The Adventurer’s Guild recently polled many of its most successful members, past and present, to determine what the single most useful weapon is. The weapon had to meet several criteria:
- Ease of Use
- Usefulness in all tech zones
These criteria quickly cut down a number of potential weapons from the list. A battle axe might be very effective, for example, but it is not exactly an easy weapon to master. Similarly, a plasma rifle is an awesome weapon in Megalopolis, but practically useless in the Coalition of City States. Magical weapons also had to be cut from the list not only because of their ineffectiveness in high tech zones, but also because of their high price tag.
In the end, the bolt-action Springfield rifle with bayonet won the day.
You may not agree with the ultimate decision, but you can’t argue with the logic. The weapon has been used extensively throughout Valhalla and different models of it are still being manufactured in both the Allied Nations and the Coalition of American States.
“This really is a remarkable weapon,” Edgar Stillwell of the Adventurer’s Guild explains. “Firing a 30.06 round there is enough stopping power there to take down a charging Minotaur. Since it is a bolt-action weapon it can be used in lower technology areas with minimal disruption. While someone might not achieve great success in a TL1 area, its rate of fire will increase the odds of an eventual hit. Even if you can’t score a hit at range, you still have your bayonet to back you up!”