Saturday, March 30, 2019

Imperial Starships: Legion-Class Super-Carrier

ST/HP: 8,0000

Hand/SR: -5/6

HT: 10

Move: 1/50 (+8)

LWt.: 1,200,000

Load: 620,000

SM: +14

Occ.: 75,000 ASV

DR: 3000*

Range: NA (5 jumps)

Cost: $350B

Loc.: Gg16t

Stall: 0

*the Legion-Class super-carrier has a force screen with 10,000 DR (ablative).


Imperial Support Ship Electronics:

  • Capital-Scale Tactical Ultra-Scanner: 1000-mile scan, 100-mile imaging/bioscan; 360°;

  • Targeting Megacomputer: +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 Holographic Radio: 10,000 mile range; conference” sized holographic projector. All communications encrypted.

  • Large FTL Communication Array: 30-parsec range.

  • Hyperdrive: Rating 2; 5 jumps.

  • Fusion Reactor: 50-year lifespan.

  • Security: Simple Electronic Locks and security cameras at regular intervals.

Imperial Super-Carrier Personnel and Facilities

  • Command Crew: Captain (rank 5); General (rank 7+); Executive Officer; up to 2 tactical officers (ECM/Sensors), up to 2 comm officers; up to 2 navigators; up to 7 engineering officers; up to 2 pilots.

  • Facilities: Strategy Ops (+2 Strategy); Navigation Ops (+1 Navigation); 1000-bed major hospital; 10 operation theaters; Briefing Rooms; several Restaurants (100-man capacity each); several Entertainment Establishments (100-man capacity each); several Gym/Training facilities (100-man capacity each).

  • Food and Accommodations: Total life support for up to 7500 (actual crew complement is closer to 50,000) and carries sufficient provisions for the entire crew for a year.

  • Lifepods: 8500 (main body; sufficient room for 35000 people); 50 (command bridge; sufficient room for 200).

Imperial Super-Carrier Complement:

  • Soldiers: up to 50,000 imperial troopers (one “Legion,” led by a General (Rank 7)); more often 10,000 to 15,000.

  • Materiel: Up to 10,000 large vehicles and up to 1,000 smaller vehicles; generally 5,000 Vanguard-class infantry fighting vehicles, 3000 Vanquisher-class hoveranks, 2000 Eradicator-class mobile artillery, and 1000 hunter-class combat hovercycles.

  • Cargo: Up to 250,000 additional tons (500,000 tons with no vehicles carried on board).

Imperial Super-Carrier Armaments

  • 8 side-mounted Capital Turrets (F/B/L/T or F/B/R/T; Total RoF 16);

  • 8 side-mounted Plasma Flak Turrets (F/B/L/T or F/B/R/T);

Capital-scale cannon
6d×75(5) burn
Plasma Flak
6dx10 burn

Look and Feel

The Legion-class Super-Carrier is, perhaps, the least beautiful imperial warship. It has a long and boxy appearance with visible struts and other structural features beneath great slabs of dull grey carbide armor. Great cannons line its hull along the sides, interspersed with great plasma flack projectors, giving it enormous firepower at its broadsides.Unlike many imperial vessels, which place the bridge in a superstructure atop the ship, this has its bridge in the front of the ship. Standing free, it would tower up about 13 stories, and is similarly wide, and extends out over 500 yards.

A Legion-Class super-carrier has no launch tubes, but it does have a series of simple shuttle bays. It can, however, land in atmosphere on very heavy sets of legs that give it something of a centipedal appearance. Most people who board a Legion-Class super-carrier do so while it has landed, or when it has docked with a station; people seldom travel to and from a Legion-class while in flight, though it’s possible.

The first quarter of the vehicle consists of the bridge and command section at the front of the vehicle, where one can find conference chambers, a great land-strategy facility complete with scurrying minor officers and a giant holographic display of the currently orbited planet, or the projected planet the Legion currently travels towards. Farther back along the ship and one reaches the inhabited area of the ship: most of its airlocks and shuttle-bays lead directly into this area of the ship. This region resembles a densely populated military base, with spartan soldiers’ quarters placed around a central hub of of mess halls, armouris, gyms, a sprawling hospital and a handful of rudimentary entertainment facilities.

The remaining 75% of the ship is roughly evenly divided between cargo and engineering. The cargo is broken into comparments each roughly the size of a warhouse or a hangar lining the left and right of the ship. Each “warehouse” has a massive ramp-hatch that opens and extends down to the ground once the ship has landed, allowing all onboard vehicles to roll off at once, or all cargo to be offloaded quickly. The last portion of the vehicle houses the industrial corridors, gang-planks and enormous machinery of engineering, which mostly consists of the hyperdrive core, its enormous tanks of fuel, its fusion reactor, the force screen projector, the impulse drive and the main life support controls. Between the engineering and cargo section lie technical workshops, allowing the engineers and the vehicular maintenance crews to share tools.

The Legion-Class Supercarrier is a necessary, if inglorious vehicle. It serves as the central component to massed planetary invasions, and a single one is sufficient to subdue all but the most populous of planets. Alternatively, it can carry enormous stores of fuel, supplies, munitions or any other element the Empire considers critical to transport. Between its capital-scale armament and its considerable armor and force screen (not to mention the sheer number of soldiers on board), a Legion-class super-carrier can casually fend off attack from any but the most determined attackers. That said, it lacks sufficient firepower to act as a ship-of-the-line. While it can supplement Imperator-class dreadnoughts or Executioner-class artillery cruisers, the Empire tends to treat its weaponry as a last line of defense or supplemental artillery, rather than a first line of attack. Thus, the tend to rest at the heart of a fleet, rather than sailing the stars alone as an Imperator-class dreadnought might.

Despite their considerable interior facilities, the Legion-Class supercarrier is not a popular ship among soldiers. The quarters tend to be cramped, the food of merely adequate quality, and the entertainment facilities are given low priority by maintenance crews when compared to the needs of the onboard vehicles or engines. Furthermore, while units tend to be assigned on a permanent basis to a Legion-class super-carrier, they seldom actually spend time on one. A Legion takes its soldiers from someplace and brings them to another place. In a sense, a “legion” is the military force aboard the super-carrier, and the super-carrier itself is just on piece of material for the larger unit.

Typical Names

Legion-Class Supercarriers tend to carry the same name as the legion deployed to the supercarrier. So, the 501st Legion would fly aboard the 501st Legion-class Supercarrer.

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