Lasers are commonly the most widespread and cheapest weapons available to Interplanetary Civilizations, even more so with Interstellar or Intergalactic ones such as the Irken Empire.
As practically all weapon-grade lasers function, they emit a highly-focused and high-energy beam of light. This beam of light then causes a rapid temperature change on the target's surface, the effects of which vary with the laser type and settings.
Notably, Laser Performance may suffer depending on certain atmospheric conditions and materials (smoke rendering the beam rather harmless, mirrors scattering and weakening the beam), and Laser Blindness is a prevalent hazard.
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