[LMB] Stunners, needleguns, plasma arcs, etc

Michael Bauminger mikebomb at myrealbox.com
Sun, 30 Dec 2001 02:32:06 -0500

Hurrah! Posting on topic, for a change!

On Saturday, December 29, 2001 10:11 PM, Pouncer <Pouncer at aol.com>

> So, the weapon [needle gun] is precise.  But the user
> would have to practice with it in a near
> monomaniacal fashion to be able to
> _use_ it  precisely.  Most of the weapons
> users we've seen in the Nexus are not
> such maniacs.

Sorry, Pouncer, can't agree. _TWA_, second printing (11/1988), p.222:

"The Escobaran woman's face contorted with rage and fear. She braced
herself. A stream, as of tiny silver raindrops, sang from the shaking
weapon. The needles burst against the wall all around Bothari in a
whining shower of spinning, razor sharp shards....

Bothari fell like a wall toppling, as if in pieces at the joints. His
shirt displayed four or five tiny drops of blood only, scarcely a
nosebleed's worth....

....Five hits - Bothari's chest cavity, abdomen, organs, must be
sliced and stirred to hamburger, within..."

Not precise, at all. More like spraying with a Tech-9. Too dangerous
to be useful around hostages. Besides, where did you get the idea that
needlers were Bothari's weapon of choice? He is always written with a
nerve disrupter and a plasma arc in hand, with a knife for close work.