A charged particle is a particle that has been given an electrical charge. The Iromakuanhe harness these via imparting a charge to and exciting matter, typically a light gas rather than a heavier metal or metalloid and accelerating it using MASC-based technologies. As a weapon, it is effective versus shields due to the electric charge properties, and damages and ablates armor.
Some melee weapons are also encased in a low-energy field of charged particles, facilitating cutting and inflicting thermal and electrical damage on impact.
Charged particle weapons that employ a MASC-type catapult system are fired at .25c, and have effective ranges 1/5 of the distance they travel within one second.