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« on: 16 April 2012, 13:10:03 »

The Firelance Engine named after its inventor R'unorian Kray'kori Fer'il, or as he is more often known to Sarvonians, Gregory Firelance. As explained in a few of Firelance's remaining notes, the "Engine" captures and focuses the light from the sun in order to burn whatever it turns its gaze upon.

From the surviving sketches and reports of Firelance, as well as the notes of those who worked with him, the Firelance Engine, or simply "The Fearsome Engine" as he referred to it, is a complex array of polished, curved mirrors and massive glass lenses housed within a tower. The roof of this tower is open to the sky, in order to permit sunlight to pass into the workings of the machine where it is harnessed.

The lenses and mirrors appear to be attached to a sort of trackway with gears so that the various components can be re-positioned without touching the lenses or mirrors themselves. In some places, the light is split with elaborately cut crystals, in others several of the split beams seem to converge onto the same optic before all eventually arrive at a single, central pairing of mirror and an array of lenses called "The Eye".

The polished gold mirror is roughly as tall as a man, based on the few surviving notes regarding it's construction, likewise, the largest lens is believed to sit quite comfortably at half that height, while the smallest (a single, well-carved, polished quartz crystal), would fit comfortably in the palm of the hand.

The equipment is quite finely crafted, and monstrously complex, so much so that attempts to recreate it inevitably fail. Attempts to move the Engine from where it is currently housed have been unanimously rejected by the Guard's Council for fear that the Engine would no longer function were it moved, or that parts of it may be broken.

The Firelance Engine focuses the light of the sun into a flashing lance of fire that has been known to set ships alight. The exact workings of the machine are a carefully kept secret, even its location remains a bit of a mystery. The effect is produced by means of carefully crafted mirrors and lenses, which allow the machine's operator to direct this effect.

The overall result is akin to a simple burning glass, amplified many times over until it functions on the scale of boats and buildings. Evidence that the weapon has been used at night suggests that it works even without sunlight, or that it may even be capable of storing the light somehow.


The Firelance Engine was invented by R'unorian inventor Kray'kori Fer'il, or Gregory Firelance. Firelance, a glassmaker's apprentice, purportedly became fascinated by items like burning glasses. After an augmented burning lens started a fire which consumed half the shop, Firelance was sent to Glara to join the Librarian's Guild. Many of Firelance's notes remain with the Guild, and from there it is possible to trace the studies which led to the creation of the device he would simply come to refer to as "The Fearsome Engine".

Firelance's main focus tended towards the subjects of the Guild of Mechanists. During his early days on Glara, he is said to have torn through the notes of previous guild members regarding clockwork devices and glass-making, moving on later to study the notes of the College of Alchemists regarding properties of certain metals.

The first true iteration of the Engine, a temporary device built on a scaffolding on the roof of the Great Library, was capable of lighting the beacon of the lighthouse in Glara's harbour, roughly a quarter of a strall distant, as the crow flies.

After this demonstration, several individuals offered to purchase the device from Firelance. The money from this purchase was immediately spent constructing a second iteration of the device. The test of this proved more than capable of lighting a stationary rowboat from the same distance as before.

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« Reply #1 on: 29 April 2012, 12:10:05 »

Aha, a version of Archimedes ray.  I only kow about this because Pres Obama requested the Myth Busters to attempt to prove or disprove this weapon.  It was busted.

But who cares this is fantasy and it is fun to have it.  

Is the old version of this weapon posted on the site anywhere?  I couldn't find it in the miscellaneous section.  I know you can get to it through the Firelance inventor entry.

Anyhow it certainly needed a rewrite considering it reads more like a technical bomb rather than a fantasy weapon.  So without any nitpicks yet it looks good so far.  I realize this is still a work in progress.
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