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A hypergridintrusion (or gridfire) is the channelling of the energy grid into real space. It has a blindingly white appearance.[1]

A similar effect may be achieved by crash-stopping from high speeds while using hyperspace propulsion.[2]


By the Idiran-Culture War, both the Culture and the Idiran Empire had sufficient expertise with the grid to form gridfire.[1]

Novalevel gridfire was used by the GSV Eschatologist to destroy Vavatch Orbital during the Idiran-Culture War.[1]

The Dra'Azon used a weapon resembling gridfire to enforce the Quiet Barrier around a Planet of the Dead.[3]

Gridfire was not witnessed in the Milky Way for at least 500 years after the Idiran-Culture War.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Consider Phlebas, chapter 8
  2. 2.0 2.1 Excession, chapter 11.6
  3. Consider Phlebas, chapter 2

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