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Intent: To create a vessel to help with evacuating and transporting large quantities of people quickly.
Development Thread: None
Manufacturer: Silk Holdings
Model: Tikulini Class
Affiliation: Levantine Sanctum, but can be purchased by anyone.
Modularity: the vessel can reduce passenger space in return for more medical bays at a ratio of 10 people to one treatment center.
Production: Mass Produced
Material: Standard Materials, nothing of note.
The Tikulini class corvette, like it's namesake the Tikulini Worm of Kyrikial 17 and Jaziban, is a long and strong vessel, being built with the express purpose of transporting large quantities of people quickly. Attempting to emulate the design of the TL-1200 transport, effort was put in to make the ship able to carry as many men as possible, while requiring as little crew as possible. As a result the hanger and armaments are decidedly less armed than a normal corvette(especially of military origin) but still carries enough to defend itself in a jam. As it's intended to be more of a transport vessel than a war ship it's arms are also 'safer' with Ion Cannons rather than Turbolasers and Conner Nets rather than traditional warheads, with the Quad Laser cannons being the only true 'offensive' weapon. The Transport is not intended to go through pitched combat, but rather get a debilitating blow to stop get getting fired on for a minute before jumping to hyperspace.
In addition to merely transporting populations the Tikulini also houses a small medical bay in case of injury or quarantine needs, as a couple of sick men in cramped space with a ton of other people can become a problem fast, as well as an anticipating the possibility of transporting people under attack. Escape pods are also housed to give another chance to flee/survive if the ship comes under fire, though with as many people packed into a ship this size it's not feasible to save more than a small fraction of the population. In addition to escape pods the Tikulini also houses two Niathal-Class Shuttles, a good source of fire support, as well as allowing the Tikulini to have a sort of 'middle man' ship so it doesn't have to land planetside to load up.
Silk Holdings has found that the primary buyer of the Tikulini has been members of the Levantine Sanctum, using the vessel as a sort of type of cheap public transportation between worlds as most of the cultures are new to the galaxy after the Gulag Plague, and just now developing hyperdrives. It also helps if something goes wrong or someone calls for help, allowing them a vessel that's lightly crewed and can still evacuate a large amount of people. Other governments have similarly found use for Tikulini for the same purposes, but many opt to use transports made by more 'traditional' partners, such as KDY to the Republic, CEC to the Protectorate, and Iron Crown to the Fringe.
Power Core Generator/Reactor: Solar Ionization Reactor
Hyperdrive Rating: 1
Minimum Crew: 10
Optimal Crew: 40
2 Dual-Light Ion Cannons
2 Conner Net Launchers(6 net canisters each)
6 Quad Laser Cannons
2 MC-15 Niathal Class Shuttles
Standard Corvette Class Particle Shielding
Standard Corvette Class Ray Shielding
Escape Pods(One Dozen)
Medical Bay(Capable of treating up to a dozen passengers)
Standard Life Support Systems
Standard Navigational Systems
Standard Sensor Array
Standard Targeting Systems
2 Tractor Beams
Passenger Capacity: 350
Cargo Capacity: 500 Tons, 2500 tons(If passenger space is completely cannibalized)
Consumables: 1 year(without passengers), 1 Month(Fully loaded)
Sublight Speed and Maneuverability: 4.5