A burst operated beam that delivers a devastating amount of damage with a cascading EMP component. The EMP arcs have a chance to pass through shields based on the target's hard flux level.
A weapon so rare and powerful that it has achieved mythical status in the Sector, the Tachyon Lance uses core technology based on the principles of an experimental FTL communication system prototype, but with a twist. Instead of using the hyperdimensional properties of the tachyon particle for communication, n-brane manipulation and anti-plasma generators create a charged tachyon stream that travels in hyperspace. Minimum energy requirements are set at 35 terawatts. This amount of power can only be generated for a few seconds by the largest power capacitors, which are housed within the weapon system.
Unlike the beams fired from normal beam weapons, the tachyon stream is not lensed or altered in any way - in fact once the initial tachyon marker is actuated the reaction takes on a life of its own, rapidly consuming the power stored in the capacitors and unleashing destruction. When normal space is exposed to such high levels of anti-plasma, a combined electro-magnetic, gravitic and thermal cavitation effect shreds anything that stands in its way, while also severely damaging nearby electronics equipment.
As of patch 0.7.2a, the Tachyon Lance is now a burst fire strike weapon with the ability to cause shield bypassing EMP arcs across the target ship, provided the target is at a higher hard flux level.
The Tachyon Lance has received multiple balance revisions throughout the years - perhaps the most of any weapon. Its first implementation was an extremely long range burst beam (could fire several screen lengths into the distance) with equally high damage. It then became a shorter ranged weapon (but still the longest in the game) with pitiful damage but a very high EMP component. Now, its hallmark extreme range has been sacrificed but it has regained some of its powerful burst damage in addition to a lower OP cost and faster refiring time.