If a Lancer weapon has both a line pattern and the Seeking tag, how does its attack work?
For example, suppose a pilot equips the Death's Head Railgun (which normally attacks in a 20 space line) and mods it with the Balor's Nanocomposite Adaptation (which makes it both Smart and Seeking, although the relevant part for this question is only the Seeking tag).
Because the Seeking weapon's attack can follow any path, can it ignore or bypass allies who would normally be in the line of effect?
Do the intended targets still need to be in a straight line (relative to the attacker), or can they be in any shaped path?
Does the total path have a maximum length of X spaces long, or can it weave to hit any targets within a X space radius? (Can it bypass cover and walls to hit targets within radius X, or would it need to traverse an unobstructed path no more than X spaces long?)
From the Lancer core rulebook (section 4 // compendium // gear and systems), the rules for line patterns are as follows:
These attacks affect all targets within a defined area and require a separate attack roll for each target.
Attacks made with this weapon affect characters in a straight line, X spaces long.
And the rules for Seeking weapons:
SEEKING : This weapon has a limited form of self-guidance and internal propulsion, allowing it to follow complicated paths to its targets. As long as it’s possible to draw a path to its target, this weapon ignores cover and doesn’t require line of sight.