A plasma arc, also sometimes called a plasma rifle, was a largish hand-held weapon that not only killed animals (as nerve disruptors could), but also destroyed property.[1] Larger versions of these included ship-mounted plasma weapons that were made much less effective by the Betan development of a plasma mirror, which reflected the plasma beam back to the sender.[2]

A plasma arc could be set to low power at need.[3]


  • A buggered plasma-arc cartridge could make a decent-sized crater when it exploded.[4]
  • A plasma arc had more than three times the range of a stunner.[5]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. The Vor Game chapter 8
  2. The Vor Game chapters 15,16
  3. Barrayar chapter 16
  4. Shards of Honor chapter 2
  5. Brothers in Arms chapter 15

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