While Trenchers are perfectly comfortable with basic gear, the escalation of warfare with Khador has brought additional weapons to their hands. The most significant has been the powerful Chain Gun, an emplacement weapon utilizing a rotating sequence of barrels and belt-fed cartridge ammunition to deliver an unprecedented rate of fire. These chainguns are particularly useful to hold key positions and chokepoints, ripping apart enemies trying to close. The gun platform is set with thick armored plates to provide a bulwark for the gunner against incoming enemy.
Ammunition belts for chainguns are specially prepared, using pre-wrapped cartridges inserted into brass casings, with an open area on the back left free for the firing mechanism needle to penetrate and combine the explosive blasting powders. Caspia has undertaken efforts to automate this process for faster production, but quality suffers, and hand-packing is preferred. Because of the number of rounds fired, the powder used in these charges must be top-grade, able to burn particularly clean to keep the barrels clear of dangerous residue. The multitude of barrels assists this problem, as does ongoing maintenance by the chaingun crews, nicknamed “chainers”, who maintain the weapons and ammunition belts for combat readiness.
The chain guns fire so quickly it is scarcely possible to distinguish the sound of one shot from another among the continuous blaring gunfire as the weapons are cranked into action. The trenchers themselves find the distinct report soothing, a constant reminder that the chain gunners have their backs in battle.Gunners are grim even by the standards of the Trencher “Gravediggers.” They know that even with the protection of shoveled-out trenches defended by a weapon delivering a devastating rate of fire, the odds are stacked against them. Every chain gunner carries a vast amount of ammunition into battle—and prays he lives to fire every shot.