Star Wars – EDF-WME
Equipment Data File – Weapon – Melee
SW Close Weapon Companies – Corellian Personal Defence, Kamperdine, Mandalorian, Merr-Sonn, SoroSuub,
Generic Items available to all Close Weapon companies – Balanced Hilt, Brass Knuckles, Bola, Combat Knife, Gaffi Stick, Mono-Molecular Edge, Net, Serrated Edge, Superior Weapon Customisation, Truncheon, Weighted Head.
- Generic Only
Melee Weapons – In a galaxy filled with deadly accurate blasters with bolts of charged particles that can burn through a ship’s hull in an instant, not to mention explosives so powerful that the smallest can destroy an entire squad of infantry, a melee weapon seems an almost comical anachronism. In truth, the utility and deadliness of a well-honed blade or a heavy blunt object is as well-respected in modern times as at any point in galactic history. From the deadly combat knife of the Rebel commando, to the vibro-ax wielded by the savage pirate on the bridge of a captured ship, to the near-mythical lightsabers of the legendary Jedi, melee weapons still have their place on the modern battlefield.
To those who prefer them, melee weapons are the obvious choice for the well-armed soldier for a number of reasons. They are typically silent (save for the high-tech vibro weapons) and can even be improvised out of found materials in a desperate pinch. This allows for quick, quiet kills, a fact especially important to Rebel agents in the field. Larger weapons such as force pikes and vibro-axes have both a long reach and a high intimidation factor, often finishing an argument through their presence alone. Perhaps most importantly, melee weapons are extremely common, easy to make, and rarely subject to the same kinds of legal restrictions as blasters and slugthrowers.
When wielding a melee weapon, users add their Brawn characteristic to the damage dealt, unless the weapon description indicates otherwise. In a melee weapon’s profile, the inclusion of a plus sign next to the damage indicates that the user adds his Brawn to the damage dealt.
From Edge of the Empire
The Tusken Raiders of Tatooine carry brutal staves made from desert tracti hardwood, krayt dragon horn or bone, or scavenged metal. One end of the gaffi stick is flanged with four protruding blades useful for cutting and gashing opponents. The other end curves outward and ends in a spike of some sort, with the opposite side serving as a dull club. While to some the gaffi stick seems crude, its genius is its versatility – being able to stab, cut, or club depending on how the user wields it. It has practical uses as well, from serving as a walking stick in the rough terrain of Tatooine to guiding the Tusken Raiders’ massive banthas.
Fantasy Flight Rules – Gaffi Stick
- Source: Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook (sw-ffg-ee-cr-166)
- Gaffi Stick – Skill: Melee, Damage: +2, Crit: 3, Range: Engaged, Encumbrance: 3, Hard Points: 0, Price: 100 credits, Rarity: 2, Special Qualities: Defensive 1, Disorient 3
- Defensive (Passive) Defensive weapons are particularly good at fending off incoming melee attacks. A character wielding a weapon with the Defensive quality increases his melee defense by the weapon’s Defensive rating.
- Disorient (Active) A weapon with Disorient can daze an opponent. When Disorient is triggered, the target is disoriented (see ee-cr page 218) for a number of rounds equal to the weapon’s Disorient rating. A disoriented target adds (one setback dice) to all skill checks he performs.
- Gaffi sticks require two hands to wield.
- 2022-03-24 – Updated with content from Age of Rebellion.
Armour Modifications: Cortosis Weave (8), Enhanced Optics Suite (3), Heating System (3), Optical Camouflage System (6), Strength Enhancing System (4), Superior Armour Customisation (6), Thermal Shielding System (3), Vacuum Sealed (3)
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