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Dartrok Starfighter

Dartok Starfighter[1]

IntroductionEdit

The Kreeghor had little real interest in this area of space but they had sold some old military equipment to various star systems. Along with equipment, technical support was supplied so that the purchaser's military forces could use the equipment properly. Rodrelle Quillian was a Wolfen that held the rank of Dread Fang within the Trans-Galactic Empire military. This was the approximate equivalent of a Commander in the Consortium Navy. He served because there was little else honorable he could do. He had been assigned to train the fighter pilots in the Ulat Military. This had been before the Dartrok had begun threatening local planets. He had been "volunteered" by the Kreeghor Ambassador to act as commander for the fighter for defense of the system.

Already, several of the inhabited star systems near Ulat had been conquered by the Dartrok. Many informed individuals considered Ulat to be attack soon if not next. The Kreeghor's plans had been to inspire the leaders of Ulat to liberate some of the local systems from their leaders. The Trans-Galactic would heavily support the system and use that as a lever to take over completely at a later time. The plan was no longer tenable but it had been decided that they would at least attempt to protect this star system. Reinforcements were on route but if the system was already in the hands of the Dartrok, the Kreeghor forces were to avoid action.

The Dread Fang had come up with a tactic that he hoped would allow the Ulat space forces to hold the system until the Kreeghor reinforcements would arrive. The Ulat military had acquired a large amount of retired Kreeghor equipment over the last century. This presently included two old Defiler class cruisers, five equally old Berserker class attack ships, and a huge number of retired fighters. The Ulat had almost six hundred flying fang starfighters and they were key to the plan the Wolfen had developed. There was no evidence that the Dartrok used fighters and his plan was to overwhelm the Dartrok dreadnoughts with point blank missile strikes. Losses of fighters would likely be extremely heavy but if several of the Dreadnoughts were destroyed, hopefully the Dartrok would become more cautious. This might give the Kreeghor ships enough time to reinforce the system.

Over the last two hours, the Ulat military had been tracking ten battle cruiser size FTL signatures. It was almost impossibly remote that these ships were anything other than Dartrok Dreadnoughts. The ships being tracked would be leaving FTL space within a few minutes. Rodrelle Quillian was on the bridge of the Defiler which was acting as the flagship for the Ulat space forces. There had been a final meeting on the flagship with the other senior officers. The meeting was wrapping up but there was not real hurry. The plan was for the fighters not to attack the Dreadnoughts until the large ships had slowed down to enter planetary orbits. Most of the other fighters were parked on derelict barges that were acting as orbital platforms. The Dread Fangs fighter and a few lucky pilots were operating from the two heavy cruisers. Once the fighters on the Defilers launched, the cruisers and the light attack ships would position themselves so they would be hidden by the planet. They were to help if an opportunity presented itself in the engagement. The first dreadnought left FTL and the Wolfen officer grabbed his helmet and headed for the fighter waiting in the hanger.

Several hours later, the fighter pilots waited nervously but were still determined. Only a few more minutes were left before the attacks on the dreadnought would begin. In reality, their commander was just as nervous as the pilots under him but outwardly he did not show this. The Dartrok vessels had been slowing down steadily for orbital insertion. The initial attack was to concentrate on six of the dreadnoughts and hopefully destroy them. Whatever fighters survived the initial attack would then be tasked to engage the remaining Dartrok vessels. An alarm buzzer went off in the Dread Fangs cockpit and he immediately checked his sensory inputs. There was a huge number of small and hard to detect targets heading directly toward his fighters. There were hundreds of them. Because the targets had no gravitic signature and were small, they had not been detected until they were very close. He ran through a mental list of what the targets could be. They seemed to be too large to be missiles so they were most likely fighters. He had planned his tactic based on the Dartrok not having fighters and he had to warn the pilots under him. He was just too late. As he opened the comm. channel, the Dartrok fighters opened fire and destroyed almost two hundred of his fighters with the first volley of fire. The Wolfen knew how this trap had been sprung. The Dreadnought had launched the fighters while decelerating and inertia had allowed the fighters to pull ahead of the capital ships. They had then just kept their drives and shields down so that they would be difficult to detect. These thoughts occupied the Dread Fangs final moments. Any further thoughts were stopped when his fighter, along with almost 200 more, was obliterated by the second volley of fire from the Dartrok fighters.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Little is actually known about the Dartroks. The Dartroks are a race of very powerful beings that have just recently appeared in the Three Galaxies. The races appear to be slightly large than human sized coal black figures that appear similar in shape to man-o-war jellyfish with a huge number of prehensile tentacles. Their ships are based on a pseudo organic material and are incredibly powerful, heavily armored, and quite capable of taking on most ships of the races of the Three Galaxies. Especially since the motivations of the Dartroks is completely unknown, these ships cause all nervousness among most other races when these ships appear in their system.

These fighters are one of the most powerful fighters in the Three Galaxies. In many cases, the appearance of the fighters will cause other fighters to disperse and run. The star fighter has a similar shape to that of the dreadnought. The Dartrok starfighter looks like a manta-ray. Like the Dreadnought, the fighters are not constructed in any traditional way and the equivalent of the ships systems are biologic in design. These include computers, engines, weapons, and even the ship's hull. The computer is a powerful neural intelligent and capable of operation independently. The ship's hull has the ability to repair damage and to adapt to attacks directed at it given enough time. The fighter's systems are all based on electric and gravitic manipulation. The fighter's propulsion is based on gravitic systems, the fighter's shields are based on gravitics, and all of the ships weapon systems are based on one or the other as well. The FTL propulsion system is very similar are very similar to those operated on most ships in the Three Galaxies but as stated previously are biological. The ship has an acceleration as faster than virtually any Phase World fighters. Because of this extraordinary speed, most of the other starfighters of the Three Galaxies cannot stay at missile range to fight the fighter outside of the Dartrok's weapon systems.

Like the Dreadnought, these fighters are designed to fight in close combat. While the fighter does not have the all around gravity wake weapon like the dreadnought, destroying the fighter with missiles is easier planned than actually done. This is because the ion cannons can be set to fire to create a wide field to destroy missiles. This can be used to destroy missiles in front of the fighter. The fighter also has a gravity cannon to destroy targets that are impervious to energy.

Although it is unknown for sure, the present assumption is that the fighter is manned by a member of a slave race. It is also suspected that there is special programming in the fighter's computer that prevents a minion from using the fighter against the Dartroks.[1]

SpecificationEdit

  • Model: Dartrok Medium Star Fighter
  • Crew: One (Believed to be a member of a slave race)
  • Speed
    • Driving on the Ground: Not Possible.
    • Sublight: Gravity drive allows the ship to travel up to 40 percent of the speed of light. The ship can accelerate/ decelerate at an incredible rate of 1.9 percent of light per melee.
    • Atmospheric Propulsion: Maximum speed is mach 15 (11,121.8 mph / 17,898.8 kph). Can enter atmosphere and leave the atmosphere of a planet easily.
    • Star Drive: The Starfighter has a Gravitic Drive system which allows the ship to reach a maximum of five light-years per hour.
  • Maximum Range: Effectively Unlimited by either Drive system. Carries about three months worth of supplies on board and power system gives power for 20 years before the ship needs refueling.[1]

Statistical DataEdit

  • Height: 25 feet (7.6 meters)
  • Length: 40 feet (12.2 meters)
  • Width: 60 feet (18.3 meters)
  • Weight / Mass: 13.5 tons (12.25 metric tons)
  • Power System: Unknown
  • Cargo: It is assumed that there is a small (3 x 3 x 3 ft / 1 x 1 x 1 m ) compartment located beneath and slightly forward of the pilot's seat.
  • Cost: Unknown, any culture in the Three Galaxies would pay hundreds of millions of credits for an undamaged working model of this fighter.[1]

Weapon SystemsEdit

Gravity Beam CannonEdit

  • Mounted in front of the fighter, this weapon is incredibly powerful and can decimate most ships very quickly. The weapon uses controlled opposing gravimetric waves to create an energy beam weapon that shreds the target. This weapon is much smaller that the one mounted on the Dartrok dreadnought and does not have the ability to inflict as severe critical damage to ships it is used against. The weapon does full damage to targets with the spell impervious to energy and a cosmic knight will take 1/10 damage (10%) instead of the normal 1/100 damage (1%). Since gravity propagates itself at FTL speeds, this weapon can actually be used against vehicles that are traveling at faster than the speed of light. The Gravity Cannon and electrical cannons may be combined.
    • Mega Damage: 4D6x10 per Gravity beam strike (1D6x100 when combined with Electrical Discharge Cannons in tight beam).
    • Maximum Effective Range: 1,200 miles (1,925 km) in space and 12 miles (19.3 km) in an atmosphere.
    • Rate of Fire: Equal to pilot or computers hand to hand (Usually 4 or 5).
    • Payload: Effectively Unlimited[1]

Dual Electrical Discharge CannonsEdit

  • Mounted forward on the wings of the fighter. These weapon systems are in many ways similar to Phase World ion cannons. They are very effective against fighters but are not as effective against larger ships. The weapon has the ability to fire in a straight beam or in a wide cone that can be very effective against volleys of missiles. Any missiles within the cone will be destroyed if the missile's M.D.C. is exceeded. The Gravity Cannon and electrical cannons may be combined.
    • Mega Damage: Single Target: 3D6x10 per cannon (6D6x10 for both cannons and 1D6x100 when combined with the gravity beam cannon). Wide Beam: 6D6 to all targets within a 60 mile (96.6 km) diameter area (in an atmosphere 6 miles / 9.6 km).
    • Maximum Effective Range: Single Target: 600 miles (960 km) in space and range is 6 miles (9.6 km) in atmosphere. Wide Beam: 300 miles (480 km) in space and 3 miles (4.8 km) in an atmosphere.
    • Rate of Fire: Equal to pilots or computers hand to hand (Usually 4 or 5).
    • Payload: Effectively Unlimited.[1]

Special EquipmentEdit

Adaptive HullEdit

The Dartrok Starfighter has the ability to adapt to any non magical attacks on it. Once a specific attack has been used against the ship, it will adapt to that attack and any attack of that type that is encountered afterwards will only be at half effect in the next engagement. Magical attacks will continue to inflict full damage. Variable frequency weapons such as variable frequency lasers can be reset to do full damage once this is discovered. The adaption takes about five days to be completed.[1]

Sentient ShipEdit

The fighter is alive, and probably quite aware of what it is and what its doing. It will not take orders from a non Dartroks unless one was assigned as a pilot and will not attack a Dartrok or Dartrok ship under a non Dartroks orders. The computer is also telepathic and can communicate with Dartroks and other ships using this method. The ship should be considered to be a powerful neural intelligence in terms of Rifts. This computer can pilot the ship at 98%, has 5 attacks per round, and has +8 to strike, +14 to dodge, and +4 to initiative (these include all bonuses). [1]

Combat BonusesEdit

These bonuses are only applied when the Dartrok Starfighter is piloted, which is seldom the case. When not piloted use the bonuses under sentient ship. For piloting, use the Phase World Starfighter combat (elite or basic) skill. these bonuses are in addition to those from the piloting skill.

  • +2 to initiative
  • +3 to strike
  • +6 to dodge
  • +10% to all piloting skill[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Kitsune

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