A Death Ray is a ferocious Necron weapon most commonly found as the primary weapon for Doom Scythes. The Death Ray is aptly named and rightly feared, for there is seldom a warning before the weapon strikes, for any sound it makes is lost under the unearthly wailing of the Doom Scythe's engines.
A particularly alert foe might recognise the nimbus of energy building up around the focusing crystal, or the abrupt change in air pressure; but few recognise the significance in time. The nimbus pulses one final time and an irresistible beam of blinding white light bursts from the Doom Scythe's underside, vaporising infantry and tanks alike, leaving only charred and rutted terrain in its wake.
A single Doom Scythe can carve its way through an entire armoured column so long as its Death Ray remains operational and a full squadron can reduce the sprawling spires of a hive city to fulminating slag in less than a solar hour. Mounted as part of an underslung turret on a Doom Scythe, a Death Ray fires a narrow beam of intense directed energy capable of passing through many enemy units and vehicles before the energy is dissipated, often vaporising whole battle lines with a single shot and leaving nothing but a line of ruin in its wake.
- Codex: Necrons (5th Edition), pg. 50
- Codex: Necrons (7th Edition) (Digital Edition), pg. 198
- Imperial Armour Volume Twelve -- The Fall of Orpheus
- White Dwarf 400 (AUS), "Forge World Latest - Necron Sentry Pylon", pg. 43