Saturday, July 17, 2010

[Future Perfect] Imperial Juggernaut

Thus far, I have refrained from posting any Capital ships from the universe of Future Perfect. However, I decided that since I've been working on a compendium of ships, it was time that some of the heavy hitters were shown.

The Imperial Juggernaut, despite its name, is one of the smaller of such craft. Relics from the Empire in the days before the Regency, Juggernaut-class command ships formed the core of the Imperial Fleet. It possesses not only a trio of heavy pulse arrays, but a devastating spinal mounted energy cannon able to destroy nearly anything in its path. Indeed, one can see where the Coalition learned the "flying gun" principle when examining the Juggernaut class starship.

A Juggernaut always was accompanied by a small compliment of additional ships including fighters, gunships, and even cruisers.

Juggernaut, Imperial Command Ship

Manufacture: Old Imperial
Size: Gargantuan
Power: 180
Acc: 50 Top: 300 Handling: -3
FTL: Gate Key (1 Space, 1 Power), H-Space Drive (25 Power, 4 Spaces)
Crew: 100 Hull: 81 (40) (Armor 40)

Ship Systems:
  • Repair Facility (4 Spaces)
  • Ship Launch Bay 8 Small or 4 Medium vessels) (16 Spaces)
  • Exterior Docking Clamps (18) (9 Spaces; 1 Power; Small, Medium, Large Only)
  • Sickbay (4 Spaces)
  • Marines (6 Spaces; 60 Marines)
  • Enhanced Crew Facilities
  • Cargo Bay (4 Spaces)
  • Starship
  • Atmospheric
  • Computer with Basic AI (d6 Smarts, Power 10, Spaces 10): Piloting d6, Shooting d6, Knowledge (Astrogation) d6, Repair d6, Stealth d6, Notice d6, Library Data (Common Knowledge; d6), Autopilot, Target Acquisition and Control, Fire Control, and Pattern Recognition
  • (1) Spinal Mount, Beam Cannon (Damage 10d10 AP90, 30 Spaces)
  • (3) Imperial Armories Dual Heavy Pulse Cannon Arrays [3 Spaces, 4 Power each]: 100/200/400, 4d10 AP10, RoF3
  • (2) Advanced AMCM Systems (1 Space each)
Standard Compliment:
  • (15) Imperial ASP Fighters
  • (5) Imperial REPR (Reaper) Gunships (See Below)
  • (2) Imperial R-31 Escort Corvettes (See Below)

The obvious inspiration for the Alliance’s Orca class Gunship, the Reaper (so-called for its functions of Reconnoiter, Engage, Pursue, and Report) was a tried and true warhorse among the old Imperial fleet. The Imperium stopped making the Reaper during the time of the UIC secessionist movement – not because it was obsolete, but because it was said to be Ozkar Rheingold’s favorite light warship and the Imperium feared a war against one of their top military commanders. Some Reapers remain in service in faction space, though most of them have been acquired by mercenary companies and Freespace warlords.

REPR, Reaper-Class Gunship

Manufacture: Old Imperial
Size: Medium, Heavy
Power: 32
Acc: 145 Top: 720 Handling: +0
FTL: Gate Beacon, H-Space Lock
Crew: 5 Hull: 35 (15) (Armor 15)

Ship Systems:
  • Starship
  • Atmospheric
  • Basic Computer System (Auto Pilot, Target Acquisition/Control, Fire Control, Information Library: Knowledge [Astrogation] & Knowledge [Common Starships])
  • Marines (10; 1 Space, 1 Power)
  • Gateway Beacon (1 Power)
  • H-Space Lock (1 Space; 1 Power)
  • (2) External Docking Clamps (1 Space; Small Only)
  • (3) Predator Medium Torpedoes [1 Space each; 1 Power to Fire any number of torpedoes]: 300/600/1200; Tracking (Range 4800); Speed 1200; 5d10 AP50; Medium Burst
  • (2) Imperial Armories Dual Heavy Pulse Cannon Array [3 Spaces each, 4 Power]: 100/200/400, 4d10 AP10, RoF3
  • (1) Advanced AMCM
  • (6) Additional Torpedoes (1 Space)

The classic R-31 design was a mainstay among the Empire’s fleet for nearly four hundred years, pairing suppressive fire capable, high yield pulse cannons with heavy armor and fair acceleration. The R-31 Corvette (or Light Cruiser) often ran escort for freighters and larger frigates, including command vessels, and offered fire support for deployed fighter craft. A small cargo hold and several fire teams of Imperial marines made the R-31 excellent for fast attack and boarding actions as well as for system security – roles not lost on the many enterprising pirate clans and criminal ventures who acquired more than a few decommissioned R-31s.

The Coalition’s Desperado Escort Cruiser is an update to this design offering additional weapons and acceleration, though some suggest that the replacing the two pulse cannon arrays with three independent beam cannons is no improvement at all. However, the change only was made due to Imperial Armories remaining within the Regency; the Desperado’s weapons easily could be swapped.

R-31, Imperial Escort Corvette

Manufacture: Old Imperial
Size: Large
Power: 40
Acc: 110 Top: 600 Handling: -1
FTL: Gate Beacon (1 Power)
Crew: 10 Hull: 54 (26) [Armor 26]

Ship Systems:
  • Basic Computer System (Auto Pilot, Target Acquisition/Control, Fire Control, Information Library: Knowledge [Military Vessels], Knowledge [Civilian Vessels], Knowledge [Planets/Colonies], Passive Scanners)
  • Starship
  • Marines (20; +2 Spaces)
  • Cargo (2 Spaces)
  • (2) Imperial Armories Heavy TriPulse Cannon Arrays [5 Spaces, 7 Power each, Turret Mounted]: 100/200/400, 4d12 AP10, RoF3
  • (2) Advanced AMCM [1 Space each]

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