Laser weapons fire concentrated beams of energy at their targets and cause damage by their intense light and heat. All laser weapons require a power source either built into the weapon directly or carried in a separate pack.
(At tech level 17, laser weapons are powered from internal matter-antimatter pods ) Laser weapons below Tech Level 13 use visible light so they can be seen by observers, while higher tech versions use invisible X-ray beams.
A pistol which functions much the same as a laser carbine or laser rifle but which has lighter weight and a much handier length. It still requires its own model of power pack (a laser carbine or laser rifle power pack cannot be used).
A lightweight version of the laser rifle, which fires high energy bolts using current from a backpack battery/power pack. The laser carbine fires a 2mm beam of energy aimed by integrated optic sights. The laser carbine is connected to the power pack by a heavy duty cable.
The standard high energy weapon, which fires high energy bolts in the same manner as the laser carbine. Heavier than the laser carbine, the laser rifle is also capable of longer sustained action and is constructed somewhat more sturdily. The power pack can provide 100 shots before recharging. As in the laser carbine, the laser rifle is connected to the power pack by a heavy duty cable. Power packs are not interchangeable between the two weapons.