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Ranged Weapons

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October 25, 2007, 4:25 am

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ISL 9000


Capable of delivering up to 20 iron spikes per minute at nearly the velocity of an arrow, the Iron Spike Launcher-9000 is the front line weapon of his most elite clock-work soldiers.

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A clanking, clunking contraption of gears, steam-boxes, and strip-mounted iron spikes, the ISL 9000 is a mechanical horror distantly akin to one of Mr. Maxim’s weapons.


Fizzlegear the Heartless looked about the devestation of his workshop, and sighed in something akin to rage. So many of his machine’s cogs had been spiked. So many of his elegant traps undone by simple rods of sharpened Iron. What was he going to DO with th… Ahah-ha-ha! Gnomish Ingenuity would triumph again!


The ISL 9000 exists for one purpose and one purpose only. To turn the most annoying equipment of adventurers into weapons of destruction to use against their homelands. Rapidly firing iron spikes with all the power of crossbow bolts and all the accuracy of blind men, the ISL 9000 is none-the-less capable of rapidly decimating small units of close packed men. It’s also a fairly effective piton driver. But mostly, it throws spikes through the air and through soldiers…

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Voted Pariah
March 7, 2007, 20:57
+1 for uniqueness. Good job Siren.
Voted valadaar
March 7, 2007, 21:34
Er, not so unique - Abadra Siege Barrel...
Voted Wulfhere
March 7, 2007, 22:56
Obviously, that gnome hadn't read 101 Uses for an Iron Spike.

Voted manfred
March 8, 2007, 3:04
Gets that little laugh from me. But it is missing a few details, like how it approximately looks like, and especially: how many spikes does it carry. :)
Voted Scrasamax
March 8, 2007, 3:30
Voted Cheka Man
March 8, 2007, 9:33
Only voted
Siren no Orakio
March 8, 2007, 20:04
Sadly, it's not terribly unique, though this is more akin to the Quake "Nail Gun" than to your barrel, Valadaar.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxim_gun - As described, it is a steam-punk version of a Maxim Machinegun.
Voted Chaosmark
March 11, 2007, 22:42
Unique, if nothing else. +1 for Iron Spikes.
Voted MoonHunter
March 16, 2007, 2:08
I don't like the modern name on a feudal tech item.

The steam power is odd, but okay.

Just not a great item this time SnO.
Cheka Man
December 29, 2008, 11:43
A spiky problem for those who face it.
Voted Silveressa
December 29, 2008, 11:57
I agree with Manfred, expanding this sub to include a rough description of what the weapon looks like & how it functions would help bring more life into this piece.

Also given the weight of iron spikes (we're talking railroad spike sizes here I assume?) I'm not sure such a weapon designed to launch droves of these would weigh little enough to be man portable by most gnomes or humans without extreme strength.

Also the name reminded me a little of the bfg 9000 from doom, and not really fitting with the steampunk level, although that could just be me.

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       By: Strolen

In nature, for instance, a rhino has flies and ticks etc, that live on the hide and live off the blood. Rhino will visit and lie in ponds where turtles will clean the underwater portion of the ticks and a species of bird will clean the the top of ticks and other parasites. What if where the characters camp there were a species of animals that lived off wounds of the creatures. PCs camp. Anybody with wounds on there body are soon covered with small rodent - insect - shadows - whatever. Would immediately see it as a threat I would imagine. But perhaps one of the wounded didn't wake up when it happened, and when they did finally wake they were completely healed. Perhaps somebody was warned of something attacking them but they were able to notice that the wound was actually getting smaller instead of larger. Or maybe they successfully beat the creatures off them and don't notice an improvement, marking this place never to rest at ever again....later learn that villagers send their wounded there but they keep it a guarded secret because they don't want all the attention or traffic and what comes with such a special gift. Could turn into something more too if characters decide to start blabbing about it.

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