Kinetic barrier

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A portable kinetic barrier device.

A kinetic barrier is a type of defensive shield used in Mass Effect.

A kinetic barrier uses mass effect technology to create a force field that repels or deflects objects that enter the field at dangerous speeds. Basic barriers simply "push back" against the projectile, slowing it to a harmless speed or (if strong enough) stopping it entirely. Advanced "cyclonic" barriers apply lateral force to projectiles, deflecting them so they miss the target.

Barriers can also be created that function as static walls of force that will block all passage. The effectiveness of the barrier will depend on its power supply, physical durability, and the durability of its mountings.

Barrier technology is only effective against physical projectiles; barriers provide virtually no protection against directed-energy weapons.

Like all mass effect technology, barrier technology is scalable. Barrier generators can be installed in everything from dreadnought-class starships to personal body armor. Barriers can even be created by individuals with biotic abilities.