Actually, swords could be a special weapon which deals a large amount of damage, but it can't hit auto's with dodge. But perhaps it may have to charge up, much like the Automatons do. (Why don't some weapons have a charge time?) What other kinds of weapons could Aetherlight add?
(I doubt bows would be an option, for one thing, bows are not steampunk weapons).
I'll talk more about combat in a later post.
just one other thing, could Aetherlight add armour which would fit over an outfit? (Reducing Automaton Damage).
Just a thought.