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Aasen mortar

Source Pathfinder #71: Rasputin Must Die! pg. 64

Statistics

Cost 500 gp Weight 50 lbs.
Damage 6d6 ; Critical x3; Range 200 ft. (50 ft. min.); Type B, P, and S
Misfire 1; Crew 1; Aim 0; Load 1
Category Siege; Proficiency Exotic

Description

The Aasen mortar is an indirect-fire advanced siege firearm, consisting of a heavy steel barrel, a loading mechanism, and a folding bipod stand, and is used to launch explosives to penetrate enemy defensive lines. Aiming the mortar is part of the standard action required to fire it. Reloading the mortar is a full-round action, and the user loads a grenade-like projectile into the breech of the weapon’s steel barrel, along with a blank rif le round that propels the bomb when triggered. The weapon uses indirect fire to lob bombs in slow-moving, high arcs, and the user targets a specific square. Rules for indirect-fire siege weapons are found on page 160 of Ultimate Combat. Mortars can also be fired as direct-fire siege engines. When used for direct fire, they take a –4 penalty on attack rolls and their range increment is halved, but they do not have a minimum range. After the point of impact is determined, the shell explodes and deals 6d6 points of bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage to all creatures in a 30-foot radius (Ref lex DC 20 for half ). An Aasen mortar has hardness 10 and 35 hit points; it fires special, finned fragmentation bombs that cost 10 gp each and weigh 4 pounds each. These bombs usually arrive on the battlefront in wooden cases containing 6 mortars each.