OUT OF CHARACTER INFORMATION
- Intent: To submit a balanced counter to interdiction fields, allowing some chance to counter while allowing for the realistic possibility of failure.
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- Manufacturer: Squib Merchandising Consortium
- Affiliation: Open-Market
- Model: Null-series Gravity Well Neutralizer
- Modularity: No.
- Material: Null Quantum Field Generators, Tractor Beam Projectors, Targeting Array
- Gravitic Destabilizer: A strange product of heavily modified null quantum field technology, the Null-series projects a targeted field via tensor beams that destabilizes any artificial gravity wells currently being projected. This module requires an immense amount of energy to power, and depending upon the size of the module is less effective against larger interdictors. A cruiser sized destabilizer would be unable to disrupt anything larger than a destroyer, a destroyer would be unable to disrupt anything larger than a battlecruisers, and it would take multiple battlecruiser sized neutralizers to seriously hamper a star dreadnought with interdiction capabilities.
- Interdiction Begone: The Null-series utilizes modified hyperspace technology to disrupt the process of artificial gravity wells, effectively generating gravity shields that render these artificial anomalies inert and unable to effect realspace around them.
- E-War, So What?: By targeting the interdiction field catalyst itself instead of the systems generating it, a gravitic destabilizer bypasses the robust countermeasure suites interdiction vessels often come equipped with.
- Combat Range: The Null-series must be within standard turbolaser range before it can effectively shut down a gravity well generator. If it pulls out of range, the interdiction field will reinitialize.
- Power Draw: Requiring large amounts of energy to operate continuously, any ship operating the module must take rating penalties to armament, defenses, or speed. Taking significant damage can interfere with its effectiveness.
- Point to Point: Due to its tensor field delivery system, the Null-series can only disable one interdictor at a time. Multiple interdictors require multiple neutralizers.
- Scalability: The Null-series only fits on capital vessels. In addition, there is an upper limit to its ability to interfere with larger targets. A corvette is unable to disrupt anything larger than a frigate, a frigate cannot effective anything above a cruiser, a cruiser is unable to neutralize anything bigger than a destroyer, etc.
An ingenious if peculiar device to emerge from the Metrobig Salvagestuff Platform, the Null-series Gravity Well Neutralizer does exactly what it says it does. Through a blend of null quantum field and tensor beam technology, the neutralizer generates a containment field that directly counteracts the debilitating effects these artificial gravity wells have on the surrounding region of hyperspace. Targeted at combating advances in interdiction technology, it is perhaps no surprise that such a devious countermeasure would find its birthplace in the lawless Outer Rim.
Known for their peerless understanding of tractor beams and uncanny compulsion towards tinkering, the Squibs developed this module after inter-consortium infighting led some innovative salvagers to employ gravity wells around any newfound claims, effectively cutting off their competition. Keen to free up the market, the first gravity well neutralizer was invented, and soon the Squibs were launching raids on each other claim's from light skippers outfitted with a HIMS to punch through the field, and a neutralizer to escape it. Naturally, it wasn't long before the wider galaxy caught on to the obvious military applications of such a device, and it soon fell in the hands of Skor's Coalition partners.