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Approved Tech Velok's Orbalisk Cleaver

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Velok the Younger

When I Was A Young Warthog
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OUT OF CHARACTER INFORMATION

PRODUCTION INFORMATION
  • Manufacturer: Velok
  • Affiliation: Velok
  • Model: N/A
  • Modularity: No
  • Production: Unique
  • Material: Orbalisk chitin
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
  • Classification: Sword
  • Size: Larve
  • Weight: Very Heavy
SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Vibrogenerators
DESCRIPTION
Comparable to a classic Sith sword in function, Velok's cleaver is a brutal weapon designed to shear through or bash past armor plate. Velok carved it out of the shell of a large orbalisk using corusca-tipped tools. Orbalisks, an ancient alchemical creature, can withstand and absorb gigantic amounts of electrical current, and can repel the blade of a lightsaber. They also grow throughout their lives. Velok found a tough old one and ground down its shell into a weapon that suited him.


Strengths:
  • Lightsaber resistance on par with a decent midgrade Sith sword.
  • Can absorb lightning in quantity.
  • Advanced vibrogenerators and substantial weight allow it to shear through an awful lot with Velok's strength behind it.
  • Retains an amplified echo of the orbalisk's ability to feed on the Force: any Force-sensitive cut by the blade will feel slightly and temporarily weaker in the Force. A somewhat more powerful drain takes place if Velok kills a Force-sensitive with the cleaver. Any siphoned power can be saved up and used in emergencies, within reason, when Velok needs a second wind.
Weaknesses:
  • Very heavy for a weapon of its size. Definitely not suited for fencing or knife-fighting.
  • Lightsabers will notch the blade and may damage it with sustained contact, making it less unnaturally durable than a good Sith sword.
  • Force-null fields (ysalamiri, void stone) will permanently dissipate whatever energy the weapon has stored up.
  • A Dark Side presence makes the cleaver noticeable to Jedi senses, unless specially concealed by various means.
 

Velok the Younger

When I Was A Young Warthog
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[member="Cairyn Midore"]

The Wook article has some vague and contradictory language early on, but later it indicates that the orbalisks could take a gigantic amount of electricity before death. As I understand it, and this is just my take - it's been ages since I read any of those books - orbalisks absorb a big chunk of electricity until the little critters just can't take it anymore. Then they die and release nasty toxins. Since this is a chunk of carapace, there's nothing here to die or release toxins. The electricity-drinking ability is comparable to your average Sith sword, if it's a balance concern - I literally just left the strength there from the template.
 

Cairyn Midore

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[member="Velok the Younger"]

Taking another look at the wiki page and I see what you mean. I don't think it's a balance concern - assuming you're not going to claim to be the second coming of Darth Bane (and as you pointed out, this is just the shell). As another user of Orbalisks, I truly like what you've done here.
 
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