Regal-Pattern Cruiser

Stats

ST/HP Hand/SR HT Move Lwt. Load SM Occ DR fDR Range Cost Loc Stall Total Chase Rolls
3500 -1/6 13 6/110 40,000 6,000 +11 450ASV 2500* 4000 5 shunts $12B Gs17t 0 +9

Notes

Regal as Signature Ship

A Regal costs 25 points to purchase a signature ship; the GM may rule this beyond the availability of a player to access. In general, if a player has access to a Regal, it is through their Rank trait, and they don't own it so much as command it. Given the scale of the ship and the number of people that the owner of a Regak would need to control to properly operate one, controlling it via a command structure makes the most sense. The GM might require someone who has an Regal as a signature ship to take the Rank trait anyway (given the number of characters he commands); this should generally be at least Rank 4, and in such an instance, the GM should be more generous with the crew.

If taken as a signature ship, the Regal comes with a skeleton crew of skill-12 minions, and a few named hireling NPCs, and a couple of shuttles. Characters with high levels of Rank in addition to the Signature Ship should expect more complete crew and perhaps a complement of fighters as part of their rank.

*The Regal-Pattern Heavy Cruiser has 2500 Carbide Composite DR on all sides (double DR vs plasma attackes). It also has a force screen with 4000 ablative, hardened DR.

Electronics:

  • Capital-Scale Tactical Ultra-Scanner: 4000-mile scan, 400-mile imaging/bioscan; 360°;
  • Targeting Macroframe: +5 to hit target with a scan-lock.
  • Night Vision Sensors: +9 nightvision, ×8 magnification (up to +3 to aimed attacks, if the vehicle aims for three turns).
  • Large Area Jammer: -4 to target with missiles for all allied ships within 25 miles.
  • Distortion Scrambler: May contest Electronics Ops (Comms) rolls with Electronics Ops (EW); 25 mile range.
  • Large Holographic Radio: 10,000 mile range; “conference” sized holographic projector. All communications encrypted.
  • Very Large FTL Communication Array: 300-parsec range.
  • Security And Safety: Simple Electronic Locks and security cameras at regular intervals; complex biometric locks for secured facilities meant for the aristocrat alone; Lifepods.
  • Life-Support: 5 days
  • Hyperdrive: Rating 2, with sufficient fuel for 5 jumps.
  • Fusion Reactor: 50-year lifespan.
  • Cargo: Compartment with up to 50 lbs of supplies/gear.

Accommodation and Facilities:

  • Full Life-Support: up to 450 people
  • Accommodations: 1 aristocratic luxury suite, 60 luxury cabins, 300 full cabins. 3 months of stored, refrigerated food.
  • Facilities: 50-person diplomatic establishment; 50-person entertainment establishment; 5-person negotiation office (+0 Diplomacy and Law); 50-person Akashic Shrine; 30-person gym; 20-bed sickbay; 1 operating theater;
  • Cargo:a secured arsenal capable of sufficient gear to arm 60 men; Additional cargo can carry 250 tons.

Alliance Cruiser Complement:

  • Shuttles: 5 Prestige-Class (or variant) Shuttles.

Armaments

  • 3 Capital Turrets (Total RoF 12);
  • 6 Corvette-scale Light Turrets (Total ROF 24);
  • 8 mounted Plasma Flak Turrets (F/L/R/T);
Weapon Dmg Acc Range Ewt. RoF Shots ST Bulk Rcl
Capital-scale cannon 6d×75(5) burn 9 60 mi/180mi 500t 2 NA M -10 2
Corvette-scale cannone 6d×30(5) burn 9 10 mi/30 mi 25t 3 NA M -10 2
Plasma Flak 6d×10 burn ex NA 2000/6000 100t 20 NA M -10 1

Look and Feel

The Regal-Pattern Heavy Cruiser more closely resembles a cruise liner than a cruiser, were it not for its bristling turrets. In contrast to imperial dreadnoughts, the Regal stands taller than it is wide, surmounted by a rather obvious “bridge” superstructure. The “Bridge” sports observation decks, visible form a distance as rings of illumination where guests can see the stars behind the protection of diamondoid glass. Three great capital-scale turrets cover its “deck,” two before the bridge and one behind it. To either side, a set smaller, corvette-scale turrets and plasma flack interrupt the flowing, elegant lines of the vehicle to remind onlookers of its military intent.

The Regal carries no fighters. It does, however, have a hangar bay which contains up to 5 shuttles (often Prestige-pattern shuttles or their variants). This can be accessed from either side of the relatively narrow vehicle, just beneath the bridge. Generally, one boards a Regal via one of its shuttles. The hangar bay itself is not especially large, and sports a small reception facility. Guests take an elevator up to the bridge itself, which some call “the Hotel.” The bridge contains numerous luxury cabins and fine dining establishments, as well as a large “dance hall” which can double as anything necessary for diplomatic ventures, located near a “law office” where negotiators and diplomats can hash out any specifics necessary. Each Regal has its own “entertainment” establishment, which varies from casinos to restaurants to bath houses to gardens, depending on the preferences of the aristocrat who commissioned the Regal. Regal-Pattern Heavy Cruisers also generally come with an Akashic Temple, equipped with the sensory deprivation chambers and Akashic imagery necessary to facilitate any on-board Akashic Oracle. Some aristocrats repurpose this chamber, but they have come back into fashion since the war broken out. Finally, atop the superstructure sits the bridge itself, an exceptionally spacious affair with great windows and viewscreens, and behind it, the aristrocratic suite, with a great observation deck and a sufficiently sprawling room filled with the finest of luxuries (worth a +1 reaction modifer, in addition to the amenities of a Luxury cabin, with room to easily fit 4, rather than 2, people).

In the decks below “the Hotel,” one can find the main living spaces of the crew, including the substantial service crew, a platoon of Alliance Regulars, and engineering staff. The Regal-Pattern Heavy Cruiser comes with no bunks, only full cabins, and most who journey on one consider it a very plush assignment, with fine mess halls, plenty of food, and access to the entertainment facilities in “the Hotel.” The rest of the ship dwindles into winding corridors, access panels, and the great hum of the machinery that allows the vehicle to function.

Those who board a Regal find its interior striking: in contrast to the utilitarian interiors of Imperial ships, or the more spartan, unclad interiors typical of asteroid miners’ ships, the Regal-Pattern has lushly decorated to fit the tastes of its Lord or Lady. Most ships have art-deco interiors with flowing lines and curving bannisters, while others have more stolid, baroque designs as though one had boarded a cathedral in space, but they almost always feature contragravity lights like floating chandeliers.
The Regal, as a cruiser, serves many roles. For most minor houses, it serves as the flagship of the fleet, representing the largest and most powerful vehicle they can afford. Thus, they use it as a means of communicating their prestige to others. The lengthy endurance of the vehicle allows it to tour a nobleman’s worlds, and its extensive entertainment facilities allows him to invite others on board to partake in his prestige. For many lesser lords, their Regal is their castle. Militarily, its light turrets prove effective against frigates and corvettes, and its larger, capital-scale turrets allows it to take on smaller capital ships, typically of its own size or smaller. This makes them excellent patrol vehicles, and nobles will often take one to a world harassed by pirates, where its size and firepower will quickly dissuade local brigands.

In a fleet, they usually serve either as advanced scouts or as escorts. The Regal is self-sufficient enough to not need support as long as it itself does not encounter a fleet or serious opposition. This allows it to explore and, should it find itself in a bit of trouble, it has more than enough fuel and armor to escape intact. In battle, they serve best as supporting fire for larger vessels, and as a screen against frigates. They tend to suffer against fighters, lacking a fighter escort of their own (though they do have flak cannons!), and they cannot stand up to an imperial dreadnought, which will shrug off their paltry capital-scale cannons and blow them away with super-heavy cannons. They often work closely with carriers, offering support against smaller fire, like torpedo frigates. This makes it a decent “middle-weight” capital ship, but nothing more.

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