Full Item Description
The Mk.9 Sunbeam was by far and large an easily overlooked laser pistol when it was still in production. it is just over a foot long and considered a heavy weight at 2 kg. The construction of the weapon is basic, a long focusing chamber inside a static shielded and impact resistant casing with a trigger and a battery pack and capacity in the handle and rear of the weapon. Damage is average, compared with other hand-held beam weapons, range is also average. The battery pack is durable and can sustain heavy firing before being depleted, and the lasre emitter is well stabilized and insulated.
Johnathan Rockwell was one of the best known colonial explorers and marines turned pirate during the post colonial, pre-fringe era. During those days, it was common for entire worlds, some only seeded decades before, to rebel against the Terran Hegemony. Rockwell lead one such world in rebellion. His rebellion is significant in that it is one of the few that defeated the Hegemon forces that sought to subdue the rebellious colony. Most other colonies were either outright destroyed or returned bloody and cowed to the Hegemon's aegis.
The Mk.9 remained in production at Besrodia II for close to a century, before the facility that produced it was shut down and retooled to produce an infantry plasma rifle. The Mk.10, or Mk.X that replaced the Mk.9 had already been in production for close to twenty years by that point. After almost 100 years of production, the number of Mk.9 pistols in existance was estimated to be in the hundreds of millions, scattered across a large swath of the galaxy.
Rockwell was a dashing leader, often fighing in the vanguard with his rebel marines. Nominally an officer, Rockwell never carried more than his marine issue pulse carbine, and his side arm, a Mk.9 pistol. Rockwell would eventually be caught by Hegemon forces while working to organize a rebellion in the Quan-Sinko system. In the pitched battle that followed, Rockwell supposedly fired his pistol until the barrel glowed cherry red with heat, and the batteries were emptied unknown numbers of time. Rockwell and the Quan-Sinko rebels were killed to the last, taking nearly eight times their number of Hegemon Guardsmen and Tech-Marines with them. Rockwell's pistol was among the gear looted by the survivors.
Rockwell's pistol is a well cared for, but very heavily used weapon. After familiarizing with the pistol, a shooter can get 50% longer range out of the weapon and close to 30% more shots out of a standard battery pack. The weapon, aside from these long time modifications, has not outstanding capabilities. Despite this lack of fantastic ability, Rockwell's pistol has been a highly valued weapon. Most of the weapon's owners have been various weapon collectors and pistol enthusiasts, but a fair number have also been radicals and rebels who think that having something as symbolic as Rockwell's pistol will bolster their cause.
As such, there are more than a few fraudulent pistols in circulation that claim to be Rockwell's. Most are either the wrong make and model, or have been overworked with gold and iridium tooling and artistic embellishments, rather than looking like hard worked tools of war.
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A handy laser with a good backstory.
Hey! Who's overwriting Ender's Game here! :)
A good weapon, easy to transfer to other venues.
Damn you manfred, damn you for being well read, I thought I could sneak that one past LoL!
Hah! No attempt to distort known works shall go unpunished. :D
Ender's Game and related books... sometimes they seemed like a Mary Sue pentalogy, with all the main characters surviving everything and the whole world turning around them. Still a good read.
Aside, the Rackham of this story could be a worthy continuation of the book character, a legendary war hero, saving humanity and all, turned revolutionary is always a favorite. :)
The only thing I took (knowingly) from Ender's Game was the name 'Mazer' Rackham, I was thinking of how someone (Moon i think) was complaining that guns and futuristic weapons never get the same treatment as swords and such.
It is true. It is the classic, "Where did you get that weapon?" situation
Answer Magic Sword: "I found the weapon on the Quest to find the 12 Gems of Alaveroin. We were deep in the ...."
Answer Laser Pistol: "Sears 49.99"
Science Fiction tends to be very, pragmatic in its production of "cool things". After all, most technology is pretty replicatable. So you tend to get a lot of specs and details, rathe rthan story.
This is a "Historical Item", rather than an item write up. It is special only in regards to its owner.
After familiarizing with the pistol, a shooter can get 50% longer range out of the weapon and close to 30% more shots out of a standard battery pack.
It's a Laser Pistol +2
And see comments from above.
Well, there are indeed custom items of modern construction - some are really unique. Things like the Maus tank built by the Germans in WWII were built in such limited numbers that they could not be considered generic items and there is room for the truely unique modern or sci-fie item. Just needs a little more work then fantasy.
I like this pistol and it puts me in mind of Spacemaster.
Laser Pistol +2, fighting sci-fi's lack of epic personal weaponry since 2008.
Hehheh, nice one, CM
Very nice, the presentation helped set it apart and it could find a nice home in almost any sc-fi game with a history of "rebels vs the empire." (Of which there are many)
It would've been nice to see it created into an original work (or other sci-fi setting on Strolens) rather then snuck in from Ender's Game but it's still a nice useable sub.
The plot hooks can surround characters either trying to steal the item from or for a collector, or using it's legendary status to spark a rebellion. (Especially on the 10th anniversary of the empires victory)
There, no reference at all to Ender's Game.
very nice item, with both unique and mundane qualities, the post itself provides a platform and a push for a GM to develop dozens of similar items for a sci-fi setting