Alright, here's my attempt to fuse some of the feedback on the topic.
Blaster Bomb Launcher CTD
A key element of the alien arsenal is the "Gravity Field Fusion Launcher," a highly destructive variant of gravity propulsion systems engineered into a unique and devastating tactical device. Firing a special proton-charged, [scientific alien alloy name]-doped slug, the Fusion Launcher stands as one of the most destructive weapons available to alien footsoldiers.
Though the explosive force of a proton-charged slug is alone adequate for a long-range piece of artillery, the real threat here is gravity itself. Micro-fusion displacement triggered by the rapid dispersion of charged particles can "pull" gravity waves into a dimensional "well," where the nanoscale implosion of gravity matter releases a crushing shockwave of powerful energy, reversing the effects of gravity itself to literally flatten anything in the massive blast radius almost instantly. The entire process usually occurs in one-tenth of a second.
The sheer destructive force of this technology is staggering, though the Fusion Launcher has one more trick up its sleeve: onboard tactical mapping systems. Each slug is internally outfitted with a Xenium-electromagnetically-fluxuated charge, which encases the shell in a sort of magnetic sheath propelled by anti-matter gravity fluxes "programmed" in by navigation devices within the launcher, effectively allowing the fired rounds freeform velocity control. Before being launched, the user can enter a variety of "waypoints" using the same mental farcasting technology alien navigational systems appear to utilize. Adjusting its course in midair, the fusion bomb can alter its trajectory to follow the preset waypoints in the same manner UFOs do, navigating even the tightest turns with relative ease and respectable precision. The result is a deadly, fearsome weapon capable of eliminating distant targets with a good degree of accuracy.
The Fusion Launcher comes in three primary components: the launcher itself which weighs in at a hefty [decided weight here] pounds/kilos, the psionic farcasting headset device*, and the actual ammunition loaded into the weapon. Kept in the sealed chamber, the fusion missile is contained by a gravitational "force-field" before being launched. It is this magnetically-charged energy which "programs" the projectile with the farcasted waypoints, and accelerates it through the barrel at incredible speed using rail gun-like laser emitters. All this is achieved due to the internal Xenium battery's large power output. On impact, the gravity well spawned is capable of leveling entire buildings before canceling itself out. Preliminary testing indicated that the effect itself was similar to that of a black hole, the gravitational anomaly capable of sucking in everything to the slightest traces of light through the dimensional tear--however, when fire-tested, it turns out that the aliens had actually discovered a way to control the method which gravity's properties are controlled, therefore allowing the shell to turn the forces of gravity itself in on itself--effectively reversing the flow of energy on a target. Rather than being "pulled," anything in the blast radius is simply "pushed" away in a sudden, crushing explosion, ironically spawned by molecular implosion. The explosive force is quite terrifying, so much so it seems the aliens themselves share a kind of universal apprehensiveness about using the device too freely, and avoid using it anywhere within minimal safe distance. While the relative flux displacers cannot generate an energy field capable of, say, leveling entire cities, the weapon should be used with great care, nonetheless, as the blast radius on the field itself is quite unpredictable. Nothing the research division tested the effect on could stand up to the effects of the shockwave.
While no psionic skill is required to use the farcasting device, as with UFO navigation systems, the strain of automated mental projection units is quite difficult, taxing the mind and body to a considerable extent. Also, it's been discovered that trying to project an incredible amount of waypoints can have potentially dangerous side-effects on the mind, so Central Research has put an effective "cap" on the amount of waypoints a soldier in the field can plot at once. The farcaster will not allow more than nine waypoints to be plotted at a time, which should limit mental stress. Maxing waypoint projection every shot is generally not recommended, however.
Fusion Launchers can be reproduced using alien materials with some time and effort, and can be easily used by any soldier capable of carrying its immense weight. Long-range military applications of the technology outside of X-Corps are not recommended, due to its awesome destructive potential. Once field applications are initialized, it is not recommended to be used in highly populated, or otherwise urban areas, as well.
Fusion Bomb technology still has quite a long way to go, allowing X-Corps a broad range of technological opportunities. The highly capable Fusion Launcher is just the first step to discovering the secrets behind the more advanced alien technology.
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Note this is for supplimentary purposes. Any complaints will of course be regarded--so, have at thee!
edit--it appears that the psionic thing is being hotly debated. That can be altered as well with a simple technical alteration, if you guys wish.
Edited by The Master Maniac, 20 September 2004 - 12:47 PM.