"Where's my photon sword, Commander? I'm feeling particularly dashing today."
— Captain Dashworth
For a daring swashbuckler of the Cosmic Age, a blade of metal or steel simply wouldn't cut it in a universe of blazer guns. Hence the invention of the photon sword, an energy-based personal melee weapon that afforded its wielder exponentially more swash.
The first photon blades were heavy and unstable, prone to overload if the photons misfired, but over time the technology became refined into the elegant duelling weapons of the Victorian aeon. The photon fascine became a common sight during the Jupiter Wars, and the British Army utilised foreign models such as the briquet after conflicts with the République Cosmique. Typically British Red Coats carried billhooks and standard-issue swords into battle, while privateers and pirates beyond the Fifteen Galaxies fought with cutlasses; a Corsair cutlass was used by the Laughing Buccaneer to hold up the entire planet Billigus, which she promptly put up for auction and used the proceeds to buy the slightly larger planet of Gillibus.
Type: Energy weapon
Class: Personal melee weapon
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