Player > Weapon > Melee > Nova lance, blue star
Damage: 8d6 E & F
Critical: Severe wound
Special: Reach, powered (capacity 40, usage 4)
This long weapon bears a plasma sheath at its striking tip. Although similar weapons are produced on many worlds, nova lances’ use in Eoxian racing broadcasts has made them especially popular throughout the Pact Worlds. They are typically manufactured by corporations that specialize in plasma pistols and plasma rifles and thus their models follow the same naming conventions: red star, yellow star, white star, and blue star.
|Nova lance, red star||Advanced||2||995||1d4 E & F||Wound||2||Powered (capacity 20, usage 1), reach||ARM p.42|
|Nova lance, yellow star||Advanced||7||6870||3d4 E & F||Wound||2||Reach, powered (capacity 20, usage 1)||ARM p.42|
|Nova lance, white star||Advanced||12||39500||7d4 E & F||Severe wound||2||Reach, powered (capacity 40, usage 2)||ARM p.42|
|Nova lance, blue star||Advanced||17||279000||8d6 E & F||Severe wound||2||Reach, powered (capacity 40, usage 4)||ARM p.42|
Roll twice on Table and choose your desired result. The target can still attempt any associated save.
|11–13||Eye (sensory)||Ref||Lost eye, –2 Perception|
|14–15||Leg (mobility)||Fort||Severed limb, –10 land speed|
|16–17||Arm (manipulation)||Ref||Severed limb, lose a hand|
|18–19||Vital organ||Fort||1d4 Con damage|
|20||Brain||Fort||Stunned 1 round|
A melee weapon with an internal battery that must be charged to function has the powered special property, which lists its capacity and usage. Unlike with a ranged weapon, the usage is for 1 minute of operation rather than per attack, though using a powered weapon for less than 1 full minute still expends 1 full usage. The number of charges expended is equal to the usage × the number of minutes the weapon is used, rounded up to the nearest minute. You can activate the power of the weapon as part of the action used to make an attack with it, and it automatically deactivates after 1 minute.
As with ranged weapons, you can recharge the battery of a powered melee weapon using a generator or a recharging station, or you can purchase new batteries for it. If you try to attack with a powered weapon that’s out of charges, it functions as an improvised weapon (see page 169).
Only melee weapons can have the reach special property. Wielding a weapon with reach gives you 10 feet of reach for attacks with that weapon. See Reach and Threatened Squares on page 255 for more information.