Hlaulrakh (Gravity Spear, TL14): technology breaker?

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Hlaulrakh (Gravity Spear, TL14): technology breaker?

Postby BigDogsRunning » Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:56 pm

I recently ran across the Hlaulrakh (Gravity Spear, TL14) in the MgT 1e Aslan book. I don't know if it's in the Aslan material in Pirates because I'm in it as a player, so haven't read it.

This device seems to either break some technologies, or introduce them in a very advanced and refined form well before the basic tech is available according to the TL charts. Also, mechanically, it does something different that seems to open a can of worms, in that it does damage to anything in the path of the beam, ignoring armor. This seems to mean, logically, that it doesn't stop when it hits a target, but would continue on for some undefined distance damaging all that it hits.

It seems to be a handheld repulsor, and handheld tractor, with an added sophistication of enabling rapidly switching between the two effects with a high degree of power and control.
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Re: Hlaulrakh (Gravity Spear, TL14): technology breaker?

Postby Condottiere » Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:50 am

Sounds like a pilum, or gae bulg, though that might be something more appropriate for the Vargr.
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Re: Hlaulrakh (Gravity Spear, TL14): technology breaker?

Postby Pyromancer » Thu Apr 04, 2019 5:47 am

BigDogsRunning wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:56 pm
I recently ran across the Hlaulrakh (Gravity Spear, TL14) in the MgT 1e Aslan book. I don't know if it's in the Aslan material in Pirates because I'm in it as a player, so haven't read it.

This device seems to either break some technologies, or introduce them in a very advanced and refined form well before the basic tech is available according to the TL charts. Also, mechanically, it does something different that seems to open a can of worms, in that it does damage to anything in the path of the beam, ignoring armor. This seems to mean, logically, that it doesn't stop when it hits a target, but would continue on for some undefined distance damaging all that it hits.
The beam affects only a small area; I interpret that as extending perhaps 10-20 cm from the tip of the spear.
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Re: Hlaulrakh (Gravity Spear, TL14): technology breaker?

Postby BigDogsRunning » Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:26 pm

In MgT1, the range is "rifle", so 500m or so?
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Re: Hlaulrakh (Gravity Spear, TL14): technology breaker?

Postby Jackstar » Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:34 pm

It's in 2e Pirates of Drinax book 2 page 114.
Heavy weapon. Range 250m, damage 2D, ignores armour.
It has a magazine of 10, so I think that it is fired rather than thrown.
It still affects anything in its path.
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Re: Hlaulrakh (Gravity Spear, TL14): technology breaker?

Postby PsiTraveller » Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:37 pm

What are the "Tons" all the weapons are talking about? 10 tons for the gravity spear, 12 tons for the plasma streamer.
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Re: Hlaulrakh (Gravity Spear, TL14): technology breaker?

Postby paltrysum » Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:50 pm

Typos, presumably. Should be Kg.
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Re: Hlaulrakh (Gravity Spear, TL14): technology breaker?

Postby Hakkonen » Sat Apr 06, 2019 4:21 pm

paltrysum wrote:
Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:50 pm
Typos, presumably. Should be Kg.
You sure? It's a heavy weapon, maybe it's meant to be vehicle-mounted.
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Re: Hlaulrakh (Gravity Spear, TL14): technology breaker?

Postby paltrysum » Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:54 pm

Well, they have Aslan NPCs carrying the spears around in one of the “Pirates of Drinax” adventures and the plasma streamer being used as a man portable weapon by another NPC so pretty sure “tons” is an error.
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Re: Hlaulrakh (Gravity Spear, TL14): technology breaker?

Postby Moppy » Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:26 am

Does the weapon's effect affect everything in a line up to its range, or does it only affect a limited part of that line (where the target is)?
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Re: Hlaulrakh (Gravity Spear, TL14): technology breaker?

Postby Sigtrygg » Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:56 am

Sounds like the author watched a bit too much Stargate and wanted the kewel staff weapon in the game.

Shame it doesn't exist in CT OTU, nor can it be built at TL14.
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Re: Hlaulrakh (Gravity Spear, TL14): technology breaker?

Postby Jame Rowe » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:40 pm

Sigtrygg wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:56 am
Sounds like the author watched a bit too much Stargate and wanted the kewel staff weapon in the game.

Shame it doesn't exist in CT OTU, nor can it be built at TL14.
I like the concept too.

I've always thought that the Traveller tech scale should be revised a bit for high-tech stuff, so I have less problem having one of these at TL 14.
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