Developed in AR 936, the Soma-class Heavy Carrier is the largest mobile VANDR support platform developed by Solan Starworks, designed to be the core of a carrier battlegroup with the purpose of fielding overwhelming numbers of powered frames onto the battlefield and acting as a staging area for peacekeeping and siege operations.
The Soma-class started development at the end of the Third Outer System conflict, when it became increasingly evident that the light Vayu-class was not going to provide an adequate platform for the transport of large numbers of VANDR.
Total Crew: 16 682
Starship Operations: 824
Transport Operations1): 640
Frame Runners: 2132
Maximum Capacity: An additional 7330 passengers may be taken aboard, but life support systems will be strained and require additional resources.
Length: 4430 meters (XX feet)
Width: 1107.5 meters (XX feet)
Height: 2215 meters (XX feet)
Decks: XX (XX meters each)
FoMASC Drive: 3000c
MASC Drive: 3000c
Sublight Engines: .25c
Range: Up to 34 months, without refueling or employing BHS to replenish resources
Lifespan: The organoid components of the ship can last up to a century.
Refit Cycle: Twice a year.
See Damage Rating (Version 2) for an explanation of the damage system.
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(Anything that is not used by the combat crew.)
Aerudirn Armor Colonies
Aerudirn consists of living colonies that grow out into thick, smooth sheets of a high durability, that are have been bred to be resistant to damages from radiation and can charge themselves with an electrostatic field to enforce their surface tension, thereby inhibiting penetration by weaker solid-ammunition weapons. Should the shell be damaged, the colonies underneath, which are dense enough on their own to survive exposure to vacuum can quickly have other sections stretch to accommodate tears, and regenerate completely with enough time.
Armor Structural Points: 48
Highly resilient organoid tissues form the remainder of the body, including an endoskeleton, muscles and primitive organs that perform various functions related to keeping the unit and runner alive. The tissues have exceptional toughness compared to those of normal species, and can even survive in vacuum conditions should the entirety of the upper armor layer be destroyed. Should weapons fire occur inside of the ship, the interior compartments are nearly entirely filled with covered organoid tissues, giving them a high degree of durability versus small arms damage.
Fleet Intelligence OMNI constructs, or FIOMNI, are NI specifically constructed to assist in the large-scale coordination of fleet and fleet resources, and act as intelligence hubs and liaisons for Astral Vanguard commanders. Fleet Intelligence OMNI are characterized by patient, professional personalities and very conservative habits, though they tend to pick up on certain traits from the officers they serve under.
All vessels traveling in groups larger than 2 have at least one active FIOMNI, though the chain of command for these intelligences is based on ship class and the rank of the officer commanding it. Officers that have reached the rank of Lanrarr or higher, or serving in special positions are assigned a unit to assist them in their duties, which is transferred over as the officer is moved to different positions.
Starship Control ANIOS are advanced assist NI that are designed to interact with the operator of their respective starship, greatly improving the general effectiveness of maneuvers and allowing them to be aware and compensate for effects an unassisted people would be unable to. As starships have astronomical numbers of subsystems and operating system subroutines, the construct is essential in the effective operation of most Astral Vanguard vessels without the implementation of larger numbers of crewmen.
So-C1-E4815 Muted Resonance Shroud
The Muted Resonance Shroud, or MRS, is a squad-assist stealth system that uses a combination of Vector Shroud-type space compression and exotic charged particles to create sections of space that appear very dim to sensors systems. These areas do not stick out as emptier than vacuum as with some related systems, but creates a signature similar to that of the space a significant distance from a star. The results in high difficulty in achieving targeting locks on and determining the nature of objects inside the field. Unfortunately, this has similar effects on the units deploying the field, forcing the starship to rely on FTL sensors such as MASC Particle, which may reveal its presence, though not necessarily its position.
Field Size can be lowered or raised, though it is suggested to limit the area of the field to the approximate area of the starship employing it, as to hide effectively, but not arouse suspicion by creating overly large zones that the enemy cannot scan properly.
Detection Range: 1 KM
Max Field Size: 500 KM
So-C1-E5815 Listening Device
The Listening Device is a system employed to passively intercept and sample data being transmitted through unsecured methods. It is also a critical component in many important electronic warfare devices, and allows Astral Vanguard starships and vehicles to track the communications of hostile forces. As the unit approaches the source of the transmissions, it becomes increasingly easier to track, until a positive match can be made at a certain threshold.
|Medium||Maximum Interception/Detection Range||Tracking Range|
|Radio||1 200 000 KM||30 000 KM|
|Microwave||600 000 KM||15 000 KM|
|Subspace||15 000 KM of Receiver or Sender||5000 KM|
The Soma's life support functions are tied in directly with the Organoid's natural bioelectrics and life functions, meaning that should power failure occur, these systems will continue to function until the components expire.
So-C1-V1815 Organoid Internal Life Support
Life support systems are enabled via a combination of potent thermo/photosynthetic reprocessing of air, allowing the organoid to feed itself while producing breathable gasses for the crew. This is done by drawing light from the nearest star, or absorbing heat and radiation from the various compartments of the ship, including the reactor and inhabited regions of the ship. It may also deploy small antibody-like drones to neutralize vermin and naturally search out and sequester harmful substances and antigens inside of the ship's environment.
So-C1-R0815 KORD System
The KORD (Kinetic Force Diffuser) is an essential system that protects the frame runner from the tremendous G-Forces and shocks the Erla VANDR experiences during both before and after FTL travel and during highly perilous combat maneuvers. It also protects from weapons that kill through kinetic force, in a manner similar to maces against armored troops in ancient times.
So-C1-S1936 Capital Vector Field Suite
The Vector Field System is a combined package shield array that relies on a combination of various advanced space comrpession technologies for multi-purpose defenses idea for the modern battlefield. Vector Shrouds are sophisticated vector field systems that envelop the craft in a conformal shell of compressed space, allowing one to become relatively invisible to electromagnetic and particle based sensors, and shrinking the ship's profile to other systems. As a shield, it is reliable and particularly effective versus energy weapons.
Shield Structural Points: SP 60
So-C1-S2936 Capital Repulsor Burst Array
Repulsor systems work by creating a temporary vector field, which at regular intervals can be overcharged and super-expanded, which generates an omni-directional concussive blast that is fully capable of causing tractor beams be dispersed and unwanted hangers to disengage, allowing one to temporarily shrug off the effects of such devices. It is commonly used to force boarding craft away from hulls, knock away incoming projectiles and can potentially kill or disable poorly protected infantry with pure kinetic force.
Purpose: Defensive Countermeasure
Damage: MDR 2, Kills through Kinetic Force
Range: 20m radius
Rate of Fire: One pulse every 6 seconds
Location: Dorsal and Ventral Missile Strips3)
Salvo Size: 1
Damage: SDR 5, Electrical Damage
Range: 3 Light-Seconds
Rate of Fire: 1 salvo every 15 Seconds
Area of Effect: 15 Meters
Muzzle Velocity: .25c
Ammunition: 8 Missiles
Ammo Replenish: Can refill capacity in hospitable conditions in about 2 hours outside of combat. Any further attempts to refill will require an external source of biomass.
Location: Retractable Turret Hardpoints; Top, Nose and Broadsides
Secondary: Navigational Protection
Damage: SDR 3
Range: 20 KM in Atmosphere, 600 000 KM in Space
Rate of Fire: Beam can be maintained for up to 2 minutes. Cooldown is 1/8 of projection time.
Muzzle Velocity: 1c
Location: Dorsal, 190 Arrays, 20 Port and Starboard, 20 Aft, 5 Bow, 10 Ventral
Purpose: Point Defense Weapon
Secondary: Anti-Vehicle, Navigational Protection
Damage: SDR 2
Range: 10 KM in Atmosphere, 300 000 KM in Space
Rate of Fire: Can maintain up to 36 beams simultaneously.
Muzzle Velocity: 1c