I made this because I've seen alot of people try to discredit it and state it's something that has to make contact with the ground or something?
First I don't see that as reasonable given why would it have to make contact with the ground, when Black Manta was using it he hit Vostok with who died because of the impact.
Is it because it wasn't halted? When it made impact cause that logic wouldn't work either given its usage being shown
Then I'm betting here the argument would be but wait that wasn't the upside of the scepter that's the part that causes the destruction. I could see that as an easy turn around but it would also be false.. given
So really what would be the argument now? These are two instances where the scepter made contact in a non halted form..
What has been shown however is that the scepter gives off some form of energy it's shown when the intention is to destroy or harm that the sceptor starts glowing like it once did when Atlan sank (The Continent) Atlantis.
Where does that energy come from? The scepter was shown and stated to be connected to Atlan. It literally was what was keeping him alive for all those centuries.