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Weapon Fusions

A weapon fusion is a small, prepackaged add-on that can be attached to any weapon to infuse it with magic. Adventurers use weapon fusions to customize their weapons for a specific enemy or to increase a weapon’s overall effectiveness. Weapon fusions are magic unless stated otherwise. While this causes the weapons they are installed in to be considered hybrid items, in truth the weapon and the fusion still operate separately. An ability that affects a magic item could affect the fusion installed in a weapon, but that would not prevent the weapon’s core function from operating normally unless the weapon was also independently a magic device. The hybridized fusion (see page 194) is an exception to this rule, as noted in its description. Weapons with fusions are considered magic for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction.
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SFS Note: Weapons with the meltdown fusion emit high radiation for the purposes of armor protections.
Source Galactic Magic pg. 54
Item Level 13
A meltdown weapon can trigger brief but painful nuclear fission reactions within its target’s bodies. When critically hit with the weapon, it causes a fraction of the target’s atoms to split apart and fly from their body (Fortitude negates). If the target fails its save, it becomes nauseated for 1d4 rounds and can attempt another saving throw at the end of each of its turns to end the effect. Whenever the creature fails this Fortitude save, its body emits high radiation in an instantaneous 15-foot-radius burst. Other creatures in that area must succeed at a Fortitude save or become sickened for 1 round; creatures more than 5 feet from the target gain a +2 circumstance bonus to the saving throw. This effect has the pain and poison descriptors.