Starships

A starship was any manned spacecraft that was capable of viable interstellar travel, i.e. any manned spacecraft that had the ability to transport and support a crew across interstellar distances. Most starships accomplished this via the employment of some form of faster-than-light spacecraft propulsion technology.

A class of starship was a term referring to the design of a group of vessels built to the specifications, capabilities, modifications, or type arrangement and outfitting. Many cultures named separate series or classes based on these qualities. A starship classification was usually used to refer to the general abilities of a vessel, but a specific class designation referred to its shape or layout in differing degrees, according to how specific species and cultures used the term.

In military terms, space fleets form the most important aspect of controlling a stellar nation, or sending one into war. Infantry forces and planet-based tools of war will always be a part of occupations and defensive engagements, but a stellar nation, corporation, or private individual with an advantage in space assets has the upper hand in most conflicts. In the Second Galactic War, this was proven true. The epic battles of the conflict were the clashes of stellar navies. The stellar nations divided their assets into task forces and sector groups that defended their own territory or charged into the heart of their enemy's. When a fleet moved into enemy space, drivespace detectors recorded the invasion; a dispatch to the nearest task forces guaranteed that a battle would ensue shortly after the enemy's arrival. Only after the battle in interplanetary space was over could assault ships land and establish a beachhead on enemy shores.

Strategies vary from nation to nation, as do techniques of building and philosophy of design, but military vessels fall into classes that describe their mission and capabilities.

Each starship must register a Starship Identification Designation Code, or SIDC.

Ship types


Ultranaught

Base Ship

Dreadnought

The largest vessel designed strictly for military purposes, dreadnoughts are about 500 to 1,000 meters long and carry crews of 1,000 to 2,000. A dreadnought can stand up to a fortress ship for a short time, but is quickly outgunned. Four or five together are a match for a lone fortress ship. Dreadnoughts are almost always driveships, capable of 25- to 35-light-year starfalls, and always equipped with an internal drivespace communications relay. Light dreadnoughts are typically called battlecruisers. They're faster than dreadnoughts, skimping on either protection or armament in exchange for speed in normal space. Dreadnoughts and battlecruisers are expensive, and most stellar nations don't have more than 70 such ships in their fleets.

Battleship

Carrier

As military fleets rededicate themselves to peacetime operations, the carrier grows in popularity. The full carrier bears some 200 fighters, useful for patrols, escort missions, and exploration.

The light carrier usually supports between 50 and 70 fighters. In a confrontation between carrier and dreadnought, the dreadnought usually proves victorious; carriers succeed only when they keep the dreadnought at a distance while the carrier's fighters do their work.

Cruiser

Cruisers are the backbone of every space fleet, consisting of both drive cruisers and system cruisers. Cruisers fill a wide variety of missions, so heavy cruisers, light cruisers, missile cruisers, and survey cruisers are common. On average, a stellar nation's fleet includes 1,000 cruisers; cruisers also em- body the heaviest form of military craft owned by independent planets and corporations. Cruisers range from 200 to 400 meters long and carry crews of 200 to 500. Most naval personnel are guided by a dream of commanding their own cruiser, leading independent expeditions across the galactic arm.

Bulk Freighter

Heavy Freighter

Destroyer

Used to screen capital ships and convoy merchant vessels in wartime, destroyers and frigates are escort vessels detached for scouting duties or special missions. Produced in equal numbers as driveships and systemships, destroyers range from 150 to 250 meters long and carry crews of 100 to 150 people.

Transport

Explorer

Light Freighter

Shuttle

Fighter

Interceptor

Racer

Concord Starships


Battleship

Carrier

Cruiser

Destroyer

Dreadnought

Explorer

Fighter

Light freighter

Heavy freighter

Bulk freighter

Interceptor

Racer

Shuttle

Transport

Veskarium Starships


Base Ship

Cruiser

Destroyer

Dreadnaught

Fighter

Light Freighter

Shuttle

Transport

Ultranaught

Titanomachy Starships


Battleship

Destroyer

Corpsefleet Starships


Dreadnought

Carrier

Cruiser

Bulk Freighter

Destroyer

Explorer

Light Freighter

Shuttle

Fighter

Racer

Neogi Starships


Cruiser

Dreadnought

Rigunmor Starships


Fighter

Voidcorp Starships


Dreadnought

Battleship

Carrier

Cruiser

Destroyer

Shuttle

Fighter

Interceptor

Thuldan Starships


Ultranought

Dragon Starships


Devil Starships


Battleship

Cruiser

Destroyer

Interceptor

Drow Triumvarate Starships


Battleship

Cruiser

Dreadnought

Fighter

Other

  • Torture
  • Corsair
  • Shrike, bomber

T'sa Starships


Cruiser

Beholder Starships


Destroyer

Eladrin


Battleship

Dreadnought

Fighter

Interceptor

Other

Illithid


Battleship

Cruiser

Dreadnought

Interceptor

Shuttle

Aventi Star Empire


Dreadnought

Carrier

Freighter

Transport

Shuttle

Fighter

Racer

Starship Manufacturers



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