The best place for a weapon of any sort to be is clearly in your hand, in case you need it. How many times have you been caught by surprise or given up a combat round to a bunch of ambushing goblins because your sword was scabbarded or your dagger was in your belt? Yep, wouldn't happen if your weapon was in your hand.
This is clearly more important than attempting to keep hands free for other less important things. Such as riding a horse, eating your dinner, climbing a rope, doing surgery, playing a piano...
[Reminder: Our guest commentators have not seen Rogue One. Part of the fun is seeing how their untainted impressions re-interpret the movie through the lens of our comic.]
[aurilee has been too busy to write her past few commentaries. They will be added retroactively when she gets time.]
Darn, there's a bottom. Not infinite.
But there is a huge number of these data cartridges. Crazy huge.
Panel 3 seems a little blurry.
Let me see if I'm understanding this. She draws her blaster in one hand. She's trying to climb. Upon reaching the data crystal, she tries to pull it out. While using one hand to hold on, and the other hand to hold the blaster and pull out the data cartridge at the same time.
How can she drop the blaster and hold onto data cartridge if they're both in the same hand? And if the blaster is in the hand that she's holding on to the column with, she can't drop it.
Somehow, I don't think this comic clearly represents what's happening in the movie at this point.
Bria: I jump across! 9!
GM: You collide heavily with the column but manage to hold on. Take 2 damage.
Bria: I draw my blaster.
Cassian: I rolled a 19.
GM: You make it look easy.
Bria: 14 on my Climb roll.
GM: You've climbed up to the crystal. Despite holding a gun in one hand.
Bria: Great! I grab the crystal.
GM: It's stuck. Make a Strength roll.
GM: You yank it loose but lose your balance. You need a free hand to grab on.
Cassian: Drop the blaster!
Bria: But it's my second last one!