Virai Manipulator Tools
The Virai Dronescourge are equipped with a wide range of different manipulator arms which vary drone-by-drone depending on the task they are appointed to carry out. When a task is completed, the drone either moves on to a similar task requiring the same appendages or is re-equipped with other appendages suitable to the new task. The drones referred to as Warrior drones are used as heavy lifters when not in combat and are equipped with lighter weight tools and a pair of heavy digging/cutting tools: ripclaws.
These tool-equipped appendages given to Virrai Constructor drones often include gripping arms, short-ranged slicers, drills, saws, bonders and jacks. The combination can be effective as close and hand-to-hand weapons.
Ripclaws are multi-purpose in design, a combination of a power vice with digging and cutting blades useful for both demolitions and mining. On the battlefield, they are used as much in hand to hand combat as in tearing down the fabric of the walls and obstacles, ripping through doors or even destroying buildings.
The principle danger from ripclaws is the co-operation that is an integral component of Virai programming. When demolishing buildings, for example, where one Virai strikes, another will immediately follow up the strike in the exact same location to cause extreme damage to the fabric of the construction. On the battlefield, however, this means that a hit from one ripclaw is likely to be followed immediately by another, at the same, weakened spot.
|Virai Hand Weapons||Range|
|Ripclaws||H2H only||–||–||2||2 Attacks, Breaching, Compound SV|
|Tool Appendages||5||–||–||0||2 Attacks|
2 Attacks: The ‘weapon’ has two attacks in hand-to-hand
Compound SV: Like grenades in hand-to-hand, multiple ripclaw hits on the same model have their SV added together to produce one hit with the total SV.
Breaching: Ripclaws are Elective Breaching weapons.
In addition to the above, Virai mining constructors are also equipped with tractor mauls or mass compactors and fractal greandes – beraching explosives using frag/fractal technology. Though ttttttttttheir own design, convergent design paramters makes the tools look very similar to their panhuman counterparts.
|Virai Mining Tools||Range|
|Tractor Maul||HtH only||–||–||2||2 attacks, Elective Breaching, Hand Weapon
|Mass Compactor||10||20||30||3/2/1||Compressor*, No Cover, Elective Breaching, Standard Weapon|
|Fractal Charges||5||–||–||3||Grenade, Compound SV, Limit 3**, Hazardous HtH|
* Compressor: SV varies with range
** Limit 3: A maximum of three hits can apply against a single target (squad or larger vehicle) before the fractal effect from each interferes with each other.