Hello. Sorry; the title is ripped off a pretty cool paper in material science.
Here is an observation. Suppose that all of the pillars open up within 6 hours of each other, as they do now. They have 7 owners. Suppose also that the pillars open in rough order of overall strength of these 7 galaxies, as they are now.
When the pillars open, These 7 galaxies will be in cooldown for all 7 pillars (the width of the cluster is less than 12 hours, so the first of these 7 galaxies can’t claim the last pillar) but any other galaxies can claim one of the 7. In general, the galaxies claim in order of overall strength, and in general, galaxies’ pillars last in proportion to overall strength.
We note that the earlier pillars will last longer than the later pillars, since I’ve assumed that the first pillar has about the strongest galaxy of the 7, and whose pillar will last the about the longest of the 7, etc. This means that the fall times of the pillars will be closer together than they used to be, and again, the pillars are claimed in order of overall strength.
We’re back where we started except now the pillar times are closer. I claim that we are threatened with the prospect of all 7 pillars within 6 hours of each other for a long time.
Arguments against my claim:
TW will run out of firepower for the later pillars in the cluster; thus although they are held by weak galaxies, they will nevertheless held surprisingly long.
This is true: For example, 3h+ by g1267. I hope it will start to undermine the trend, but recently, the last pillars in a cluster have fallen within an hour.
Galaxies will orchestrate ‘pillar holds’
This is how pillars happened to get so close to each other, and hopefully, this will decouple (or “deseptuple”) the pillar times one by one.
Note: I’m not sure if this has happened before, but this pattern is highly dependent on TW having enough firepower for 7 pillars in 6 hours, so the current moment could be the perfect alignment of pillar times and pillar fighting strength.
comments very welcome
omg pillar times are close together and I claim that they will stay like this for a while