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by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 69
Views: 47350

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

Sometimes bootstrap expeditions using drones to reestablish industry find the colony does not even have boats to take minerals, harvested from local asteroid belts, down to the planet. At other times, it is simply convenient to deliver small packets directly to destinations across (and sometimes in ...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 69
Views: 47350

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

Say "blockade runner" at any starport bar frequented by the Imperial Navy, and odds are someone will immediately think of the Yinoti class. (A telepath who served on one claims to have tested this over a few years, and found it true at least 65% of the time.) The main point of a Yinoti is to get its...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 69
Views: 47350

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

There are certain strains of Virus that prefer only to infect spaceships, that being what they were in when they became sentient, and thus with identities molded around being ships. Some of these strains seek recognition as sentient individuals from other sophonts, the most numerous examples at hand...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 69
Views: 47350

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

The purpose of a Worldbooker is to thoroughly survey planets in a few weeks. It accomplishes this largely from orbit (usually landing only to refuel, if it has not done so at a gas giant), identifying interesting or representative areas of a planet and dropping survey drones from a few hundred kilom...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 69
Views: 47350

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

Empty parsecs, with extremely sparse resources compared to even uninhabitable star systems, are often ignored, or at most treated as barriers to be jumped over. But sometimes a minor polity will find itself unable to overcome said barriers, or be interested in setting up supply caches away from the ...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 69
Views: 47350

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

The limited range of small craft (firmpoint-mounted) weapons has long been an issue in the practical deployment of fighters. The Underfighter is one solution. Essentially a heavy fighter with a pressure hull, it lurks in squadrons in the depths of a gas giant or ocean, undetectable to most sensors a...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 69
Views: 47350

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

The Torch class of system defense boats is a series of apparent paradoxes, starting with its name. There are old Solomani tales of a "torchship", which uses something like manuever drive to accelerate to appreciable fractions of the speed of light. Almost any ship with a maneuver drive is theoretica...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 69
Views: 47350

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

An automated defense drone, a single System Defense Brick fulfills legal obligations to "defend" a system that will never be attacked. What would-be raiders should watch out for is a swarm, or "wall", of this type of drone. Minimal defense is commonly judged as 5 Bricks per attacking ship (for insta...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 69
Views: 47350

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

One of the cheapest boats with a maneuver drive, the runabout is among the first products of a TL 9 civilization that is just beginning to master gravitics. It is able to haul 6 tons of cargo anywhere on a planet in several minutes, to orbiting moons or space stations in hours, or (by using some of ...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 69
Views: 47350

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

As the name implies, Quarter Hammers are intended to work in teams of 4. A full team can build 10 ton drones in concert, using their arms to nudge raw materials into a common space, docking to enclose the space inside their construction bays, latching on to one another with the larger grippers of th...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 69
Views: 47350

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

Because sometimes, you just need stuff hauled. The Planetoid Hauler is representative of a typical cargo-moving boat among TL 9 civilizations that have just developed gravitic engines. This particular design is widely known and has some fame among historians: it was created on Terra shortly before i...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 69
Views: 47350

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

While examples similar to this design have been around for ages, this particular design originated with the rebellion near the end of the Sindalian Empire. Refining the art of orbital bombardment to brutal simplicity, an Ortillerist has enough fuel for two 1-sector jumps, allowing it to jump in (und...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 69
Views: 47350

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

The Nisina is easily recognized as an escort carrier by its small size and tubular shape, enclosing what amounts to a spinal-mounted fighter launch bay running the length of the ship. Variations of the design date back to the Interstellar Wars; the Nisina class was designed to be sold by the Third I...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 69
Views: 47350

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

Mints are simple automated mining drones. Given a large enough surveyed planetoid, a Mint produces an average of 18 tons of ore per day, of which it refines 1 ton into a half of raw materials suitable for constructing more drones (or other structures, such as fuel depots). They are often deployed in...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 69
Views: 47350

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

The Legionary is classified as a corvette because planners of the Imperial Navy do not have a code for "combat engineering in space". Named after a romanticized version of the Roman footsoldiers of ancient Terra, the Legionary is a ship of minor polities (which can not afford more specialized ships)...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 69
Views: 47350

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

Keyholes are named for an ancient Terran observation satellite class, the first examples dating back to a few years prior to their first manned orbital spaceflight. The chain of provenance to modern Keyholes is disputed, but the marketing claims continue. It is known that there were lower tech examp...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 69
Views: 47350

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

A TL 15 refit of a TL 12 Free Trader hull, Jewel Wasps are designed to prey on lone small ships. Indistinguishable from a Free Trader at long range when its ion cannon ports are covered (unless it opens up its maneuver drive beyond 1 G, but even 2 G thrust is a common Free Trader modification), a Je...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 69
Views: 47350

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

What the Mint is to minerals, the Icepick is to fuel. Capable of basic survey if the swarm runs low on planetoids to mine, as an outgrowth of its design function of finding ice-bearing bodies and towing them back to the drone swarm. The AI's priorities are: first to to refuel visiting authorized shi...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 69
Views: 47350

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

This class of ship allegedly hails from a far-off sector that has never heard of the Third Imperium, and its design sensibilities lend credence to this claim. The engines are in outrigger pods that can swivel, bracketing a cropped flying wing. The dorsal airlocks open directly onto the bridge, which...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 69
Views: 47350

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

Designed first and foremost to show off the cutting edge of TL 11 and ferry the many Jump-1 TL 9-10 ships in service when TL 11 is newly achieved, a Ghost Galleon can also take loose ore or cargo containers (or high-value asteroids - in large chunks if necessary). The "ghost" in its name refers to t...