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Mining Laser
The Tachyon Laser Mining Beam is a big laser aboard Citadel Station. Most likely it was added to the station due to the major plans of the TriOptimum to negotiate with United Earth Miners' Conglomerate over rights to Saturn's moons with subsequent taxing of the shipping lines in the sector.[1] It was also acknowledged that the laser can easily be modified for military use and used to defend the station from possible invasion.[2]

SHODAN was planning on using it to destroy many of Earth's cities. Nathan D'Arcy recognized its danger and worked on its neutralization. At first he considered firing it prematurely however the possibility of it already being targeted on Earth could not be neglected. Therefore he proposed another plan, to raise the station's energy shield using Isotope X-22 and then firing the laser which would lead to its overload and destruction. This plan was ultimately carried out by the Hacker.

Trivia

  • Laserbad

    SHODAN's mail attachment.

    If the Hacker fires the laser before raising the shield it indeed hits Earth with devastating consequences as D'Arcy feared. He then receives the mocking message from SHODAN leading to the non-standard gameover.

References

  1. The note in the Delta sector of the Level 2 - Research Labs.
  2. The note in the armoury of the Level R - Reactor.

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