Star Hero: Noble Ideals
Most combatants use plasma weapons, which “shoot” a bolt of charged plasma. Plasma weapons are lethal against most unshielded sentients. There is a subculture of dedicated “duelists” who use blades and other hand to hand weapons – shields work against these as well. Laser weapons are outdated. Many other rare weapon technologies exist.
(In game terms, plasma weapons roll damage as a normal attack, but the damage counts as Killing Damage. This means that characters without shields or other resistant defenses will get no defense against the BODY of the attack.)