I'm writing a story in a fantasy universe, but for a certain aspect, I need realism. The densest summation of the questions I have are this: What would a single rod of kinetic bombardment look like being shot into the dense sand of a desert, visually? What angle of shot would be easiest to pull off with... sub-par aiming systems. What would the aftermath look like? There are a few contingencies however- the aiming system can't be a computer, being a setting where magic is a thing that exists, and that the rod isn't made of titanium. The material of the rods is definitely something that can't exist in our universe, and my idea of it is definitely flawed since I have no idea how subatomic particles would interact with a material not made from atoms. I personally have no idea how they work, and the only way that they work is in the internal consistency of the story. No matter how far you zoomed in on the material, it would always appear to be a surface, not a collection of atoms or elementary particles, and thus I have no idea how it functions in reality. None of the characters know either, so I'm definitely not going to throw pseudoscience around. In terms of weight, it would be about the weight of lead with the same amount of volume. Density would be... difficult to calculate, as it appears to be unable to be destroyed, warped, or even slightly bent (except by spacetime obviously). It's effected by light and gravity, but is not magnetic and ignores magic completely. It's not completely flat so friction and air resistance would be something to factor it. Think about the same friction as stainless steel. And by ignore magic, I don't mean it reflects things, it passes through as though it doesn't exist. The nature of the sand in the desert should be somewhat like the Mojave desert, except it's in the southern hemisphere (not by choice, I'm working in an established world), and taking place about noon where ground zero would be. I find the idea of the heat of the impact turning some of the sand to glass, but I have no idea how realistic that would be. If you need any more information about the environment, do ask!