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The Labyrinth Sensor, also known as Spatial Distortion Detector, Spatial Anomaly Detector, or Space-Warp Scanner, is a device that is used to find and analyse irregularities, weaknesses, rifts and other noteworthy features of the fabric of space. Its key component consists of a length of wire, made of an alchemical alloy, and folded in an asymmetric maze-like pattern. Like most electronics in the world, the Labyrinth Sensor can't easily be scaled down beyond to small sizes; devices below the Large size don't get any cheaper, they only get lighter and less precise.

There are two major types of these sensors: standalone and integral. Standalone types are slightly heavier and more expensive, but are fully self-sufficient, and allow analysis in addition to detection. Integral (also known as sensor extensions or add-ons) are built into already comprehensive sensor suites, which allows some material savings, but doesn't allow serious analysis of detected phenomena.

Detection Modifiers: Equipment modifiers (below, double when zooming in as usual), standard range modifiers (Range Table); Size Modifier of the anomaly; an intensity modifier (usually -10 to +10 for 'natural' anomalies), +10 if there is little to no intervening mass between the anomaly and the sensor (relatively speaking), time spent (base time is 20 seconds for a typical sweep).

Vehicular Standalone Labyrinth Sensor Array: provides a skill bonus two higher than the zoom bonus of an equivalent Comm/Sensor Array, and has a cost and mass as a same-sized Comm/Sensor Array, and auxiliary power (about 10kW/tonne).

Vehicular Integral Labyrinth Sensor (Control Room): provides a skill bonus equal to the zoom bonus of the Control Room. Requires 1% of the CR's cost and mass if installed after initial construction.

Vehicular Integral Labyrinth Sensor (Comm/Sensor Array): provides a skill bonus equal to the zoom bonus of the Comm/Sensor Array. Requires 10% of the C/SA's cost and mass if installed after initial construction, and auxiliary power.

Large Standalone Labyrinth Sensor: a case that unfolds into an elaborate scanner suite. Adds +2 skill. 150W (3h/C or 30h/D), 30 lbs, $600.

Large Integral Labyrinth Sensor: meant to be a part large systems that can barely be moved without help. Adds +2 skill. 50W (9h/C), 10 lbs, $200.

Medium Standalone Labyrinth Sensor:Small box with a rudimentary terminal. Adds +1 skill. 50W (9h/C), 10 lbs, $600.

Medium Integral Labyrinth Sensor: usually an extra tool in a larger scientific sensor kit. Adds +1 skill. 15W (3h/B or 30h/C), 3 lbs, $200.

Small Standalone Labyrinth Sensor: a roughly pistol-sized contraption with a folding maze. No skill bonus. 15W (3h/B or 30h/C), 3 lbs, $600.

Small Integral Labyrinth Sensor: suitable add-on for suits or even helmets that already contain a comprehensive sensor array. 5W (9h/B), 1 lb, $200.