The Monster Mart Shopping List
The Monster Mart in town sells a variety of equipment. It's owner, the enthusiastic Steven, does all the stock orders. He also not only is more than happy to do custom orders for his customers, but will even make gear himself when the inspiration strikes him. Below is a sample listing of the gear sold there, but it is by no means exhaustive.
Small Class Weapons
Field Knife 99
Effect: +1 to Prowess rolls.
A combat-styled knife, produced by Glock. The Field Knife 03 is was a modernization of the Glock brand Field Knife 78, produced with the rise of the portals. The 03 was originally designed as a bid for the new US military combat knife contract. Although it did not see use as it was intended, the 03 has become popular for it's light weight and economical cost. The 03 is a phosphate-treated, drop-forged blade, with a polymer sheathe and handle. It is available in olive, tan, and black finishes.
Effect: +1 to Prowess rolls, counts as a flashlight.
Most locations that monsters spawn in tend to be low-light areas, requiring usage of flashlights, portable lamps, and even torches. Not one to let this new sports field get away from them, the developers at Nike introduced this newest tool to the field. The Nike Screamer is a pair of impact-resistant polymer sticks, the same length typically used in Eskrima. Not only durable, these weapons have a 360 weave of LED lights through their length. The bulbs brightness and color settings can be changed between twenty-four solid colours, two speeds of shifting, and a random â€œpulseâ€.
Standard Class Weapons
Dwarf Axe (8R)
Effect: +3 Hits
While Dwarves don't technically exist, this weapon was designed by a retired hunter and well-known dragon slayer, based off of what fictional Dwarves have been known to carry. The weapon is a heavy, single-handed axe, with a large, triangular blade. All craftsmanship is of the highest quality. It is made of 440 carbon steel, and it menaces with spikes of steel. The handle is encircle with rings of bronze. On the item are images of hunters fighting dragons.
Effect: +3 Hits, -1 Prowess
With the rise of an industry based on the hunting of monsters, many weapons that were less than practical were none-the-less requested for sheer destructive power or coolness. The Echo Modified Medical Saw, affectionately known as "Herr Doktor", is one of these. Herr Doktor is a modified sternal saw. The weapon effortlessly chews through meat and bone (and slime and carapace...), but given it's lack of mountings and constant vibration make it difficult to use. Every ten battles, the power pack must be replaced on Herr Doktor. Additional battery packs cost 2R, but can be charged.
New Model 4
Effect: +2 Hits
Manufactured by Cold Steel, the New Model 4 has become nearly synonymous with the monster hunting profession. The weapon is not particularly impressive to look at, but it is reliable. Constructed from 440 steel and drop forged, the blade is 30 inches and double-sided. The grip is rubberised, and the hand guard is a minimal, modern affair. The blade comes in a variety of finishes; blued, stainless, or parkerized matte-black. There are common variants, such as the 4S (a single-edged variant), and 4C (a curved blade, close to a Katana or Calvary Sabre). Even outside of the hunters, there is an artistic movement in customizing the New Model 4, and they have even made a few appearances on fashion run ways. If a hunter is represented in popular culture, it's usually with one of these as their prop.
Large Class Weapons
Effect: +2 Hits, -2 Athletics -1 Defense
This hulking greatsword is a replica of one of the original dragonslayers, when the hunting trade first began. The blade is a whopping sixty-six inches long, and a good eight inches across, narrowing up to a a katana-styled tip. It has a wrapped handle made of rough cloth meant to simulate leather, and a stage jewelry inset in the handle. The original was a custom piece of work done by actual masters; despite it's massive size, it was razor sharp and relatively light. On the other hand, these replicas are junk steel, and built to look impressive, not for their combat abilities. This mass-production weapon only typically sees field use by newbies. Among more experienced hunters, it is typically given either as a joke gift, or as an insult.
Cost: 1R for a 12 Pack
Effect: -1 Upset per Bottle
A less popular, though still useful item sold at the Monster Marts. A beverage made from Ceylon tea leaves and the cores of Evil Eyes, the Pure Tea is a blue-green liquid that smells putrid but tastes surprisingly like wheat grass and sugar. As unpleasant as it looks and smells, Pure Tea justifies it's prohibitively expensive cost by helping to soothe and relax. A bottle of this stuff removes 1 rank of Upset. Like it's soft drink counterpart, it takes either one interlude or two combat rounds to drink. It's more mature appeal, combined with it's soothing effects, has made the drink popular even to some non-hunters. Even retired hunters tend to keep it around for very bad days. After all, they got used to drinking it already. The FDA has not found any long-lasting side-effects from Pure Tea.
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