The “Scythe” can be chambered with two types of ammunition: hollow point rounds for close quarters, or the infamous U-238 “hot shots” for longer range and penetration. Older variants used supercharged coils to achieve higher muzzle velocities, resulting in grievous wounds to unarmored targets at the expense of fast barrel degradation and weapon malfunctions. To address these costly issues, the P-45 coils have been redesigned, taking away some of the gun’s bite. Nonetheless, few stand bravely on the business end of the Grim Reaper’s
Originally, Reapers were outfitted with large, flight-capable jetpacks. Crashes and fatalities were common among new “recruits,” as the unwieldy booster proved difficult to control. The hardware was also known to randomly explode due to poor distribution of fuel lines and air intakes, leading to a complete overhaul. Prototypes of a flightless, twin-turbine jump pack surfaced soon after—which gave the Reapers enough mobility to carry out their missions and return to base in one piece.
A potent cocktail of cell stimulants and growth hormones derived from the Stimpack base boosts the regenerative properties of the human body by 800%, which allows Reapers in the field to quickly treat most types of injury. The healing process starts a few seconds after administering a dose of the substance, which is often credited with saving more lives than some field medics.
Reapers’ polarized, plasteel eyewear boasts a miniaturized HUD that is well-suited for hit and run operations. The data display includes a terrain mapper, a targeting system, a heart rate monitor, an ammunition counter, and different vision modes. These high-tech goggles are made to fit any soldier, and come in a stylish orange color.
Deuterium eight charges are a very unstable type of explosive historically used in controlled civil demolitions. When they became optional requisitions for Reaper squads, chaos ensued. High civilian casualty rates, destruction of allied installations, and death of key personnel led the Dominion military to stop issuing these charges to the Reaper Corps. That hasn’t put an end to illegal acquisitions, however, and rumors abound of heavily modified versions of the base explosive in the hands of renegade units.