Q’s Gadget Shop

With all the nifty gadgets available as cyberware, it’s amazing no one has bothered to contemplate what you can do without cyberware.


The classic swordcane continues to be a useful tool; now, with the invention of monofilament edges and Dikote™, it can be much more deadly. With the miniaturization of weaponry down to the level of eye guns, it’s quite easy to arrange for holdout pistols to be in the cane part of a swordcane, the hilt of any sword, or even a credstick or other piece of jewelry. Narcoject slivers and Fugu-5 toxin can be fired from an amazing number of innocuous devices, including watches, wrist telcoms, large rings, and credsticks.
Embedded dart gun (5cm) 3 3,000¥ Uses hold-out pistol ranges.
Embedded dart gun (2cm) 1 4,000¥ Uses 1/2 hold-out pistol range and 1/2 power to toxin.
Embedded slug gun (5cm) 3 5,000¥ Uses hold-out pistol ranges; 3× ammo cost.
Embedded slug gun (2cm) 1 6,000¥ Uses 1/2 hold-out pistol range, -1 Power.
Laser designator (2cm) 11,500¥ 4 km range.
Tool laser (2cm) 5 5,000¥ 4L damage out to 4m range.
Tool laser (5cm) 20 12,000¥ 6L damage out to 8m range. Can provide up to one minute of beam.
Injector spike (5cm) 1 5,000¥ Delivers one dose of an injected toxin. Requires physical contact.

Monofilament spools can be very useful. A classic, elegant move is to have a monofilament spool hidden inside a metal button. Remove the button and a matching one from your jacket: the spool’s button is designed to lose its entire loop, while the other one is designed to break in the middle, exposing a set of grips. Put the two buttons together, and pull them apart: you now have a length of monofilament up to a meter long stretched almost invisibly between the two buttons, doing 10S damage to most targets. This can be invaluable for dealing with handcuffs, doorknobs, and the occasional persistent enemy. A set of these buttons costs 500¥, and are available in a variety of crests and monograms.

A similar stunt is possible with small charges of plastique. One button holds an electrical detonator; the other holds concentrated plastic explosive. (Naturally, both buttons are hermetically sealed until broken off the jacket, preventing chemsniffers from discovering them. With the buttons being made of metal, they will be opaque to X-rays.) Press the two buttons together and throw: in five seconds, the detonator’s timer will count down and set off the explosive.

Any appropriate weapons may have a monofilament edge added for +1 Power, or may be Dikoted for +1 staging. (Dikoting, unfortunately, is a high-temperature process that causes monofilament to degrade.)

Getting Around

The pocket flask with a false bottom is another classic. The top area can contain any of a number of different popular beverages; the bottom part holds thermite paste. A chemically coated magnesium fuse is coiled inside the cap. Squeeze out the thermite paste, attach the fuse, light it, and step back: the thermite should handily burn through most materials.

Larger monofilament spools can be useful when descending from a building in a hurry. Embedded inside a wrist telcom or belt buckle, a spool of fifty meters of monofilament takes up very little space. The first meter of line is coated with a layer of plastic, to prevent the user being cut while attaching it to an anchoring point; a stud (which can be equipped with barbs or fastsetting epoxy) on the end makes handling convenient. A friction brake on the center of the spool allows you to control your speed of descent, though it will be quite hot if you descend fifty meters in a hurry!

A set of ExpertPicks™— automatic lockpicks of rating 3— can be installed in a number of small devices, costing 17,500¥. They can be installed in credsticks, pens at least 1cm in diameter, very bulky rings, and a variety of other devices.

Sometimes it’s useful to hang on to something with more than a fleshly grasp. While folks with cyberlimbs can simply have magnetic grapples installed, other folks need to have them installed in gloves, boots, and belt buckles. Even with modern technology, the gloves become fairly bulky, the boots have thick soles, and the buckles are quite large, but each one can hold 25kg against Earth gravity. The belt buckle is 3000¥, magnetic boots are 3500¥ apiece, and magnetic gloves run to 4000¥ each.

The latest advances in orbital polymer technology have brought us the Nanochute®, a single-use compact parachute designed for emergency use. Owing to the method of its storage, this parachute cannot be repacked. The Nanochute® is about the size of a piece of A3 paper (420mm×297mm or 16.5”×11.7”) and 2cm thick, and can be rolled or folded freely. 40,000¥. It can be installed in a briefcase (in which case the case itself will have appropriate straps, allowing you and your most important information to survive air disasters) or in an armored greatcoat (which will seem rather overarmored about the shoulders, and whose back armor will be useless after the ’chute has been used).

Lighting the Way

Lighting systems can be installed in a variety of jewelry and other miscellaneous devices. A perfectly normal-looking class ring can provide sufficient illumination for a person with low-light vision to see by for thirty minutes for an additional 1,000¥ over the cost of the jewelry. For 2,000¥, you can have a system that provides a brilliant flash of light when you want it; a one-shot version is only 1,500¥.


The technologies that brought you cybersenses and cranial cyberdecks have met to produce amazingly compact snooping devices. A heavy class ring or a choker necklace can easily contain a short-range camera and microphone, along with ?Mp memory that can store pictures at ?Mp each or sound at ?Mp per second— quite enough to get voiceprints on elusive people.

Monofilament Cloth

When you need to protect your vital assets from monowire attacks, you need monowire to stop them. Cloth woven of laminated monofilament can provide that protection. In general, a bolt of monofilament weave costs 20,000¥ per yard. (Your average jacket or pants will require two yards of cloth.) Monocloth is very light, very thin, nearly transparent, and breathes quite well. It functions much like silk for armor purposes: it doesn’t stop damage, but it makes it very easy to remove something that embedded itself in you; consider any effects of barbed weaponry negated, and add a –2 TN to Biotech tests for removing bullets, arrows, and so on. It also subtracts 1 from the power of any monofilament-edged weapon used against you. Monocloth effectively makes monofilament much like extremely slick string: you can still be garrotted, but it’s not taking your head off. Once monocloth does any serious work in stopping monowire (such as being involved in monowhip combat, sliding down a monofilament line, or anything else that would rake monofilament line over the cloth), the lamination is stripped from that portion of the cloth, and the raw monofilament will begin to wear away very slowly at the cloth protecting it.

Available Packages

Ebony Defender:
This credstick with a faux obsidian casing resembles the top-of-the-line credsticks available from exclusive banks. However, the punch it packs is more than financial. Its circuitry is arranged around the edge of the barrel to make room for a dart gun capable of holding up to three full-sized Narcoject darts that fire out the front, while the back comes off to reveal a set of ExpertPicks™. The display on the barrel can provide sufficient illumination for people equipped with low-light vision. 22,500¥.
Waterman “Pink Slip Special”:
An expensive pen designed to operate underwater, upside down, or in zero gravity. With a twist of its barrel, the pen can extrude a hollow spike, delivering a single dose of the chemical of your choice. If someone won’t accept a formal pink slip, this can deliver a more personal one. 6000¥.
Class Ring:
An elegant ring (available in a variety of metals and stones) carrying a small reservoir of concentrated toxin, along with an injector.
Rappelling Slacks:
A set of armored slacks with matching belt. The belt buckle contains a monofilament line; the slacks appear normal from the outside, but contain a well-camouflaged rappelling harness inside, which tightens when one hangs from the belt buckle. This makes it possible to descend sixteen stories in an emergency. In addition, the belt buckle can provide sufficient illumination for a person with low-light vision to see clearly in otherwise complete darkness. The armor is subtle, and optionally includes a layer of laminated monofilament cloth to prevent unhappy problems caused by monofilament tripwires. B3, I2, Concealment 13, 2 kg. 3000¥, or 45000¥ with monocloth.
Danger Blazer:
An armored blazer, tailored especially to your form, suitable for most formal occasions. Comes with up to four integral concealed holsters, specially fitted to your personal sidearms. Each cuff has four buttons bearing your personal crest. The first two on each cuff fit together to become a powerful explosive; the next pair can provide a meter of monofilament for all its myriad purposes. The armored lining optionally includes a layer of monocloth, protecting you against monofilament attacks. B3, I2, Concealment 12, 2 kg. 3000¥, or 45000¥ with monocloth.

The slacks and blazer are, of course, available in tuxedo form.

Lifesaver Scarf:
On the outside, it’s a luxurious cashmere scarf. However, no ordinary cashmere scarf can support up to a ton of weight, and it certainly would not have a lining of B4, I3 armored cloth surrounding laminated monofilament weave. The scarf can easily be used as a garotte in the ancient thuggee tradition, and will protect you from cold, monofilament garottes, and sniper bullets targetted at your throat. 12,000¥. Concealment 14. Available in white, black, dark grey, and Black Watch tartan.
Dunhill Lighter:
A classy metal-cased cigarette lighter. With small adjustments, it can supply flame for hundreds of cigars, a minute of function as a brazing torch, or ten blasts reaching out to two meters, inflicting 6M damage against 1/2 impact armor. 9,000 ¥; refills are 500¥ each.
Survival Briefcase:
Contains a compact medkit, a Nanochute®, and one-use inflational devices that allow it to turn into a compact life preserver. In addition, it has a rating 10 security system, is well armored, contains an advanced hybrid pocket secretary/computer/satellite vidphone/GPS system, and has room for a variety of papers, devices, and concentrated foods. Comes with a rating 6 Survival skillsoft that will help you make the most of your situation, no matter where on Earth you may find yourself; with the satellite link, you should soon be on your way home. 100,000¥.
“H G Wells” Sunglasses:
When you’re travelling around the world, shifting your sleep cycle can be tough. These stylish sunglasses contain state of the art light amplification and glare compensation technology, link up to smart weapons, and feature a heads-up display and eye tracking input. When you need to adjust your internal clock, all you need to do is set the time of day for your goggles, and they will turn a day dark as night or night bright as day to convince your internal clock that you’re on a different time schedule. When these glasses are used in conjuction with a natural sleep hormone like melatonin, you can be fresh and rested when those around you are groggy and bleary-eyed! 7,500¥.
The classic fedora, in white, grey, black, or tan. Supplies B4, I2 armor to your head (+0B,+1I to other armor). The hatband also serves as an antenna for the built-in bone conduction communicator capable of functioning as a cellular phone or local walkie-talkie. 3,000¥, 10,000¥ with monocloth lining.
Flare Pen:
An ordinary pen capable of firing a small signal flare 200 meters into the air. Useful for signalling aircraft and starting small fires. (The flare does 12M damage against 1/2 impact armor when in contact with human flesh— magnesium burns hot. However, the gun is not terribly accurate; add +4 to target numbers to hit.) 1500¥.
Siberian Cap:
A design seen in Siberia and China, lined with vatgrown rabbit fur and containing flaps that can fold down to keep your ears warm. Supplies B5, I3 armor to your head as well as a built-in communications headset; add the snap-on glasses with a heads-up display and dazzle protection and you’re ready for action. (+1B, +1I to other armor.) 6,000¥, 14,000¥ with monocloth lining.
Heavy Hands:
The classic weighted gloves have come into the modern era. These gloves have a complex set of layers: an outer layer of synthleather covers monocloth, which in turn surrounds a plastic that bends easily under ordinary usage, but instantly hardens under impact. Finally, there is a silk lining. The gloves thus provide an excellent utility in combat, and even allow bare-handed attacks against monowhips and monowire. Add +2 to the power of strikes using the hands. The extremely thin lining on the fingertips only adds +1 to tactile perception TN’s; ordinary gloves add +4. 8000¥ per pair.
Skean dhu:
A matte black ceramic blade 7.5cm long with a 4cm hilt and a monofilament edge. The hilt holds one dose of Narcoject toxin, Fugu-5, or other delights, and injects it on impact when the ball at the end of the hilt is twisted around twice, arming the injector. No metal parts whatsoever. 1200¥.
Binaca Blaster:
A small breath-freshener spray unit has twenty sprays of cool mint and (if you twist the nozzle around) five half-meter jets of flame doing 6M damage against 1/2 impact armor. 5000¥; not refillable.
“Lancelot” Armor:
You can feel safe attending a costume party in light military armor without being arrested! “Lancelot” armor is modified light military armor (B10/I7, B12/I10 with helmet) that hasb been carefully sculpted to look like medieval plate armor. Show up looking elegant and deadly in shining silver or polished black armor. 40,000¥ with helmet, weighs 14 + Body kg.
“Thunderball” Emergency Breather:
Fits a five minute air supply in a device the size of a large pen; belt buckle model also available. 3000¥.

Metahuman Clients

Our garment prices are given for Human and Elven garments. Due to materials costs, our Dwarfish, Orkish and Trollish clients must pay 15% less, 25% more, and 100% more respectively for monocloth options. We will bear the cost of the varying amounts of less expensive materials ourselves.