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#1 Kikanaide

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 08:12 AM

Here it is, my first stab at ctd. As far as I know at this point, I'll be doing all the plasma weapons, and they will contain significant amounts of cut-and-paste material from this, so comments are more than welcome.

Again, constructive criticism and suggestions, please. Hopefully there's even a file here for you to look at...

Edit: 3 new versions are available in lower posts. All versions remain for reference and comparison. Also included below is some content that was removed from this entry, but might make an addition to the plasma weapons text if the writer is interested. The most recent version is the file entitled "Plasma Pistolv4," and is available in rtf format.

Final Edit: Barring major changes in the future, or minor revisions for whatever reasons, this thing is done. File Plasma Pistolv4.rtf is now stamped...v1.00.

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 10:22 AM

That's a very good draft for the pistol, overall the grammar, etc is right on. Have to go, work trouble call, will respond later on. Nice work!

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 10:28 AM

Ok lemme read it.

Plasma is meant to be a state itself, like Liquid. Isn't it?
But still one of the most complete first drafts Ive ever read

Edited by Danny252, 26 April 2004 - 10:29 AM.

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 10:47 AM

Plasma is meant to be a state itself, like Liquid.


Good call. I'll have to go back through and ensure that I say plasma in at least two places that currently read liquid. I think I'm okay calling the material in the clips liquid, unless we decided they are more of a gel...not sure about that.

Anyone want to come up with a better name for that quote to come from, or a nickname for this pistol? Or has that been voted on somewhere?

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 11:03 AM

Well I think it's a state, its sorta a gel, yes...
"So, what, that wasn't my hair gel, but plasma? Cool, lets try firing me!"
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Edited by Danny252, 26 April 2004 - 11:08 AM.

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 11:15 AM

have can it be more accurate then a riffle, exept at long range? Doesn't that mean its LESS accurate?

I would also try and stay away from any "uncertainess" about a weapon in the report. They took long enough to stare at that weapon, so no holes in the report.

"Judging from the amount of effort taken to develop and manufacture this device, it would appear that the aliens are somewhat concerned about their own soldiers."
Do they? AFAIK, they have cloning vats. Why should they care for slodiers they already have enough of?

It has also been suggested somewhere, that the weapons human are able to use look diffrent then the alien onces, tho thats 1.0+. So this could just go in there.

"This has to be my favorite alien weapon. Its the only one you can acturly walk away from, almost intact." Corporal Simmons, X-Corps, in his stay at the hospital after nearly losing an arm to plasma blast.

Edited by mikker, 26 April 2004 - 11:22 AM.

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 11:18 AM

Try this:
The Plasma Pistol has better accuracy in Close Quarters and Short-range, but the plasma then degrades after X metres and becomes innacurate. In new design proposals we believe larger size will comphensate for this.

Edited by Danny252, 26 April 2004 - 11:27 AM.

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 11:23 AM

Try this:
The Plasma Pistol has better accuracy in Close Quarters and Short-range, but the plasma then degrades after X metres and becomes innacurate. In future plasma-rifle proposals we believe the larger size will comphensate for this.

hmmm...cut the riffle part. they will be research individually.

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 11:28 AM

^_^ done
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Posted 26 April 2004 - 12:17 PM

much better :)

but WHY (the golden question)? Is it because some better tracking controling device can be inserted in larger models? This would indeed eksplain it. But does that mean that the plasma is uncontrolled unless dirrected by the device in the gun? And within the radius of this?

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 12:27 PM

longer barrel? usually longer barrel = more accuracy. there you go :D
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Posted 26 April 2004 - 01:04 PM

longer barrel?  usually longer barrel = more accuracy.  there you go :D

but those are....well....alien technology. If they used the same physical principles, then it wouldn't be fun, would it? :rolleyes:

its much more interresting hearing how they make it shoot AT ALL, hence the creative text department.

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 02:35 PM

The idea is that the prongs coming out the front are along the entire length, and using magnetic fields they shape and propel the plasma towards the target, right? So the larger and longer they are, the stronger the field which contains the plasma, and the jet maintains is integrity for a greater range due to the increased speed attained using the longer 'prongs'. The plasma equivalent to rifling and the gas pressure from a long barrel.

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 02:39 PM

have can it be more accurate then a riffle, exept at long range? Doesn't that mean its LESS accurate?

I was just looking at stats from the original when I wrote that. Danny252 made a suggestion I plan to incorporate in the next rewrite.

I would also try and stay away from any "uncertainess" about a weapon in the report. They took long enough to stare at that weapon, so no holes in the report.

If you are referring to the clip, that is a separate research topic...if there's something else, I agree, let me know. I'll probably move the clip to the end, however, to make it sound better.

Why should they care for slodiers they already have enough of

I suppose simply to minimize cost. I probably will modify that sentence, though, because you are right, the focus shouldn't be concern for the soldiers.

And I've got an idea for explaining the lack of long-range accuracy, Mikker, so I'll be on that soon. Right now, gotta run. I'll try to post a re-write in a few days.

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Edited by Kikanaide, 26 April 2004 - 02:40 PM.

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 04:51 PM

So apparently by a few days I meant a few hours. Some of the stuff mentioned just wouldn't leave me alone, so here we are...version 2 by my convention... probably more like version .7 or something.

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 05:19 PM

Plasma Pistol

The plasma pistol is the most compact of the aliens’ handheld payload.  It is more powerful than a Terran light rifle, and is also has more accuracy in close quarters and at short range due to the ease and speed of aiming.  It is highly recommended that any remaining light rifles and XM-6 pistols be marked outdated and promptly liquidated with the advent of this new technology.

The plasma pistol’s design features four main pieces: the plasma generation chamber, barrel, prongs, and clip. 

The plasma generation chamber is easily the most complex area of the weapon, even though it is significantly smaller than those found on the larger weapons of similar design the aliens have been seen using.  It is thermally isolated from the outside environment, an obvious necessity since even a leakage of a few percent would melt the user’s hand, and inflict severe burns on other areas.  This thermal isolation is achieved primarily through several vacuum chambers interspersed with reflective material taken from alien alloys.  The plasma itself is magnetically levitated in the center of the chamber, regardless of orientation of the weapon.  Points of entry are precisely valved and heatsinked, ensuring that any escaping heat is properly dissipated away from the user.  Judging by the quality of design and manufacture, it would appear that the aliens have gone to great pains to avoid unnecessary injury to their soldiers.

The barrel uses magnetic and electric fields to guide the plasma out of the chamber, as well as beginning to collimate the beam. It would not normally be mentioned, apart from the elegance and complexity of the design on such a small scale.

The magneto dynamic prongs on the front of the weapon are the hallmark of alien plasma technology.  They are used to manipulate the magnetic fields produced by the barrel, ensuring that the plasma blast fired from the weapon stayed focused and accurate.  In this model of plasma weaponry, only two prongs are present.  This is theorized to be a compromise.  More prongs would increase the collimation of the beam and therefore range and accuracy, but would require considerably more power.  As this weapon is devoid of any advanced targeting devices, it would appear that it is intended for use only in short range situations or as a backup weapon; a decision considered wise as other alien designs are more powerful and can be replicated more easily than modified.

The clip itself is of simple design, but analysis of its contents will require separate research.  The clip is known to contain two different solutions, and analysis suggests the presence of Xenium in one container.  A small quantity of xenium, used to power the weapon’s prongs, is also present inside a magnetic chamber inside the casing of the gun. It's constant use ensures that the plasma will never come into contact with the chamber walls.

Due to the peculiarities of firing plasma, the rate of fire is limited to the equivalent of the light rifle on burst mode.  Though the barrel and prongs could operate much faster, time is necessary to allow proper mixture of fuel in between shots.  The fact that this pistol is capable of sustained fire with such a small generation chamber is a testament to alien manufacture and design.

“This has to be my favorite alien weapon. It’s the only one you can actually walk away from, almost intact.  Yet it is effective enough against them.” Corporal Simmons, X-Corps, in his stay at the hospital after nearly losing an arm to plasma blast.


Good text!

It shouldn't be more acccurate at short ranges, it should be quicker to aim. Which results in the same thing if you use the same time step for both action (rifle and pistol).

It wouldnt use a battery, it'd use a small piece of xenium to power the weaponry and heat the matter to a plasma state.

May I sugest that we have a plasma weaponry thread (and research topic in game) which details the general workings of plasma weaponry and then for each weapon we have a MUCH smaller piece that talks about the differences and doesnt mention any details of HOW the gun works? Its just that ATM we seem to have about 5 different wordings of the same thing in 5 different CTDs.

Ie: paragraphs 3-6 become a general "plasma weaponry" CTD, and 1,2,7,8 make the "plasma pistol" CTD.

Same deal for laser weaponry as well. One "how lasers work CTD" and then a *small* CTD on each weapon noting the specifics of the weapon without ANY mention of the theory of "how lasers work". (have a link to the "how lasers work CTD" at the bottom of the CTD).

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 06:36 PM

Judging by the quality of design and manufacture, it would appear that the aliens have gone to great pains to avoid unnecessary injury to their soldiers.

I think the aliens wouldn't care so much about their troops. It's just that making a gun to such precision is a trivial matter to them. It'd probably waste more resources to take any shortcuts in manufacturing the gun.

It's constant use ensures that the plasma will never come into contact with the chamber walls.

Does this mean if you force-eject the clip, the gun will explode? If it loses the power from the clip, the plasma may touch the chamber walls. Or does the gun keep an emergency reserve of Xenium so it can cool off? Or, maybe it fires the shot immediately. The aliens wouldn't mind, (the shot would probably go into a human) but X-Corps could have trouble with it.

Though the writeup seems a little bulky for my tastes, I like it very much.
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Posted 27 April 2004 - 09:03 AM

Good comments Cartesian and Dojo.

I guess I liked the battery because I couldn't remember how we decided to build a Xenium to electricity converter. I thought they were fairly large, extravagent contraptions. But you're right, they probably would use their favorite xenium...perhaps I could say that in human built weapons it will be replaced by a battery if I can remember if building the gun requires Xenium.

I'm having some trouble discussing accuracy of the weapons. I guess I'm talking about ranges while I should be talking about the preparation required, because I'm going off the accuracy for auto, snap, and aimed shot for short, medium, and long range. I'll work on that and get it into the next version. Something like "Easier to aim in a short period of time" like Cartesian mentioned. But then I run into the issue of the time unit cost, and my mind explodes.

Question regarding V1.0+ stuff...do I put that in the X-net entry now or touch on it later? And is range in V1.0?

I imagine you both are right about the bulk. I think I'll write up v3 of the entry, hacking out the mechanics and simply commenting on the differences. Does anyone know where in the tech tree Tzuchan's plasma weapons entry fits? If it appears whenever the first weapon is researched, then I guess we are set.

Keep it coming, this is all good stuff.

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Posted 27 April 2004 - 10:19 AM

Regarding Cartesian's comment, I'm pretty sure you do research plasma tech first, which was worked on in this thread. So you can refer to that writeup in your own, as the player must get that entry first. So this can be the continuation, and therefore be shorter. It might be some of this entry's info can be integrated into the main plasma entry.

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Posted 29 April 2004 - 07:41 AM

Okay, so here's version .8 or something. Hopefully we're getting closer and people are enjoying the changes made thus far. I've been getting really good suggestions, so thanks to everyone and keep it coming.

At what seems to be the consensus (especially now that I know the plasma weapons entry comes first), I've taken out a lot of how it works, and left in a lot of how it is unique. Let me know if you think I've torn out some stuff that should've stayed...

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Posted 29 April 2004 - 07:43 AM

Thought I would post the removed text so you folks could see it rather than compare old and new and try to remember what was missing. Here it is.

If anyone has a problem with rtf files, I can post these as a quote...I just don't because I'm longwinded anyway and that would make my posts rediculously long.

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Posted 30 April 2004 - 06:48 AM

So this post is just here to move up the date and make sure people realize a new version is posted (two posts up). Let me know what you guys think...a couple days from now if there are no more comments I suppose it'll go to Bruenor as done.
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Posted 30 April 2004 - 01:12 PM

I can't see anything wrong with that

Let me get this straight though:

we have definately and finally got a coherent and consitent decision on how these weapons actually work (i.e. the relationship between Xenium and Plasma) right ?

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Posted 30 April 2004 - 02:55 PM

It was my understanding that the plasma weapons entry by tzuchan was a good starting point for the reaction. It lists that heavy water and a high-energy, Xenium-enriched, metastable gel are mixed, the gel breaks down into plasma, and that plasma is shot out using magnetic fields.

If someone else is in the know on how we're going to do this, hopefully they will let me know quickly if it's different.
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Posted 03 May 2004 - 01:17 PM

As far as I can find, your assumption is correct.
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Posted 03 May 2004 - 02:03 PM

"The clip itself is of simple design, but analysis of its contents will require separate research. The clip is known to contain two different solutions, and analysis suggests the presence of Xenium in one container."

well, you can research the clip before the gun, so unless that is not in v1.0+, then it should go AWOL.

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Posted 17 May 2004 - 08:14 AM

Okay, so as far as I know, this thing is done. The edit list includes finally fixing (I hope) that first paragraph with the short range thing, as well as a couple minor grammar fixes. Hope you guys like how it looks now, if not let me know and of course things can be changed.

Incidentally I've recently learned some interesting things about plasma in my physics course...but that would all go into the plasma weapons content.

So here it is...Plasma Pistol ctd v0.99

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Posted 17 May 2004 - 12:07 PM

That looks like a good entry, slap a v1.00 on that one :D

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Posted 17 May 2004 - 04:32 PM

*Stamp*

NEXT!!! ^_^

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Posted 22 May 2004 - 09:03 AM

Stamp.

This is now v1.00. Thanks for your help and suggestions, everyone.

Moving on to more files...but not this weekend, must pack and move...pack and move. And spending a week at the folk's house...no work gets done there.

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Here's my first shot at the Plasma Pistol CT, it's not quite ready so I need your feedback :D , so please criticise away!

PLASMA PISTOL
X-Net entry//287362.54/A/XC2/perseusnet.uy/XPW/01-a

The XPW-01a “Predator” Plasma Pistol is one of a kind, the first of our new line of plasma weaponry. While far more powerful, and significantly more accurate than our standard issue pistols, the Predator is heavier and notably more cumbersome than these, however, the increased damage and accuracy greatly compensates. Another new feature introduced in the Predator Pistol series is the “auto” setting, allowing firing short bursts of three continuous blasts; nevertheless, this setting is recommended to be used only in close quarters, since the accuracy results diminished and nearby agents could be hit instead of the intended target.

The Predator Pistol can be broken down into five main components: the plasma core, located in the back of the barrel; the firing mechanism, which includes the “funnel” of superconductor magnets and the trigger system; the EMPG, responsible of generating the electromagnetic pulse; the 92-b Compressor, which compresses the chaotic “raw” plasma beam into a fine stream of particles; and the heatsink, made of special Alien ceramics, direct responsible for the safety of the wielder, since the plasma generated produces too much heat for the external casing to endure, resulting in an explosion which would badly injure the user.

The Predator Pistol series use a small magazine which contains a small quantity of Xenium-122, the alien element which continues to puzzle our Research Division. The amount of Xenium-122 is enough for (15?) shots, becoming another improvement to our standard issue sidearms’ clip capability, while not a significantly big advantage in view of the others the weapon presents, three additional shots can mean the difference between life and death when facing the Alien hordes.

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Posted 10 August 2004 - 05:49 PM

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PLASMA PISTOL
X-Net://Pegasus.net/Alien/Weapons/Plasma Pistol

The plasma pistol is the most compact of the Aliens’ handheld weaponry. It is more powerful than the X-Corps’ standard light rifle, and it also has more accuracy in close quarters and at long range due to the ease and speed of aiming.

The plasma pistol’s design features four main pieces: the plasma generation chamber, barrel, prongs, and clip.

The plasma generation chamber is easily the most complex area of the weapon, it is thermally isolated from the outside environment, an obvious necessity since even the smallest of leakages would melt the user’s hand and inflict severe burns on other areas. This thermal isolation is achieved primarily through several vacuum chambers interspersed with reflective material taken from Alien Composites. The plasma itself is magnetically levitated in the center of the chamber, regardless of orientation of the weapon. Points of entry are precisely equipped with valves and heatsinks, ensuring that any escaping heat is properly dissipated away from the user. Judging by the quality of design and manufacture, it would appear that the Aliens have gone to great pains to avoid unnecessary injury to their soldiers.

The barrel uses magnetic and electric fields to guide the plasma out of the chamber, as well as beginning to collimate the beam. It would not normally be mentioned, apart from the elegance and complexity of the design on such a small scale.

The magneto dynamic prongs on the front of the weapon are the hallmark of Alien plasma technology. They are used to manipulate the magnetic fields produced by the barrel, ensuring that the plasma blast fired from the weapon stays focused and accurate. In this model of plasma weaponry only two prongs are present. This is theorized to be a compromise. More prongs would increase the collimation of the beam and therefore range and accuracy, but would require considerably more power. As this weapon is devoid of any advanced targeting devices, it would appear that it is intended for use only in short range situations or as a backup weapon; a decision considered wise as other Alien designs are more powerful and can be replicated more easily than modified.

The clip itself is of simple design, but analysis of its contents will require separate research. The clip is known to contain two different solutions, and analysis suggests the presence of Xenium in one container, most likely used to power the weapon’s prongs.

Due to the peculiarities of firing plasma, the rate of fire is limited to the equivalent of the light rifle on burst mode. Though the barrel and prongs could operate much faster, time is necessary to allow proper mixture of fuel in between shots. The fact that this pistol is capable of sustained fire with such a small generation chamber is a testament to Alien manufacture and design.

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PLASMA PISTOL
X-Net://Pegasus.net/Alien/Weapons/Plasma Pistol

The [plasma pistol] is the most compact of the Aliens’ handheld weaponry. It weapon in the Aliens' arsenal. Even so, it is more powerful than the X-Corps’ standard light rifle, and it also has more accuracy in in both close quarters and at long range combat situations due to its light weight and ease the ease and speed of aiming.

The plasma pistol’s design features consists of four main pieces components: the plasma generation chamber, barrel, magneto-dynamic prongs, and clip.

The plasma generation chamber is easily the most complex area part of the weapon;, it is thermally isolated from the outside environment, an obvious necessity since even the smallest of leakages breach could result in would melt the user’s hand and inflict severe burns on other areas for the user. This thermal isolation is achieved primarily through several vacuum chambers interspersed with a reflective material taken isolated from Alien Composites. The plasma itself is magnetically levitated in the center of the chamber to prevent it from damaging to the weapon itself, regardless of orientation of the weapon The center of the chamber is always the center of the chamber, regardless of the orientation of the weapon :). Points of entry Designed apertures are precisely equipped with valves and heat sinks, ensuring that any escaping heat is properly dissipated away from the user. Judging by the quality of design and manufacture, it would appears that the Aliens have gone to great pains to avoid unnecessary injury to their soldiers.

The barrel uses both magnetic and electric fields to guide the plasma out of the chamber, as well as beginning to and partially collimate the beam. It would not normally be mentioned, apart from the elegance and complexity of the design on such a small scale. The anterior magneto-dynamic prongs on the front of the weapon that are the hallmark of Alien plasma technology complete the collimation. They are used to manipulate the magnetic fields produced by the barrel, ensuring that the plasma blast fired from the weapon stays focused and accurate. In this model of plasma weaponry only Though only two prongs are present in the [plasma pistol], it is theorized that more. This is theorized to be a compromise. More prongs would increase the collimation of the beam and therefore range and accuracy, but would require considerably more power while a longer barrel could propel the plasma to even greater distances. As the amount of plasma generated by this weapon dissipates after a reasonably short distance, As this weapon is devoid of any advanced targeting devices, it would appear that it is intended for use only the [plasma pistol] was designed for either short range situations or as a for backup weapon purposes; a decision considered wise as other Alien designs are more powerful and can be replicated more easily than modified. As far as I know, no plasma weapon has targeting devices.

The clip itself is of a relatively simple design, but analysis of its contents will require separate research. The clip is known appears to contain two different solutions, and preliminary analysis suggests the presence of Xenium in one container, most likely used to power the weapon’s prongs.

The maximum rate of fire of the [plasma pistol] is roughly equivalent to that of our [light rifle] due to the time it takes to generate the plasma and accelerate it to useful velocities. The destructive potential of plasma suggests that plasma-based weaponry might be the evolutionary next step for our weapons research. However, since we are unable to synthesize Xenium in our facilities, attempts to fully incorporate plasma weapons into our arsenal might not yet be feasible. Due to the peculiarities of firing plasma, the rate of fire is limited to the equivalent of the light rifle on burst mode. Though the barrel and prongs could operate much faster, time is necessary to allow proper mixture of fuel in between shots. The fact that this pistol is capable of sustained fire with such a small generation chamber is a testament to Alien manufacture and design.

Removed mention of things that can "operate much faster"- I feel it unnecessarily complicates the issue.

”Rule 3: Plasma pistols may not be used to heat my morning coffee.”
- Excerpt from ‘100 things Tommy can’t do in X-Corps’ Fluff subject to change.

Edited by Astyanax, 11 March 2005 - 12:21 PM.

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[PLASMA PISTOL]
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The [plasma pistol] is the most compact weapon in the Aliens' arsenal. Even so, it is more powerful than the X-Corps’ standard light rifle in both close quarters and long range combat situations due to its light weight and ease of aiming.

The [plasma pistol]’s design consists of four main components: the plasma generation chamber, barrel, magneto-dynamic prongs, and magazine housing.

The plasma generation chamber is easily the most complex part of the weapon; it is thermally isolated from the outside environment, an obvious necessity since even the smallest leakage of plasma would result in severe burns to the user. This thermal isolation is achieved primarily through several vacuum chambers interspersed with a reflective material taken from Alien Composites. The plasma itself is magnetically levitated in the center of the chamber to prevent it from damaging to the weapon itself.

Designed apertures are precisely equipped with valves and heat sinks, ensuring that any escaping heat is properly dissipated away from the user. Judging by the quality of design and manufacture, it would appear that the Aliens have gone to great pains to avoid unnecessary injury to their soldiers.

The barrel uses both magnetic and electric fields to guide the plasma out of the chamber and partially collimate the beam. The anterior magneto-dynamic prongs on the front of the weapon are the hallmark of Alien plasma technology; they are used to manipulate the magnetic fields produced by the barrel, ensuring that the plasma blast fired from the weapon stays focused and accurate. Though only two prongs are present in the [plasma pistol], it is theorized that more prongs would increase the collimation of the beam, increasing both range and accuracy, but would require considerably more power. As the amount of plasma generated by this weapon dissipates after a reasonably short distance, it would appear that it was designed for either short range situations or as a backup weapon.

The magazine housing itself is of a relatively simple design, serving to the same purpose as present conventional weaponry’s magazine housings do. It is designed, however, to load two different substances into the weapon. Preliminary analysis show traces of heavy water and a gel-like substance, which will not be contemplated on this report.

The clip is a relatively simple piece of equipment, but analysis of its contents will require separate research. The clip appears to contain the two different solutions mentioned above.

The maximum rate of fire of the [plasma pistol] is roughly equivalent to that of our [light rifle] due to the time it takes to generate the plasma and accelerate it. The destructive potential of plasma and the fact that this pistol is capable of sustained fire with such a small generation chamber is a testament to Alien manufacture and design.

”Rule 43: Plasma pistols may not be used to heat my morning coffee.”
Excerpt from X-Corps Rookie Handbook