Even before seeing Rogue One, I was captivated by Chirrut Îmwe in the trailers. After seeing it? His weapons are Must. Have. Now. So here are the stats for Chirrut’s lightbow. (While Wookieepedia says Chirrut’s lightbow is combined with a melee weapon, I have opted to build it as a ranged weapon only, as it is clear from the movie and stills that he has two different weapons.)
When not in use, the lightbow’s polarizer limbs are folded down and it takes time for the wielder to ready it for use, covered by Prepare quality (FFG SW) or the added Ready Time characteristic (SWSE), which are only used the first round, and only if the weapon was not readied before the encounter. The wielder also needs an impeller gauntlet, included in the weapon cost, worn on the off (non-dominant) wrist, to ready and fire the lightbow.
Since these bowcaster variants are both handcrafted and unique to the Guardians of the Whills, most PCs aren’t going to be able to get their hands on them without a lot of time, credits, and trouble, in any era. Double–at least–the trouble in the Rise of the Empire and Rebellion eras, when an inquiry with even the vaguest connection to the Jedi or the Force might draw the attention of the ISB (bad enough) or the Inquisitorius (worse)…
This is reflected in the Rarity (FFGSW) and Availability (SWSE) given below, as well as the cost, which I opted to make closer to lightsabers than bowcasters. The given cost, as with lightsabers, is for the materials used in construction, and is still, in the case of the FFG stats, affordable for Knight Level PCs (Force & Destiny). One final note. The reason for Cumbersome 3 in the FFG stats is that martial artists, contrary to popular belief, are often as strong as they are agile, and that from the movie scenes, this is clearly an awkward weapon to wield, like the crossbow that inspired both it and the bowcaster.
System: FFG SW
Skill: Ranged (Heavy)
Hard Points: 2
Rarity: 9 (post-Rogue One)/7
Special: Cumbersome 3, Pierce 2, Prepare 1
Weapon Group: Exotic
Weapon Proficiency: Exotic Weapon (Lightbow)
Ready Time: Full-round action
Size: Large (Two-handed for Human-sized characters)
Stun Damage: —-
Rate of Fire: S
Weight: 5 kg
Type: Energy and Piercing
Availability: Restricted*, Rare**
*Guardians of the Whills (Jedha)
**Illegal under the Empire
Perkins, Christopher, et al., Star Wars Saga Edition Core Rulebook, © & ™ &/or ® 2007 LucasFilm Ltd.
Little, Jay, et al., Force and Destiny, © & ™ 2014 LucasFilm Ltd.
Hidalgo, Pablo, Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide, © & ™ 2015 LucasFilm Ltd.
“Lightbow.” Wookieepedia. http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Lightbow
Nicolette, Jade. “Fifteen Things You Didn’t Know About Chirrut Îmre.” Screen Rant. http://screenrant.com/chirrut-imwe-rogue-one-star-wars-trivia-facts/
Credits: My husband, Mark Whitson, for information on how the weapon might handle and physical characteristics. Friday Nite Skypers for technical editing, playtesting, and/or feedback.
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