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A Varon-T disruptor

The effect of a Varon-T disruptor

The Varon-T disruptor was a hand-held directed-energy weapon banned in the Federation due to its vicious nature: the disruptor literally tore the body apart at the molecular level from the inside out, resulting in a relatively slow and excruciating death by disintegration compared to more quick and painless means using phasers and other disruptors.

Only five were ever produced; four of them were owned by Zibalian trader Kivas Fajo, who slept with one of them under his pillow. Fajo used a Varon-T disruptor to kill Varria when she and Data attempted to escape his ship. (TNG: "The Most Toys"). The fifth Varon-T disruptor was kept by the criminal Kelsey, who was killed when her scout ship exploded. (TNG: "Starship Mine")

The props used for the Varon-T disruptors were originally seen as the Mariposan phaser-like pistols from TNG: "Up The Long Ladder", they were then reused as the gamma radiation weapon used by Paul Stubbs in TNG: "Evolution", a Rutian Ansata terrorist pistol in TNG: "The High Ground", a pistol of the Ferengi Sovak in TNG: "Captain's Holiday", a pistol of the mercenary Kelsey in "Starship Mine", phaser pistols used by the mercenaries in TNG: "Gambit, Part I", "Gambit, Part II", a pistol of the Native American colonists of Dorvan V in TNG: "Journey's End", a Maquis pistol in TNG: "Preemptive Strike", and alien weapons in both VOY: "Fair Trade" and VOY: "Darkling".
It is not clear if some of these weapons were intended to be Varon-T disruptors. However, in "Gambit, Part II", the reused prop was identified as a phaser; the type of the pistol was not identified in the other instances. "The Most Toys" was also the only episode in which this weapon was shown to produce the distinctive painful disintegration effect.

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