Ghar Weapons

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A run through of Ghar weapons, by Tim Bancroft, from the viewpoint of a Ghar being tempted by a Rebel Commander – before Fartok’s reunification, of course…

Donok joins the Rebels

In the gloom of the warehouse, Donok-17 glared at the Rebels in front of him. All had their luggers aimed towards him but it wasn’t the puny chemical weapons that annoyed him but the weird construct that fused a Ghar weapons platform with a human Mag Cannon. That contraption was aimed directly at Donok’s suit and he had learnt to respect the heavy human weapons, whether or not they were wielded by heretic Outcasts.

Algoryn Pattern Mag Cannon
Algoryn Pattern Mag Cannon

He examined the weapon closely – was it operational? The interfaces from Ghar controls appeared clunky, hastily held together with rivets, field tape and silicon seals. But the power lights on the mag cannon itself were glowing, faintly perhaps, but glowing and it was served by two more crew with munition packs on their backs. The operator was glaring at Donok, watchful.

Donok could not help but approve: a Ghar soldier should always be aware on the battlefield. So, no, he would not yet fight. Lugger’s were one thing; arguing with this loaded mag cannon was not a good tactic – whether or not it had been scavenged from the battlefield.

Ghar Luuger Blueprint
Ghar Lugger Gun

Lugger gun

Type of Weapon Effective Long Extreme Shots Attacks Special
Lugger Gun 10 20 30 2×SV0 RF, Limited Ammo 8

What was strange, thought Donok, was that the Rebels weren’t shooting. Right now, he couldn’t shoot back anyway as his suit’s disruptor dischargers were drained of ammunition. A pity, really, as the micro-grenades would be really useful sprayed all around him, right now.

One of the Outcasts crept forward and Donok clashed his plasma claw threateningly. “Stay away!” The Rebel leapt back, chittering in fear – as was right, thought Donok: the powered jaws could separate any being’s head from its neck. He raised his gouger but its grapple and EM charge would be useless at such close range, something his capturers obviously realised as one raised their hands and trembled in mock fear. Donok ground his teeth together wishing he could launch its grapple and let the discharge send the Rebels to the ground in writhing convulsions. It wouldn’t have been enough to damage them severely, but it would give him time to make his escape.

Assault Suit Loadout!

Gouger gun blueprint
The Ghar Assault suit’s gouger gun
Type of Weapon Effective Long Extreme Shots Attacks Special
Ghar Gouger Gun (5)10 20 30 1×SV2 Down
Ghar Plasma Claw Hand-to-hand fighting only 1×SV5 Breaching
Ghar Disruptor Dischargers Point bank shooting only 1×SV2 Blast D3, No Cover, Disruptor, Compound SV
Ghar plasma claw
A Ghar assault trooper’s plasma claw

The hiss of escaping steam and clanking accompanied the arrival of a battered Ghar battle suit. Donok’s combat array flagged it as a command model, but the suit was still too close for the gouger – not that it would have mattered as behind the suit trailed another contraption and a good ole’ Ghar disruptor cannon.

The command suit stopped and it’s speakers blared. “DNOK-2 5-51-17? Known as Donok?”

“I fight for the Ghar!” snarled Donok.

“Very good,” said the suit. “So do we. The True Ghar, the Empire, the way for which we were made.”

“You fight for Fartok!” Donok could not help but raise his claw threateningly.

There came an amplified chuckle and the Outcasts surrounding Donok shook with laughter. “Fartok helps us,” continued the command suit, “but we fight for Ghar. The Supreme Commander has been tricked and the Empire usurped by the treacherous and manipulative Karg. He is corrupt, uses you for his own ends.”

“He is my commander. I obey my orders – as all Ghar should!”

“You have met him?” asked the Ghar in the command suit. “Is he not flabby with lack of exercise? Are his muscles not weak from lack of use?”

Donok remained silent.

There was a loud, audible sigh from the command suit’s speakers. “I am Foornyn 2-49-16, a High Commander of the Ghar. I obey Fartok for the true Ghar he is and deny Karg for the traitor he is.”

“I have heard of your lies,” whispered Donok. “I will never turn from the Supreme Commander.”

“Then you’ll die,” said Foornyn. He waved his claw at the Ghar around him. “We don’t want to, but we will kill you.” He tilted his sensor head. “Quickly, though, and with minimal suffering. I’ll give you a moment to reconsider.” The contraption wheezed forward.

Donok thought for a moment but the weapon seemed far too bizarre and attracted his attention. Four of the human mag repeating weapons had been lashed together into a single mount, all connected by what looked by wire, tape and springs. How – or if – it worked, he did not know. Judging by the markings on their bodysuits, though, the crew were true Outcasts, sanitation engineers. “We’ve

Donok felt dismay. “You will let me die at the hand of Outcast sewage workers?”

Foornyn glanced at the Heath-Robinson contraption. “If it works… Hmm. Good point.” Moments later another of the clunking support weapons came into view. It was almost as formidable a weapon as the cannon: a light support version, rapid firing but guaranteed to make a Ghar suit worry for his life.

Battle Group 9 Scavenged Weapons

Type of Weapon Effective Long Extreme Shots Attacks Special
Scavenged Plasma Carbine 20 30 40 1×SV2
Scavenged Plasma Lance 20 30 1×SV4 Breaching, Inaccurate
Scavenged Mag Gun 20 30 40 1×SV1
Scavenged Micro-X (10)20 30 40 1×SV0 Blast D4, OH, No Cover
Scavenged Mag Cannon 20 30 60 1×SV5 Massive Damage
Scavenged Mag Light Support 20 30 60 3×SV2 RF, PBS

Foornyn watched Donok’s gaze alight on the mag light support. “We use the infernal human’s weapons against them. Not as good as Ghar weapons, of course, but Karg prevents us from doing what we must.” He raised his own scourer. “Now, this is a proper weapon, multi-functional, disruptor capability, long and short ranges.”

Ghar Scourer Cannon

Type of Weapon Effective Long Extreme Shots Attacks Special
Scourer Cannon: Concentrated 20 30 40 1×SV4
Scourer Cannon: Dispersed 10 20 30 2×SV2 RF
Scourer Cannon: Light Disruptor 10 20 30 1×SV1 Blast D4, Disruptor (+Breaching SV3 +No Cover)

“Mine’s longer than yours, sir!” exclaimed the mag cannon operator. The crew around him tittered nervously, as if at a joke they did not understand.

“Almost twice the range,” agreed Foornyn. He turned to Donok. “My apologies, trooper. Apparently the human’s find such jokes amusing, though I have no idea why.”

“You allow Outcasts to talk to you?” asked Donok. “They are disgraced!”

“Only by Karg’s rules. Think, trooper: how many of your colleagues have been Outcast due to a minor battlefield malfunction? How many Outcast as a result of poor command decisions? Or Outcast for no apparent reason at all?”

Donok remained silent; the pressure of becoming Outcast for no reason at all was a constant fear.

“I see you understand,” said Foornyn. “Ghar need discipline where it counts; what we do not need is fear from our own kind.” He glanced over Donok’s assault suit. “For example, your suit looks damaged by disruptor blasts – our own weapons. Do you know what happened?”

Donok did not want to reply but, Outcast or not, it was a High Commander speaking. There was no way he could fight against his genetic instincts. “We called in bomber support fire, then heard Karg himself alter the impact location onto our squad. It was carnage for everyone; the rest of my squad were wiped out.”

Ghar Long-range disruptor weapons

Type of Weapon Effective Long Extreme Shots Attackss Special
Disruptor Cannon (Walker) 20 30 40 1×SV1 OH, Blast D5, Disruptor (+Breaching SV3 +No Cover)
Disruptor Bomber (10)40 60 120 1×SV2 OH, Blast D6, No Crew, Limited Ammo 9, Disruptor (+Breaching SV3 +No Cover)
Heavy Disruptor Bomber (20)40 60 120 1×SV2 OH, Blast D10, No Crew, Limited Ammo 9, Disruptor (+Breaching SV3 +No Cover)

“Do you know what happened, afterwards?” asked Foornyn. Donok remained silent. Foornyn sent a recording to Donok’s combat array, a decryption of Karg’s orders and announcements. “Karg had your squad Outcast for failing to properly resist the enemy. He used that as an excuse  for ordering battery fire directly on your position.”

“I… I’m Outcast?”

“Afraid so, trooper.” Foornyn waited. “Now, are we to welcome you to our ranks?”

The Ghar around the pair of them had been listening. Cheers broke out, chants of “Join us!”

Donok looked around at their smiles, and sighed. Really, he had no other choice.

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