Friday, April 29, 2011

A-Z Fallout lore

Y is for Yuma Flats Energy Consortium

Yuma Flats is a household name for scavengers, sure to bring dollar signs to their eyes. Specializing in high-energy weapons research, the Yuma Flats Energy Consortium produced some of the most powerful pulse weapons available before the War. Though branded as pulse weapons, the YK models of Yuma Flats are not actually electromagnetic pulse weapons, but rather fire electrical pulses, especially effective at burning through heavy armor and disintegrating biological matter. It is assumed that true EMP weapons for use against electronic targets never saw successful mass production, or all existing copies were lost after the War. The Consortium's initial designs led to the development of a lightweight electrical pulse pistol, the YK32. Due to its bulk and inordinate energy usage the pulse pistol never became popular and was quickly phased out by the YK42B pulse rifle, allowing for greater range and energy capacity. These highly advanced rifles were rare even before the War, distributed only to select army units, and are understandbly seldom found in the wasteland, making a functional Yuma Flats gun a very lucrative find.

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