The Broadsword class Light Cruiser is designed to be the mainstay of the USO's space forces, being able to act as a frontline combatant with its medium armor and armament, while still being fast and flexible enough to fill out other roles as well.
The Broadsword redesign was designed in the early days of YE 39 using standardized parts from Origin Industries and open source Freespacer weapons to flesh out the forces of the fledgeling organization's navy and provide a force capable of defending it in times of war, as well as serve as a fleet to expand territory.
The most notable feature of the Broadsword is its flexibility in roles. With its medium armor and armament it is able to fight on the frontlines as well as carry small craft into battle.
The broadsword is shaped like a Y or a fork, with its main body forming most of the ship and the two “tines” holding the main engines.
The USO designed the Broadsword in the early days of YE 39 after the loss of USO ships, which were modified freighters. It was decided that a ship that could withstand the rigors of battle was needed sorely, and the Broadsword class was designed. Due to the fact that more traditional corprately produced weaponry was far too expensive for anything but the main weapon of the ship, the designs for several freespacer weapons systems were procured from freespacers in Planet 188-604.
The broadsword is a light cruiser, and is more mobile than a traditional capital ship and has less weaponry, but is more heavily armed than a lighter ship, and has carrying capacity for two flights of U-1s.
Crew: 75 crew members are recommended, 20 are required.
Maximum Capacity: There are accommodations for 120 people. About 250 people can fit aboard in an emergency, but the ship would be extremely cramped.
Note: the discrepancy between total height and height when adding up deck heights is accounted for by armor and cargo space.
See Damage Rating (Version 3) for an explanation of the damage system.
Though the Broadsword is a warship, it's relatively low crew requirements allow much of the extra space to be used for creature comforts and recreational areas. This allows the crew to remain comfortable even on long voyages.
All crew quarters and recreational areas are located within a few decks of each other in the centre of the ship. Armories, medical facilities and restrooms are interspersed throughout the ship to allow for ease of access.
The Broadsword sports both a bridge and a CIC. Both are a Standard Bridge. However, since the primary bridge is located on a elevated position, during combat it can retract into the hull for more protection.
The broadsword has one Captain's Suite for the captain of the vessel.
The broadsword has two cargo storage areas in the lower decks, both accessible by large cargo lifts. Each hold is 10 meters long and wide by 7 meters tall.
50 double occupancy cabins for general crew and 10 single occupancy cabins for officers. In addition to these there are also several heads located all throughout the ship as well as two laundry rooms.
One small set of Recreational Facilities amidships.
The Broadsword has an engineering compartment capable of preforming repairs on almost every system on the ship, as well as serving as a hub for the many maintenance conduits that are present throughout the ship.
There is a network of Standard Access Tunnels throughout the ship.
There are two Standard Medical Bays, one at the stern and one at the front.
The Broadsword uses Standard Hallways.
There are Elevators all throughout the ship to allow for changing decks.
The broadsword has the shielding, armour and firepower of a warship, but civilian level computer systems and sensors. It on average performs on par with other ships of its size and class.
Five meter thick spaced Nerimium armor all across the ship. In the gaps between the armor layers there is a ballistic gel that serves to slow down projectiles and seal off breaches before solidifying into hard armor after a hull breach.
A queen level Destiny AI and computer suite, complete with all of the sensors and computing capabilities that it confers.
The Broadsword has emergency systems located throughout the ship, such as fire suppressant systems, emergency fusion generators and bulkheads to seal off hull breaches.
The Broadsword has capable environmental control and life support systems, capable of regulating temperature, air quality and composition, humidity, as well as air, biomass and water recycling systems.
As well as fusion thrusters and RCS systems, the Broadsword uses a Inline Aether to Plasma Drive for its primary thrust.
The Broadsword has nodes located throughout the hull that project a conformal set of shields all across the ship. By depowering some of these nodes, shields can be lowered in a certain area to allow EVA or fighter craft to exit a hangar.
The Broadsword has two hangars, one on either side of the ship. Each hangar is capable of holding 5 U-1 variable mecha/fighters and whatever shuttle craft can fit in it.