing the Drenchcoat.
||It would suck if it were raining...
||But hebrew if I make this "sword with a hole in it" I'll have a holey-sword and I want a demonic "I'll eat your soul bitch!" kind of effect.
||*Sword ignites prematurely* -- "uhh yeah -- just ignore that." ... even better while sitting in church
||This sword should be freaking _long_. Like twelve feet. It
could telescope out. The telescoping thing would make it a
crap sword, but hopefully people would be so freaked out by
the fire and contact lenses they would be shitting pants and
||UV so shortwaved it doesn't reveal itself to the mugger would also give you a sunburn, and all the other stuff on you that is UV-fluorescent would light up too - white lint on your cape, assorted proteins of mixed heritage etc.