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Tap-a-wewaka-atapas Runabout

design by Pete Gray

In antebellum times, the Bwap Runabout was given to Elder Guardians of the Tap-a-wewaka-atapas (Guardians of Order), the enforcement arm of the Bwap Council of Order. Every Elder Guardian was assigned a particular region of the Imperium that contained Bwap creches, and was nominally in charge of enforcing their races overriding Wepawab philosophy. The Runabout is not manufactured by the Bwap themselves, but it was a standard design kept on the books of many antebellum era shipbuilding firms, as a courtesy to the Newts. These ships are not available for any other race, and Bwap Guardians often used force to prevent their acquisition by pirates or swindlers.

The vessel is quite distinctive. It is Y-shaped, with the front splitting apart horizontally at the front to reveal staterooms enclosed behind massive bay windows. The remainder of the shape is a tapering cylinder, with the bridge amidships, in front of the sole turret socket, and finally splitting into two nacelles, top and bottom, containing the jump drive, that flank the Heplar Drive. The lower nacelle also contains the main cargo hold, and is equipped with a hatch large enough to accomodate a small air raft or ATV. The vessel is equipped with two airlocks, port and starboard, that branch off of the bridge.

The Bwap normally have the Runabout manufactured at TL-12 to make it as available as possible. The interior of the ship is noticeably different from normal human ships, as Bwaps are most comfortable at a gravity of 0.8G and a very high relative humidity of eighty to ninety percent. Because of this moistness, fiber optic systems must be substituted for normal computer and control systems, though these work out rather nicely in combat as well. A 28 cubic meter "wallow" is provided for the Bwap crew in their off time or during jump, and which has proven very useful in the transport of aquatic sentients like Dolphins and Githiaskio. The version detailed below is armed with a 120 MJ TL-12 laser turret; in most cases the ship is manufactured without armament, as this is usually left up to the Elder Guardian's preference and ability to afford. In most cases the turret is left unmanned, and is fired from the bridge by one of the two manuever personnel. The MFD is usually fitted to missle armed versions.

Tap-a-wewaka-atapas Runabout

General Data

Displacement: 100 tons Hull Armor:36
Length: 35 meters Volume: 1400 m3
Price: 83.09 MCr Target Size: S
Configuration: SL Wedge Tech Level: 12
Mass (Loaded/Unloaded): 1313.758 tons/1132.79 tons

Engineering Data

Power Plant: TL-12 224 MW Fusion Plant (One year duration = 22.4 m3 fuel)
Jump Performance: 3 (93.33 m3 per parsec, 280 m3 for J-3)
Jump Fuel: 280 m3
G-Rating: 3G Heplar(50 MW/G)
G-Turns: 56 (6.25 m3 each)
Maint: 54


Computer: 3 TL-12 Fb (0.8 MW each)
Commo: 300,000 km radio (Range: 10, 10 MW), 1000 AU Maser (0.6 MW)
Avionics: TL-10+ Flt
Sensors: PEMS 120,000 km fixed array (Range: 4, 0.15 MW) AEMS 180,000 km (Range: 6, 20 MW)
Controls: 2 Bridge plus 1 Normal


Offensive 1 TL-12 120 MJ Laser Turret (Loc: 10, Arcs: All, -1 DM, 16.5 MW)
Defensive: None
Master Fire Directors: Provision for a 120,000 km MFD

Name Short Medium Long Extreme
120 MJ Laser Turret 4:1/9-27 8:1/9-27 16:1/6-19 32:1/3-9


Life Support: Extended (0.28 MW)
Grav Compensation: 3Gs (7.0 MW)
Crew: 3 (2 Manuever, 1 Engineering)
Crew Accommodations: 3 Small Staterooms (Single Occupancy)
Passenger Accomadation: 2 Small Staterooms (Single Occupancy)
Other Facilities: Wallowing Pond, Fuel Purification Plant (24 hrs, 0.95 MW), Fuel Scoops (10 percent).
Cargo: 108.1 m3 1 Large Cargo Hatches
Small Craft and Launch Facilities: None
Air Locks: 2

Damage Tables

Location       External         Internal
1              Ant              1-10: Qtrs, 11-18:
                                Pond, 19-20: Elec
2-5            1-3:Ant          1-8: Qtrs, 9-14: Hold,
                                15-20: Hold
6-9                             Hold
10                              1-4: Elec, 5-16: LT,
                                17-20: Qtrs
11             AL               Elec
12-15                           Hold
16-19                           1-4: Hold, 5-18: Eng,
                                19-20: Hold
20             CH               Eng

Systems Damage:

 PP: 2H       SR: 2h
 JD: 1H       LT: 1H
 MD: 3h       LS: 1H
 CG: 1H      ELS: 2h
FPP: 1H     Pond: 2h
All Others: 1h

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