OUT OF CHARACTER INFORMATION
Intent: A new type of armament.
Image Source: Frank Capezzuto IIIhttps://www.artstation.com/artwork/0EbdG
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Primary Source: Tractor beamhttp://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Tractor_beam/Legends
Model: NADIR G-SERIES Tesseract
Material: Phrik, tractor beam components
Classification: Gravity weapon
Ammunition Type: Gravity
Ammunition Capacity: Beam
Reload Speed: None
Effective Range: Average – Long Range – Battlefield
Rate of Fire: Very Low
Stopping Power: Extreme – High – Average
Tears targets apart by applying an extreme amount of gravitational force on an extremely small surface.
Really slick design; whatever you install it on will look ten times hotter for it, and that’s a guarantee.
Fatal attraction: Over a period of longer exposure, the beam serves to enact a massive gravitational pull on a relatively small target area. At close ranges, the Tesseract is capable of slowly tearing materials apart through artificial magnification of weight – the increased strain often results in various structures giving out.
Pinpoint: As a beam weapon, the Tesseract is a relatively accurate – in terms of space battles, anyway. It can hit the designated target without much issue, but aiming at specific structures is impossible unless a big ship enters close-quarters range.
HungryRavenous: A truly monstrous generator is required to power such a weapon – both in output and size. While the Tesseract itself is visually unassuming, the source of its energy is most definitely not. Even a capital ship would have trouble running any other special systems alongside this bad boy; and you can just forget about installing more than one. Space stations can use them more reliably, although installing one after the fact may not work quite to optimum. For best results, Nadir recommends that the potential buyer build their vessel or station around the Tesseract.
Hot stuff: After imposing its considerable power upon a target, the Tesseract requires a cooldown. Though this period – usually around half a minute – is hardcoded into the weapon system, someone clever enough with electronics could find their way around the limitation. This would shortly result in their death, as well as the death of everyone in a half click radius of the weapon’s mount. The rails, you see, explode; so please, observe the required cooldown.
Reach: The destructive power of the weapon exponentially decreases the further out its target is. At long ranges, the Tesseract simply becomes a tractor beam; an imposing tractor beam to be sure, but still just a tractor beam.
Flexibility: Despite its advantages, beams aren't all sunshine and rainbows. Outside its line of effect, the Tessaract does... exactly nothing. If you miss, even if by an inch, the target will breeze onwards on solar winds, utterly unscathed.
Exorbitant: Due to the cost of production, this technology is absurdly expensive. Because of Nadir’s peculiar business model for the G-series, the price is not in credits – rather one of favors and objects of great value.
Whereas the traditional tractor beam merely seeks to trap its target and prevent it from escaping, the Tesseract was built to make your foes shake in their boots.
Or that is, at least, how it’s advertised. And you can never trust a marketer – doubly so if they look suspiciously like the guy that mugged you in an alley last week.
Trust issues aside, the idea behind the Tesseract might be exactly what the tagline says. And, in a controlled environment, it works. Unfortunately, as any seasoned spacer knows, opponents rarely show the courtesy of staying in place while you’re trying to blast them out of your backyard. It’s poor manners, really, but it’s the truth of the matter.
In practical applications, the weapon is best used against slower, larger vessels. Smaller corvettes and below are simply too prone to buzzing to and fro, and missing a shot that needs half a minute to recharge simply isn’t worth it. Thus the Tesseract has evolved into something of a sleeve-ace; brutally effective, but only if used right.
So, you know – aim true.