Awesome 80s for Starfinder: The Faiet Module
Posted by okcstephens
Some weird, awesome stuff came out in the 1980s, that impacted my geek trajectory significantly. The Awesome 80s line of blog posts is about sharing some of the things I have been inspired to create by movies, shows, games, and literature of that decade. In this case, it’s the sonic weapon, the Faiet Module.
Faiet Modules are hybrid magic item weapons that use the power of specific words or sounds, and converts them into killing energy. They are the ultimate expression of the Faiet Way, a method of influencing and controlling creatures through the use of specific tones of voice and combinations of phrases that bypass much of the psychological defense of a target. However, Faiet Modules take those sounds and convert them into physical harm far beyond some tool of coercion or deceit.
In addition to a small hand-held emitter, a Faiet Module has a throat mic, which must be worn to use the weapon. The price is included in the price of the module, and it can be added to armor without taking up an upgrade slot. If the operator of the Faiet Module is for some reason unable to speak to make a sound as loud as a shouted word, the module cannot be used to attack,
The results from attacking with a Faiet Module are only partly about accuracy and combat acumen. A great deal of the successful use of a such a module depends on the ability to accurately create the needed killing words, and to do so in rhythm with the sounds of a conflict. As a result, despite being small arms Faiet Modules cannot be used to perform trick attacks (the misdirection required for trick attacks is not compatible with the voice control and forthrightness needed to create effective killing words), and rather than the normal Weapon Specialization a character gains bonus damage equal to their ranks in Bluff, Culture, Diplomacy, or Intimidate (whichever is higher). Additionally Faiet Modules are sound-dependent—if a target cannot hear them, it cannot be harmed by them (and thus, for example, they don’t work in a vacuum). Despite that, only half the damage from a Faiet Module is sonic (So), the rest being untyped damage (U) that is caused by the association of the sounds with concepts of destruction.
A character that has no ranks in Bluff, Culture, Diplomacy, or Intimidate can’t use a Faiet Module at all.
|Sonic Small Arms|
|Faiet Module, Mummer||1||400||1d6 S & U||30 ft.||Wound||20/1||L||Sound dependent|
|Faiet Module, Eulogy||4||2,500||1d10 S & U||40 ft.||Wound||20/1||L||Sound dependent|
|Faiet Module, Epitaph||7||6,500||2d6 S & U||40 ft.||Wound||20/1||L||Sound dependent|
|Faiet Module, Lament||11||28,000||4d6 S & U||40 ft.||Wound||40/2||L||Sound dependent|
|Faiet Module, Dirge||15||100,000||6d6 S & U||40 ft.||Wound||40/2||L||Sound dependent|
|Faiet Module, Requiem||19||625,000||9d6 S & U||50 ft.||Wound||100/4||L||Sound dependent|
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