The M43 W/Z Particle Accelerator Weapon System, commonly known simply as the Disintegration Beam, is one of the most powerful weapons ever developed. It works by generating a stream of W and Z bosons, then accelerating them to relativistic speeds. When the particle stream hits any form of matter, it forcibly induces radioactive beta decay, essentially altering the atomic composition of the target – as a result, molecular bonds would also break, leading to the object literally disintegrating. In addition, the energy released creates a ball of plasma, furthering the damage dealt to the beam’s target.
Originally, the particle generator and accelerator was of enormous size and weight, and it’s power requirements were incredible; as such, it was only viable as a static defense installment on space stations – using it planetside would be impossible due to the atmosphere’s interference. Recent advancements in technology however have allowed it to be used not only on spaceships, but also as a vehicle-mounted turret, and even on some elite superheavy infantry units. Still, despite its incredible power, its previous limitations remain, making it an unreliable as well as dangerous investment, requiring advanced and specialized power armor both to carry it, and to withstand the extreme heat it generates as the beam “blooms” in the atmosphere, generating plasma even in front of the user.
Infantry-scale W/Z Particle Accelerator Weapon System
Close Ranged, Heavy, Bulky, Delayed Ready
This weapon can fire only once per combat, and with only one target. All damage dealt by it is lethal damage, and if the target of your attack is hit, their Guard and Toughness are reduced by 2. Also, all creatures within 5 feet of both the origin of the beam and its target take 10 heat damage.
That’s it – I had this particular weapon in mind for quite a while now, and I finally got around to refining it, since I was in a scifi mood. I hope you like it!