OUT OF CHARACTER INFORMATION
Image Credit: Hans Palm
Intent: To make the (currently) biggest and meanest ship in the Liberation Army directory.
Canon Link: N/A
Restricted Missions: N/A
Primary Source: N/A
Manufacturer: Hoersch-Kessel Driveworks, Inc.
Model: Anyda Dusak, Explorator/Colonizer (Heavily Modified)
Name: SSV Once A Paragon
Affiliation: Sanctuary Systems Liberation Army
Material: Durasteel Hull, added Alusteel and Terenthium/Desh Layered Composite Armor Plating, Glassteel and Transparisteel where appropriate.
Classification: Destroyer, Pocket
Role: Heavy Assault Ship
Power Core Generator/Reactor: WES-Lx91-S (Mod) Solar Ionization Reactor
Hyperdrive Rating: 1.0, 10.0 backup
Minimum Crew: ~900
Optimal Crew: ~4,000
Passenger Capacity: Some
Consumables: Approximately 1 Year
Sublight Speed: Low
30 x HVs-15 Mod 3 134cm/47 Hypervelocity Guns in 10 triple mounts.
Many x Twin Gatling Laser CIWS
68 x Multipurpose Ordnance Tubes
Strikecraft: Four Squadrons in two distributed hangers
Support Craft: None
Redundant, Layered Combat-Rated Ray Shielding
Redundant, Layered Combat-Rated Particle Shielding
Limited Armor Plating
Advanced Sensor Suite
Standard Encrypted Communications and C4I Suite
Standard Navigation Systems
Combat-Rated Fire Control System
Ionic Shielding Package
Standard Electronics Warfare/Countermeasure Package
- Guns the Size of Corvettes: The 134cm Hypervelocity Guns are the size and mass of an attack corvette, and sling a projectile 4.3 feet wide at incredible speeds. They are very long ranged and they hurt.
- Sheep with a Bazooka: Much like the early Mon Calamari Cruisers, the Once A Paragon was not born a warship. With a formerly spacious and roomy interior that is the antithesis of damage control, the Once A Paragon relies heavily on its dense shields for defense. If those go down or are bypassed, the ship has respectable armor but is simply not designed for an extended engagement against proper warships.
- No Secondary Battery: Not to discount the missile tubes and a very healthy point defense suite, but the Once A Paragon has no intermediate caliber guns, and is simply not equipped for a close-quarters fight against cruisers or the like.
A privately made explorer and colony ship funded a thousand years by some people no one cares about. What scant records of the Anyda Dusak exist reveal only that it never reached it's intended destination. Lost for centuries in a remote asteroid field, the hulk was recovered by anti-Imperialists near Bakura, renamed the Once A Paragon and eventually refitted with the biggest goddamn cannons anyone could find. Now the Liberation Army uses it when they absolutely, positively, have to blow up a battlecruiser.
The basic concept for the ship only worked because the internals of the ship were loose enough (i.e. not compartmentalized like a warship would be) that they could fit the rails and support equipment in first and then reinforce around it. Among other things, it makes the internals of the ship an absolute nightmare to navigate. There was still a massive amount of modification needed. Whole sections of the ship were torn out to make way for a much larger main reactor, weapon emplacements, crew berthings, supply facilities, fabrication shops, and so on. Science labs were torn out and replaced with hangers and equipment bays. Up forward, entire sections of what had been the main living area were simply leveled out to allow for installation of the main battery. And oh, what a thing to see.
They took goddamn planetary defense cannons and put them on a ship. Absolute madmen. 134cm HVs-15 guns, modified for turreted shipboard use, installed in 10 triple turrets. The weapons are of the low-rate of fire variety of HVC, but with appropriately higher muzzle velocity. They are enormously powerful and accurate and, at range, make the ship capable of inflicting serious damage on a vessel many times its size.
Ever conscientious of the risk that strike craft pose to large lumbering warships, not to mention the existence of shield-penetrating missiles, the korrinas fighters installed dozens of point defense turrets all along the hull. These are automated, very rapid fire gatling lasers that have complete coverage around the vessel, and are limited primarily by their comparatively low damage per shot.
While having the Once A Paragon in commission is definitely impressive, General Command has found it difficult to man and utilize the ship in operations thus far. It is a rare sight on the battlefield so far.
Edited by Edwin Mad-Thane, 06 August 2019 - 11:46 PM.