Arakyd XP-X1 Assault Rifle

The Arakyd XP-X1 Assault Rifle is a powerful yet compact rifle. It has the firepower of a heavy repeating blaster but is smaller than a standard blaster rifle.

The XP-X1 is 67.4 centimeters long and comes equipped with a 2X magnification scope. The stock is a special design created by Arakyd Corporation that cushions the shoulder from any recoil produced by the rifle when it is fired, granting a +2 bonus to hit.

The XP-X1 was first made in the years following the Battle of Endor. Nobody quite knows for whom the rifles were created, but evidence points its finger at the Empire. However, this isn't known for sure.

As the story goes, a couple of hundred of the assault rifles were being smuggled aboard a Corellian YT-1900 freighter. The freighter was somehow forced out of hyperspace and boarded by mercenaries aboard an Imperial Customs Frigate. It is not known who orchestrated the attack, but the crime boss Ploovo Two-for-one soon began selling the rifles on the black market. The truth would have been more easily unearthed had the pilot and his first mate not been murdered by blasting them out of the airlock without their spacesuits.

When word got out about the rifles and the attack, the New Republic took interest in the case (apparently not having ordered the shipment). The Arakyd Corporation was confronted by New Republic officials, but apparently all documentation of the Arakyd XP-X1 Assault Rifle had been erased from their computer banks. Furthermore, the Arakyd Corporation denied its involvement in the smuggling and challenged all claims to the contrary.

What was more intriguing was that the ship's logs indicated a transmission was received by the freighter from a New Republic military base. When the computer banks aboard the ship were scanned, the transmission could not be found. Eager to avoid a scandal, the charges were dropped. To this day, nobody really knows what happened.

Cost: 15,000
Damage: 5d8+1
Critical: 19-20
Range Increment: 10 meters
Weight: 4.3 kg
Stun Damage/Fort DC: n/a
Type: Energy
Multifire/Autofire: M/A
Size: Medium
Group: Blaster rifles

Bibliography
"Character Equipment: Blasters" - http://rivendell.fortunecity.com/dark/791/blasters.htm