Not really a sword, per se, the plasma sword is a sort of specialized plasma torch. A lengthened c-shaped framework above the handle uses a laser and magnetic coils to stabilize a "beam" of ionized, superheated gas (plasma). The open sides of the framework allow the "sword" to be used as a superheated cutting implement. Though dangerous to wield in melee, it is sometimes favored as a weapon against heavily armored exsur- gents by some sentinels. Plasma swords are wielded using Blades skill.