“After the thing went off, after it was a sure thing that America could wipe out a city with just one bomb, a scientist turned to Father and said, ‘Science has now known sin.’ And do you know what Father said? He said, ‘What is sin?”
― Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle

Equipment is the human solution to the deep seeded fear of enemy and predator alike, from the first lit torch to the hydrogen bomb. While any man may train his body to the utmost a human is capable of, performing feats of strength and grace beyond what the average plebeian can achieve, he is still a man. He may fall down a flight of stairs, be stuck by a car, or find his perfect form useless against the edge of a blade. Worse yet, in modern nights he may be struck with a piece of steel moving faster than an eye can track before he even hears what launched it in his direction. But you take this fallible man, and you put him in a modern warrior’s armor, hand him the newest iteration of the now archaic musket, and he may challenge even his oldest predators. If not him alone, then in tandem with others of his kind, humans having numbers if nothing else after all.

Weapons may have evolved, but the dynamics of how they are acquired has only just barely budged. While any youth can go to the nearest big box store and buy an axe, baseball bat, or length of chain, she must struggle to find a specialty store that may sell swords that aren’t just ornamental, or worse yet go through a process in which she must qualify for a firearm. Both of these latter actions are rather expensive, as well, the best quality of historic arms costing up to a thousand dollars, while guns can easily exceed this amount. Still, you get what you pay for, in a straight up fight a long-sword trumps a baseball bat. Rifles have no competition from even the highest tension compound bows. But on the other hand, a slice from a saber is easily recognizable, while a caved in skull may come from any baseball bat in any garage in Americana. Thankfully, the joy of equipment is being able to pick the best tool for any job. From a simple pen knife to a brick of plastic explosive. To say nothing about the fact not all equipment is classified as simple items you can hold in your hand, either.

More than just weapons, mankind has gone through great lengths to invent various tools to assist them in every-day life, in a desperate bid to survive, make themselves a fortune, or simply to make their lives more comfortable. Hunters created bear traps and survival equipment, spies created cameras the size of coins and ways to track men from the very void of space, and inventors have woven steel into machines to do even their traveling for them. All of this culminates in a world in which numbers of man mean less and less, and their threat grows exponentially by the decade. Forces supernatural must now contend with cellular phones in a world where information spreads like wildfire, and their existence would cease should widespread human focus narrow in on them. Such is the power of man, through both his great drive to make the world a better place, and his great fear of being preyed upon.


The Basics of weapon ownership, or ‘How do I break it
Swords and other archaic weapons;’
Home depots and home runs;
Ranged Alternatives;
Non-Lethal Solutions
Armors – Modern and more;
Gear for every occasion;
Two to Four wheels of lifesaver;

The Basics of weapon ownership, or ‘How do I break it’

Anything can be broken with enough force, the problem is finding out just how much force is required. Weapons degrade with use and abuse, doors can be kicked down, and even a slip and fall can shatter a delicate piece of surveillance gear. While this may seem trite, when choosing weapons, taking a thin sword to slice down a door results in a broken sword and a door that looks slightly scratched. When running from a lunatic in a suit of medieval armor, likewise pulling out a pocket knife instead of the 12-gauge already in your hands is tantamount to suicide. Size also plays an important factor into how easy something is to break or hide, a pebble in your hand is much easier to hide or turn to dust than a melon sized rock of the same material. What Size also dictates is ease of manipulation, in the way that an anemic young woman wouldn’t be able to throw a spear nearly as effective as a seasoned hunter, and thus wastes effort and time in a potentially deadly situation.

When going to war, one of the things to consider is rather or not you’ll be coming back. In the modern world, visibility is the highest it has ever been, everyone is carrying a camera and police have every tool in the world to track down someone who sticks out too much for their own good. What this means in terms of equipment is this; a man riding the subway with a sword wearing full riot gear is going to attract much more attention and potential witnesses than a man in a leather jacket. What they do not see is the concealed carry holster pistol in his jeans, and the Kevlar vest hidden under the extra layer of clothing. Similarly, driving a fancy car can often help you to attract attention and assist you even in convincing certain people to take you seriously. But the same car is easily ID-able, people able to point you out from down the street in that fancy car. Sometimes the best of both worlds comes through in the form of a type of equipment most don’t consider as such, and woefully so.

Caches, databases, computer programs, all intangible things that can very tangibly save your life. Tuxedos and small caliber handguns in false panels of your workaday car, secret safes behind paintings to hide last nights gruesome and incriminating outfit, secret hard drives full of life saving blackmail hidden behind redone drywall. Databases, while not as easily hidden, can contain just as much important and potentially deadly information. Computer programs are something again intangible, and can often be bought, but much more likely the kind of people who wield such weapons are the ones who forge them. With the right skills, materials, and enough time, someone savvy in the way of computers could create a program to do whatever they may wish.

The same can be said with almost every other type of equipment under the sun. With the right tools, a mechanic can bring an old beater back from the bring of death, a smith can build a sword made for death and then shatter and reforge it once it’s face is marred in deep unrecoverable scars, and a hunter can use the contents of his pack to make a deadly trap to stall or even kill the deadliest things a forest can throw at him. Though certain tasks require certain tools. The mechanic cannot turn bolts with his bare hands, the hunter cannot dress his wounds without a first aid kid, and a blacksmith can’t just slap a piece of steel to shape with his bare hands.

At the end of the day, every weapon and item used is used to further your own goals, unlike allies or influence, an object can only betray you if you use it improperly. Being prepared for every possibility is part of survival in the Big Easy, and while one might be up against impossibly old beings of power, or dark things that writhe in the corners people try to ignore, a trusted weapon and a bag full of man’s stolen fire is one of the best ways to ensure your survival.


Firearms being such an integral part of modern combat and weaponry, they deserve their own page, done by someone much more an expert than the current writer of this section. This page will be maintained and updated periodically by one such expert, and can be found right HERE.

Swords and other archaic weapons;

Once upon a time, it meant more to have a weapon than just being a collector, or going to war with another person with a stick. Once upon a time, only the noble could hold the most effective of weapons made by the hands of great artisans, and these artisans were sometimes seen as witches and wizards of great might, or enigmatic and magical men venerated by even the king if their skill was touched by Lord Almighty. Though these days have fled into the past, their traditions live on in the hands of people trying to re-create and preserve the past in a practical way. Weapons of death brought down on earth in brutal personal fashion only seen now in history books coupled with the marvels of modern machining, artisanship, pure materials, and smarter arms swinging the hammers. Despite this widely accepted reasoning, many places in the world outside of the United States do still rely on folded steel to make up for scarce supplies, from Arabian extremists carrying out executions, to the Japanese crime worlds fondness for their nations traditional weapons, in a country where it’s difficult to acquire firearms.

The backsword is a type of European sword characterized by having a straight single-edged blade and a hilt with a single-handed grip. It is so called because the triangular cross section gives a flat back edge opposite the cutting edge. Later examples often have a “false edge” on the back near the tip, which was in many cases sharpened to make an actual edge and facilitate thrusting attacks. From around the early 14th century the backsword became the first type of European sword to be fitted with a knuckle guard. Being easier and cheaper to make than double-edged swords, backswords became the favored sidearm of common infantry, including irregulars such as the Highland Scots, which in Scottish Gaelic were called the claidheamh cuil (back sword), after one of several terms for the distinct types of weapons they used. Backswords were often the secondary weapons of European cavalrymen beginning in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Despite history portraying this as a budget blade, well made ones are brutally effective.
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The two-handed claymore was a large sword used in the late Medieval and early modern period Scotland. It was used in the constant clan warfare and border fights with the English from circa 1400 to 1700. Although Claymores existed as far back as the Wars of Scottish Independence they were smaller and few had the typical quatrefoil design (as can be seen on the Great Seal of John Balliol King of Scots). The last known battle in which it is considered to have been used in a significant number was the Battle of Killiecrankie in 1689. It was somewhat longer than other two-handed swords of the era. The average claymore ran about 140 cm (55 in) in overall length, with a 33 cm (13 in) grip, 107 cm (42 in) blade, and a weight of approximately 5.5 lb (2.5 kg). The claymore remains a staple of even the layman’s knowledge of old weaponry, and remains a symbol in it’s country of origin. Sharp, huge, a masterpiece of the medieval world.
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The rapier was first developed in the 1500s as the Spanish espada ropera, or “dress sword”. The espada was a cut-and-thrust civilian weapon for self-defense and the duel. The rapier became extremely fashionable throughout Europe with the wealthier classes, but was not without its detractors. George Silver disapproved of its technical potential and the dueling use to which it was put. As military cutting and thrusting swords continued to evolve to meet needs on the battlefield, so did the rapier continue to evolve to meet the needs of civilian combat and decorum, eventually becoming lighter, shorter and less cumbersome to wear. Noticeably, there were some “war rapiers” that feature a relatively wide blade mounted on a typical rapier hilt during this era. These hybrid swords were used in the military or even in battlefield. A Gustav II Adolf’s carried sword that was used in the Thirty Years’ War is a typical example of “war rapier”. Fast, sharp, and with great piercing potential in the right hands, many laugh at the rapier until having to deal with it.
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The scimitar is a backsword or sabre with a curved blade, originating in the Middle East. One of the most iconic weapons of human history, this weapon is seen though more than a few of the conflicts through the middle-east through history. From the Crusades, to the legendary Siege of Szigetvár. The curved sword or “scimitar” was widespread throughout the Middle East from at least the Ottoman period. The earliest known use of scimitars is from the 9th century, when it was used among Turkic and Tungusic soldiers in Central Asia. Truthfully, there are countless iterations of the Scimitar, what comes to most minds is the cartoonish sword shown in Arab hands in film and animation. In reality, this is an invention of Hollywood, based loosely on the Kilij, seen and perpetuated by Europeans after witnessing their use during the crusades. Even coat of arms and flag depictions of ‘Scimitar’ do not line up. That being said, this stereotype gave birth to wider and wider scimitar, until the stereotype gave birth to a weapon all its own.
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The kilij is a type of one-handed, single edged and moderately curved saber used by the Turks and related cultures through history, though most popular by the Ottoman empire. These strange swords were made of pattern welded high carbon crucible steel, generally with long slightly curved blades with one sharp edge. A sharp back edge on the distal third of the blade known as “yalman” was introduced in later eras. In many texts, the Kilij is often cited as the Persians and Arab’s first introduction to curved blades. During İslamizaton of the Turks, the kilij became more and more popular in the İslamic armies. After the invasion of Anatolia this sword type was carried by Turkomen tribes to the future seat of the Ottoman Empire. During the Crusades, Turks of Anatolia were the first target to be attacked by the European armies, and their curved swords were misperceived by Europeans as the imaginative “scimitar of the Saracens”, the generic sword type for all “Orientals”. [*Warning; This is not a blade to be worn or presented near Kindred elders, as it was blade used again the Ottoman empire by the infamous ‘vampire’ Vlad the Impaler. Offense may be taken.]
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The sabre is a type of backsword with a curved blade, associated with the light cavalry of the Early Modern and Napoleonic periods. Originally associated with Central-Eastern European cavalry such as the Hussars, the sabre became widespread in Western Europe in the Thirty Years’ War, notably via the Croat light cavalry. In the 19th century, models with less curving blades became common and were also used by heavy cavalry. The sabre is a weapon in a strange place in the sense that it had one thousand and one variations, from the Mameluke sword to the Swiss saber, all in different variations based on hilt makeup, blade length and width, but mostly the region it was created in.
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Mameluke.jpgMameluke Sabre:
Most “Mameluke sabres” were manufactured in Europe or America; their hilts were very similar in form to the Ottoman prototype, but their blades tended to be longer, narrower and less curved than those of the true kilij, while being wider and also less curved than the Persian shamshir. When looking at this blade, most are very bright and ornate, with inlays in the ricasso of the blade, inset jewels, handles very often made of ivory, and sometimes even gold chains or inlays along the handles. In short, the hilt retained its original shape and the blade tended to resemble the blade-form typical of contemporary Western military sabres. The Mameluke sword remains the ceremonial side arm for some units to this day.
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SwissSaber.jpegSwiss Saber:
The Swiss sabre is a type of backsword or early sabre design that was popular in early modern Switzerland. Swiss sabres have single-edged, very slightly curved blades which in the mid 16th century were set in regular sword hilts, including the variety of designs found in the region, with recurved quillions and/or rings and knuckle guards. By the late 16th century, specialized hilt forms begin to emerge, often with pommels shaped as a lion’s head, or plated with silver. Many include well-made if not ornate knuckle guards, in flourishing wire designs those seen on rapiers of the age. Some, mostly the larger hand and a half variants, instead had what was known as a side ring, or side nail. These were simply bits of steel made to stop sliding blades, while keeping the hand freer to drop or grab the handle.
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Szabla.jpgSzabla Hussar Saber:
Probably the most iconic sabre outside of the USA, the Szabla is a weapon used by the Polish Hussars, and for good reason in both regards. The heavier, almost fully closed hilt offered both good protection of the hand and much better control over the sabre. Two feather-shaped pieces of metal on both sides of the blade called mustache offered greater durability of the weapon by strengthening its weakest point: the joint between the blade and the hilt. The soldier fighting with such a sabre could use it with his thumb extended along the back-strap of the grip for even greater control when ‘fencing’ A typical hussar Szabla was relatively long, with the average blade of 85 centimetres (33 in) in total. The tip of the blade, usually some 15 to 18 centimetres long, was in most cases double-edged. Such sabres were extremely durable yet stable, and were used in combat well into the 19th century, and remains a great trophy weapon of many Polish families who can claim Hussars in their bloodline.
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The katana is generally defined as the standard sized, moderately curved Japanese sword with a blade length greater than 60 cm ( 23 1⁄2 inches). It is characterized by its distinctive appearance: a curved, slender, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard and long grip to accommodate two hands. It has historically been associated with the samurai of feudal Japan. Western historians have said that katana were among the finest cutting weapons in world military history, a perfected theft and bastardization of the Chinese Dao. Despite much modern argument, there is no arguing with the cutting power and technique of the Katana, but it’s important to follow rule number one; a tool for every job. Katana are shorter and heavier than most swords, their guards are virtually non-existent, and they must be meticulously maintained due to their ‘hotdog in a bun’ forging style, of forging hard steel with an edge around a softer steel center. Despite it’s fatal flaws, a specialist with this weapon is incredibly effective, with many marital forms dedicated to this blade.
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A typical ‘Egyptian khopesh’ is 50–60 cm (20–24 inches) in length. The blade is only sharpened on the outside portion of the curved end, while the blunted edge of the weapon’s tip also served as an effective bludgeon, as well as a hook. These weapons changed from bronze to iron in the New Kingdom period. The earliest known depiction of a khopesh is from the Stele of Vultures, depicting King Eannatum of Lagash wielding the weapon; this would date the khopesh to at least 2500 BC. The khopesh evolved from the epsilon or similar crescent shaped axes that were used in warfare. Note, however, that the khopesh is not an axe. The khopesh went out of use around 1300 BC, but in the 196 BC Rosetta Stone it is referenced as the “sword” determinant in a hieroglyphic block. Various pharaohs are depicted with a khopesh, and some have been found in royal graves, such as the two examples found with Tutankhamun. Despite it’s long resume, however, the khopesh died for a reason, as exotic as it is many swords have outclassed it since.
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A longsword is a type of European sword characterized as having a cruciform hilt with a grip for two-handed use 6 to 11 inches and a straight double-edged blade of around 33 to 43 inches, the “longsword” type exists in a morphological continuum with the medieval knightly sword and the Renaissance-era Zweihänder. It was prevalent during the late medieval and Renaissance periods (approximately 1350 to 1550), with early and late use reaching into the 13th and 17th centuries. Despite being such an iconic sword, like the scimitar and sabre, there are many different forms of the sword made so famous by tales of the valor of knights. Unfortunately The real ‘qualifiers’ for long swords are the size, handed-ness, and the straightness of a sword, such as that an arming sword is just barely too small and a Claymore or Zweihander is too large.
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Arming sword:
The sword typical of the European high middle ages was a straight, double-edged weapon with a single-handed cruciform hilt and a blade length of about 28 to 31 inches. The type is frequently depicted in period artwork, and numerous examples have been preserved archaeologically. Practically however, it is said some blades are specialized, and some are the ‘trunks of the tree’, in that those specializations had to come from some general ‘trunk’ of that family tree. This is the arming sword. Starting from the early 9th century ‘Viking sword’, to the height of their popularity in the 10th – 13th centuries, and even somewhat less popularly all the way to the late 15th century as side-arms. Though many of this type used as side-arms were made of the estoc type, made not for slashing but for stabbing. Because of the generality of the blade, many classifications exist, and as such the arming sword has many of the world’s most famous and treasured swords under it’s name and banner.
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The French estoc or English tuck was a type of sword in use from the 14th to 17th centuries. It is characterized as having a cruciform hilt with a grip for two handed use and a straight, edge-less, but sharply pointed blade of around 36-52 inches in length. Such swords averaged about 4 pounds with no specimen weighing more than 6 pounds, despite the extra steel that would be traditionally shaved off to make and edge staying present. The estoc was a variation of the longsword designed for fighting against mail or plate armor. It was long, straight, and stiff with no cutting edge, just a point. As armor improved, so did the methods of attacking the armor. Cutting weapons were losing their effectiveness, so crushing weapons such as maces and axes were utilized more and more in the battlefield. Thrusting weapons that could split the rings of mail, or find the joints and crevices of plate armor, like the estoc, were also employed. Long tapered swords could also be used as a lance once the lance was splintered. Thus was the estoc developed.
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A messer – German for “knife” – is a term for a class of single-edged sword defined by their knife-like hilt construction. While the various names are often used synonymously, messers are divided into two types. The “Langes messers”, or long knives, one-handed swords used by the Bourgeoisie class for personal self-defense, and were much like falchions. Then there is the Kriegsmesser, or ‘war knife’. They were curved weapons up to 1.5m long, used with one or two hands, and normally wielded by professional warriors of the 14th to 16th century, such as the venerated German mercenary band; The Landsknecht, who defeated 15,000 Swedish with just 1800 soldiers, and even participated in the sacking of Rome. The Kriegmesser is rather large, a cruciform hilt with wooden knife hilt construction true to its name, a sabre-like side guard, usually sloping down the hilt to protect the hand. Despite being a sword created during and after the age of plate armor, this was a historically devastating weapon, a marvel of Germany’s record as great engineers.
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Battleaxe.jpgBattle Axe:
A battle axe is an axe specifically designed for combat. Battle axes were specialized versions of utility axes, which had themselves been used as both tools and weapons since their inception. Many were suitable for use in one hand, where the off hand would employ a shield, while others were larger and were deployed two-handed. Both were specialized in crushing and cleaving enemy armor and shields. Axes designed for warfare ranged in weight from just over 0.5 kg to 3 kg ( 1 to 6 pounds), and in length from just over 30 cm to upwards of 1.5 m (1 to 5 feet), as in the case of the Danish axe or the sparth axe. Cleaving weapons longer than 1.5 m would arguably fall into the category of polearms.
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BeardedAxe.jpgBearded Axe:
A bearded axe, or Skeggöx refers to various axes, used as a tool and weapon, as early as the 6th century AD. It is most commonly associated with Viking Age Scandinavians. The lower portion of an axe bit is called the “beard” and the cutting edge of the bearded axe extends below the width of the butt to provide a wide cutting surface while keeping the overall weight of the axe low. The hook, or “beard” of the axe would also have been useful in battle, for example to pull weapons out of the defender’s grasp, or to pull down a shield to allow another attacker to strike at the unprotected defender. Used in the off hand to pull at weapons, or in the primary hand with the blade acting as a knuckle guard, this was a hallmark weapon of the viking era.
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Dane Axe:
The Dane axe is an early type of battle axe, primarily used during the transition between the European Viking Age and early Middle Ages. This long two handed axe is equipped with a wide, thin blade, with pronounced “horns” at both the toe and heel of the bit. Cutting surfaces vary, but is generally between 20 cm and 30 cm (8 and 12 inches).The blade itself was reasonably light and forged very thin, making it superb for cutting. The fatness of the body on top the edge is as thin as 2 mm. Many of these axes were constructed with a reinforced bit, typically of a higher carbon steel to facilitate a harder, sharper edge. Average weight of an axe this size is between 1 kg and 2 kg (2 and 4 pounds). Proportionally, the long axe has more in common with a modern meat cleaver than a wood axe. This complex construction results in a lively and quick weapon with devastating cutting ability.
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A tomahawk is a type of single-handed axe from North America, traditionally resembling a hatchet with a straight shaft. The Algonquian Indians in early America created the tomahawk. Before Europeans came to the continent, stones were attached to wooden handles, secured with strips of rawhide. They were used as tools and weapons, often weighted to be throwing weapons as well as hand to hand. When Europeans arrived, they introduced the metal blade to the natives, which improved the effectiveness of the tool. Native Americans created a tomahawk’s poll, the side opposite the blade, which consisted of a hammer, spike or a pipe. These became known as pipe tomahawks, which consisted of a bowl on the poll and a hollowed out shaft. These were created by European and American artisans for trade and diplomatic gifts for the tribes. One side of the axe was used for peace, the other for war
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BecDuCorbin.jpgBec De Corbin:
The bec de corbin is a type of pole weapon or war hammer that was popular in medieval Europe. The name is Old French for “raven’s beak” or “beak of the crow”. Similar to the Lucerne hammer, it consists of a modified hammer’s head and spike mounted atop a pole of varying length. Unlike the Lucerne hammer, the bec de corbin was used primarily with the ‘beak’ or fluke to attack instead of the hammer head. The hammer face balancing the beak was often blunt instead of being sharpened and multi-pronged, and the beak tended to be stouter; better designed for tearing into thinner plate armor, chainmail, or padded jackets. This proved to be deadly effective, and while it was often seen as a weapon to answer the creation of greater and greater armor. While this weapon was often built to look like other weapons of it’s type, it was built in just as many ways to simply be a war pick, a devastating ‘can opener’ of the knightly class.
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A dagger is a knife with a very sharp point designed or capable of being used as a thrusting or stabbing weapon. Daggers have been used throughout human experience for close combat confrontations, and many cultures have used adorned daggers in ritual and ceremonial contexts. A wide variety of thrusting knives have been described as daggers, including knives that feature only a single cutting edge, such as the European rondel dagger or the Persian pesh-kabz, or, in some instances, no cutting edge at all, such as the stiletto of the Renaissance. However, in the last hundred years or so, in most contexts, a dagger has certain definable characteristics, including: a short blade with a sharply tapered point, a central spine or fuller, and usually two cutting edges sharpened the full length of the blade, or nearly so. Most daggers also feature a full cross-guard to keep the hand from riding forwards onto the sharpened blade edges.Dirks, Rondels, cinquedea, stiletto, almost every dagger fits into this category. White they don’t usually have the length necessary to have an effective cutting surface as slashing weapons, daggers have made their way as one of mankind’s greatest weapons and symbols.
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Butterfly.jpgBalisong / Butterfly knife:
The Philippines aren’t known for the greatest of weapon advancement, they came up with something truly unique in balisong, or ‘Butterfly knife’ as it’s more commonly known. The balisong is a folding pocket knife, its distinction is two handles counter-rotating around the tang such that, when closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles. Commonly used by Filipino people, especially those in the Tagalog region, it is a self-defense and pocket utility knife. In the hands of a trained expert, the knife blade can be brought to bear quickly using one hand. Flipping a balisong for art or amusement is very common. Unfortunately, for the same reasons as the switchblade, it is moderately restricted, even in urban areas of it’s home country. Despite this, it’s still a popular self defense and collectors weapon worldwide.
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Maingauche.jpgMain Gauche:
The main gauche – literally “left hand” in it’s native French – isn’t really a weapon in itself. It certainly can be, as it’s a dual-edged blade that can be used like any normal knife in combat. That betrays the tool’s original use, however, which is to serve as a parrying tool in fencing. Duelists hold the weapon in the left hand while wielding a rapier or épée in the right. The main gauche has a knuckle-guard that allows the fighter to deflect incoming close-combat attacks. If a character wishes to use the main gauche to help him parry incoming close-combat melee attacks, it grants him a +1 modifier to his Defense. However, this dagger doesn’t offset the –2 penalty from off-hand attacks unless the character has the Ambidextrous Merit.
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The flail is a shorter weapon with a round metal striking head attached to a handle by a flexible rope, strap, or chain. Despite being very common in fictional works such as cartoons, films and role-playing games as the “quintessential medieval weapon,” historical information of the flail is scarce. A few doubt they existed at all due to the number of pieces sitting in museums that turned out to be forgeries, as well as the unrealistic way they are depicted in art. The haft is usually shown as approximately 1–4 feet long and the head can be a smooth metal sphere with some variants covered in spikes. Artwork from the 15th century to the early 17th century shows most of these weapons having handles longer than 3 ft and being wielded with two hands, but a few are shown used in a single hand or with a haft too short to be used two-handed. Media having created a weapon that is both unbalanced an ineffective.
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A mace is a type of club that uses a heavy head on the end of a handle to deliver powerful blows. It typically consists of a strong, heavy, wooden or metal shaft, often reinforced with metal, featuring a head made of stone, copper, bronze, iron, or steel. The head of a military mace can be shaped with flanges or knobs to allow greater penetration of plate armor. The length of maces can vary considerably depending on rather they were used by cavalry or infantrymen, or were made to be two handed. As well, the Morning Star is a variant of the Mace in that it’s essentially the same weapon, but sacrificing some of the weight on the head for several spikes. Both weapons were used more and more as time went on and armor got thicker. The modern age has even seen it’s use in the WWII trench club. The mace holds a place as a human symbol of governance, ceremonial maces holding positions in the courts of many world powers.
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A quarterstaff, or Bō staff, is a traditional Asian and European pole weapon which was especially prominent in England during the Early Modern period. The term is generally accepted to refer to a shaft of hardwood from 6 to 9 feet (1.8 to 2.7 m) long, sometimes with a metal tip, ferrule, or spike at one or both ends. During the 16th century quarterstaves were favored as weapons by the London Masters of Defense. Richard Peeke, in 1625, and Zachary Wylde, in 1711, refer to the quarterstaff as a national English weapon. The earliest form of the bō has been used throughout Asia since the beginning of recorded history, and has since appeared as a staple weapon in their culture. Both of these staves are very similar, though their use depending on the culture can be very different. Despite this, after a certain point in history the staff has been an underestimated weapon by the uninitiated, heavier and more armor making an almost all wood weapon seem pointless. Trips, spear like jabs, and devastating swings catching those neophytes off guard in sometimes fatal ways.
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The nunchaku, often “nunchuks”, is a traditional Okinawan martial arts weapon consisting of two sticks connected at one end by a short chain or rope. The two sections of the weapon are commonly made out of wood, while the link is a cord or a metal chain. The nunchaku is most widely used in martial arts such as Okinawan kobudō and karate, and is used as a training weapon, since it allows the development of quicker hand movements and improves posture. Possession of this weapon is illegal in some countries, except for use in professional martial art schools. Allegedly adapted by Okinawan farmers from a non-weapon item, it was not a historically popular weapon because it was ineffective against the most widely used weapons of that time, and few historical techniques for its use still survive. For good reason. While Bruce Lee may have popularized the weapon, it takes great training and strength to turn the nunchaku into anything but a weapon used in showy displays.
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The whip is a tool traditionally designed to strike animals or people and exert control over them through the application of pain, and thus the fear of such. Unfortunately, the whip is another Hollywood weapon, most iterations of the weapon proving useless in all but the show of religious ceremonies and modern BDSM relationships. While some shorter whips have been modified to have lead or steel balls attached to the end, with longer rods, but these stray into the territory of flails or meteor hammer weapons.
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The chain whip is a weapon used in some Chinese martial arts. It consists of several metal rods, which are joined end-to-end by rings to form a flexible chain. Generally, the whip has a handle at one end and a metal dart, used for slashing or piercing an opponent, at the other. Cloth flags are often attached at or near the dart and handle ends, producing a rushing sound as the whip swings through the air. They also help stabilize the whip, enhancing the user’s control. This reduces the risk of the user inadvertently striking themselves. The rushing noise also helps the user with identifying the location of the other end, since the weapon moves too fast to be normally noticed by human eyes. The chain whip is heavy but flexible, allowing it to be literally used as a whip to hit, hook and bind an opponent, restrict his/her movement, and to deflect blows from other weapons. In some cases, the dart might be coated with a poison. The whip chain can be folded and hidden from view, making it an easy weapon to carry and conceal.
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Lshield.jpgHistoric Shields:
Essential in human history is the shield, a piece of personal armor held in the hand or mounted on the wrist or forearm. Shields are used to intercept certain attacks, whether from close-ranged weaponry or projectiles such as arrows. Shields vary greatly in size, ranging from large panels that protect the user’s whole body to small models that were intended for hand-to-hand-combat use. Shields also vary a great deal in thickness; whereas some shields were made of relatively deep, absorbent, wooden planking to protect soldiers from the impact of spears and crossbow bolts, others were thinner and lighter and designed mainly for deflecting blade strikes. Finally, shields vary greatly in shape, ranging in roundness to angularity, proportional length and width, symmetry and edge pattern; different shapes provide more optimal protection for infantry or cavalry, and enhance portability. A character wielding a shield defensively adds its Size to her Defense, and uses its Size as a concealment modifier against ranged attacks. Shields can also be used to bash, but cannot be used defensively in the same turn in which they’re used for attack.
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Riot_Shield_1_Front_400x600.jpgModern Shields:
Shields for protection from armed attack are still used by many police forces around the world. These modern shields are usually intended for two broadly distinct purposes, the riot shields that protect from large, low velocity projectiles such as rocks and bottles, used in many cases where the user is against large rioting crowds (hence the name ‘riot shield’). These are by far the more popular of the two, seeing use in any country where civil unrest is a factor in the every day lives of law enforcement. It has also become the face of police brutality, shoulder to shoulder thugs. The second type of modern police shield is the bullet resistant tactical shield. These shields are typically manufactured from advanced synthetics such as Kevlar and are designed to be bulletproof, or at least bullet resistant. They come in two forms, the light weight (9-25 lbs) IIIA, rated to stop hand gun and submachine gun rounds, and the heavy level IV shields(Often having to be wheeled on mobile platforms), rated to stop rifle rounds. They often have bulletproof glass windows or a firing port to allow officers to shoot and protect themselves at the same time.
Riot; (Damage 0. Strength 2. Size 4. Availability ••)[Tags; Concealed. Fragile.][Effect; Armor rating 2/2.]
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Tigetclaw.jpgBagh Naka:
While the ‘tiger claws’ of modern media don’t truly exist in the ways they are portrayed, there is one weapon that fits the bill. Indian made, the bagh naka is a claw-like weapon from India designed to fit over the knuckles or be concealed under and against the palm. It consists of four or five curved blades affixed to a crossbar or glove, and is designed to slash through skin and muscle. It is believed to have been inspired by the armament of big cats, and the term bagh naka itself means tiger’s claw in Hindi. It was a popular weapon among the Nihang who wore it in their turbans and often held one in their left hand while wielding a larger weapon such as a sword in the right hand. It was recommended that Nihang women carry a bagh naka when going alone to dangerous areas. Historically, it was even dipped in poison, as such an easily concealed weapon able to rip into skin with just a slap of the hand meant easy and fast delivery of deadly assassination poisons.
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One of the few examples of non-lethal polearms is the man catcher, an esoteric type of pole weapon that was used in Europe as late as the 18th century. It consisted of a pole mounted with a two pronged head. Each prong was semi-circular in shape with a spring-loaded “door” on the front. This created an effective valve that would allow the ring to pass around a man-sized cylinder and keep it trapped. The man catcher was used primarily to pull a person from horseback and drag them to the ground where they could be pinned. Usually used in practices of capturing nobility for ransom, this weapon was made assuming the person is wearing armor, as it can easily injure the neck of someone not so covered. Similarly, the Japanese sasumata was and is used in the same matter, its forked head designed to pin the suspect’s neck, legs, arms, or joints against a wall or the ground. The sasumata currently has padded modern variants that are semi-flexible with blunt ends and other slightly modified geometry, designed to significantly reduce the chance of injury to restrained civilians. Once caught, a victim can try to escape by making a Strength + Brawl roll, but it suffers an additional –2 penalty (maximum of –5) from the pronged steel around their neck.
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Used in virtually every conflict up until the modern era, where even then it continues on in the form of the bayonet, the spear is probably the most commonly used weapon in history. The spear consists of a shaft, usually of wood, with a pointed head. The head may be simply the sharpened end of the shaft itself, as is the case with fire hardened spears, or it may be made of a more durable material fastened to the shaft, such as flint, obsidian, iron, steel or bronze. The most common design for hunting or combat spears since ancient times has incorporated a metal spearhead shaped like a triangle, lozenge, or leaf. The heads of fishing spears usually feature barbs or serrated edges. Spears can be divided into two broad categories: those designed for thrusting in melee combat and those designed for throwing (usually referred to as javelins). The spear has been used throughout human history both as a hunting and fishing tool and as a weapon. Along with the axe, knife and club, it is one of the earliest and most important tools developed by early humans. As a weapon, it may be wielded with either one hand or two, and is historically paired with the shield in both it’s throwing and melee forms.
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Nightsticks are batons with a short side handle at a right angle to the shaft, about six inches from one end. The main shaft is typically 61 centimetres (24 in) in length. They are derived from the tonfa, a Japanese weapon, and are used with a similar technique although tonfa are usually used in pairs, whereas nightsticks are not. Side-handle batons are made in both fixed and collapsible models, and may be constructed from a range of materials including wood, poly-carbonate, epoxy, aluminum, or combination of materials. This weapon is used with the instinctive human instinct to protect ones self with the arm, as holding it properly covers the bottom of the forearm. At the same time, this weapon can be simply held by the bottom handle and used as a straight baton, though the handle must be removed for it to be weighted properly, and thus just as effective. Many martial techniques are available for this weapon as well, from traditional to law enforcement.
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Home depots and home runs;

While archaic weapons are the staples in which come to mind when someone wants to go to war, there is something to be said for how the common man once fought back in a world where the knightly class ruled. Fuedal Japan and Medieval Europe both share a common thread of their peasants rising up and using whatever available to fight back against those with these weapons and armor forged by godly men, from hammers to picks, and scythes to hunting tools. Today in the real word, however, you’ve seen this time and again. Scare women home alone as a murderer inches towards them, reaching shakily for their kitchen knives. Young men branded in tattoos and the colors of the street, dragging baseball bats towards the home of a siblings significant other. Even soldiers in fourth world countries charging their enemies with machete and sickle in hand, perpetrating things unthinkable to the modern man of the first world. These are the weapons of the modern age, what is within reach and what can be bought in the average wal-mart.

While these weapons do not have the kind of pedigree as archaic weapons, they have the advantage of being at hand in every day life, and as such many of these objects need to introduction, or require very little explanation as to how they can be used with deadly force against an attacker or victim.

Because the machete is common in many developing countries it is often the weapon of choice for uprisings, such as the macheteros, laborers of sugar cane fields of Puerto Ricos past and the Rwandan and Guatemalan genocides. Because it is so widespread across the world, there are many variants of the weapon, from the Germanic Seax to the Nepalese kukri, and even the Caribbean cutlass. However, in the modern age, the best part of a machete is the availability, sold in every hardware store across the USA. One who prefers weapons such as these can easily use, dispose of, and buy a new one in the same day without suspicion.
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While this button operated pocket knife seems to someone on the outside to be a petty little parlor trick, there is value in having something so small you could hide easily turn double in size with a sharp stabbing point. So much so that this blade is widely banned in many countries and very heavily regulated even in the United states. This forced the knives into less and less popularity even in the world of the criminal, as they are slowly being forgotten about, only remembered through older media in the older media in which they are used. Considering their abilities, it is most likely that this has been for the best.
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BroadAxe.jpgBroad Axe:
The broad axe is one of the very earliest iteration of the axe, it simply had a much longer and heavier blade tapped onto the edge of a wooden handle. Modern equivalents haven’t even been given care enough to have mass produced or fiberglass handled versions, as today it is mostly used by purist and traditionalist wood hewers and woodsmen. This is the kind of weapon you would find your grandfather’s garden shed, or laying around in a museum case, and for all intents and purposes, if you can actually hit anything with it, it’s going to feel it.
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Fireaxe.jpgFireman’s Axe:
While it is just a painted woodcutting axe with a spike in the back of the iron head, its primary use in the hands it’s namesake, a fireman, is breaking down doors. Thanks to modern technology, the axe head is sharpened to a fine point, and thanks to the mass production it’s sometimes more economical to simply purchase another than sharpen and maintain the axe-head. This is also the weapon of madmen in old camp grounds, as it can be found just about anywhere. If you’d find a weapon abandoned in the middle of a field, this is it.
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The pickaxe is a hand tool with a hard head attached perpendicular to the handle. Each end of the head is a spike ending in a sharp point, making it easy to dig up earth and break stones.. The large momentum of a heavy pickaxe on a small contact area makes it very effective for this purpose. Originally used as an agricultural tool, as far back as prehistoric cultures, picks have also served for tasks ranging from traditional mining to warfare. Though during war, it had many draw-backs in that the weapon is heavily weighted in the head, and the often curved nature of the pick makes it difficult to remove. None the less, it’s availability often makes it a weapon of necessity.
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HuntingKnife.jpgHunting Knife:
Hunting knives are traditionally designed for cutting rather than stabbing, and usually have a single sharpened edge. Rather they be made to fold into themselves, or stay as fixed bladed, these knives are made to be durable and sharp as hell, and are a staple in the kit of any outdoorsman. In fact, they often aid in crafting and survival both, from cutting samples from sides of trees to ascertain when it last rained, to wittling bows, arrows, and spears. They are also widely available, many of the smaller synthetic ones on sale for less than 10 dollars at any rural gas station.
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Bowie.jpgBowie Knife:
Bowie knives are the big guns of knives, the step in between machetes and knives. This cleaver-like blade had enough weight to give the blade sufficient force in a slashing attack, while permitting the use of cut-and-thrust sword fighting tactics. Small hand guards became standard, some models possessed curves to facilitate skinning, and others still forwent points at all to be made into camping cleavers, used to chop meat and cut firewood. While these may seem like the better option over hunting knives, it should be mentioned they are sizeable flashy blades, and in the united states they are universally recognized, thanks to their popularity in media.
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SapGlves.jpgSap Gloves:
Sap gloves consist of a pair of ordinary looking gloves usually made of leather or a synthetic material, with powdered lead or steel sewn into a special pouch covering the knuckles, and often the backs of the fingers and the back of the hand. In some designs, this distinctive feature is obvious, while in others it is almost completely indistinguishable from an ordinary glove, allowing the gloves to be worn in plain sight without suspicion. They are primarily used by security guards and by bouncers and other security professionals where physical combat is expected.Unlike brass knuckles, all but 3 states of the United states don’t have legislation against them. They are considered defensive and less than lethal weapons.
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Sledgehammers are tools with a large, flat, often metal head attached to a wooden or hardened plastic handle. Sledgehammers are often used in destruction work, for breaking through drywall or masonry walls. As a weapon, sledgehammers are used by police forces in raids on property to gain entry by force, commonly through doors. Though this tool also finds it’s way into the hands of people who, like the pickaxe and machete, find use for it as a weapon as well as a tool.
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A chain is a series of connected links typically made of metal. Used in mechanics, in bicycles, woven as archaic armor, as ship tethers, as towing rope, and even just strapped to tires to outfit them for the winter. As weapons, this makes them rather ineffective, but widely available and easily hidden. In countries where guns are hard to find, and in the 1950s in the USA, chains go along with baseball bats and pipes as the weapons of choice in street level gangs. Though handguns and assault rifles have taken their place in more modern street crime.
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Chainsaws are portable, mechanical saws with a set of sharp steel teeth attached to a rotating chain that runs along a guide bar. Though this tool is not used (and not at all safe as) a weapon, it has been seen as one as early as the DOOM video game series. Because of the safety concerns with even just using one for it’s intended purpose, it makes a poor but devastating weapon. Just a second on skin turned up to the max is almost universally a fatal wound, due to the jagged and uneven nature of chainsaw teeth on something soft like skin.
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Tireiron.jpgTire iron:
Tire irons have not been in common use for automobile tires since the shift to the use of tubeless tires in the late 1950s, and as weapons they have been popularized – or at least presented- in films detailing mob and street crime activity since then. Many modern tire irons often have heavy ratchet heads to remove the bolts fastening a tire on the rim of a car. Very simple, every car should have at least one in it’s trunk, and like all tools it has been recorded as a weapon of opportunity.
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Shovels are tools for digging, lifting, and moving materials such as soil, coal, gravel, snow, sand, or ore. As weapons they are like all tools not greatly effective. Entrenching tools a small collapsible spade on the other hand, can be sharpened on one or both sides of the blade to be used as cutting tools or weapons. During the Second World War, entrenchment tools were used in close quarters combat between German and Soviet forces, notably in the brutal hand-to-hand fighting during the Battle of Stalingrad. Modern commando forces, too, are trained to fight with entrenchment tools.
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Blowtorches are a fuel-burning tool used for applying flame and heat to materials. Blowtorches are typically a single hand-held unit, with twist-able fuel canisters that can easily be removed and changed as they run out with use. While larger torches may instead have a heavy fuel reservoir placed on the ground, connected by a hose to the nozzle. As weapons, there are very few instances of them being used as such, but for a tool able to heat steel to bending temperature to touch human skin is devastating in it’s own right. Behind the velvet curtain, it might even be effective enough to be considered a mainstay weapon, as that which goes bump in the night often recoils from fire.
(Damage 0. Strength 2. Size 2. Availability ••)[Tags; Incendiary. Piercing 2.][Effect; Inflicts Blinded tilt on attacker and target unless either or both take a –1 penalty to Defense.]

Stake.jpgWooden stake:
In occult circles, aspen wood was believed to be the wood used in Jesus’ cross, and drawn to a point to pierce the heart of those thought to be vampires through history after death. Wooden stakes became the pop culture icon of the modern age, pictured in both modern media and classical vampire novella. This has resulted in many burials of people deemed heretical or frightening being staked in their graves multiple times to prevent them from rising. As weapons, they are as effective as sharpened bits of wood can be, but if one is insane enough to believe they are fighting a vampire, the road to the heart is rather tricky. Bows and Crossbows have been used many times in modern media to deliver said wooden stakes from a distance, though the effectiveness of this is suspect.
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Baseball.jpgBaseball bat:
Baseball bats are made of either wood, or a metal alloy (typically aluminum). Most wooden bats are made from ash. Despite being a piece of sports equipment, the baseball bat is also a big modern symbol as a riot, home defense, and low level street gang weapon. Outside of areas in which baseball is popular, like the UK and China, they have a dark reputation thanks to little exposure to the sport, and much more to American films. Baseball bats are popular and inexpensive home defense weapons, and street gangs are known to carry bats covered in nails or wrapped in barbed wire.
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This tool is commonly used to open nailed wooden crates and pry apart boards. Crowbars are normally made of medium-carbon steel, they can alternatively be made from titanium, which has the advantages of being lighter and nonmagnetic. The least expensive, most common crowbars are forged from hexagonal or sometimes cylindrical stocks of metal. As weapons, this tool is seen as a weapon and tool of a larsonist, used to pry window and door open, though it’s effectiveness is not very favorable for this stereotype.
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Varying in shape, size, and structure, depending on their purposes. From wooden mallets to the everyday nail hammer. While this can be a broad term in the face of rubber mallets, warhammers, and sledgehammers, the tool that most people bring to mind is the home tool. As a weapon, it’s only merit is it’s availability. Because most handles are cheap wood, they can also be fragile, the head slipping or the handle cracking. None the less, home murders have been carried out many a time with a simple hammer.
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The household screwdriver has a handle, shaft, and a tip that the user inserts into the screw head to turn it. Handles are typically wood, metal, or plastic and are usually hexagonal, square, or oval in cross-section to improve grip and prevent the tool from rolling when set down. Screw drivers are mostly used as shivs by inmates and the truly desperate, as stabbing with this widely available weapons Is very difficult, the hand slipping forward a very real threat.
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Saws are an ancient tool, and despite the modern age of powered tools the saw is still widely sold as a safer and much cheaper alternative for the purist and the poor. As weapons, because hand saws work by making back and forth motions, they are very ineffective simply by slamming the edge against something. In the context of using it against someone, the saw is seen most in the function of disposal, as bone and flesh are much softer than the wood these tools are made to saw through.
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While many instead call this the ‘monkey wrench’, this plumbing tool is an essential in the backs of many utility vans across the developed world, and at the lower spectrum of it’s sizes it’s been known in certain media to be used as a weapon. Though it’s size and structure make it possible as such, a weak grip and lack of any counter weight make it liable to slip out of the hand and go flying. Like all tools however, if backed into a corner, it can make a deadly and easily accessable weapon.
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Ranged Alternatives;

Guns being the standard of warfare in the modern world, there isn’t much someone not experienced with them can do against someone who is, and who has one in their hand. On the other hand, many counties have strict regulations on their gun ownership, tracking who has what gun to better place the guilt on someone who wishes to do others harm. There are, however, ways that one can do harm from a distance without one of these horribly loud and deadly machines. Hunting gear and aerodynamic weapons both, from hunting bows to throwing axes. All of these things can be bought without eyes being pushed down onto you, without paperwork, and without a sound when they let loose towards their targets.

A crossbow is a type of weapon based on the bow and consisting of a horizontal bow-like assembly mounted on a stock. Historically, crossbows played a significant role in the warfare of East Asia, Europe, and the Mediterranean. The introduction of the crossbow in ancient China caused a major shift in the role of projectile weaponry. The bow and arrow had long been a specialized weapon that required a considerable training, physical strength, and expertise to operate with any degree of efficiency. the crossbow was the first projectile weapon to be simple, cheap, and physically undemanding enough to be operated by large numbers of conscript soldiers, thus enabling virtually any nation to field a potent force of ranged crossbowmen with little expense beyond the cost of the weapons themselves. It’s survived well into the modern age as a simple easy hunting weapon, and alternative to firearms. Though some Militaries still use them in specialized and survival roles, from grapple head propulsion to silent killing machines.
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The bow and arrow predates recorded history, and is common to most cultures around the world in one form or another with the exception of Australia. The bow was an important weapon for both hunting and warfare from prehistoric times until the widespread use of gunpowder in the 16th century. Organised warfare with bows ended in the mid 17th century in Europe, but it persisted into the early 19th century in Eastern cultures and in tribal warfare in the New World. More specifically, smaller ‘short bows’ are very much attributed to the Asian cultures such as the Mongols, who were famous for using small bows on horse back, making their hit and run tactics effective and famous. Despite being smaller, these bows are known to be cheaper and slightly easier to use in terms of training and strength needed to pull back. Bows such as the Turkish Flightbow and the “Saracen” horn sinew warbow have proven that even the smaller models can be contenders against longer models, and they have survived to this day in the form of compound bows.
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In the Middle Ages the Welsh and English were famous for their very powerful longbows, used en masse to great effect against the French in the Hundred Years’ War. These bows were made to be relatively the height of the user, if not a foot or two shorter, usually out of one complete piece of wood. While the English made it famous, large bows have been in use for far longer than the Hundred Year war. The flat bow, the yumi, and the recurve bow are all examples (though some rather extreme) of longbows used by varying cultures for both war and hunting. The nature of archery is at the same time very simple and very complex, where both athletes and hunters have different bearings on the same skill. Longbows also have an advantage in that they can be made to suit the person, a stronger person able to pull back a more taught string. Once these weapons were replaced by firearms, much of the art in how they were use was lost, but they remain tightly wound hunting tools, and easily made in many survival situations.
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Used in virtually every conflict up until the modern era, where even then it continues on in the form of the bayonet, the spear is probably the most commonly used weapon in history. The spear consists of a shaft, usually of wood, with a pointed head. The head may be simply the sharpened end of the shaft itself, as is the case with fire hardened spears, or it may be made of a more durable material fastened to the shaft, such as flint, obsidian, iron, steel or bronze. The most common design for hunting or combat spears since ancient times has incorporated a metal spearhead shaped like a triangle, lozenge, or leaf. The heads of fishing spears usually feature barbs or serrated edges. Spears can be divided into two broad categories: those designed for thrusting in melee combat and those designed for throwing (usually referred to as javelins). The spear has been used throughout human history both as a hunting and fishing tool and as a weapon. Along with the axe, knife and club, it is one of the earliest and most important tools developed by early humans. As a weapon, it may be wielded with either one hand or two, and is historically paired with the shield in both it’s throwing and melee forms.
(Damage 2. Strength 2. Size 3. Availability ••)[Tags; Reach. Thrown(A)][Effect; – ]

A dagger is a knife with a very sharp point designed or capable of being used as a thrusting or stabbing weapon. Daggers have been used throughout human experience for close combat confrontations, and many cultures have used adorned daggers in ritual and ceremonial contexts. A wide variety of thrusting knives have been described as daggers, including knives that feature only a single cutting edge, such as the European rondel dagger or the Persian pesh-kabz, or, in some instances, no cutting edge at all, such as the stiletto of the Renaissance. However, in the last hundred years or so, in most contexts, a dagger has certain definable characteristics, including: a short blade with a sharply tapered point, a central spine or fuller, and usually two cutting edges sharpened the full length of the blade, or nearly so. Most daggers also feature a full cross-guard to keep the hand from riding forwards onto the sharpened blade edges.Dirks, Rondels, cinquedea, stiletto, almost every dagger fits into this category. White they don’t usually have the length necessary to have an effective cutting surface as slashing weapons, daggers have made their way as one of mankind’s greatest weapons and symbols.
(Damage 1. Strength 1. Size 2. Availability ••)[Tags; Thrown(A).][Effect; – ]

HuntingKnife.jpgHunting Knife:
Hunting knives are traditionally designed for cutting rather than stabbing, and usually have a single sharpened edge. Rather they be made to fold into themselves, or stay as fixed bladed, these knives are made to be durable and sharp as hell, and are a staple in the kit of any outdoorsman. In fact, they often aid in crafting and survival both, from cutting samples from sides of trees to ascertain when it last rained, to wittling bows, arrows, and spears. They are also widely available, many of the smaller synthetic ones on sale for less than 10 dollars at any rural gas station.
(Damage 0. Strength 1. Size 1. Availability •)[Tags; Thrown(A).][Effect; +1 Survival & Crafts.]

A tomahawk is a type of single-handed axe from North America, traditionally resembling a hatchet with a straight shaft. The Algonquian Indians in early America created the tomahawk. Before Europeans came to the continent, stones were attached to wooden handles, secured with strips of rawhide. They were used as tools and weapons, often weighted to be throwing weapons as well as hand to hand. When Europeans arrived, they introduced the metal blade to the natives, which improved the effectiveness of the tool. Native Americans created a tomahawk’s poll, the side opposite the blade, which consisted of a hammer, spike or a pipe. These became known as pipe tomahawks, which consisted of a bowl on the poll and a hollowed out shaft. These were created by European and American artisans for trade and diplomatic gifts for the tribes. One side of the axe was used for peace, the other for war
(Damage 2. Strength 2. Size 2. Availability ••)[Tags; Thrown(A).][Effect; – ]

Non-Lethal Solutions

Weapons are tools of death, but as time went on there became more and more need to keep people alive. Rather it was public execution, to stand trial, or because the ones being fought were citizen of a nation. The invention of police forces, and the idea that peasant lives weren’t to simply be ended, drove the search for weapons that could stun, hold up, incapacitate, and allow police the chance to arrest the offenders without worry for their own safety. Every weapon on this list does not deal lethal damage as all other weapons do, instead they specialize in those key moments which allow for criminals and attacks to be hurt and not killed, for the user to apprehend or escape from anyone unlucky enough to be hit with them.

A sap is a flat-profiled, leather-covered lead rod, fitted with a spring handle. A sap has a flat profile as opposed to a cylindrical profile of a blackjack, and spreads its impact out over a broader area, making it less likely to break bone. There is also a version called “soft sap” which is a stitched leather “pouch” filled tight with lead shot with a flat profile similar to a normal sap. The slight spring of the leather handle gives snap to the strike, but the lead shot is more forgiving then a solid piece of lead. It was primarily used for head strikes, intended to stun an opponent or render them unconscious. This weapon is moderately controlled on a state level, as this weapon along with the blackjack have been known to sometimes induce permanent brain damage or death when used as both a self defense weapon an a compliance device by police services.
(Damage 0. Strength 2. Size 2. Availability •)[Tags; Stun.][Effect; – ]

Stunguns are incapacitating weapons. It delivers an electric shock aimed at temporarily disrupting muscle functions and/or inflicting pain without causing significant injury. The most common form of this weapon held by civilians are the compact hand-held stun guns, and are about the size of a TV remote or calculator. They must touch the subject when used, unlike tazers, which fire harpoon like projectiles attaching wires from the subject to the device to inflict their electric shock effects. The original XR-5000 design in 1983 had the electrodes spread farther apart to make the noisy electric arc between the electrodes as a more visible warning, which has made it’s way as a staple noise and sight of the weapon. Some such devices are available disguised as other objects, such as umbrellas, mobile phones or pens.
(Damage 0. Strength 1. Size 1. Availability •)[Tags; Stun.][Effect; Bonus successes don’t add additional damage.]

Pepperspray.jpgPepper spray:
Pepper spray, or ‘mace, is a chemical compound that irritates the eyes to cause tears, pain, and temporary blindness used in policing, riot control, crowd control and self-defense, including defense against dogs and bears. Its inflammatory effects cause the eyes to close, taking away vision, and this temporary blindness allows officers to more easily restrain subjects and permits people using pepper spray for self-defense an opportunity to escape. Currently the legality of pepper spray is not under question, only in a few select states is there even a minimum age of purchase, and pepper sprays are available in many forms in everything from survival equipment to firearms retailers. While human and dog sprays are very similar, bear sprays are very much the higher caliber of this self defense weapon. Sold canisters of bear deterring pepper-spray (Or Bear mace) can shoot up to 30 feet at a much thicker and more painful mixture.
(Damage 0. Range Close. Capacity Low. Strength 1. Size 1. Availability •)[Tags; Slow.][Effect; – ]

Armors – Modern and more;

Armor is the game changer when it comes to weapon, and nothing has driven the development of weapons of war as much as development of the armors that stop said weapons. Swords and arrows became pikes and muskets, pikes and muskets became bayonets and rifles, bayonets were abandoned and the bomb was elevated as metal monstrosities roamed battlefields. Plate armor became flak jackets, became kevlar vests, became modern bulletproof suits, and horses became tanks and armored trucks. By virtue, armor had always been one step ahead of weapons up until the invention of gunpowder, when their positions were suddenly reversed. Now in the modern age, armor is everywhere, and tentatively as it may seem, it stays effective and relevant. Police forces don Kevlar vests under their clothing and riot suits when civil unrest knocks, soliders carry heavy suits of plated bulletproofing in uniforms, and dignitaries stand and speak behind glass forged to stop that world changing bullet before it has it’s chance.

Reinforcedclothing.jpgReinforced clothing.
Rather it be a leather jacket and a set of thick work jeans or a full set of motorcycle riding leathers, some reinforced and thick clothing can work as armor in a pinch. Though it might not offer much protection, or none at all when it comes to ballistics, it can be worn under or as clothes, making it a staple choice for anyone expecting violence without wishing to attract attention. Leathers are usually light, don’t restrict movement, and don’t arouse much if any suspicion that something is afoot when worn out in public. As well, it’s often paired with other armors, such as Kevlar vests worn under thick leather jackets to provide both protection and concealment. Finally, the availability is a selling point. While some stores specifically sell motorcycle leathers, even big box stores have synthetic leather clothing.
(Rating 1/0. Strength 1. Defense 0. Speed 0. Availability •. Coverage; Torso, arms, legs.)

Sportsgrear.jpgSports Gear:
More protection and higher profile than any reinforced clothing, sports gear can be anything from football padding to full fencers suits. Cheap and easily obtainable, sports gear is designed to protect players from harsh impacts. Because players must remain mobile, sports equipment is designed to be the least cumbersome possible, though it does fall short of things like reinforced clothing and civilian to police grade Kevlar vests, both of which do not restrict movement what-so-ever. As armor, it does offer a modicum of protection more than simple leathers, at the cost of people being much more aware of you while you wear it. While it may not be unheard of for someone to wear hockey padding on the subway in New York, you’re much more likely to be remembered than the man beside you with the Kevlar vest under his clothes.
(Rating 2/0. Strength 2. Defense -1. Speed -1. Availability •. Coverage; Torso, arms, legs.)

Kevlar.jpgKevlar vest.
Bulletproof vests help absorb the impact and reduce or stop penetration of small arms fire, stabbings, and even shrapnel from explosions.. Soft vests are made of many layers of woven or laminated fibers, conforming comfortably to the dimension of the wearer for wear under clothing. Military personnel and SWAT forces use the next step up, hard-plate reinforced vests with steel or ceramic inserts. Soft vests are the ones seen in every day media, and every day police officers on simple patrol. Hard-plate vests are much more rigid and heavy, and are universally hated by the soldiers who are forced to wear them 24/7, reporting difficulty breathing and restriction of movement. Hard plate vests often have to be worn on the outside, and make use of the space in the form of pockets and pouches, most specifically made for less than lethal weaponry, apprehension equipment, and communication devices. In Louisiana, any adult can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless that adult has been convicted of a felony.
Security:(Rating 1/3. Strength 1. Defense 0. Speed 0. Availability ••. Coverage; Torso.)
Police:(Rating 2/3. Strength 1. Defense 0. Speed 0. Availability ••. Coverage; Torso.)
Military:(Rating 2/4. Strength 2. Defense -1. Speed 0. Availability •••. Coverage; Torso.)

Flak.jpgFlak Jacket;
A flak jacket or flak vest is an outmoded form of body armor designed to provide protection from fragmentation from high explosive weaponry, such as anti-aircraft artillery, grenades, some round shot used in shotguns and land mines and other lower-velocity projectiles. While It is not designed to protect against bullets fired from small-arms such as rifles or handguns, many flak jackets are able to sustain certain gunshots, dependent on the armor and the gun. Later jackets fully capable of serving against both, though were outmoded in favor of the Kevlar vest. The term “flak jacket” is often colloquially applied to newer body armor featuring protection against small arms projectiles, but the original usage predated the existence of functional bulletproof vests and the two are not interchangeable in performance. The major difference in appearance however is size, a flak jacket often much larger, covering portions of the arms as well as chest. Any found today are relics, as classification of bullet-proof military wear has changed to Kevlar vests.
(Rating 2/3. Strength 2. Defense -1. Speed 0. Availability •••. Coverage; Torso. Arms.)

Riot_Gear.jpgFull Riot gear;
Knights of medieval times wore plate armor into battle, and those times were never forgotten, in fact they have been revived in grand fashion in the full body armor used world wide by law enforcement in the most dire of situations. Full riot gear entails many different parts, either all made as a set that locks together or separate parts that must be strapped on one at a time. These parts include the helmet (Sometimes paired with gas masks), body armor that covers the shoulders, arm protection from elbow to wrist, hard gloves, thigh armor that connects with the body armor and shin guards, and the shin guards themselves. These armors are often paired with riot shields, and less than lethal weapons such as tear gas launchers, nightsticks, pepper spray, and even shotguns with rubber ammunition. However effective, however, this armor is often pricey and cannot be worn without attracting great attention to yourself.
(Rating 3/5. Strength 2. Defense -2. Speed -1. Availability •••. Coverage; Torso. Arms. Legs.)

Bomb suit:
Though ridiculous to wear, and too bulky to ever be used in combat, a bomb suit is a heavy suit of body armor designed to withstand the pressure generated by a bomb and any fragments the bomb may produce. It is usually worn by trained personnel attempting bomb disposal. In contrast to ballistic body armors, which usually focus on protecting the torso and head, a bomb suit must protect all parts of the body, since the dangers posed by a bomb’s explosion affects the entire body. Most bomb suits have little to no protection over the hands to maximize dexterity with their work, while others have breathing units to deal with explosives giving off radiation or where dust is too thick for technicians to breath well. After just one blast, the suit is rendered nearly useless, saving the wearer at the cost of the rest of the suit. Still, it’s not so great a loss when one considers the singular purpose these suits exist for.
(Rating 4/6. Strength 3. Defense -5. Speed -4. Availability •••••. Coverage; Torso. Arms. Head.)

HardLeather.jpgHard Leather:
Hard leather is a mixed bag in history. The more you boil leather the thicker and harder (yet darker) it gets, but it also become more brittle in the process. Leather is, especially when hardened, relatively easy to cut or pierce but gives better protection against blunt force trauma. It will take some of the force from a cut or an arrow, depending on the severity, but most leather armor historically was a poor man’s solution to a world in which ring, scale, and plate reigned over them in a major way. Despite this, leather armor was often paired or used to strengthen other types of armor against blunt force blows, such as being fastened to chain mail to make up for the great weakness of mail against blunt weapons. Historically, since leather is biodegradable, very little is know about it’s roll and use as stand-alone armor. In the modern day this means most historical re-enactment of such armors are purely fantasy.
(Rating 2/0. Strength 2. Defense -1. Speed 0. Availability •. Coverage; Torso. Arms.)

Lorica.jpgLorica segmentata:
The lorica segmentata (segmented cuirass) was used by soldiers of the Roman Empire, consisting of metal strips called “girth hoops", fashioned into circular bands and fastened to internal leather straps. The plates of lorica segmentata armor were soft iron inside and mild steel on the outside, making the plates hardened against damage without becoming brittle. The strips were arranged horizontally on the body, overlapping downwards, and they surrounded the torso in two halves, being fastened at the front and back. The upper body and shoulders were protected by additional strips (“shoulder guards”) and breast- and backplates. Though historically replaced around the time foreigners were given citizenship in the roman empire, the armor remained a symbolic parade piece. Beyond the curtain, the lorica segmentata is a symbolic armor of the Lancea et Sanctum, after the Roman solider Longinus, who pierced the side of Jesus Christ.
(Rating 2/2. Strength 3. Defense -2. Speed -3. Availability ••••. Coverage; Torso.)

Fashioned of interlocking metal rings, chainmail protects the wearer’s torso better than leather armor. While associated as an invention of the Celts, there are examples of this armor dating back to the 4th century BC. Mail armor provided an effective defense against slashing blows by edged weapons and penetration by thrusting and piercing weapons; in fact, a study conducted at the Royal armories at Leeds concluded that "it is almost impossible to penetrate using any conventional medieval weapon.” This was one of the early factors that lead to the European rise of hammers and larger swords, as while mail protects from penetration, it’s flexibility means force is transfer into the wearer, causing breaks and bruises. In the modern world, unlike plate, mail is still widely used and made for utilitarian processes. Diving suits to protect against shark bites, anti-stab vest lining, and even protective arm and hand wear for meat processing and wood carving professionals. (Can cover entire body as a coat for one dot of availability more)
(Rating 3/1. Strength 3. Defense -2. Speed -2. Availability ••. Coverage; Torso. Arms.)

Plate mail:
Known as ‘the old king’ of armors, full plate armor developed in Europe during the Late Middle Ages, especially in the context of the Hundred Years’ War, from the coat of plates worn over mail suits during the 13th century, peaking in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Popularized visions of Knights in Shining Armor came from the specialized plate used in jousting tournaments, and the most heavily armored soldiers who acted as heavy cavalry. The height of effectiveness in these armors were known as ‘Gothic plate’, and while they were mostly used by this time as parade armor, though many – mostly German – fencing manuals detailed styles of fighting utilizing this armor. Those who benefited from these manuals were mostly the nobility who still strode in full plate during the European wars of religion. It’s obvious to say that these armors were made to stop weapons from having major effects on the wearers, many swords finding no hope of piercing the thick shell of a well made suit of plate. Despite this, it was cumbersome, sometimes very noisy, and often ostentatious. Weapons like the man-catcher were specially made to pin wearers of this armor so it could be stripped from them and the noble inside the walnut ransomed.
(Rating 4/2. Strength 3. Defense -2. Speed -3. Availability ••••. Coverage; Torso. Arms. Legs.)

Gear for every occasion;

Gear comes in all shapes and sizes, though it can usually be quantified into one of three categories; Mental, physical, or social. Mental equipment assists (and in many cases enables) a user with tasks that require mental attributes. Such as automotive tools to enable work on cars, an Int/Wits + Crafts roll, or survival gear that would assist and make possible survival in hostile environs with a Int/Wits + Survival roll. In fact, working on cars, performing advanced first aid, and other such tasks rely on equipment so much they cannot be performed without their tools of the trade. Physical equipment is just as simple, used for tasks in which strength or dexterity is required, such as picking locks or simply knocking down that door. They also include things like bear traps and stun guns to slow and harm antagonistic forces, climbing gear and camouflage clothing to better sneak about. Social equipment is probably the most obvious of the three, from simple things like what you wear to having wads of cash on hand, social equipment assists in social rolls and situations. Services could be counted as all three, as they’re a type of ‘Equipment’ that simply uses resources to purchase the expertise of others.

All of these different kinds of equipment are detailed on page 270-279 of the core book, located HERE in player resources. Below is a detailed list of approved gear outside of the core book.

Surveillance Gear;
Characters use surveillance gear to spy on their enemies, secure important locations, and track or identify the things that roam the night. Many of these items are available on the market at high prices, while some are more difficult to acquire without drawing suspicion.

Availability •
Binoculars provide magnification over great distances. Normal sight-based Perception rolls suffer penalties beyond long range. With binoculars, the viewer can see clearly up to extreme range, though she loses clarity beyond long range. At long range, she suffers only a –1 to sight-based Perception rolls, but at extreme range she suffers a –3. Night vision binoculars (Availability •••) incur similar penalties and negate penalties for darkness.

Bugs (Listening Devices);
Availability ••
Bugs are small audio devices that transmit sounds to distant listeners or recording devices. They’re small enough to be hidden in a room or upon one’s person. Police use them frequently in sting operations, criminals use them to gain advance warning of police actions, and jealous spouses use them to spy on their partners. Because of their small size, bugs can be concealed in ceilings, walls, houseplants, even taped or glued beneath desks and tables. Some bugs use wires (giving rise to the phrase “wearing a wire”) when concealed on the body or in small items like pens and buttons. Bugs relay audio via radio frequencies up to a distance of a quarter-mile, but these frequencies are themselves susceptible to notice by outside listeners.

Bug Sweepers;
Die bonus +2 Availability•••
For the paranoid or simply pragmatic, bug sweepers scan for audio and video recording devices. The devices look like small walkie-talkies. They scan for radio frequencies and electromagnetic radiation and display anything they pick up through a series of lights.

Disguised Camera;
Availability ••
Hidden cameras come in many disguises, from clock radios, “nanny cams” hidden in stuffed animals, smoke detectors, air purifiers, and more. These devices all function perfectly in addition to being cameras, so for example a clock radio will still tell time as well as record video. Smaller devices exist but are more expensive (Availability •••). Hidden cameras record video to internal storage, rather than transmitting it to a monitor. The resolution usually isn’t the greatest, and the camera can only record up to about two hours at a time. More advanced models can record more data or at higher resolutions, and even send wireless transmissions, but these can be very expensive (Availability ••• or higher). Attempting to find a hidden camera requires a Wits + Investigation roll, with a penalty equal to the Availability cost of the item.

Tracking Device;
Die bonus +2 Availability•••
Tracking devices come installed on cars, phones, and electronic cuffs worn by ex-cons. Worried parents can buy them for kids, pets, and valuable electronics. Many such devices are tracked through a third party or a website, or report the location through a phone call. Some use GPS coordinates transmitted to handheld devices, and a technologically-savvy character can reconfigure law enforcement tracking devices to trace them herself. The actual tracking device itself is a tiny microchip, which can be surgically implanted or installed into a larger device like an electronic cuff or collar. These devices are larger but cost the same since they are less concealable.

Keystroke Logger;
Availability •
A keystroke logger, true to its name, captures the keystrokes used by a keyboard’s operator. The small flash drive like device plugs into the computer port and the keyboard plugs into it. A log of the keystrokes pressed on the keyboard is kept in the device, which the user can later retrieve as a text file on (presumably) another PC. The information recovered includes passwords (even BIOS passwords), emails, account numbers, everything the user typed.

Reverse Peephole;
Availability •
These surprisingly common devices look like a sterotypical jeweler’s magnifying glass and allow the user to look in through a peephole by fitting over the existing peephole. It doesn’t offer any better a view than a peephole normally does, but it gives the one up on people who might be waiting on your entrance, or if you don’t want them to. Real estate agents, police officers, and some criminals carry reverse peepholes.

Die bonus +2 Availability ••
Ubiquitous in the modern Internet-using world, spyware often infects non-savvy users. The software then proceeds to track and monitor computer usage and often spams the user with targeted advertisements. Spyware can be deliberately employed by an individual to record keystrokes, web and document history, and chat logs. Installing the spyware on a target computer can be done remotely over a network or from physical media.

Wi-Fi Sniffer;
Availability •
A small device that scans for wireless networks within medium range. A display shows the signal strength of any present networks. Sniffers are far more discrete than laptops and phones that scan for available networks. The sniffer doesn’t allow access to the networks by itself, but the user can access the available networks via other devices like phones or laptops.

Availability ••
When installed in a phone or on a phone line, wiretaps transmit phone conversations to third-party listeners or devices.. Once in place, the tap allows listeners to monitor any conversations made over that phone line.

Survival Gear;
Sometimes characters find themselves caught in perilous survival situations. A shipwreck or plane crash might land them in the middle of the wilderness. They might have fled the confines of the city in order to escape some foe. They might even be lost in or beneath the city itself, or cast out into the vagrant-filled underground of some urban center. Knowing the proper survival skills like building shelters, catching food, and purifying water are only part of the key to survival; the gear to weather urban decay, environmental conditions, or deal with insurgent warfare is vital in keeping a character alive.

NBC Suit;
Die bonus +5, Durability 1, Size 5, Structure 6, Availability••
Similar to a HAZMAT suit, NBC suits (which stands for “Nuclear, Biological, Chemical”) safely shield the wearer from exposure to harmful agents. The suit is a bulky plastic bodysuit with a built-in gas mask and air filtration unit. The suit offers its die bonus to all rolls made to resist harm from or contracting NBC agents, including radiation poisoning. While the suit offers top-notch protection, it can only endure for so long, and remains fragile to tears. A single point of damage that could puncture or tear the suit negates its protection entirely, and after 5 days, its die bonus diminishes by one each day until it can no longer protect the wearer.

Potassium Iodide (Bottle);
Die bonus +1 Availability••
Potassium iodide is used to protect against radiation sickness, both long term and short term. Two pills a day confer a +1 bonus to any rolls a character makes to withstand up to a level three radiation environment. The pills must be taken at least four hours before exposure.

Survival Kit (Basic);
Die bonus +1 Availability•
Survival kits contain the basic items a character needs to survive in the wild: a sleeping bag, canteen, flashlight, glow-stick, food and water to last one person a whole day. Add the kit’s die bonus to any Survival rolls and Stamina + Resolve rolls made to resist harm from exposure.

Survival Kit (Advanced);
Die bonus +2 Availability ••
Advanced survival kits includes all the items found in a basic kit, along with gear like a compass, small tent, solar blanket, heating pads, multi-tool, rope, and survival guide. Food and water included with the kit allows a single person to survive two days. Proper use of an advanced survival kit allows the character to negate the effects of harsher weather.

Survival Kit (Superior);
Die bonus +3 Availability •••
Superior survival kits offer everything the lesser two kits provide, in addition to GPS devices, water filtration units, portable fishing rods, machetes, cables, emergency ponchos, survival guides, four-person all-season tent, and food and water for a week.

Survival Kit (Urban)
Die bonus +3 Availability ••
These kits are made for urban emergencies: city-wide blackouts, chemical attacks, natural disasters. Also called “Go Bags” or “Bug-Out Bags” (BOBs), they contain the items of a basic survival kit as well as some gear tailored to urban conditions: radio, city maps, waterproof matches, antibiotics, flashlights, emergency blankets, protective masks, food and water for up to three days. The urban kit can be used in the wilderness, but it is by no means able to do so as efficiently.

Two to Four wheels of lifesaver;

Vehicles have been everything from dirty splintered carts hauled by beasts of burden to shuttles that launch into the reaches of outer space. Once humans realized there was a wide world to explore, they created vehicles that traveled further and further faster and faster, and before the species knew it, it had the ability for the every-man to go from Anchorage to Orlando in 80 hours with nothing but his automobile. Or if he had the funds, a simple 10 hour plane ride on a commercial airliner. Even domestic travel is made easier for everyone, with the creation of personal vehicles, from bicycles and skateboards to canoes and kayaks.

More than just things to get from point A to B, there is much more to vehicles than just their ability to move on their own. Counter culture have been built around them, they are used in organized sports, and can be created for any job under the sun. Some cars are made to simply function, while others are made to out-function others, take harsh conditions and lack of paved roads on the chin, even be outfitted into homes, restaurants, store fronts, and even be outfitted with armor to protect against firearms and explosives. Some cars are used as status symbols, a man in a suit driving up to a party in a luxury vehicle and positioning himself as one of the wealthier people at the party. Others are deceptive in their performance, built as lower performing cars and allowing criminals to escape from police in the most average looking car possible.

Construction plays a huge part in every vehicle, ironically some of the most expensive of civilian cars are also the most delicate. Someone’s Ferarri might stand up to a drive by shooting with a handgun, but the chances are much higher in a muscle car or SUV, for instance. The size of a car mostly dictates the force you’re playing with behind the wheel, how much it’d hurt an aggressor to simply hit the gas and pin them up against the wall of a building, or to strike them in the middle of the street. Less durable or structurally sound vehicles might leave incriminating imprints and other evidence where the victim was struck. One last thing to consider about a vehicle is it’s overall potential for speed and acceleration. Large vehicles rev up slowly to their maximum speed, where as the best of sports cars and nearly all motorcycles accelerate fast enough to shock many and evade sight before other vehicles can manage to match speed. When using vehicles to escape, it’s wise to consider the top speed as well, as a limousine is by no means able to match speed with a muscle car or sports compact, though it depends on the driver as well, those skilled behind the wheel sometimes able to white knuckle great bursts of speed.

When damaged or simply not up to snuff, repairing and modifying cars is considered a great masculine American pass-time. Depending on the skill of a mechanic or auto-enthusiast, a vehicle can be made to handle better, assist in secondary tasks other than driving, made more durable and larger, or simply made to go faster in both acceleration and top speed. There is a limit to how many modifications can be made, but as with everything else it relies on the skill of the person holding the tools.

Passenger Cars:

Passenger cars are ubiquitous in any area of the world that has paved roads and available refined fuel. Almost all passenger cars are built for utility and efficiency over performance, though some auto makers attempt to combine these factors with varying degrees of success. These vehicles vary widely in size and amenities. Representative samples of passenger cars include the following:

Subcompact.JPGSubcompact Car:
Fuel efficiency and low price are the primary attractions of subcompacts, though some owners buy them for “cute” factor. Examples: Chevrolet Aveo, Mini Cooper, Volkswagen Beetle
(Dice mod -2 – Size 7 – Durability 3 – Structure 10 – Speed 65 – Availability •)

Compact.jpgCompact Car:
The archetypal ride for commuters and impoverished college students, compacts are affordable — and that’s about it. Examples: Dodge Neon, Honda Civic, Mazda Protégé, Saturn Ion
(Dice mod -2 – Size 7 – Durability 3 – Structure 11 – Speed 70 – Availability •)

Midsize.jpgMid-Size Car:
The mid-size sedan (four doors) or coupe (two doors) is the bland average in automotive performance. Mid-sizes are nondescript and omnipresent. They are still somewhat cramped but easier to maneuver within than smaller vehicles. Examples: BMW 325i, Chevrolet Impala, Ford 500, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima
(Dice mod -3 – Size 12 – Durability 3 – Structure 15 – Speed 75 – Availability ••)

Performance_midsize.jpgPerformance Mid-Size:
Some manufacturers offer high-performance versions of their commuter boxes-on-wheels that are virtually indistinguishable from standard models, save for a few subtle accents. Performance coupes and sedans also feature luxurious interiors, which most buyers expect to see if they pay close to six figures. Thanks to the cars’ ordinary appearance, they’re perfect for owners who need to indulge in the occasional highspeed indiscretion without being too obvious. These cars also see service in some European nations as police pursuit cars for traffic enforcement. Examples: Cadillac CTS-V, BMW M3, Mercedes AMG E 55, Nissan Altima SE-R.
(Dice mod -2 – Size 12 – Durability 3 – Structure 15 – Speed 80 – Availability •••)

Fullsize.jpgFull-Size Car:
Full-sizes are the smallest cars found in most corporate and government fleets. Once the de-facto standard for automobiles, full-sizes are now outnumbered by smaller and more economical vehicles. Full-size cars are spacious, though, seating five adults in relative comfort and having enough trunk space for several suitcases (or two to three more adults). Luxury full-size cars serve as status symbols for owners who want roomy transportation with class. Examples: Lincoln Town Car, Mercedes C320, Toyota Avalon
(Dice mod -3 – Size 14 – Durability 3 – Structure 17 – Speed 70 – Availability •••)
Police Conversion; (Dice mod -2 – Size 14 – Durability 3 – Structure 17 – Speed 75 – Availability •••*)

A limousine begins its existence as a full-size car, but the conversion process torches it in half, then welds it back together with several additional yards of passenger cabin grafted into the midsection. Performance suffers as a result, but a loss of acceleration is a small price to pay for riding in such style and elegance. Renting a limousine for a night costs •, and this service includes a professional driver (dice pools: Driving 6 dice, Local Area Knowledge 5 dice).
(Dice mod -4 – Size 19 – Durability 3 – Structure 22 – Speed 55 – Availability ••••)[Luxury]

Sports Cars

Most sports car owners are more likely to brag about their vehicles’ capabilities than to actually use them. A 180-mile-per-hour top speed means little in bumper-to-bumper expressway traffic. Sports cars are built for operating conditions that rarely arise for most drivers. Sports cars have limited passenger capacity and cargo space, consume fuel at a prodigious rate and can outrun and out turn virtually anything else on the road.

Sportscar.jpgSports Car:
The standard for sports cars is two seats, two doors, a huge engine and minimalism in every other area. They’re built to go fast and look good while doing it. The price of this performance comes not only in dollars but also in practicality and, often, comfort. Examples: Chevrolet Corvette, Mercedes CLK 55 AMG, Porsche 911.
(Dice mod -1 – Size 10 – Durability 2 – Structure 12 – Speed 80 – Availability ••••)[Luxury]

Musclecar.jpgMuscle Car:
An American innovation from the 1960s, muscle cars trade a little performance for power, size and affordability. They’re loud, unrefined and capable of blistering acceleration. They also feature marginally more interior volume than sports cars, including cargo space that can hold more than an overnight bag. Examples: Dodge Charger, Ford Mustang, Pontiac GTO (aka Holden Monaro)
(Dice mod -2 – Size 12 – Durability 3 – Structure 15 – Speed 75 – Availability ••)

Sport_compact.jpgSport Compact:
Japanese manufacturers brought “sport compacts” — compact cars with enhanced speed and handling — into vogue in the late 1980s with a succession of “nickel rockets.” Today’s sport compacts range from petite roadsters to hulking sedans based on rally racecars. Sport compacts are the favored vehicles of street racers, whose ingenuity in installing performance parts is surpassed only by the extent to which the owners will add flamboyant decals, paint schemes and body accessories. Examples: Chevrolet Cobalt SS, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V, Subaru Impreza WRX.
(Dice mod -1 – Size 9 – Durability 3 – Structure 12 – Speed 80 – Availability •••)

The ultimate in street-legal performance is the supercar, a classification established by Italian automakers whose flagship products can outrun, out-turn and out-price anything else on the road. Supercars are painfully exclusive, often limited to several hundred of any given model sold in an entire country, and are as inconspicuous as a punch in the face. They’re lowslung and don’t take well to non-paved surfaces: their penalties for off-roading are increased by an additional –1. Examples: Ferrari F40, Lamborghini Murciélago, McLaren F1, Porsche Carrera GT
(Dice mod -1 – Size 10 – Durability 2 – Structure 12 – Speed 90 – Availability •••••)[Luxury]

Light Trucks:
Drivers who expect to travel on dirt roads or across open wilderness find the low-slung suspensions of passenger cars to be inadequate. Light trucks offer an alternative: they’re capable of clearing obstacles that would leave a car stuck or worse, can haul a reasonable amount of cargo and are rugged enough to withstand daily abuse.

LightPickup.jpgLight Pickup:
Light pickups are intended for dual use on city streets and rural trails, and their designs range from no-frills utilitarianism to sporty and impractical ostentation. One can typically haul three-quarters of a ton of cargo or up to eight passengers in the bed of a light pickup. Examples: Ford Ranger, GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma
(Dice mod -2 – Size 14 – Durability 3 – Structure 17 – Speed 60 – Availability ••)[Off Road]

HeavyPickup.jpgHeavy Pickup:
Larger, slower and more massive than lesser cousins, heavy pickups are built for hard work on a daily basis. A heavy pickup with a standard configuration can haul up to a ton and a half of cargo or 16 passengers, while “king cab” models sacrifice about 800 pounds of cargo capacity or four unsecured passengers for an extended passenger compartment with an additional two or three relatively comfortable seats. Many heavy pickups come with diesel engines and heavy-duty transmissions, allowing them to tow a trailer with five or more tons of additional cargo. Examples: Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, Nissan Titan
(Dice mod -3 – Size 15 – Durability 3 – Structure 18 – Speed 55 – Availability •••)

Jeeps are light, passenger-carrying, off-road vehicles, typically taller and less lengthy than light pickups. Jeeps are built strictly for utility, and some jeep models lack even rudimentary climate control or AM radios. Jeeps do, however, usually boast practical features such as roll cages, winches and mounting brackets for spare cans of fuel. The open or canvas tops of jeeps provide only minimal protection to their passengers when bullets start flying. Examples: Chevrolet Tracker, Jeep Wrangler, Land Rover Defender
(Dice mod -2 – Size 13 – Durability 3 – Structure 16 – Speed 60 – Availability ••)

OffroadSUV.jpgOff-Road SUV:
The sports-utility vehicle is the modern successor to the hard-topped jeep designs of the late 1980s. Most SUVs are woefully inadequate for rough duty, being designed for use by harried suburban parents, but some examples do retain the off-road capability of the truck designs on whose frames they’re built. Off-road SUVs are similar in general design to jeeps, being passenger haulers first and cargo vehicles second, but are longer and fully enclosed. Examples: Jeep Grand Cherokee, Land Rover Discovery, Nissan Xterra
(Dice mod -2 – Size 15 – Durability 3 – Structure 18 – Speed 65 – Availability •••)

MilitaryTactTruck.jpgMilitary Tactical Truck:
For military operations, off-road driving is the norm rather than the weekend exception. Armies require general-purpose cargo and passenger vehicles that are even more durable and capable than the most rugged civilian trucks. Most tactical trucks are diesel-powered, feature a medium range radio as standard equipment and can mount a single machine gun (see p. 79) on a swivel mount in the roof (though the gunner must partially expose himself to fire it, receiving only –2 cover). Because tactical trucks aren’t built with civilian safety regulations in mind, these vehicles are not normally available for civilian purchase. Examples: AM General M998 HMMWV, ATL Pinzgauer, BAE Systems Panther, Land Rover Wolf
(Dice mod -3 – Size 17 – Durability 4 – Structure 21 – Speed 55 – Availability NA)

Best described as boxes-on-wheels, vans are built for maximum cargo capacity and easy access. Almost all vans have double rear doors, and many vans have additional sliding or double doors on the passenger’s side.

FullVan.jpgFull-Size Van:
Capable of hauling up to a ton of cargo or 12 passengers, vans are the ubiquitous service vehicles for all manner of businesses. Passenger models tend to have windows all around, while cargo designs typically only have windows in the rear doors, if even there — plumbing supplies don’t need to see out (and inquisitive passersby don’t need to see in). Vans with appropriate markings can remain parked for extended periods of time without arousing suspicion, which makes them ideal for surveillance operations and other covert goings-on. Examples: Dodge Sprinter, Ford Econoline E-150, Nissan Primastar.
(Dice mod -3 – Size 16 – Durability 3 – Structure 19 – Speed 55 – Availability ••)

A compromise between van utility and automobile efficiency. Most minivans are more streamlined in appearance than full-size vans and are built on front wheel drive car chassis. Minivans typically have more amenities than full-size passenger vans, as the minivans’ primary target market is large middle-class families. These vans’ second and third rows of seats are designed for easy removal, which allows conversion from passenger to cargo configurations in a few minutes. Examples: Dodge Caravan, Ford Windstar, Honda Odyssey, Renault Espace.
(Dice mod -2 – Size 15 – Durability 3 – Structure 18 – Speed 65 – Availability ••)

DeliveryVan.JPGDelivery Van:
In much of the world, the most familiar delivery vans are UPS’ brown-clad fleet. These vehicles are ubiquitous in any urban or suburban area, and unlikely to foster comment even in more rural areas. Delivery vans are typically about 20 feet long; most of the length is given over to cargo space. Inside, wide shelves canted slightly upward to keep parcels from sliding during turns, line both sides of a center aisle. Light rental trucks do not offer unrestricted access between the passenger and cargo areas, having only a yard-square sliding door (if any), and lack the shelves of delivery vans, but have identical traits for game purposes. Examples: Freightliner MT-45, GMS Utilimaster, International FH1652
(Dice mod -3 – Size 17 – Durability 3 – Structure 20 – Speed 50 – Availability •••)

RV.jpgRecreational Vehicle:
RVs are vehicles built as mobile living quarters. Small RVs are built on van frames, while larger RV models resemble small buses. Almost all designs have external attachment points for electricity, water, and waste lines, allowing the occupants to stay in one place for an extended period without relying solely on the vehicle’s internal fuel and water resources. A typical motor home includes a tiny kitchenette, a restroom with a shower stall and a chemical toilet, and a minimal entertainment system and sleeping accommodations for four to six people. Luxury models may add satellite broadcast reception, full bathrooms, saunas or the most decadent and extravagant furnishings. The Traits given are for the typical design used by well-to-do retirees: about 40 feet in length and the largest vehicles that don’t require a commercial driver’s license. A character with Resources •••• may own an RV as his primary residence, rather than a house or apartment. Examples: Fleetwood Expedition, Tiffin Phaeton, Winnebago Adventurer
(Dice mod -3 – Size 18 – Durability 3 – Structure 21 – Speed 55 – Availability •••)

CommunterSUV.jpegCommuter SUV:
Although many SUV owners would vehemently deny this classification of their prized status symbols, the truth is that a significant number of modern SUV designs have minimal off-road capability, sluggish handling and a large cargo volume with easy access. In other words, they’re vans. Commuter SUVs come equipped with all manner of creature comforts, from heated leather seats to DVD players. Examples: Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Nissan Murano, Toyota Highlander
(Dice mod -2 – Size 15 – Durability 3 – Structure 18 – Speed 65 – Availability •••••)

PerformanceSUV.JPGPerformance SUV:
For most SUVs, “performance” means being able to take the kids to band camp. Some manufacturers eschew conventional wisdom, preferring to build SUVs that can hold their own against sports cars. Such behemoths are painfully overpriced, but are moderately successful blends of SUV utility and high end automotive performance. For owners who intend to engage in activities best kept from the attention of the authorities, performance SUVs have the same advantages as performance mid-size cars: a nondescript appearance combined with superior speed and handling. Performance SUVs are also ideal for security conversions because the overbuilt engines compensate for the extra weight of ballistic protection. Examples: Mercedes AMG ML 55, Porsche Cayenne
(Dice mod -1 – Size 15 – Durability 3 – Structure 18 – Speed 75 – Availability •••••)

SUVLimo.jpgSUV Limousine:
Conversion companies quickly seized on commuter SUVs as limousine platforms for their added internal volume. SUV limousines tend to be more ostentatious than regular limos, in addition to the greater length and bulk. Renting an SUV limo with a driver for the night costs ••.
(Dice mod -4 – Size 20 – Durability 3 – Structure 23 – Speed 55 – Availability ••••)[Luxury]

Two wheels, an engine, a fuel tank and enough metal tubing to hold everything together are essentially all that comprise a motorcycle. With a power-to-weight ratio to shame the finest sports cars, a motorcycle can dominate most ground chases, but its lack of structure is its Achilles’ heel.

Streetbike.jpgStreet Bike:
A bare-bones motorcycle has few options and minimal fairings or streamlining. Most of the street bike’s components are exposed, and it’s designed for functionality over fashion. Examples: Agusta Brutale S, Honda RVF400, Yamaha XJ600
(Dice mod 0 – Size 7 – Durability 2 – Structure 9 – Speed 60 – Availability ••)[High Acceleration]

Dirtbike.jpgDirt Bike:
Built for off-road travel, a dirt bike features a higher and heavier suspension, knobby tires and a relatively small engine. Rural residents use these bikes for both recreation and utility, and motocross racers have built an entire sport around dirt bikes. Examples: Kawasaki KLX110, Yamaha YZ-250
(Dice mod -1 – Size 5 – Durability 2 – Structure 7 – Speed 35 – Availability •)[Offroad] [High Acceleration]

Cruisers, or “touring bikes,” are intended for long-distance travel at highway speeds. Therefore, cruisers are more comfortable than other motorcycles, usually having some support for the rider’s back in an upright position. Some cruisers come equipped with intercom systems, allowing driver and passenger to use helmet-mounted microphones to converse audibly over 80-mile-per-hour wind noise. Most cruisers also have locking, hard-sided cargo containers on either side of the rear tire, each one capable of holding about a cubic foot of material. Motorcycles favored by bike clubs and gangs, known as “choppers” after their construction from pieces of different chopped-up motorcycles, also fall into the cruiser performance category, though they’re not as refined or respectable. Examples: BMW R100RS, Harley-Davidson Electra Glide, Honda Gold Wing, Yamaha Wildstar.
(Dice mod -1 – Size 7 – Durability 2 – Structure 9 – Speed 70 – Availability ••)[High Acceleration]

Sportbike.jpgSport Bike:
In many cases, the only differences between street-legal sport bikes and competition racing bikes are the exhaust system and instrumentation. Sport bikes are also referred to as “crotch rockets” for their blistering acceleration: in the hands of a proficient rider, a sport bike can out-accelerate anything short of a jet aircraft and keep pace with a supercar. Sport bikes feature lightweight plastic fairings to reduce wind resistance and require their riders to maintain uncomfortable hunched over positions. Whenever a character rides a sport bike for more continuous hours than half his Stamina, he suffers a –1 penalty to all other physical actions until he spends at least 10 minutes stretching out. Examples: Ducati 999R, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10, Suzuki GSX-1300R Hayabusa, Yamaha YZF-R1
(Dice mod 0 – Size 6 – Durability 1 – Structure 7 – Speed 80 – Availability •••)[High Acceleration]

A sidecar is a single or double wheeled pod that attaches to the side of a street bike or cruiser. A motorcycle with a sidecar has its speed reduced by 1/4th and it’s high acceleration tag removed, but the sidecar adds space for another passenger or an equivalent volume and weight of cargo. Traits: Durability 2, Size 4, Structure 6, Occupant 1 passenger, Cost •

Personal Vehicles
The simplest ground vehicles are unpowered, consisting solely of wheels and a body. This ground vehicle relies on the rider’s own physique to provide motive power, but are more efficient than just running across town or away from a threat.

Bicycle.jpgStreet Bike:
A typical bicycle is little more than a tubular frame, a crank with attached pedals and a pair of wheels.
(Dice mod -2 – Size 3 – Durability 2 – Structure 5 – Speed +9 – Availability •)

Mountainbike.jpgMountain Bike:
Bikes intended for off-road use are heavier than their traditional counterparts. Mountain bikes are common even in urban settings, as they’re better able to withstand casual city hazards like curbs and stairs. Some police departments assign patrol officers to bike duty in business or college districts.
(Dice mod -1 – Size 3 – Durability 3 – Structure 6 – Speed +7 – Availability •)[Offroad]

As the name implies, a skateboard is little more than a flat board with wheels attached and rollerskates are simply boots or shoes with wheels, both are identical for game purposes.
(Dice mod -1 – Size 2 – Durability 2 – Structure 4 – Speed +5 – Availability •)

Commercial Vehicles

Commercial vehicles are the backbone of mass cargo and passenger transportation across the industrialized world. In most countries, operators of commercial vehicles over a certain length must have specialized operators’ licenses due to the exceptional mass and size of these vehicles compared to ordinary passenger cars. The largest commercial vehicles weigh 40 tons or more and require hundreds of feet to come to a full stop from cruising speed. They carry enough fuel to cross countries without refueling, and the nature of their work requires sufficiently robust construction that they can shrug off collisions and other damage that would turn the average car into an unrecognizable wreck.

MediumCommercialTruck.jpgMedium Truck:
Medium trucks are mostly used for local cargo-hauling and utility work, though some see highway use for long-distance transport of relatively small cargoes. Medium trucks typically weigh five to 15 tons and have six to ten wheels. Medium trucks intended for construction work are built for off-road duty Examples: Freightliner Business Class M2 series, International 4000 series, Isuzu F-series, Mercedes-Benz Atego, Mitsubishi Fuso FM
(Dice mod -3 – Size 20 – Durability 3 – Structure 23 – Speed 55 – Availability •••)

ArmouredTruck.jpgArmored Truck:
Armored trucks are built to haul large amounts of cash or other valuables in relative safety. Originally a response to the gang violence of 1920s America, armored trucks have since become valued tools of banks and diamond merchants the world over. A standard armored truck is built on a medium truck frame, engine, and transmission. The body is custom-fabricated around layers of steel and composite armor, and every window is a bullet-resistant sandwich. Other standard options include run-flat tires, a fire extinguishing system and explosion-resistant fuel tank, and a radio for communication with a dispatch office or police. The cab and cargo compartment of the vehicle are completely separated, with two passenger seats in each. Gun ports in the doors and the sides of the cargo area allow occupants to fire out with a –2 penalty while completely concealed and protected.
(Dice mod -3 – Size 17 – Durability 7 – Structure 34 – Speed 60 – Availability ••••*)

BigRigTractor.jpgSemi Tractor:
A semi tractor is built to pull one or more attached semitrailers. A semi tractor is built around a massive diesel engine and large-capacity fuel tanks that give the vehicle a range of at least 800 miles. Tractors come in two main configurations. Longnose designs, which place the engine in front of the driver, are more common in North America. In Europe and Asia, the norm is the cab-over design, which puts the cabin on top of the engine. Cab-overs are shorter and easier to maneuver, but the entire cab must be hinged to allow access to the engine compartment. A two-way radio is standard, and many newer designs have GPS navigation systems and locator beacons to allow corporate dispatchers to track the semi tractors more efficiently. Tractors intended for highway use often have sleeper compartments, which are effectively miniature apartments: a bed, small appliances designed to run off the vehicle’s power supply, and storage space for food, clothing, and other travel necessities. Any windows are small and can be completely sealed against light for drivers who travel at night and sleep during the day. Umbilical hoses from the back of the tractor are designed to hook into matching connectors on a trailer to provide power for lights and pressurized air for brakes. Examples: Kenworth T2000, Mack Vision, Mercedes-Benz Actros, Peterbilt 378, Volvo FH16
(Dice mod -3 – Size 18 – Durability 3 – Structure 21 – Speed 70 – Availability ••••)

A semitrailer is designed to attach to the back of a semi tractor. A semitrailer is little more than a steel frame with two or three axles at one end, a hitch at the opposite end and some type of cargo container on top. The most common arrangement is the cargo van trailer: a simple metal box 45 to 53 feet long, eight feet wide and nine feet tall, and double doors that can only be opened from the outside. A tank trailer has multiple compartments and internal buffers to keep its 7,000 gallons of cargo from sloshing and shifting the trailer’s weight distribution in turns. A flatbed trailer features further reinforcement to handle industrial loads of up to 35 tons. A refrigerated box trailer is insulated and has its own refrigeration unit, powered by a diesel generator with a separate fuel tank good for three to five days of continual operation.
(Dice mod NA – Size 21 – Durability 3 – Structure 24 – Speed NA – Availability ••)

CargoContainer.jpgCargo Containers:
The 1970s saw the overnight expansion of what the transportation industry calls intermodal shipping, which is the use of a single cargo container to move goods via multiple forms of transit. International standards defined the dimensions of a standard freight container: a steel box eight feet wide, eight-and-a-half feet tall and either 20, 40 or 45 feet long. One of these standard containers can be stacked atop others in a ship or on a rail car, rolled into a transport aircraft, slung under a helicopter or bolted onto a skeletal or flatbed semitrailer. This allows a shipper to place goods in a container and send them across nations and oceans without the need for repacking. Refrigerated and tank units exist, and standard containers can also serve as temporary offices, housing or medical clinics. The sheer number of containers moving around the world — several thousand at a time in a single, large container ship — makes them both ubiquitous and impossible to comprehensively screen, two qualities ideal for smugglers or other parties with cargo they’d like to keep hidden. A cargo container typically costs ••••. Leasing one for a month costs ••.

TransitBuss.jpgTransit Bus:
A transit bus is designed to move people around a city as efficiently as possible. As the bus is not intended to often go faster than about 40 miles an hour, it lacks even the most basic safety features such as seat belts or padded seats. Overhead grab bars allow additional passengers to stand in the center aisle. School buses have identical mechanical Traits. Examples: Blue Bird Xcel 102, International RE 200, Neoplan Centroliner, Wrightbus Solar
(Dice mod -4 – Size 21 – Durability 3 – Structure 24 – Speed 45 – Availability •••)

TourBus.jpgTour Bus:
A tour bus is ostensibly built for some degree of comfort, as passengers can expect to spend eight or more hours at a stretch in it. Standard features include reclining seats and a restroom with a chemical toilet. A cargo compartment runs most of the length of the vehicle under the passenger cabin, with locking roll-up doors providing easy access to luggage. Tour buses converted for actual living arrangements, such as those used by rock groups and touring politicians, sacrifice about half their seating for four to eight narrow bunk beds and a kitchenette. A character with Resources ••••• may own such a tour bus as her primary residence, rather than a house or apartment. Examples: Motor Coach Industries J4500, Prevost XL II, Van Hool T2100, Volvo 9900
(Dice mod -4 – Size 24 – Durability 3 – Structure 27 – Speed 65 – Availability ••••)[Luxury]

Construction Equipment
Yellow diesel-powered machinery is a familiar sight around the world as construction engineers go through the routine of erecting buildings and widening roads. Few observers stop to consider that what’s good for construction is also good for destruction. Stories of heavy machinery gone bad permeate urban legend, and characters who discover a hive full of slumbering horrors may seek a solution that’s easier to obtain than explosives.

An excavator is little more than a set of tracks that swivel a diesel engine, a cab for an operator, and a large hydraulic arm ending in a toothed bucket. The typical heavy excavator can reach any patch of ground within 15 yards of itself and can dig to 10 yards below its own level. Each bucketful is about five cubic yards, or roughly a single grave. Examples: Caterpillar 345B, Hitachi EX700, John Deere 690E
(Dice mod -5 – Size 18 – Durability 4 – Structure 22 – Speed 5 – Availability •••••)

Few obstacles exist that a four-yard-wide steel blade backed by 50 tons of diesel engine and treads can’t overcome. In a Bulldozer the operator can raise the blade to about a yard off the ground, which protects him and most of the vehicle from attacks coming from the front but completely blocks his forward view of anything closer than 10 yards. The process of raising or lowering the blade takes a single round and requires a standard operation roll. The Traits given below are for the bulldozer’s body; the blade is considered a separate object with Durability 10, Size 10 and Structure 20. As long as the blade is intact, it adds four dice to the damage the bulldozer inflicts in a forward collision. A bulldozer also comes with a rear-mounted winch whose motor and steel cable can pull up to the vehicle’s own weight. Examples: Case 1850K, Caterpillar D9T, Holland DC85
(Dice mod -5 – Size 20 – Durability 5 – Structure 25 – Speed 5 – Availability •••••)

Forklifts are exceptions to the rules regarding the operation of construction equipment and rely on a standard Dexterity + Drive roll. A typical warehouse forklift can lift up to five tons to a height of five yards, but most characters will be more concerned with impaling someone on the forklift’s pair of two-yard steel tines. Such an attack is resolved like any other intentional collision with an additional –2 penalty. If the attack succeeds, the subsequent damage roll has the Armor Piercing 3 effect. If a character suffers damage equal to or greater to his Stamina, he’s impaled and must succeed in a Strength + Resolve roll to pull himself free, suffering a penalty equal to the amount of damage the initial attack inflicted. Examples: Hyster H130, Palfinger CR50, Toyota 7FBMF
(Dice mod -3 – Size 9 – Durability 3 – Structure 12 – Speed 5 – Availability •••)

Armored Vehicles

Some military vehicles are simply upgraded or modified cousins of ordinary civilian transport, such as the ubiquitous medium trucks that haul soldiers, beans and bullets, while other military vehicles are more specialized designs built expressly for combat and mounting weapons vastly more powerful than those available to even the best-connected private citizen. Standard equipment on an armored vehicle includes a fire extinguisher system, an overpressure system to seal the interior against nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, night vision systems, encrypted radios and smoke generators.

Armored vehicles are not available for civilian purchase in their original armed forms. Collectors may be able to acquire obsolete demilitarized models that have had their weapons and classified electronic systems removed or permanently disabled (Cost •••••), but such purchases are subject to careful scrutiny during the import process, lest an armored personnel carrier wind up in the hands of a drug cartel.

APC.jpgArmored Personnel Carrier:
The “lightest” armored vehicles, relatively speaking, are armored personnel carriers (APCs). As the name implies, an APC is designed to carry and protect troops, effectively serving as a “battle taxi.” The average APC is a lozenge-shaped armored hull slung on four pairs of huge bullet-resistant tires. An APC carries a driver, a commander who doubles as a gunner for a turreted heavy machine gun and a squad of infantrymen and their possessions. Access is through a pair of top-mounted hatches or a rear door that hinges down into a ramp. Most APCs are at least nominally amphibious, able to awkwardly swim through calm water at a few miles per hour. Examples: Arzamas BTR-80, General Dynamics M1126 Stryker, Mowag Piranha III, Oto Melara Puma.
(Dice mod -3 – Size 19 – Durability 10 – Structure 29 – Speed 35 – Availability NA)

IFV.JPGInfantry Fighting Vehicle:
The bigger, nastier cousin of the APC is the infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), a tracked armored vehicle. In addition to filling the same basic role of infantry transport, an IFV also carries heavier weapons that can support its dismounted troops. Typically, an IFV has a three-man crew. The driver rides alone in a compartment in the vehicle’s nose, while the commander and gunner occupy the small turret, along with a light automatic cannon and an anti-tank guided missile launcher. The gunner operates these weapon systems while the commander coordinates his crew’s activities or uses the medium machine gun mounted atop the turret. Each crewman has his own top-mounted hatch, while the passengers have a rear ramp. Examples: BAE Systems Warrior, Rheinmetall Marder, Kurganmashzavod BMP-3, United Defense M2 Bradley
(Dice mod -3 – Size 18 – Durability 12 – Structure 30 – Speed 30 – Availability NA)

Tank.jpgMain Battle Tank:
A main battle tank is the most deadly predator on the modern battlefield. Built around a 120mm cannon that can pierce over three feet of armor plate and capable of moving faster than 50 miles per hour over any solid terrain, a tank’s sole purpose is to kill anything it can catch — and it does this exceedingly well. The tank’s armor is thick enough to shrug off most casual hazards, and even a direct hit from another tank’s main gun. A tank has a four-man crew: a driver, a gunner, a loader to feed 60-pound shells into the cannon and a commander to coordinate the activities of the other three. The driver sits alone in his compartment in the tank’s hull, while the other three crewmen occupy the turret. Each crewman has his own hatch atop his position. In addition to the main gun, a medium machine gun and a heavy machine gun are mounted at the loader’s and commander’s hatches, respectively, and another medium machine gun is mounted alongside the cannon. Examples: General Dynamics M1A2 Abrams, KBTM T-80, Krauss-Maffei Leopard, OMC Engineering Olifant
(Dice mod -5 – Size 20 – Durability 26 – Structure 46 – Speed 30 – Availability NA)


Before the advent of the railroad, river travel was the only way to move large cargo across continental interiors, and virtually every major civilization expanded and built its early cities along rivers. Today, a mariner can purchase a private yacht that can cross oceans in a matter of weeks, families own weekend pleasure boats, and wealthy bachelors live on vessels moored in marinas. Criminals favor the water as a poorly patrolled means of moving merchandise or disposing of troublesome evidence.

Small Boats
The smallest watercraft are those just big enough for one to three people. Most of these watercraft aren’t motorized, instead relying on the occupant’s muscle power for propulsion.

Some of the earliest boats were canoes simply made from hollowed-out tree trunks. Modern canoes are made of lightweight laminated wood, fiberglass or aluminum. A typical canoe can seat up to five people, though only a single occupant must paddle. For each additional rower, it simply increases the speed and turning power of the canoe.
(Dice mod -2 – Size 7 – Durability 1 – Structure 8 – Speed NA – Availability •)

A kayak is essentially a closed canoe with one or two openings in which occupants sit. The enclosed design of a kayak makes it less likely to fill with water if capsized, which makes the kayak ideal for use in swiftly moving and turbulent water.
(Dice mod -2 – Size 6 – Durability 1 – Structure 7 – Speed NA – Availability •)

JetSki.jpgJet Ski:
A Jet Ski is a motorcycle-like water vehicle that uses a gasoline engine to drive a water jet: an enclosed propeller or highspeed water pump that accelerates water for propulsion like a jet turbine engine. The result is a light, swift, and loud recreational vehicle that a capable driver can make outperform anything else on the water. Most Jet Ski have deadman switches that shut down their forward thrust if the riders fall off, bringing the Jet Skis to a halt within easy swimming distance.
(Dice mod -1 – Size 6 – Durability 2 – Structure 8 – Speed 30 – Availability ••)

INflateboat.jpgInflatable Boat:
The basic design of an inflatable boat is little more than a set of inflatable tubes attached to a canvas or aluminum floor. When packed for travel, the tubes roll up to make a flat and compact package. Uses for inflatable boats include sport fishing, water taxi service, rescue and lifesaving and military small unit transport. An inflatable boat comes with four paddles for muscle power, but can also be fitted with an outboard motor .
(Dice mod -2 – Size 8 – Durability 1 – Structure 10 – Speed 15 – Availability •)


Generally speaking, a motorboat is anything larger than a personal watercraft and smaller than a ship, and uses an internal combustion engine for propulsion. Most motorboats receive their forward thrust from propellers. High-performance speedboats instead use larger versions of the water jets found in Jet Skis. Motorboats cover a wide range of sizes and designs, including the following:

Fishingboat.jpgFishing Boat:
Little more than a small metal or fiberglass hull with an outboard motor attached, a fishing boat is intended for recreational use on smooth lakes and rivers. Those boats actually used for fishing, as opposed to casual recreation, have a secondary battery-powered electric motor for low-speed maneuvering (no faster than Speed 5) that won’t scare away fish with noise.
(Dice mod -2 – Size 15 – Durability 3 – Structure 18 – Speed 5 – Availability •)

A powerboat features an engine comparable in overall power to that of a mid-size car. These vessels are primarily sold for recreational purposes, though harbor police and other waterborne emergency services use powerboats for patrol and lifesaving duties. Powerboats are built to be as comfortable as cars and usually have comparable amenities. Many are outfitted as ski boats, with a metal frame in the rear to which a tow rope is attached for a waterskier.
(Dice mod -2 – Size 14 – Durability 3 – Structure 17 – Speed 25 – Availability •••)

Cigaretteboat.jpgRacing Boat:
Often referred to as “cigarette boats,” for the name of the most famous design, racing boats are sleek, narrow 40- to 50-foot boats with excessively powerful engines. In addition to appealing to sportsmen, racing boats are also popular with smugglers due to the boats’ ability to outrun anything law enforcement can bring to bear against them, short of a helicopter. Racing boats are built to operate with a three-person crew: one to steer, one to baby the engines and one to navigate.
(Dice mod -1 – Size 18 – Durability 2 – Structure 20 – Speed 50 – Availability ••••)

As their name suggests, houseboats are effectively floating residences, with all the comforts of a modern large apartment or small house. Some houseboats are built on single hulls, but most float on pairs or quartets of cylindrical pontoons. Many houseboats have no motors, relying on chartered towboats to move them from one mooring to another; the Traits given assume a motorized version. Even self-propelled designs are not meant for more than the most rudimentary of travel and handle poorly in any but the smoothest of seas. A character with Resources ••• may own a houseboat and rent mooring space in a marina as his primary residence.
(Dice mod -1 – Size 23 – Durability 3 – Structure 26 – Speed 10 – Availability •••)

Wind is the oldest form of vehicle propulsion aside from raw muscle power. Sailboats rely on a combination of modern engineering and millennia-old seamanship techniques to exploit this natural power source.

The primary differences between a sailing yacht and a day sailer are the former’s living quarters and greater size. A yacht is large enough to support a separate enclosed area within its hull, which features a small kitchen, bathroom, and living quarters for two to four people. Above the deck, most usable space is taken up by the necessities of sailing, and characters receive only –1 cover. Many yachts have a secondary diesel engine for maneuvering in tight quarters or windless conditions. A character with Resources •••• may own a yacht as her primary residence. Luxury yachts also feature electronic suites that include long-distance marine radios and navigational radar.
Sails; (Dice mod -3 – Size 20 – Durability 2 – Structure 22 – Speed NA – Availability ••••)
Engine; (Dice mod -3 – Size 20 – Durability 2 – Structure 22 – Speed 10 – Availability ••••)

Racingyacht.jpgRacing Yacht:
These vessels are built for speed and extended voyages. Many competitive events last days, with the longest transoceanic races stretching to weeks. Up to six characters can sail a racing yacht, and with fewer than three characters helping, maneuvers with a racing yacht suffer a –4 penalty. A racing yacht carries quarters for up to a dozen occupants and has a marine radio and navigational radar as standard equipment. Luxury models upgrade the communication suite to satellite radio. A character with Resources ••••• may own a racing yacht as his primary residence
Sails; (Dice mod -2 – Size 25 – Durability 3 – Structure 28 – Speed NA – Availability •••••)
Engine; (Dice mod -2 – Size 25 – Durability 3 – Structu;e 28 – Speed 20 – Availability •••••)


Light Airplanes:
Light aircraft range in size from single-seat kit airplanes built in their owners’ garages to small twin-engine “puddle jumpers” used to haul commuters between nearby cities. A light aircraft is the first airplane that any aspiring pilot learns to handle. Standard equipment on all light aircraft includes one radio for general aviation communication, basic navigation instruments, a fire extinguisher and first aid kit. Most light aircraft do not have the advanced navigation electronics necessary for flying on instrument guidance alone or flight data and cockpit voice recorders.

SingleEngine.jpgSingle-Engine Airplane:
Hundreds of thousands of private citizens around the world own single-engine airplanes as business vehicles or weekend toys. Such an aircraft is roughly equal in internal volume to a full-size van, but much more limited in the weight that can be hauled: only about 300 pounds of cargo plus the airplane’s occupants. Examples: Aero Boero AB-series, Cessna 150, Piper PA-20
(Dice mod -3 – Size 20 – Durability 2 – Structure 20 – Speed 120 – Availability •••)

Twinengine.jpgTwin-Engine Airplane:
Larger, faster and capable of hauling heavier loads than the single-engine cousins, twin-engine designs are the aircraft of choice for commuter airlines and small air cargo businesses. Most models come equipped with a second radio, which is always tuned to the international aviation emergency frequency, and a few are equipped for instrumental flight. Some designs can be fitted with floats or skis for water or ice landings, making them popular for service and research work in remote wilderness areas. In addition to the crew and passengers, a twin-engine airplane can haul a half-ton of cargo. Examples: Beechcraft King Air B200, Cessna 404 Titan, De Havilland Canada DHC-6
(Dice mod -3 – Size 21 – Durability 2 – Structure 23 – Speed 250 – Availability ••••)

Commercial Airplanes
The vehicles of commercial aviation are too expensive and complex for anyone short of a multi-billionaire engineering genius to own and maintain on her own. These giant machines require the support that only a corporate or government infrastructure can afford to provide — let alone the eight- and nine-figure price tags. All commercial aircraft have pressurized cabins, allowing the airplanes to fly at high altitudes without subjecting their occupants to oxygen deprivation or other altitude-related problems. Few transports have pressurized cargo compartments, however, which proves problematic for stowaways. Most of these airplanes use two, three or four jet turbines for propulsion, though a few smaller or older transports may use turboprops or even piston-driven propellers. It’s rare to find a commercial aircraft without electronic navigation instruments or multiple aviation radios, and all modern design shave radio transponders and flight data and cockpit voice recorders.

Businessjet.jpgBusiness Jet:
As much mobile office as passenger transport, a modern business jet is fully equipped for a small staff to conduct normal business operations while cruising at an altitude of 25,000 feet. Standard options include luxurious leather seats, a small restroom and power outlets for portable office equipment. High-end jet models can be fitted with a wet bar, a kitchenette, wireless networking, satellite telephone and Internet connectivity and a private stateroom. Most manufacturers offer a wide array of easy-to-modify cabin layouts, and business jets can be further customized for any task from long-range medical transport with advanced life support gear to ocean search-and-rescue. Examples: Beech Starship 2000, Bombardier BD- 100, Lear Jet 23
(Dice mod -2 – Size 25 – Durability 2 – Structure 27 – Speed 450 – Availability •••••)

The backbone of international travel in the 21st century is the jet airliner. Designed for an optimum mix of economy and comfort, airliners provide seating for as many people as can reasonably be crammed into a 150- foot-long aluminum tube. Although airliners are technically large enough to qualify as locations for scenes rather than vehicles, characters may find themselves in desperate situations in which they have no choice but to take the controls of one of these behemoths. Traits given are for a medium-sized airliner; the largest wide-body models can seat over 400 passengers and have Size 45 and Structure 47 but essentially identical flight characteristics. Examples: Boeing 727, Airbus A-380, Lockheed L-1011
(Dice mod -4 – Size 35 – Durability 2 – Structure 37 – Speed 470 – Availability NA)

LightTransportplane.jpgLight Transport:
Regional air cargo movement is the province of light transport aircraft, which can haul up to five tons of goods (or an equivalent weight of passengers, albeit in extreme discomfort). Light transports account for most of the truly old commercial aircraft still flying today — the total lack of amenities in a 60-yearold airframe doesn’t much matter to cattle and machine tools, though business travelers would refuse to board such a rattletrap. A light transport is the largest aircraft that most characters could conceivably own privately. Examples: AASI Jetcruzer, Antonov An-12, Douglas DC-3
(Dice mod -3 – Size 30 – Durability 2 – Structure 32 – Speed 175 – Availability •••••)

HeavyTransportPlane.jpgHeavy Transport:
The largest aircraft in the world are heavy transports, designed to move military forces or over 120 tons of cargo around the globe. The cargo bays are large enough to use as basketball courts, and most heavy transport are pressurized to accommodate large numbers of troops. As with airliners, heavy transports are more likely to be the setting of character-scale action than the focus of vehicle-scale action, but characters may need to take the controls of a heavy transport in an emergency. Examples: Boeing C-17 Globemaster, Ilyushin IL-76, Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
(Dice mod -4 – Size 40 – Durability 3 – Structure 43 – Speed 430 – Availability NA)


ObservationCopter.jpgObservation Helicopter:
Little more than a glass or polycarbonate bubble with an engine, rotors and landing skids, an observation helicopter is a minimalist design intended to carry a pilot and an observer/copilot aloft to look down at things. In the United States, helicopter traffic reports usually come from pilots in observation helicopters. In an emergency, an observation helicopter can carry another two passengers who are brave enough to dangle from (or, more safely, tie themselves to) its skids. Some service helicopters have pontoons in place of skids, allowing them to land on calm water. Examples: Bell 47D, Hughes 269A, Robinson R22 Beta II, Schweizer 300CBi
(Dice mod -2 – Size 17 – Durability 2 – Structure 19 – Speed 120 – Availability ••••)

ServiceCopter.jpgService Helicopter:
The most common helicopters in the air today are service helicopters, medium-sized airframes that can be adapted to a variety of roles. Common uses include police air support, television news broadcasts, air ambulance duty, VIP transport, and search-and-rescue. Service helicopters can be stripped down to the bare metal of their fuselages to accommodate greater cargo loads or luxuriously appointed with leather seats and thick noise insulation. Militaries also use service helicopters as light transports, often adapting civilian designs with nothing more than a change of paint and avionics. Examples: Bell 210 (the modern version of the ubiquitous “Huey”), Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III, Eurocopter BK-117C, Mil Mi-17 “Hip,” Sikorsky S-62
(Dice mod -2 – Size 20 – Durability 3 – Structure 23 – Speed 140 – Availability •••••)

TransportCopter.jpgTransport Helicopter:
The largest helicopters are designed to lift relatively heavy loads — for a helicopter, 10 tons is immense. Transport helicopters are common in the military, where they carry both troops and equipment to and from the battlefield. In the civilian market, transport helicopters most commonly support industrial operations in remote areas, such as North Sea oil drilling and Siberian timber harvesting. Examples: Aérospatiale Super Frelon, EurocopterSuper Puma, Mil Mi-26 “Halo,” Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion
(Dice mod -2 – Size 25 – Durability 3 – Structure 28 – Speed 100 – Availability •••••)

A parachute is a fabric device, usually made of nylon in the modern era or silk in years past, attached to a harness that a character wears around his body and thighs.Usually, a parachute is enclosed in a backpack rather than just carried around as a bundle of cloth and rope. To deploy a parachute, the wearer pulls a ripcord, which opens the pack and allows the wind of his fall to pull the parachute free. Once the chute deploys, the parachutist can pull on two sets of ropes, known as risers, to steer by spilling air from the canopy. Most parachutists carry two parachutes: a primary in a backpack and a smaller emergency reserve chute in a chest pack. Properly packing a parachute in its container for release requires a Wits + Crafts roll. Professional parachute technicians (e.g., characters with Parachute Specialties in Crafts) are known as riggers. A failed roll inflicts a –2 penalty on all further rolls with the parachute until it’s successfully repacked. A dramatic failure increases this penalty to –5. Exceptional success, on the other hand, provides a +1 bonus.

Deploying a parachute requires a standard action and a Wits + Athletics roll. Failure means that the character must try again next turn — not a problem unless he’s only a few turns away from hitting the ground. With a dramatic failure, the chute deploys improperly, sending the character into an uncontrolled tumble without slowing him to a survivable impact speed. If he has a reserve chute, he must first detach, or cut away, the primary chute, requiring another action and another Wits + Athletics roll. Parachutes on ejection seats have automatic systems that deploy themselves after ejection, in case the pilot is unconscious; these systems have an effective Wits + Athletics dice pool of 5 for this purpose only.


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