These are potential weapon concepts for the "Black Age" table top war-game. The empire is longest and largest human institution to ever exist. Imperial weapons, with a few exceptions, will be relatively simple and quick to produce. This makes them somewhat less powerful and accurate than their confederate counter-parts. However, imperial weapons are very reliable and will almost never jam. There are three major arms producing companies in the empire: United Imperial Arms company (UIAC), Southern Imperial Arms company (SIAC), and Northern Imperial Arms Company (NIAC).
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Individual Weapon descriptions
UIAC produced weapons
"Flash": The flash rifle, or just the F.O.B. rifle, has been in imperial service for over half a century. It uses focused ozone beam (F.O.B.) operation. Although F.O.B. type weapons are extremely lethal they put a great strain on the parts of the weapon. This means that the F.O.B. rifle is limited to semi automatic fire. This was not a problem in the wars the Empire faced up until the first Imperial confederate war, where fighting was often at close range and very fast. The F.O.B. is very popular with imperial troops and is still in use by many regiments throughout the empire
"Commando": This weapon is basically the same gun as the "Flash" rifle, but it has been shrunken down for better use with special forces and drop troops. It has also been reinforced to allow for automatic fire, although its sustained fire capabilities are still limited. There is also a version of this rifle made by SIAC. Characterized by its more traditional pistol grip, the rifle is a favorite of drop legions.
"Zioman": Named for emperor Zioman the first, this weapon combines lessons leaned from the F.O.B. 2 project as well as the 1st imperial confederate war. the main objective of the weapon is to offer soldiers larger amounts of fire power. It is also one the first popular assault rifle weapons developed in the empire. If uses ionized ozone beam (I.O.B.) operation. Although not as powerful as F.O.B. operation, it is easier on the weapon and allows for automatic and sustained fire. The Zioman is currently in use by a large portion of the interior guard and slowly working its way into the imperial armed forces. It was also one the first successful weapons to use the new "imperial standard" power supply unit.
"Cararov": One of the few weapons designed to use F.O.B. 2 operation, this weapon was prone the lock ups and overheating. While still in use by several regiments within the empire it is slowly being phased out of service in favor of the Zioman rifle. It uses the same power supply unit as the Zioman rifle.
"Pipe" named for its resemblance to a popular smoking pipe used by imperial officers, this is one of the few successful F.O.B. operation pistols. Its is fed with the same cylindrical power pack as the full sized F.O.B. rifle.
"Screamer" Although this pistol uses the largely unsuccessful F.O.B. 2 operation. it has been very popular among the officers that have used them. It uses an advanced coolant system not available at the time of the Cararov rifle. This, however, makes it more expensive so its production is somewhat limited. It also makes use of the Imperial standard power supply instead of the more common cylinder power pack used by most pistols.
"Rebel" this pistol is meant for undercover forces or for anyone who needs to have their weapon concealed. It uses an advanced version of the F.O.B. system that gives it a big punch in a small package. Often used by naval personnel because of it's small size. it uses a modified, shorter version of the cylinder power pack.
"Liberator" this disposable pistol is meant to be dropped to resistance forces to aid in disruption of enemy forces. it uses F.O.B. operation, though it is slightly less powerful than military F.O.B. rifles. It uses an integral power supply that cannot by recharged.
NIAC produced weapons
"Pain bringer" This pump action shotgun predates even the F.O.B. in its service to the emperor. It is virtually indestructable and will fire any 12 gauge ammunition available in the empire. Very popular among those who use them.
"Blow Torch" This 8 gauge shotgun is used mainly for crowd control and in forced entry. Called the blow torch because of the large amount of muzzle flash. It is powerful, yet somewhat heavy and cumbersome. Its fires almost all 8 gauge ammunition available to imperial soldiers.
"Black Box" Named for its use in the black ops and its unique ammunition selection system, the Black Box is powerful and offers useful options to those trained to use them. The Black Box uses a shot selection system so the user can chose to either fire a standard round or pre loaded special ammunition, the special ammunition is loaded into a holding magazine located between the trigger and the magazine. when selected by the firer the special ammunition can be chambered and fired. This weapon is popular among imperial special forces but is rare among standard soldiers.
"Equalizer" This weapon is built for the singular purposed of firing lots of high power rounds into the enemy. It is popular in the Empire, and even the Confederacy. Very reliable and powerful. However it somewhat heavy, and ammunition supply can become a problem in the field.
"Ruskie" This rifle was built for imperial forces operating in artic conditions like the Mekalov asteroid fields along the northern Imperial border. It is unrivaled in freezing conditions and will operate in conditions that would stop even the F.O.B. rifle. Named the Ruskie for its resemblance to guns used by ancient Russians before the great war.
"Blooper" Called the blooper because of the sound it makes when firing, this weapon is the current standard grenade launcher in the empire. Grenade launchers have always been a common thing among imperial troops. It acts as a midpoint between standard rifles and the more specialized anti armor heavy weapons. Fires standard 50 mm grenade of almost any type.
"Stalking Death" This sniper rifle replaced the older "Long John" F.O.B based sniper rifle. It fire .45 caliber high powered magnum rounds. recoile is dealt with by a large muzzle compensator and shock bracing located in the stock. The rifle is very powerful and has enough range to deal damage at long distances. It uses a standard 4X through 12X digital telescopic sight but can be fitted with various sights for special purposes.
"Vigilant" A pistol version of the Black box rifle, it is still common in the black ops and other special forces groups.
"Gargoyle" This pistol has become the standard pistol among officers in the empire. It can be configured to fire either .357 or .45 inch rounds. Very reliable and accurate. this pistol has also become a favorite of criminals because it is louder and more distinctive than its F.O.B. counterparts.
"Man Stopper" This pistol is considered overkill by many of the older officers in the empire but it a common sight among younger officers and NCOs. It is arguable the most powerful, and uncontrollable, pistol in the empire. It is very robust and is often used as a small club in close quarters combat.
"Pepper box" Although bulky and inaccurate, the pepper box remains a common sight in the imperial military. It can either fire each of its barrels individually or together in "volley" mode. This pistol is also very good at destroying enemy moral because it is very loud and distinctive.
"Tavert" Named for the general that popularized it, the Tavert rivals the Man Stopper in its Powerl. The Tavert can also fire several types of special ammunition to make effective in uncommon situations.
"Trench rat" As its name suggests, this weapons is used primarily in trenches. Although imperial defenses are very good, imperial still need a way to defend themselves if the enemy can get into friendly trenches. F.O.B. rifles and other full sized guns are often too unwieldy and bulky to be effective when fighting in the confines of a trench so the Trench rat is given to every third man in a platoon to try an balance its abilities. The trench rat is also infamous for being used as a tool of mobs and criminals.
"Flat Head" This was developed to fire 50 mm grenades and flares. It proved to be nearly impossible to control when firing and was largely dropped by official military forces. It was. however, picked up by several rebel and paramilitary groups that were glad to have the extra fire power.
SIAC produced weapons
"Torch" The Torch does damage by emitting linked highly focused electromagnetic charges. This energy "beam" can cause severe burns, disrupt nerves, and cause organ failure. The torch is used in space warfare of in a vacuum environment that would render other weapons useless. It is currently being phased out in favor of the smaller Flesh Eater beam emitter.
"Puragator" Flame throwers have always been viewed with suspicion by imperial commanders because their limited range and volatile nature can cause undue casualties. However, their abilities to clear bunkers and emplacements is invaluable. The puragator combines an advanced liquid fuel and discharge system to increase the range to what is deemed "acceptable".
"Rattle Snake" The Rattle Snake is an assault rifle made to work in an airless environment. It never gained much popularity and is rarely seen in large numbers. Although more accurate than bean emitters it was too unreliable for large scale usage.
"Flesh eater" this weapon is similar to the torch but it is made to be smaller and more easily handled. Its also has a higher emission rate than the torch making it more powerful when using sustained fire.
"Militant" The militant is considered to be the first truly successful weapon to use pulse operation. It is considered by many to be the most powerful rifle in the imperial arsenal. It has become the primary weapon ot the infamous Black Ops and can be found in small numbers in other special forces groups. It can be configured in several ways thanks to its two part ammunition system. the first part, the load, decides the power and range of the round. Special loads can do anything from turning the rifle into a small mortar to creating a tracer light on the round. the second part, the round, is the projectile. There are several projectiles including incendiary, non lethal, poisoned, silenced, explosive, and EMP rounds. This weapon single handedly saved the pulse power project and re-earned SIAC dignity lost to UIAC with the success of the Zioman rifle.
"Blood reaper" The blood reaper was the first pulse rifle to reach military service. It turned out to be unpopular with troops because it had to frequently cleaned and maintained. A few models were supplies with anunder slung grenade launcher, but these were usually discarded to save weight.
"Trench Master" Another attempt to make a weapon that was affective at close quarters. The trench master proved to be unsuitable for the military because it had to be kept very clean to function. It was, however, very popular in the interior guard and among police forces.