Ships of Foreven
Claw Class Defense Fighter 20tons, TL 13
The Claw Class is rapidly replacing the older Rip and Scratch class defense fighters in Kunitsa's arsenal. Like many of the modern naval ships of Kunitsa, the Claw is constructed at the top of the space tree with the world's current cutting edge technology. Certain electronics and weapons technology, in this case, missile launchers, are imported from the Zhodani Consulate. Concern related to the level of dependence Kunitsa has on the Consulate for space defense has led to extensive R&D and the uplifting of several scientific fields with regards to communication, energy systems, and spacecraft manufacture. Current KUITS projections are that the Claw will be entirely manufactured locally by the end of the next decade when the planet's industries will most likely achieve a solid Tech 13 base.
Though the Claw's history is still in its infancy, the Skiltaire of 1st Leaf Wing, a Space Tree Security Forces naval attachment equipped with 20 of these craft, have been recently blooded in anti-piracy operations (1098 Imperial).
Captained by a Skiltaire named Skittles, the Silverbite was the lead craft of the 1st Leaf Wing during its assault on a secret pirate base on the inner system world of Zianch. Skittles, though a lengthy investigation of stolen goods reappearing at Shizapooma and Dedei managed to discover the identity of the pirates and the extent of their organization, as well as the location of their base, hidden in a series of naturally occurring caves on Zianch. Skittles organized the wing and led the sneak attack that caught the pirate's own defense fighters still grounded. After the initial devastating attack the surviving pirates offered surrender via radio and Skittles cautiously accepted. Humorous news articles featuring holos and 2D pictures of the 6' 10" pirate captain Kieth Dimien being handcuffed by the 4' 3" tall Skittles, are still rippling outward from Kunitsa at the speed of jump.
Crayfish Class Merchant 300 tons, TL12 Deck Plans
A relatively new design for the Skiltaire, Crayfish are part of the new KUITS trading fleet, either laid down by private Skiltaire tribal businesses or entrusted to exemplary Skiltaire by the government of Kunitsa as trade scouts. While less than fifty of these vessels have been built to date, they can be found ranging the star lanes from Deneb to Trojan Reaches to Fulani sectors, as their captains and crew fearlessly (some say foolishly) push back the boundaries of Skiltaire knowledge and experience.
Notable examples of the class include:
Upgraded computer, sensor and communication suites (TL14), EM masking at the cost of a slightly smaller cargo bay and larger power plant. Currently functioning as a societal recon vessel, probing the possibility of intergovernmental trade relations between Kunitsa and its neighbors.
Owned by the 'Fractal Branch' tribe of Kunitsa and captained by Black-striped-nose (Teasel to humans), the Sand Dollar is one of the few ships that regularly runs the trade routes of the Spinward Main, though the ship still returns home once every two years with profits, novelty goods, and stories.
Owned by the 'Red Bay' tribe of Kunitsa and captained by Freelady Sapphire throat (The captain likes to read Imperial romance novels), the Rising Moon is one of the few Skiltaire ships to brave the Vargr Extents on a regular basis, and has had extensive modifications, refittings and quasi-legal 'improvements' added to her at the captain's desire over the years. Rising Moon only gets home about once every 5 years.
Dogged Class Bootstrap Trader 100tons, TL 9
The Dogged is a design ubiquitous to the corward human worlds of Foreven, bult from the bare minimum technologies capable of housing each of its primary components, while remaining as efficient as possible under the circumstances, allowing for everything but the jump drive to be serviced in systems sometimes as low as tech level 5 or 6, and is often built at tech 9-11 starports for sale to lower tech worlds interested in interstellar trade.
A 'common domain' design, the Dogged's origins are long forgotten, and many systems assume the ship emerged somewhen before even the Long Night, though very few of these ships have been known operating further to trailing than Deneb and the 'center of usage' seems to cluster around Foreven, Beyond, and Trojan Reach sectors.
Variants abound, though the most common, and oldest variants include pre-reactionless thruster drive systems for insystem travel, using fusion reaction drives, or, much more rarely, Magnetoplasmadynamic drives (burning hydrogen plasma to create thrust). Many more have been converted, once the jump drives become too tempermental to use without risking misjump, to insystem lighters well past the ship's usual expected operational lifespan. The oldest known example in the Foreven sector is the Ilia Dora, serving as an insystem cargo runner in Maginum Belt, with papers dating its initial voyage circa 624, and its original home system is listed as Avalar.
Hellcat Class Destroyer Escort 2000tons, TL 11 Parameters and Artwork
An ancient class that originated in the early 3rd Imperium, or perhaps at even earlier, as the oldest known records in the Spinward Marches related to the Hellcat date back to 203 Imperial. Though the Skiltaire never built the craft, they are fairly familiar with it, as mercenaries, pirates and sometimes even traders and rival navies have used the Hellcat within Kunitsa's sphere of influence. KUITS even has one which is used for naval training.
Notable examples of the class include:
Owned and captained by Klaus Breckinridge, the 'Panther is based out of Fessor (2814 Foreven), and is the flagship of the Black Sky Mercenary Company, which has seen extensive use in Fessor subsector both as anti-pirate forces and as trade escort for Tukera ventures deeper into the sector. While somewhat distrusted by the KUITS (as are most 'guns for hire' outfits), the Panther does resupply and overhaul occasionally at Kunitsa, and the Black Sky company's men rather enjoy shore leave there. Breckinridge is currently trying to gain contacts and make friends on the Space Tree, hoping to convince an adventurous Skiltaire into joining up. While he and his men distrust the Zhodani and everything to do with them, Breckinridge is still eager to have the benefits of a fully trained psi at his disposal and thinks a less 'threatening' race would be better accepted in this position. Note: Black Sky also owns 2 Fiery class gunned escorts, an armed Far Trader, and a 100 ton Zhodani look-alike Chtanoql class scout ship.
Known pirate vessel operating out of the Malefolge cluster in Fessor subsector. While this is fairly distant (11 parsecs) from Kunitsa, rumors of an unknown pirate Hellcat spotted in the Bava Cluster have led to suspicions that the Rakshasa has either moved home base, or is part of a larger network of pirates operating in the area. Currently the crew makeup and origins of the Rakshasa are a mystery, though the captain doesn't risk engagement with any potential military craft over 400 tons or flights of more than 3 vessels total. The few survivors of Rakshasa attacks owe their lives to timely intervention by craft large enough to 'spook' the Rakshasa into running. Even so, many captains avoid the Malefolge cluster entirely despite the lure of Fessor markets nearby, and Zhodani and Skiltaire markets further on.
Class Trader 500tons, TL 13
The Ridralla has been Tlebria's most commonly built hull for the last half century and is based on the older Ridiruzh Trader, a TL 12 craft instrumental in Tlebria's original colonization. Though not as not as heavily armored and armed as its predecessor, the Ridralla makes up for it with much more efficient, state of the art TL 13 controls and materials, shaving many millions off the cost per-vessel.
Strangely, instead of arming Ridrallas when piracy or long range operations seem likely, a purpose built armed variant of the Ridralla, the Krisatletz Class, is sent along as escort. Very often, these 'escorts' carry tradegoods as well, though its payload was designed primarily to supply troops and armored ground vehicles to a dropzone.