Thoth Industries Crystal Shard Light Cruiser (U.W.W.):


Similar to the Consortium, there are multiple starship with the territories of the United Worlds Warlock. One of these is run by a techno-wizard named Asyribis who is rumored to be the Demi-God offspring of the god Thoth. There are several different classes of "Crystal Shard"craft including fighters, corvettes, and light cruisers. Larger designs are simply too expensive to construct with the ships costing an average of double that of a pure technological design of the same class. While many military leaders and engineers consider the general technology of ships built within the United Worlds Warlock to be inferior to standard technological designs, the Crystal Shard class of ships are considered some of the most effective and powerful ship operating within the Three Galaxies. While the designer has attempted to get contracts with the government to purchase these craft, so far there has been no orders beyond a few purchased for evaluation purposes. Still, even though extremely expensive, these craft have been purchased by techno-wizard mercenary companies and other interested independent parties. These vessels have been used in engagements against pirates and in internal conflicts where they have performed incredibly.


The fighters and ships are built in a similar configuration and are all incredible works of art and the ships look like crystalline manta-rays with its wings bent slightly forward and a shorter tail than is seen in a true manta-ray. The craft are extremely sleek and their configurations makes them ideal to operate in an atmosphere and underwater as well as in space. The light cruiser version is smaller than the Consortium Warshield class cruiser and the Kreeghor Smasher class cruiser. One ship in a similar size class is the Bushido Industries Raiden class light cruiser. This ship is the crystalline light cruiser is most often compared to due to being of similar size. The light cruiser is the largest of the crystalline starships and some experts think that it is impossible to build any larger ships using the same basic design.


The light cruiser's hull is constructed from enchanted crystalline material that are immune to all non magical energy weapons yet is as strong as any normal light cruiser's hull. The development of the hull appears to be a variation on the enchantments used to construct Mystic Power Armor. Like a Mystic Power Armor, the use of the spell "Armor of Ithan' and large amount focused magical energies can be used to heal damage to the starship. While the light cruiser being impervious to energy means that a large number of weapons are ineffective against the ship, Asyribis was not satisfied with this and wanted a force field as additional protection. Field tests were performed on “Armor of Ithan” force fields, standard fighter force fields, and "Invincible Armor" force fields. While the "Invincible Armor" required more magical energy than the “Armor of Ithan” force field, it was far stronger and was chosen. The standard force field was not selected because of the systems draw from main power and once dropped, the shield requires a huge amount of power to bring back up.


For propulsion, pure technological gravity type engines were selected for the light cruiser similar in basic layout to the systems carried on the fighter and the corvette. While not as fast in acceleration as the fighter or corvette versions, the light cruiser is faster than most other light cruisers and is as fast as most corvettes. The light cruiser is also incredibly maneuverable for its size although not quite as nimble as the corvette. Like the corvette, fusion reactors would not produce enough power to properly run the ship with using far too much of the internal volume of the ship for the design to be workable. Instead, a powerful anti-matter reactor provides the energy which the ship needs to run properly. An interesting feature is that the anti-matter reactor and the fuel is contained inside a permanent dimensional pocket. This was done to protect the ship from collapsing anti-matter reactor or anti-matter storage but has the interesting advantage of making the light cruiser's neutrino signature virtually non existent. The ship’s anti-matter reactor system is backed up by fusion reactors which use a similar storage system. A huge amount of research went into developing a acceptable Rift drive for the light cruiser, like the corvette and the fighter, but without real success and a conventional contra-grav FTL propulsion was eventually selected. It was found that the contra-grav system could travel faster, was more reliable, and could be activated more often (allowing easy escapes from star systems). Top speed of the ship, like the corvette, is around six light years per hour.


Unlike the Crystal Shard Fighter but like the Corvette, the Light Cruiser has a mixture of both magic and technology in its weapon systems. The main weapon of the light cruiser are a pair of 20 cm lasers mounted in the nose. The weapons have around five times the range of flame cannons carried on most United Worlds Warlock ships yet have a similar energy throughput. These are backed up by four turrets which have cannons which fires bolts that are the equivalent of the "Annihilate" spell. These cannons are not quite as long ranges as most heavy anti-ship lasers but inflict incredible damage when fired and work well as backup for the main weaponry. The secondary weaponry is mostly technological in general design with eight variable focus particle beams forming the basis of the defensive battery with four heavy gravity rail gun turrets as well. Like with the fighter and corvette, it was decided to mount a conventional missile compliment and not carry any bottle demon style missiles. Asyribis considers the bottle demon missiles to be much too dangerous as well as being incredibly expensive and often not available outside the military. Unlike the fighter and corvette, the main missile compliment could not be carried in bays. Instead, conventional style launchers are mounted. A cruise missile battery is mounted on the ship and is backed up by a pair of long range missile launchers and four medium range missile batteries. These batteries are standard Consortium systems although payload is limited when compared to many larger ships. Like the fighter and corvette, it is likely that if the ship is adopted by the United Worlds Warlock that the ship would carry "cruise"style bottle demon missiles.


Unlike the corvette, the light cruiser is designed to carry a fighter compliment although with the crystal shard fighters being rather large, the compliment is limited. The small hanger has space for only six fighters although more could likely be crammed in if smaller fighters such as the Shadow Bolt strike fighters were substituted for the standard compliment. The fighter bays are mounted where the main missile bays are on the smaller corvette. There is some consideration being given to building a stripped version of the light cruiser as what might be termed a heavy escort carrier. This version would strip out the cruise missile launcher, the twin 20 cm cannons, and the "Annihilate"cannons and replace them with a compliment of three squadrons of Crystal Shard Fighters.


The crew is still on the small side although larger than the corvette with a crew of around one hundred and twenty. The ship does not have an auxiliary bridge like many heavier cruisers and is fairly cramped as well. Crew quarters are Spartan but are fairly comfortable even though cramped with the ship capable of operation for long independent missions. A small compliment of up to thirty marines can be accommodated on the light cruiser. These marines are often carried when the ship is on anti-piracy patrols. They will probably be equipped with mystic power armor for such missions. The ship mounts three techno-wizard transporter for long range teleporting.


Ship design uses modified starship speeds and weapon ranges. See Revised Starship Rules for Phase World for more details.


Model Type: TI CLC-06-A
Vehicle Type: Multi-Role Light Cruiser
Crew: 126 (14 Officers, 112 enlisted)
Troops: 30 Marines (20 in mystic power armor), 8 fighter pilots, and can carry up to 6 passengers in addition to standard military personnel


Vehicles:
Power Armors & Robots:

20Mystic Power Armors
Fighter Compliment:
6Crystal Shard Fighters


M.D.C. By Location:

Nose 20 cm Main Laser Cannons (2, Front):1,600 each
Turret Mounted "Annihilate"Cannons (4):800 each
Variable Focus Point Defense Particle Beam Cannons (8):150 each
GR-1000 Gravity Rail Gun Turrets (4):400 each
Cruise Missile Batteries (1):1,000 each
Long Range Missile Batteries (2):600 each
Medium Range Missile Batteries (4):500 each
Hangar Bays (2, underside of main body):4,000 each
[1] Bridge:6,000
[2] Main Engines (2):7,500 each
[3] Main Body:24,000
[4] Magical "Invincible Armor" Force Field:15,000


Notes:
[1] In reality this is how much damage needs to be done for a weapon to hit the bridge through the ship’s armor. This ship does not have an auxiliary bridge. Even if the corvette's bridge is destroyed, the ship can still be piloted from engineering but ship is -3 to dodge and all weapon systems will be at local control. Weapon hits near the bridge that do not penetrate the ships integrity can injure crew members on or near the bridge.
[2] Destroying the main engines means that ship FTL propulsion systems are destroyed and maximum sublight speed is reduced by half.
[3] Depleting the M.D.C. of the main body will put the corvette out of commission. All internal systems will shut down, including life support and internal gravity. The ship itself will be an unsalvageable floating wreck. Note: The cruiser is impervious to all non magical energy weapons. Hull can also be completely regenerated with the spell "Armor of Ithan" and 15,000 P.P.E.
[4] This is not a variable force field, but a magical shield that must be completely depleted. Once the shield has been knocked down, it will cost 1,500 P.P.E. and require one minute (4 melees) of spell casting to restore the force field. When knocked down, no additional damage beyond which destroyed the shield will be transferred to the light cruiser.


Speed:
Driving on the Ground: Not Possible.
Sublight: Has a special sub-light engine that allows the ship to travel up to 60 percent of the speed of light. The cruiser can accelerate/decelerate at the rate of 1.0 percent of light per melee.
Atmospheric Propulsion: Maximum speed is Mach 5 (3,710 mph / 5970 kph), can enter an atmosphere because flight system is by contra grav.
Surface Travel: Can float on the surface or can travel as a hydrofoil on the surface of the water with a top speed of 360 mph (580 kph / 313 knots)
Underwater: Has a maximum speed underwater of 51.8 mph (45 knots/ 83.4 kph)
Maximum Depth: 5 miles (8.05 km)
Stardrive: The light cruiser has a special Gravitronic Drive system which allows the vessel to reach a maximum of six light-years per hour.
Maximum Effective Range: Life support will keep crew alive for up to ten years, as long as the P.P.E. generators are kept in working order.


Statistical Data:
Length: 397.6 feet (121.2 meters) including stinger tail
Height: 142.4 feet (43.4 meters)
Width: 487.9 feet (148.7 meters)
Weight: 48,000 tons (43,500 metric tons)
Power System: Combination Anti-matter & Techno-wizardry with 20 year life span. Stored in a special dimensional pocket. The light cruiser also has a P.P.E. generator that produces 6,000 P.P.E. per hour / 25 P.P.E. per melee and can hold up to 20,000 P.P.E. in storage. This P.P.E. can be used to power the spells cast by the cruiser's crew and enchantments on the vessel.
Cargo: Can carry up to 500 tons (450 metric tons).
Market Cost: 6.5 billion credits.


WEAPON SYSTEMS:

  1. Two (2) 20 cm Heavy Laser Cannons: Cannons are located on the front of the starship and are used as anti-capital ship weapons and can take out frigates in one shot and can do large amounts of damage to bases or larger starships. The Laser cannons can be combined together or each one used separately. They cannot be used faster than the speed of light. Weapon has standard penalties to hit fighters and small targets for a large gun. The barrels can be fired forward and can be rotated 30 degrees horizontally or vertically. The weapon system cannot be used to engage targets while traveling at faster than light velocities.
    Maximum Effective Range: 100,000 miles (161,000 km) in space. and 100 miles (161 km) in an atmosphere.
    Mega Damage: 1D4x1000 M.D.C. each and can be combined for a total of 2D4x1000.
    Rate of Fire: Maximum of two (2) times per melee per cannon.
    Payload: Effectively Unlimited.
  2. Four (4) "Annihilate" Cannons: Mounted in turrets on the light cruiser, these cannons are extremely powerful and act as the secondary guns of the light cruiser. The cannon fires a black sphere which is magically contained anti-matter. It inflicts incredible damage to the target although range is limited compared to heavy lasers. Weapons system, when used hit fighters and small targets, has half the normal penalties to hit due to sophisticated fire control. The barrels can be fired either forward or behind and can be rotated 60 degrees horizontally or vertically. The weapon system cannot be used to engage targets while traveling at faster than light velocities.
    Maximum Effective Range: 10,000 miles (16,000 km) in space and 10 miles (16 km) in an atmosphere.
    Mega Damage: 2D4x100 M.D.C. each
    Rate of Fire: four times per melee per cannon.
    Payload: Needs 300 P.P.E. per day to function.
  3. Four (4) GR-1000 Large Gravity Rail Gun Turrets: The gravity rail gun is the same gravity rail gun as is carried in the C.A.F. Scorpion Star fighter. They are used as an anti-Starfighter and missile weapon and against targets that are impervious to energy. Each Rail Gun is in a Turret that can rotate 360 and has a 180 arc of fire. Projectiles are fired from rail guns at a significant fraction of the speed of light. Cannon uses a 30 mm projectile.
    Maximum Effective Range: 16 miles (26 km) through atmosphere and 1,600 miles (2,575 km) in space.
    Mega-Damage: Rail gun inflicts 4D6x10 M.D.C. for a 40 round burst.
    Rate of Fire: Equal to the combined hand to hand attacks of the gunner (usually 4 or 5).
    Payload: 10,000 Rounds (250 Bursts) each cannon.
  4. Eight (8) Variable Focus Particle Beam Mounts: These particle beams are copied from those carried on the CAF Assault Shuttle and will fire a very powerful narrow beam and can fire a scatter effect that is less powerful but is capable of striking multiple targets. The weapon system is quite useful against missiles although the cone is not as wide as Tachyon cannon sprays are (Gives +2 bonus vs fast moving targets such as missiles.) Weapons are mounted in turrets that can rotate 360 and have a 180 arc of fire. Each mount can be operated by a gunner or a gunner program (+2 to strike, 3 Attacks per melee). The weapon system cannot be used to engage targets while traveling at faster than light velocities.
    Maximum Effective Range: 300 miles (480 km) in space and 3 miles (4.8 km) in an atmosphere.
    Mega Damage: Single Target: 4D6x10 per blast. Wide Beam: 5D6 to all targets within a 5,000 foot (1,524 meter) diameter area. When fired as a wide beam, the cannon cannot be used on targets closer than 5,000 feet (1,524 meters) away.
    Rate of Fire: Equal to the combined hand to hand attacks of the gunner (usually 4 or 5).
    Payload: Effectively Unlimited.
  5. One (1) Cruise Missile Battery: Missile has a top speed of Mach 25 in an atmosphere and in space has an acceleration of 10% of light per turn (far faster than any starship.) Whether weapons can be shot down is calculated from the speed of target, launching starship, and missile. When drive goes dead, missile will continue to travel in a straight line unless preset to self destruct or receives a destruct code but has very low odds of hitting star ships (Great for hitting bases and planets because target does not move and missile when dead at -25% to detect.) See modified starship rules for more details - Cruise missiles have minuses to hit small targets but are all considered smart missiles. These batteries are standard CAF batteries. Batteries can launch on multiple targets each at the same time.
    Maximum Effective Range: Cruise Missile range is 8,000 miles (12,875 km) in an atmosphere and 4,000,000 miles (6,437,376 km/ 21.5 light seconds) in space
    Mega-Damage & Properties: See revised Phase World missile tables for details (Anti-Matter multi-warheads inflict 5D6x100 M.D.C. each.)
    Rate of Fire: Can fire missiles one at a time or in volleys of two (2), eight (8), sixteen (16), or thirty-two (32) missiles per battery, per melee round, for a maximum of 32 missiles per melee. Battery are reloaded on the same melee and can be fired again on the next.
    Payload: 32 total. Ship has 8 reload of missiles (256 cruise missiles reloads total.)
  6. Two (2) Long Range Missile Batteries: Missile has a top speed of Mach 20 in an atmosphere and in space has an acceleration of 8% of light per turn (faster than any starship.) Whether weapons can be shot down is calculated from the speed of target, battery, and missile. When drive goes dead, missile will continue to travel in a straight line unless set to self destruct but has very low odds of hitting star ships (Great for hitting bases and planets because target does not move and missile when dead at -25% to detect.) Long range missiles do not have minuses to hit small targets unlike cruise missiles and are all considered smart missiles. Batteries can launch on multiple targets each at the same time.
    Maximum Effective Range: Long Range Missile range is 3,400 miles (5,470 km) in an atmosphere and 1,800,000 miles (2,897,000 km/9.7 light seconds) in space.
    Mega-Damage & Properties: See revised Phase World missile tables for details (Fusion warheads inflict 2D4x100 M.D.C. each.)
    Rate of Fire: Can fire missiles one at a time or in volleys of two (2), eight (8), sixteen (16), or thirty-two (32) missiles per battery, per melee attack.
    Payload: 512 total, 256 long range missiles per battery.
  7. Four (4) Medium Range Missile Batteries: Weapon system is used for hitting enemy robots, fighters, and against incoming cruise missiles. Like other Phase world systems, weapon system range and speed has been greatly increased compared to Rifts Earth systems. Missile has a top speed of Mach 15 in an atmosphere and in space has an acceleration of 6% of light per turn. Batteries can launch on multiple targets each at the same time.
    Maximum Effective Range: Medium Range Missile range is 160 miles (257.5 km) in an atmosphere and 80,000 miles (128,750 km/0.43 light seconds) in space
    Mega-Damage: Varies with medium range missile type (See revised Phase World missile tables for details.)
    Rate of Fire: Can fire missiles one at a time or in volleys of two (2), four (4), eight (8), or sixteen (16) missiles per battery.
    Payload: 256 per battery for a total of 1024 medium range missiles
  8. Techno-Wizard Modifications: The Crystal Shard Cruiser has the following Techno-Wizard Modifications built into the vessel. These require P.P.E. or I.S.P. from the pilot.
    Special Features:
      Shadow Meld (10th Level) - 40 P.P.E. or 80 I.S.P.
      Invisibility-Superior (10th Level) - 80 P.P.E. or 160 I.S.P.



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