THE FIRELANCE MACHINE
The Firelance Machine
is quite possibly the single most horrific weapon devised by any sentient people
which is capable of vaporizing any and all organic material in a radius of up to 30
kilopeds. It was constructed by the notorious R'unorian
inventor Gregory Firelance (1240-1330) and
was already used at several even more notorious occasions in the past two
The device itself consist of a huge pyramidal frame with a darkly colored crystal orb hanging from a chain that extends down from the top of the frame. On the side of the orb a metal panel is attached with two small dials and a small lever. The first dial controls the radius of the blast, the second is to control the time between the time when it is armed and the time when it actually releases its blast and allows the operator to get to a minimum of a safe distance. The lever has three setings:
When moved to the top of the slot it is
set to recharge the device and allows it to drain energy from any ambient light
When lowered to mid slot
it sets the weapon on stand-by.
And when the lever is lowered to the bottom of the slot the weapon is armed and will release its blast in the prescribed time. After each use the lever automaticaly resets itself to stand-by mode. This brings up the second aspect that makes this weapon so horrific: It is 100% reuseable after each blast as it consists of absulutly no organic compounds.
The following is an excerpt from the book "Weapons of Mass Destruction. An Introduction", which was published by the R'unorian Guards Council and is distributed freely to all personel involved in the use of such weapons. It also makes a wonderful gift for anyone interested in, well, not so funny things.
"...tip no. 23: Smoking can be hazardous to your health,
especially when you're standing in a room filled with barrels of explosives.
On the other hand it is more or less harmless when you think about the
consequences the following device may cause:
Fortunately only two Firelance machines
were ever built before its inventor Greogory Firelance destroyed most of his notes and turned his attention to
more peaceful pursuits.
Of the two machines only one is still operational. The second was caught in the earthquake that hit R'unor in 1459 and it's controlplate was damaged beyond repair. This device is curently located in the archives of the Librarians Guild. The location of the functional machine is unknown except to the members of the Guards Council, and it has not been seen for years by the public. Let us hope it remains that way.
Information provided by Xenos Ravenbeack