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Nova Lance

This long weapon bears a plasma sheath at its striking tip. Although similar weapons are produced on many worlds, nova lances’ use in Eoxian racing broadcasts has made them especially popular throughout the Pact Worlds. They are typically manufactured by corporations that specialize in plasma pistols and plasma rifles and thus their models follow the same naming conventions: red star, yellow star, white star, and blue star.

Plasma Weapons

Superheated or electromagnetically charged gas becomes ionized plasma, which plasma weapons emit in a controlled blast. Ionized plasma deals both electricity and fire damage, tearing through organic flesh and metal alike. Plasma beams can be projected, as from a gun, or maintained in a steady beam with a powerful magnetic field, as the blade of a melee weapon.

Followers of Sarenrae popularized terms for the different intensities of plasma swords based on the heat they emit. The hottest, deadliest plasma weapon is a blue star, followed in descending order by white star, yellow star, red star, and finally tactical plasma weapons.

Nova Lance, Blue Star

Source Starfinder Armory pg. 42
Level 17; Price 279,000
Damage 8d6 E & F; Critical severe wound
Bulk 2; Special powered (capacity 40; usage 4), reach

Nova Lance, Red Star

Source Starfinder Armory pg. 42
Level 2; Price 995
Damage 1d4 E & F; Critical wound
Bulk 2; Special powered (capacity 20; usage 1), reach

Nova Lance, Yellow Star

Source Starfinder Armory pg. 42
Level 7; Price 6,870
Damage 3d4 E & F; Critical wound
Bulk 2; Special powered (capacity 20; usage 1), reach

Nova Lance, White Star

Source Starfinder Armory pg. 42
Level 12; Price 39,500
Damage 7d4 E & F; Critical severe wound
Bulk 2; Special powered (capacity 40; usage 2), reach