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Monday, December 21, 2009

[RPG] Weapons of the Ancients: 04-

Weapons of the Ancients-

KMerXhob ('Artifice - Standard Issue - Monoblade sidearm')
* Type: Power-assisted Monoblade
* Effect: Edged 2d6x5 DP (2d6x10 if a Charge is used)
* Reach: Medium Melee
* Power: 2d20 Charges per Power Cell
* Weight: 2 Lbs.
* Frequency: J

:: A 30" cultured monomolecular wedge of bio-glass composed of pearl and spider-silk, permeated with a bacterial laminate acting as both the substrate and outer coating of the wedge, and which maintains the fidelity of the single-molecule edge. It is translucent in varying degrees, but has multiple iridescent patches throughout the wedge.
:: This wedge is only sharp at the finest edge, and is mounted via three clamps, to the housing of the power-assist handle. It is this unit which uses electromagnets and high-tension springs to retract the blade in preparation for a strike. The stored mechanical energy in the springs launch the chisel-like blade into the target area at great velocity, but stops in its normal position for a follow-up non-powered strike.
:: With or without the power-assist, this is a deadly weapon: any strike against a limb or the head results in a Sever result if the damage past armour is equal to the figure's (Condition 3) value or greater.

KMerHiaysk ('Artifice - Standard Issue - Ballistic sidearm')
* Type: Assault Pistol
* Effect: Standard Ammunition: Lethal 1d6x10 DP
* Range: roughly 500 Yards
* Ammo.: 40/88/128
* Weight: 2 Lbs.
* Frequency: M

:: Like most other projectile weapons of the 'Kinetic Era' in the Ancient past, the assault pistols of this period are of a bullpup design, with the ammunition and action placed behind the pistol grip of the weapon, and are supplied by a helicoil magazine of varying size based upon capacity. Many were built to fire rifle-calibre projectiles, and these accept carbine/rifle magazines.
:: Accessory rails and power ports are generally a few iterations removed from their contemporaries' developments in longarms, but near the mid-point of this period, most pistols sported the same military specifications and were built to the same exacting standards. As such, many enlisted personnel would purchase these sidearms through the Corps Distribution markets, while ranks of [Lt.] or higher were issued these at their option.

KMerEkhl ('Artifice - Standard Issue - Electrified Striker')
* Type: Powered Compliance Baton
* Effect: Electrical Stun 5-15, by setting; Compliance v. Control CT (5 + Effect)
* Reach: Small Melee
* Power: 5d20 Charges per Power Cell
* Weight: 1 Lb.
* Frequency: P

:: This is a variable current electrified prod used in gaining physical compliance in times of Civil Unrest, or in the processing and transport of prisoners of war. Its Effect is applied against Alertness and when appropriate, whether or not compliant at that point, the individual goes unconscious.
:: This item is standard issue to all [Sgt.] during times of war or overseas deployment.


  1. the KMerXhob monoblade is a great concept. Please keep these posts coming.

  2. *Carl: Thank you.
    --I appreciate the feedback. :)

  3. Yes, the monoblade is very nice.

    A powered compliance baton could come in handy in a number of situations.

  4. Rusty: Thanks. :)
    --Oh, I hear you on that. :)

  5. Thanks for these hard sci-fi weapons! A couple of questions:

    1) What damage scale would one use for "standard" D&D? I'm guessing 20% of the listed.

    2) Are there any different fire rates than 1/round with the guns?

    3) What does frequency mean?

  6. *Blair: Thank you. :)

    1). 10 to 20% would work well, given that 35 (36.75 actually) is the 'average' number of 'hit points' for the average Met.Alpha/Gamma World/Mut.Fut. creature.

    2). Yes. Haven't published these yet:
    --A good rule of thumb is +0 to hit, and 2/3rds the number fired strike on a 'Hit'. Since multiple impacts will almost certainly be striking the same location 'hit', no need for multiple locations, and damage-defeating armour would face the total damage, not each separate roll (in reality it is the square of the number of impacts occurring times the damage of 1 'hit').
    --Full-Automatic is good at volume-firing into an area, in which case a +4 on d20 would be reasonable, and each target divides the number of 'hits' indicated among them. So, if with the +4 a 'hit' is scored in a sweep of FA fire against 4 targets, 2/3rds the # fired 'hit', and each of the four take a roughly equal number of those indicated hits. Distributing heavy on the first few and 'rounding down' on the latter would be 'fair and square'. :)

    3). Frequency as in the commonness or uncommonness of the item in question, with roughly a 6% chance per letter-code, ascending:

    B = 93%
    D = 87
    H = 81
    J = 75
    K = 69
    L = 63
    M = 57
    N = 51
    P = 48
    Q = 39
    R = 33
    S = 30
    T = 24
    V = 18
    X = 12
    Z = 06

    but that % changes depending on how well one rolls in their search/contacts/favours/etc. attempt.