My Magos recently gained Rank 11 and I thought it was time to upgrade my already formidable Omnisian Axe to an Omnissian Rod. Mostly for the power trip, as my character rarely gets into situations that require his personal combat skills to come into pay.
Since it's been awhile since I've properly read the description of the weapon, I just noticed that it is not only a melee weapon, but there's a built-in plasma rifle (Phased Plasma Rifle) as well. This brings up a few questions for me.
First of all, the Phased Plasma Rifle is listed as an Integrated Weapon just a few pages above, meaning there's no clip size or reload. This would be understandable in the case of an Integrated Weapon, but when it comes to the Omnissian Rod, do these qualities still apply? Does this also mean that the Magos with the Rod can rapid fire (4 shots per round) a plasma weapon without the threat of overheating or needing to reload for an indefinite time?
(The fact that plasma weapons can be integrated and require no reloading is another interesting question, since plasma weapons require special ammo to make them fire, you normally can't just power them from an electric power source such as the potentia coil, unlike regular las weapons.)
My second question is also concerning the plasma rifle ability of the weapon. The Omnissian Rod possesses a design which is far from effective when it comes to ranged combat (you can hardly aim down a rod with a big ass eagle at the end of it), but if you ignore this minor detail, do you need efficiency with basic plasma weapons to fire the Rod effectively? Or perhaps I should pick up Exocit Weapon (Omnissian Rod)? Or do I go with the highly unlikely explanation that since it's a melee weapon, I'll just use my melee-weapon expertise?
Thoughts, ideas and comments are appreciated in advance! Thanks!