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design by Pete Grey
The combination recieved its baptism of fire during the Solomani Rim War, and acquited itself rather well against light Solomani fleet elements. Nevertheless the design was a political orphan, and went out of production in 1023. Most of the class was banished to outlying frontier areas, and a good number of them ended up in the Domain of Deneb. Several served in the Fourth and Fifth Frontier Wars with distinction, where the shortage of new line units forced the Domain naval command to deploy them in spite of their prejudice. Both ships were still in service by the time of the Civil War and the Collapse, and served with distinction against Virus.
The strategic value of small battle riders in the defensive role became clear after the Rape of Trin. The Regency Navy decided that employing large numbers of 1k to 10k ton riders in place of traditional SDBs in critical systems bordering the Wilds would would be more effective against large Vampire incursions. The Gargoyle was one of several BR classes rushed back into production, but the cheapness of producing the class meant that its construction would outstrip the supply of available Gishikimegas. With no other recourse the Navy modified a number of older frigate, escort and destroyer vessels to act as carriers, and who would supplement the BRs firepower with their own.
The vessel has an unusually large cargo hold, the result of a design specification for local customisation. The vessel is designed with a minimum level of embedded firepower, with local commanders filling out the balance of the vessel as they saw fit. This was not only intended to provide ships to order for local conditions, but also to inject a level of uncertainty by randomising each ship's combat abilities and making their actual equippage unpredicatble.
Gargoyle Battle Rider
|Displacement: 1000 tons||Hull Armor: 280|
|Length: 60 meters||Volume: 14,000 m3|
|Price: 861.196 MCr||Target Size: M|
|Configuration: Cylinder SL||Tech Level: 14|
|Mass (Loaded/Unloaded): 12,869.14 tons / 11,352.43 tons|
|2500 MJ Meson||2:250||4: 150||8: 75||16: 31|
|360 MJ LB||10:1/15-48||20:1/15-48||40:1/9-29||80:1/5-15|
Location External Internal 1 Ant 1-10: MG, 11-20: Elec 2-3 Ant 1-10: MG, 11-12: LB, 13-16:Qtrs, 17-20: Elec 4-5 AL 1-2: LB, 3-6: Qtrs, 7-10: Elec, 11-20: Hold 6-7 AL 1-15: MG, 16-20: Hold 8-9 1-6: Qtrs, 7-20: Hold 10 1-4: LB, 5-9: Elec, 11-20: Hold 11 1-13: MG, 14-17: LB, 18-20: Hold 12-15 Hold 16-17 1-2: Eng 18-19 1-10: Eng, 11-20: Hold 20 Eng Systems Damage: PP: 10H AG: 2H MD: 3H SR: 2h CG: 3H MG: 23H LS: 2H LB: 1H ELS: 1H MFD: 2h All Others: 2h