"Thunderheads are built around this stocky beam unit. The Lance is a simple laser; nothing more, nothing less. It is a very highly charged weapon, but it is effective only at short range. As the best way to use a Lance is to almost ram the ship in question, it is a favored weapon of the Wild Geese, who consider it a divine gift."
The Thunderhead Lance is a stocky beam-weapon unit that fires a simple, powerful laser. It is effective only at short ranges, forcing the armed ship to practically have to ram its victim to use them. Nonetheless, it is a highly charged weapon and deals quite a bit of damage from continuous contact. Most variants of the Thunderhead fighter are built around these weapons, although the Light Destroyer Thunderhead uses Ion Cannons instead.
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The Thunderhead Lance is light-weight, cheap, and incredibly powerful, and only requires a Heavy Weapons License. In game-play this weapon appears to be a large light-saber with a starship serving as its handle. Any ship, aside from Vell-os craft, can arm at least one of these, and most of them can use four, making for a very powerful tool of close-in destruction. As you might expect, this weapon is most effective on a fast, nimble ship. Note that, unlike most other continuous beam weapons, the Thunderhead Lance involves no energy drain at all.
Back in 1.06, the Thunderhead Lance saw its height of notoriety and popularity because of its enormous damage output thanks to the Exponential Beam Bug. However, this bug has long since been fixed.