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Research & Development 9/20

Research & Development 9/20 published on 1 Comment on Research & Development 9/20

It’s actually pretty simple.

Seras: Captain, do you have any idea how much faith and work goes into turning ordinary water into holy–

Pip: No! Do you?

Seras: …

…No. But it could be really hard.

Pip: Or it could be really easy. You never know ’til you try.

1 Comment

by Xuanwu on Thu Jan 11, 2007 12:06 am

I’m sure Hellsing could employ people able to point and aim a hose without shattering windows and walls discriminately. I assume firehose pressure is adjustable? If so, then it can be reduced so it just travels far without smashing things. You don’t need to pummel a vampire with it, just soak them. If all else fails, pointing it straight up and laying down a holy water mist would be a nice area tactic with minimal damage to everything but the target.

Another idea: you could soak towels and spank the vampires with holy water rat tails! (Might be good for interrogations.) XD

by MitchellTF on Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:17 am

I’m wondering if he’s going to end it with saying, “Fine. I’ll just put some mines in the lawn.”

I’d say the only problem with the fire hose is making sure that the pressure is adjusted right, and then making sure that you don’t hit Seras! Alucard, you don’t have to worry about. I would guess that, by now, water rejects him.

Still, I’ve got a mental image of Seras standing there soaked, about to say something, then she starts runnning around screaming, “OwOwOwOw.”

by Junior1210 on Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:29 am

You’re right Xuanwu the pressure is adjustible and it doesn’t take long (a few weeks practice) to become skilled using a hose. I was mainly reacting to the same mistake that most people make when thinking about unconventional weapons, supposedly nonleathal ones in particular.

I want to scream when I hear talk about how rubber coated bullets, tasers, and fire hoses can subdue a situation without killing or collateral damage and its just stupid. ANYTHING can be leathal or inflict unintentional damage if the person using it isn’t careful or underestimates the object. Of course that isn’t what they were meant for but a dead body doesn’t care about what you only meant to do. Even worse is when such weapons get put into the hands of poeple who are skilled and well meaning, and then they don’t preform the way they’re supposed to. Then the wrong people get hurt and all the finger pointing starts.

Sorry for the rant but this is a pet peeve of mine. At the bottom line is that either you’re serious about dealing with your foes or you’re not. No matter how great a weapon is or how little impact on the surrondings, they’re only as good the ones using them.

by Xuanwu on Thu Jan 11, 2007 11:21 am

I bet that Pip is hoping holy water would dissolve Seras’s clothing. I can picture him proposing a “special holy water protective outfit” for Seras that’s really just a flimsy white t-shirt. At the very least, he’d probably imagine a scene with a wet t-shirt clad Seras frolicking through the water, giggling and jiggling.

Has it ever been revealed how much holy water is needed to slay a freak/zombie in the Hellsing universe? Do you need buckets of it or just a sprinkle? Would the “rank” of the clergyman blessing it affect the potency (i.e. is holy water blessed by the Pope stronger than holy water blessed by a bishop)?

by Kreiga on Thu Jan 11, 2007 12:17 pm

well, as they’re Anglican, it the highest rank would be Archbishop, but that is a good point. As far as I know, this was never really discussed in the series.

by Xuanwu on Thu Jan 11, 2007 1:35 pm

It would actually be beneficial for Hellsing to find out. So maybe Pip’s R&D idea isn’t so farfetched. Intel on how different things affect freaks can lead to more efficient weapons. For example, Alucard’s guns, while effective, are also overkill in many ways – would a snub nose .22 also be effective at delivering the silver needed to kill?

It could be that Walter already knows all this stuff, though. I can’t imagine Arthur Hellsing would allow questions like this to go unanswered as modern science arose.

by Frey on Thu Jan 11, 2007 1:45 pm

In some mythos and fiction, holy water is used to ward off vampires.

As I have said before, it all depends on the mythos and author. In Hellsing canon, it is has not been explained as to what exactly happens when the undead comes into contact with holy water (correct me if I am wrong). It is assumed though that the methods used in Bram Stoker’s Dracula work in Hellsing.

Do not know for sure. Sometimes in fiction, popular culture, and all sorts of media, when the undead comes into contact with holy water, it burns them to the point of dissolving into just bones or nothing. Perhaps just a sprinkle of holy water used on the undead would feel like getting VERY HOT WATER THAT REALLY BURNS! While a bucket of water could really burn or destroy an undead creature. If Pip did use holy water as a prank to use on Seras (putting holy water in her shampoo when she showers; this a reference to the webcomic Krakow) it probably would just burn her hair, clothes (if they are a part of her body; Alucard’s clothing is a part of his body), and her body. Pip would use an amount that was not lethal to Seras, Seras might be reduced to being bald with no hair all over her body, naked, and some low to high degree burns.

Maybe thats the reason why vampires do not cross holy water; they do not want to get burned.

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