Masers are the primary type of energy weapon used by the United Stellar Commonwealth. They are light-speed, line-of-sight weapons capable of several different modes. Masers are used both as hand-weapons and a ship-mounted relativistic assault batteries.
Maser Modes are divided up broadly into thanatronic disruption and matter disruption.
Thanatronic disruption modes interfere with biological processes in many known life-forms, with effects ranging from unconsciousness to instant and total cellular death.
Matter disruption modes briefly alter the charges of particles upon which the maser beam is incident. The result is a violent explosive effect on targets composed of matter.
Type I Masers are small, clicker-style weapons suitable for personal defense in most situations.
Type II Masers are larger, pistol-configured weapons nominally designed for defense but suitable for moderate assault missions.
Ship mounted masers are generally referred to as “arrays” though there are a number of configurations which these arrays can take. The most popular are Emitter Strips embedded in the side of a vessel and Emitter Steles; projections from a vessel whose entire surface is capable of Maser emission.
Ship-Mounted Masers begin at Class VII and go all the way up to Class XII on starships currently in Space Navy service.This page is wiki editable click here to edit this page.