Hardware's success with plasma-based weapons like his whip encouraged him to explore the concept of a large-scale plasma delivery system. This led him to draw up blueprints for this system which he called the Plasma Laser or PLASER for short. Hardware finally acquired the funds and resources to build the Plaser after striking an alliance with his employer and former enemy, Edwin Alva.
The Plaser is a shoulder-mounted device that is easily the most devastating weapon in Hardware's arsenal. When activated, the Plaser creates a fist-sized globule of super-heated plasma that is trapped in a magnetic bottle and then propelled to its target via a high-intensity laser beam. Upon striking matter of sufficient density, the magnetic bottle ruptures and releases the plasma, which causes the target's temperature to increase by 10,000 degrees F in under 0.1 seconds. Most targets are effectively vaporized by the Plaser's blast.
The Plaser's great destructive power comes with some drawbacks. It consumes an enormous amount of energy, requiring Hardware to use an external auxiliary power supply. The Plaser also can only fire three shots before its circuitry is fused by the extreme temperatures it produces. Naturally, Hardware has designed the weapon as well as its power supply to be disposable.
The blast radius of the Plaser is uncontrolled, meaning that Hardware could be seriously injured or killed if he fires it at too close a target. Thus, tracking and targeting sub-system for DOBIE (Hardware's onboard computer) will not engage the Plaser against a target closer than 60 feet unless it receives his override command.
Hardware has developed variants on the Plaser for missions where the standard weapon would be ineffective or impractical to use.
- Wrist Plaser
This weapon is a smaller version of the Plaser that Hardware can comfortably wear on his wrist. The Wrist Plaser is roughly the size of the Omnicannon and at first glance resembles the latter weapon. However, close inspection reveals major differences.
The Wrist Plaser consists of two sections. The actual Plaser is the front section while the rear section is its built-in power source. The design is lighter and more manageable compared to the burdensome weight of the standard Plaser. This comes at a cost since the Wrist Plaser's plasma bolts are less powerful than those of the shoulder-mounted version. It is unknown if the Wrist Plaser has the same three-shot limit.
- Red Sun Plaser
The Red Sun Plaser is a highly miniaturized Plaser design. The weapon itself is a circular device worn within Hardware's palm. Despite its size, the Red Sun Plaser can create and fire stable plasma bolts. It is unclear if the Plaser is powered by Hardware's armor or an auxilliary power source. It is also unknown if the Red Sun Plaser has the same shot restrictions as the larger Plaser.
The Red Sun Plaser gets its name due to the light of its plasma bolts being the same frequency of red sunlight. This is because Hardware intended the Plaser to be used against Kryptonians like Superman. Though red sunlight cannot harm the Man of Steel, it would diminish his invulnerability enough for him to be affected by the plasma bolts' detonation..
Hardware first employed the Red Sun Plaser to hold off Superman after the Justice League of America discovered that the Shadow Cabinet had broken into the Watchtower to steal the original Doctor Light's mortal remains. However, this standoff ended when Superman's teammate Red Arrow destroyed the weapon with a well-aimed arrow.
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