When the Technostratum demonstrated its effectiveness in war, they were bequeathed responsibility for all of the Legions’ war-machines. Thereupon the engineers of the Conclavus Segreta set about enhancing the range and power of the existing devices and developing ever more exotic forms of long-ranged death.
The Cataclysm Catapult is one of their masterpieces.
This war-machine does not shoot the rocks of normal catapults; it fires instead cluster bombs – large clay pots filled with explosives and metal shards. When the missile hits the ground, the impact detonates the naphtha, showering nearby victims with incandescent shrapnel.
As if that was not enough, the engineers fitted the catapult with vats of chemicals which can be dispensed into the firing arm, including warm, sticky tar and extremely caustic acids. The tar is used in concert with comrades employing incendiary weapons such as the Xisteri Bombers, since the tar coats the victims with flammable goo that is near impossible to remove.
Sprays from exploding acid bombs seep under armor, melt through clothes and then require mere moments to eat through skin, fat and muscle all the way to the bone, causing excruciating pain. Both acid and tar attacks force victims to spend time rubbing off the foul chemicals, making them prime targets for charges and further bombardment!