The Laser Powertorch or LPT is designed to cut holes through the heavy metal hatches and hulls of enemy ships so troops can board. An LPT will cut a slash 1 meter long in a ship's hull in one turn.
An LPT is powered by a special power backpack that holds 300 SEU. This backpack is so heavy it can only be used in a weightless environment. The torch uses 30 SEU per turn. When not cutting metal, an LPT can be used as a laser rifle which causes 20d10 damage with a successful hit. There is no variable power setting.
A character using an LPT as a weapon can use his Beam Weapon skill as a modifier. However, because the LPT is not designed to be used as a weapon, the character can only add +5% per skill level to his chance to hit instead of the normal + 10%.
An LPT is designed for cutting a surface that is close to the tool, so it is not very effective as a long-range weapon. The ranges for the LPT are: