If it's not too late (which it probably is), I'd like to share a concept that I'd just come up with. I know it's not stellar, and nowhere near as comprehensive as those posted above, but I figured I'd give it a shot:
"Central Weapons and Equipment Research and Development, Division 6.
I think that you'll be pleased to know that our R&D team has finally struck gold with this one, and the results were definitely worth all the time and money we've invested in it. After a good bit of tinkering and doodling, and enough coffee to see us through, we've finally discovered just what makes this strange alien-crafted killing stick tick.
I don't think I've ever come across a weapon
that redefines the laws of physics as humankind has known them, but this, Commander, does just that. Using an incredibly complex array of magnetic generators, not to mention a heat displacement system powerful enough to extinguish the energy output of the sun a million and a half times over, this little device is capable of projecting a focused, heated "plasma" blast forward at incredible velocity, all while using only a trite amount of Xenium (sp?).
I suppose I might have gone a couple steps too fast there. In simple terms, this "plasma" I'm referring to happens to be a highly volatile, superheated, semi-liquid substance created by the rapid dissipation of radioactive, chemical-based molecules driven forward along a concentrated (insert alien alloy name here) base.
Powered by an Xenium-enhanced magnetic laser array, a (alloy here again)-cast "shell" is loaded into the weapon through a specially-designed magazine--more on that later, in a seperate report--and primed to fire inside the environmentally-independant (i.e., sealed) "chamber." Upon depressing the trigger, the action slides back, much like Earth-based ballistic weapons no doubt, propelling the alloy cartridge forward and lifting another in its place from the magazine. Here's where the fun begins, you'll see--and pay attention, as we almost lost a member of the research group who was stupid enough not to.
As I was saying, we all know that (alloy name here....again) is a strong, yet incredibly flexible multi-purpose alloy that can be used in a variety of different purposes. But its application here is by far the most interesting I've seen yet. I once worked in the United States' ARGD (Advanced Rail-Gun Development) program, and this piece of technology far overshadows anything we'd ever come up with. The strange thing is, however, simply how alike the two ideas really are, and yet how astonishingly different they ended up. You see, our plan was to use a magnetically-driven system to send a Uranium slug along at high speeds, a brilliant long-range anti-armor weapon no doubt. The aliens, however, have come up with an ingenious "flash-heating" system that turns a simple cudjle into a lethal, energized projectile capable of turning flesh (i.e., us) into charcoal, and turning armor inside-out. I'm sure your men have had the displeasure of witnessing this themselves. Now you see why you should be glad we've figured this out. But anyway, I'll continue.
This is the thing we've had the most trouble with: how do you apply heat and radioactive substance to an object launched at speeds over 500 miles per hour? We had two things come to mind: 1) we build a miniature sun, which was...not going to happen, and 2) we find out just what this little green doohickey inside the rifle's "chassis" did. Needless to say, we went with number two. And we were astonished.
It turns out that this little "green doohickey," as one of our security guards dubbed it, happens to be a highly-developed energy displacement device that runs indefinitely, that's right--permenantly, with a single, small supply of Xenium as its "battery." The displacer is connected to a long, round device resembling the face of a clock. A clock that's non-digital, of course, before you start wondering. Anyway, this little wonder is some sort of advanced particle accelerator, which is powered by the Xenium battery, which in turn powers a very effective radioactive "primer rod," which, finally, ignites a minute "static" (read, highly radioactive electromagetic pulse, for the uninitiated) charge which, you guessed it (didn't you?), applies an electrostatic burst to said particle accelerator, with the particular (alien alloy) slug's electrostatic signature ingrained with it. As no two chunks of (alien alloy) share the same chemical makeup, you know.
Well, I understand that this is a tad complicated, so I'll simplify this. See the diagram [I'm just tossing the "diagram" idea up for future deliberation] to see it in motion. The (alien alloy) is passed through the chamber at incredible speed thanks to a Xenium-powered burst of energy, which travels along a laser-based magnetic grid. There, a vast amount of heat is provided by, of course, the Xenium battery--isn't Xenium great?--and the cartridge climbs to a temperature of, well, put bluntly, it gets about half the maximum temperature of the sun's core. Imagine this coming in contact with a human being. Unsettling, no? But wait, it's not finished yet!
The "plasma" itself comes from this next, final step--a liquid, almost plastic-like fluid generated from a special receptor module inside the rifle coats the searing-hot (alloy) projectile, which by now has pretty much evaporated into a semi-liquid state already. This strange material, generated from a condensed energy matrix, is a plasma-based substance similar to the other alien weapons used against us, but is different in the respects that it is both supercooled before being released, and then "flash-heated" by the incredible energy of the actual projectile passing through. At any rate, the "plasma" is incredibly hot, and applied to the surface of the (alloy), which exits the barrel as an incredibly destructive, dangerous blast of energy, with a trademark whining noise. The round's humble beginnings as (alloy) belie its capability for mass destruction: we've determined that a direct heavy plasma hit can turn a HWP into shredded metal, or can knock out concrete foundations. But the displacement technology makes the plasma cancel its own heat out the second it hits home, meaning you get all the nice, searingly-hot destruction wihout a blast radius or lasting heat. Besides, charred heaps of ash don't do good for alien research efforts, hmm?
But, on a less depressing note, I'm sure it would be incredibly fun to see the look on those little gray/green/purple/whatever faces when they see their own technology used against them. Ah, a shame I'm not coming along.
But still, once we've fully researched and produced magazines for this masterpiece, she's all yours. Do have fun, and be careful to point her in the right way. Wouldn't want to do the aliens' jobs for them, now would we?
--Dr. Springfield, head of Weapons Research Division 6."
Edited by The Master Maniac, 21 July 2004 - 02:39 PM.