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Approved Starship The Inked Quill, Tai Fa's Personal Transport

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  • [SIZE=9pt]Intent:[/SIZE][SIZE=9pt] A quick, stealthy personal vessel for Tai Fa, the noted Thirriken business magnate.[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=9pt]Image Source:[/SIZE][SIZE=9pt] “Destiny Jumpships” by Isaac Hanford, found here:[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=9pt]Canon Link:[/SIZE][SIZE=9pt] N/A[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=9pt]Restricted Missions:[/SIZE][SIZE=9pt] [/SIZE][SIZE=9pt]You’d Better Stop[/SIZE][SIZE=9pt] - Tai Fa completes stygium objective.[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=9pt]Primary Source:[/SIZE][SIZE=9pt] Modified VT-Starhawk Diplomatic Vessel, as linked below.[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=9pt]Classification[/SIZE][SIZE=9pt]: Personal Transport, Non-Combat Corvette[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=9pt]Length[/SIZE][SIZE=9pt]: 112m[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=9pt]Width[/SIZE][SIZE=9pt]: 88m[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=9pt]Height[/SIZE][SIZE=9pt]: 37m[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=9pt]Armament[/SIZE][SIZE=9pt]: [/SIZE][SIZE=9pt]Very Low[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=9pt]4 Heavy Laser Cannons (2 fore, 2 aft)[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=9pt]8 Autoturrets (anti-fighter/anti-missile)[/SIZE]

[*][SIZE=9pt]Defenses[/SIZE][SIZE=9pt]: [/SIZE][SIZE=9pt]Average[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=9pt]Fragile hull[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=9pt]Advanced shields[/SIZE]

[*][SIZE=9pt]Hangar[/SIZE][SIZE=9pt]: [/SIZE]

[*][SIZE=9pt]Maneuverability Rating[/SIZE][SIZE=9pt]: [/SIZE][SIZE=9pt]Moderate[/SIZE]
[*][SIZE=9pt]Speed Rating[/SIZE][SIZE=9pt]: [/SIZE][SIZE=9pt]High [/SIZE][SIZE=9pt]([/SIZE][SIZE=9pt]Moderate[/SIZE][SIZE=9pt] while using thrust trace dampers)[/SIZE]
[*][SIZE=9pt]Hyperdrive Class[/SIZE][SIZE=9pt]: 1[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=9pt]Stygium Cloaking Device[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=9pt]Thrust Trace Dampers[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=9pt]Gravitic Modulator[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=9pt]Modified Hyperdrive[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=9pt]Modified Sublight Engines[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=9pt]Long-Range Communications[/SIZE]

  • [SIZE=9pt]The Inked Quill has a comprehensive stealth suite: a stygium cloaking device blocks sensors and visual detection; a gravitic modulator prevents detection by rare and expensive crystal gravfield traps; and thrust trace dampers prevent enemies from detecting or tracking the Inked Quill’s drive emissions with any degree of accuracy.[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=9pt]The Inked Quill is very fast for its size.[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=9pt]The Inked Quill has strong, modified shields with quick-recharge capability.[/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=9pt]The Inked Quill has few weapons that would make any impact on ships of the same size or larger. [/SIZE]
  • [SIZE=9pt]The Inked Quill’s hull is fairly fragile.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=9pt]Description[/SIZE][SIZE=9pt]: When the Thirriken businessbeing Tai Fa approached the Wretched Hive for an aftermarket mod job, Jorus knew he was in for some complexity. The contract’s starting point was a Vanir Technologies Starhawk diplomatic transport, and the customer’s specific requirements forced Jorus to get creative. Tai Fa demanded two prioriies: speed and stealth. Price was no object.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=9pt]As Jorus’ first order of business, he set out to find the space, power, and processing capacity to fit a comprehensive modern stealth suite. The obvious first choice was the hidden weapons module, comprising several particle gatlings. The gatlings, while powerful, caused severe power drain and shield reduction in the Starhawk - immense liabilities in a ship like this. Jorus stripped out the temperamental weapons to free up resources for the cloaking device and gravitic modulator. The gatlings’ heavy armor plate served to protect the stealth suite.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=9pt]A veteran of civilian shipping, trade route protection operations, and pirate hunts, Jorus discarded the original design’s unassuming appearance in favour of deterrence. Jorus repurposed small intra-hull spaces to run conduits for externally mounted heavy laser cannons and autoturrets, and transformed the cargo/speeder bay into a visible shuttle bay. The Inked Quill won’t be winning many gunfights, but it can at least ward off your average raider crew. The simple, conventional weapons loadout requires far less power than the original particle gatlings, and causes no shield problems. [/SIZE]

[SIZE=9pt]Speaking of shields, Jorus modified the generators comprehensively. The Starhawk’s problematic hull fragility couldn’t be solved without sacrificing acceleration, but a good shield generator weighs considerably less than military armour. While the hull is still tinfoil, the shields are tough enough to compensate, and their quick-recharge capability forces any would-be attacker to outlast and confine the Inked Quill in a single engagement. It’s important to note that the improved shields and the weak hull only balance out to an average defensive rating for a corvette.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=9pt]As for the engines, Jorus gave them a serious boost, and bolted on thrust trace dampers and improved etheric rudders. When the Inked Quill engages its stealth mode, the thrust trace dampers reduce its acceleration to merely above average. Fitting the improved engines required Jorus to free up quite a bit of space and power. He did so by cutting the diplomatic suites in half, stripping out the proton torpedo launchers, and swapping the mediocre hyperdrive for a smaller, faster, more efficient one of his own design.[/SIZE]
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