Special Equipment File
Improved .22 Ball Point Pen
This classic weapon has its roots in the espionage activities during World War II, and has decreased in popularity in the past three decades. However, several new versions have appeared, the CIA version being the most common. The weapon now appears considerably more like a modern pen, instead of the bulky, metallic implement of past years. It is made out of extremely high density special polymer plastic materials to help make its weight closer to that of a normal pen. Often, it is printed with a typical pen brand name, and it can be used to write as a normal pen can. The weapon is loaded by removing the top portion, and inserting a bullet into the tube serving as the barrel. Once reattached, a twist and a sharp tug on the end of the top cocks the weapon, pulls back an interior hammer, and disengages a trigger safety. It is fired by pressing in the shirt clip. The weapon’s statistics are below:
.177 Ball Point Pen
Usually more conducive to concealment than its .22 caliber counterpart, this 1980s developed weapon is more lacking in power. However, it is almost always used with bullets treated with poison or a sleep-inducing chemical. It works identically to the .22 pen, except it uses standard .177 caliber rounds. It will not use standard air rifle ammunition, since it uses a hammer mechanism to fire a bullet. It does however, hold two rounds. The .177 is a slimmer, more lightweight pen, so it will generally be easier to conceal. The statistics are below:
Mechanical Pencil Hypodermic
This hypodermic instrument resembles a mechanical pencil in every way, from its brand name to its graphite-colored needle. Inside the device is a chamber that can be filled with one injection amount of any liquid. By pressing the rear of the “pencil” as a normal one works, the needle is extended from the tip, still fully resembling a mechanical pencil, ready to write. However, though it will inject with complete effectiveness, it will not write.
As a relatively recent development, the pen taser is somewhat still experimental. It is fully implementable however, and a number have been designed and built by several organizations, namely the NSA, the CIA, and the British Secret Service. The device looks like a normal pen, but contains a tiny dart attached to a thin filament of electrically conductive wire. Upon being fired at an enemy with the press of the shirt clip, the taser emits electric current along the wire once the dart hits. Damage is the same as that of sleeping gas. Statistics are the same for the pen as for a standard taser. The device cannot be used to write.
Acid Shooting Pen
This “pen” contains one charge of a standard acid, and can be shot in a stream at an enemy up to five feet away. In combat terms, the device has a weapon speed of VS, however, since the device has a range limit of five feet, it has a PWV of 0 with no point blank range modifier. Damage should be determined by the Administrator; it will be most effective if fired at an assailant’s eyes. The pen is not limited to shooting acid; it could fire any liquid feasibly, such as halothane.
With the pen’s nearly limitless possibility for espionage use, the pen radio has been in existence for a very long time. Modern standard implementations have about a 25 mile range, though greater ranges are feasible with modifications. The device is full-duplex, supporting two-way communication. Normally it transmits on an extremely high frequency, and for about $10,000, a tiny microprocessor could be added to provide voice encryption/decryption. This modification is only recently possible, and is somewhat still experimental. A pen radio can be used to write.
Pen Lockpick Set
Inside this shell that looks exactly like a typical business ball-point pen resides a set of lockpick tools consisting of a diamond pick, a rake pick, and a tension wrench.The pen simply pulls apart in the same manner that a normal pen is opened to replace an ink refill.A fountain-pen version is also available at an additional bureau price of $25.00.Because of the basic design of a ball-point pen, this lockpick hiding version will not write.The fountain pen however, will write.The lockpicking tools function exactly the same as any lockpick set, for game purposes.