Star Wars – EDF-WME
Equipment Data File – Weapon – Melee
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 Age of Rebellion
Considered an atavism by many military scholars, vibroswords are incredibly popular among those for whom intricate swordplay and appreciation of a long, well-crafted blade is an ingrained part of their martial heritage. These weapons are a good compromise between form and function, combining the reach and weight of a traditional sword with the ultrasonic technology found in vibroknives and vibro-axes. They are produced in a variety of styles, from shortswords with thin, leaf-shaped blades to massive, two-handed blades carried across the shoulders, and can be as simple or as ornate as the user desires. While not as powerful as the legendary lightsaber, the vibrosword is still an incredibly effective weapon that can cut through nearly any material and has the benefit of not requiring its user to be a highly trained Jedi Knight.
From Edge of the Empire
Many galactic civilizations have long taken to improving the simple but effective blade with induced ultrasonic vibrations. The high frequency vibrations of the cutting edge greatly improve the sharpness of the weapon, allowing it to carve through most materials with ease.
There are many variations of vibroblade, but the vibrosword is fairly common amongst those who fancy themselves duelists.
Fantasy Flight Rules – Vibrosword
- Source: Age of Rebellion Core Rulebook (sw-ffg-ar-cr-183), Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook (sw-ffg-ee-cr-162)
- Vibrosword – Skill: Melee, Damage: +2, Crit: 2, Range: Engaged, Encumbrance: 3, Hard Points: 3, Price: 750 credits, Rarity: 5, Special Qualities: Defensive 1, Pierce 2, Vicious 1
- Defensive ((Passive) An item with the Deflection quality increases the wearer’s ranged defense equal to its Deflection rating.
- Pierce (Passive) – An attack made with this weapon ignores one point of soak for each rank of Pierce. If the weapon has more ranks of Pierce than the target’s total soak, it completely ignores the target’s soak. For example, Pierce 3 against a soak of 2 ignores 2 points of soak, but the extra “point” of Pierce has no further effect.
- Vicious (Passive) When this weapon scores a critical injury or hit, the character adds ten times the Vicious rating to the critical roll. With Vicious 3, for example, the victim adds +30 to his critical hit result.
- 2022-03-24 – Updated with content from Age of Rebellion.
- 2021-12-28 – Added in details from Age of Rebellion Core Rulebook.
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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Security: Advanced Flesh Camouflage Kit (R7), Binders (0), BlackOps Data Breaker (R6), Comm Jammer (3), Comm Scrambler (R5), Disguise Kit (4), Electronic Lock Breaker (R5), Personal Stealth Field (9), Restraining Bolt (0), Slicer Gear (4)
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