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The Gamma Corps Starfleet was one of the largest mercenary fleets in the galaxy before the Battle of Fico. Nowadays, only holo-images of these former monarchs of the space lanes are available.


This is a Paladin-Class Fast Battleship. The Corps prefers to use torpedoes and medium-power laser cannons for ship-to-ship combat, and the Paladin-Class takes full advantage of both. Armed with fourteen anti-warship turbolaser batteries, and ten anti-fighter point-defense guns. Hangar capacity for two squadrons of Thermopylae fighters, or a squadron of Trafalgar bombers. Can also deploy explosive ordnance from the hangar bay in the form of Plasma Torpedoes and Yellowjacket missiles.


Notable ships in this class:

Paraclete
Myazaki's Wrath
Angel's Blade
Titan
Acropolis
Duncantall
Magnificent
Valiant
Downfall
Skyblade

The Corps also uses long-range cruisers, based at a hub station, to protect its fringe outposts and raid enemy shipping. For this purpose, the Rogue-Class was created. Armed with six point-defense turrets and two antiship turrets. Equipped with heavy shielding and armor, these ships are designed primarily for dealing with small-medium threats, and their missile payloads are laid out for this explicit purpose, composed almost entirely of Yellowjacket cluster-missiles. This file contains a Paladin-Class escorted by two Rogue-Class cruisers.

Notable ships in this class:

Rampage
Savage
Mortar
Cale'annon
Tryst
Gallant
Sojourn
Defiant
Renegade
Black Fox
Carodroya
Reach

For medium-range interception and planetary defense, we have the Mage-Class Missile Frigate. Much of its spade-shaped bridge section contains explosive ordnance, and it's more than capable of wiping out a fleet of badly-shielded enemies on its own. It also possesses several anti-fighter batteries, allowing it to act as a skysweeper as well.


Notable ships in this class:

Discus
Riddle
Gandalf
Copperhead
Horogadria
Reliant
Brilliant
Holdfast
Volley
Star Seeker
Blizzard
Stolen Thunder
Basilisk
Star Dragoon
Blaze of Glory

Most Gamma Corps ships are designed for torpedo-based antishipping combat, while many the energy weapons aboard are used as fighter deterrents. Not so with the Barbarian-Class Torpedo Ram. Built specifically for destroying capital ships, the Barbarian-Class plays a unique role in the Corp's spacefleet warfare strategy. Instead of blazing away at long range, the Barbarian-Class is designed for close quarters combat. Its nose is armored to take hits from almost any obstruction, be it space debris, asteroids, or an enemy ship. The primary weapon of the Barbarian-Class is a massive cutting laser mounted in the cavity between the halves of the nose section. This cavity also contains the ship's bridge, and most of its sensors. To engage an enemy ship, a Barbarian-Class will use its complement of Corps turbo-sublight engines to speed in close to an enemy, absorbing attacks with its nose armor and shields. Once at close range, the cutting laser is deployed, and the enemy ship is bisected. Most enemy ships are not designed to take this kind of damage, and subsequently succumb, either dead in the skies due to losing its engines, or rendered useless from losing connection to the main reactor. A pair of light laser cannons are mounted behind the nose armor to ward off fighter attacks.


Notable ships in this class:

Breakthrough
Kon-An
Cottonmouth
Precision Strike
Jade Dagger
Orthomica
Mimica
Final Strike
Nalcatric
Thunderhammer
Avalanche
Salamander
Arsenal
Lombard
Siege
Chisel
Black Dagger

The Battleblade-class cruiser/raider was an exemplary warship. However, it was expensive and slow, so with the advent of the new class system, the Battleblade-class was replaced by two different classes that performed its roles better and more economically. The exploration role was filled by the Rogue-Class, while the patrol/heavy hitter role was filled by the Ranger-Class. Armed with eight turbolaser batteries and fourteen anti-fighter turrets, the Ranger-Class is more than capable of taking on any enemy ship in the Cruiser class.

Notable ships in this class:

Skythunder
Night Rover
Strider
Icefall
Angel's Blade
Walker-Texas
Pillar
Centennial
Mantrata
Reshlan Scourge
Candaris
Empire's Bane
Cache Money
Gyblane
Superion

After defeats at Cunoblein and New Gergovia, the Gamma Corps felt the need to develop a heavy warship to counter the Space Celt's Planet Smasher dreadnaughts. Thus, the Warblade-Class was created. Armed with sixteen K155 0-D3A7H plasma rail guns, along with a bristling of anti-fighter batteries and a few extra laser cannons, the Warblade-Class can, and has, defeated entire enemy fleets on its own.

Notable ships in this class:

Tiberius
Dol Amron
Katana
Telmarine
Sobieski
Mon-Cal

Although the Warblade and Paladin-Class warships are the ships with the most guns, they are not the most important ships in the fleet, because battles are not won with guns, they are won with the mind. The Cleric-Class Command and Support Cruiser acts as the mind of the fleet. Although they are fragile, each Cleric is designed to coordinate an entire fleet, with the best tactical minds aboard and ready for battle. The Cleric's sparse armament, a mere two anti-fighter batteries and two laser turrets, is augmented by its K800M "Protection From Arrows" tactical laser. The K800M, or PFA as it is abbreviated, is a nitrogen-cooled direct-fire laser that is designed for defense. Linked up to the Cleric's sensory arrays, the PFA is designed to detonate enemy ordnance prematurely. In battle, the PFA is used to explode enemy torpedoes before they reach the fleet, giving the bruiser-ships time to get up close and get personal with the enemy. In some cases, the PFA has been used to detonate enemy torpedoes before they have a chance to clear the enemy's launch tubes. Without the protection of its impact shielding, the enemy ship often ends up more damaged than if had been attacked with a torpedo more directly. The Cleric boasts augmented communication and sensor arrays, allowing it to act as the fleet's eyes and ears, if need be.

Notable ships in this class:

Cryptid
Ancient
Martyr
Silence
Pulsar
Nexus
Draft


While the Mage-class torpedo frigates were excellent for the "cheap defensive craft" role, the Corps needed some more permanent defense systems for places the Corps intended to stay in.
The Aristocrat medical/fighter defense station was designed to defend smaller, less important systems, whose largest worries would be bomber raids and other light attacks. It could function as a medical facility for wounded troops, being equipped with a full medical staff in addition to the standard base crew. The Aristocrat could also serve as a small shipyard for repairing purposes, as well as a squadron of Salamis fighters. It was equipped to service up to four ships at a time, although each docked ship would block the Aristocrat's defensive guns from doing much against attacking fighters.


The Aristocrat-class is the standard defense of any given planetary colony, and is a stationary fixture of said colony, the local Aristocrat normally takes the name of the colony it's stationed at. As such, naming all the different Aristocrats would require naming all the different Gamma Corps colonies, a list too exhaustive for this webpage.

For systems too important strategically to leave in the care of an Aristocrat, the Gamma Corps engineers came up with the Royalty-class starbase. Armed with enough firepower to compete with most battleships, as well as anti-fighter defenses that could shred entire squadrons in seconds, the Royal Pain, as the enemies of the Corps came to call the class, could also function as a fully equipped shipyard, capable of servicing up to eight capitol ships, as well as five squadrons of fighters or bombers. Like the Aristocrat, it was also equipped to provide medical care to casualties, in addition to its combat abilities.



Notable bases in this class:

Starbase Unity, in orbit around Fico
Starbase Duty, in orbit around Hellion
Starbase Destiny, recently constructed in orbit around Dehoritus.

While the Warblade class eschew directed-energy weapons in favor of railgun-based attacks, The Corps is capable of producing large-scale energy weapons. The ultimate expression of this ability is the Pharos-class strike satellite, which is pretty much a laser the size of an Aristocrat. Only two were ever built, Calamitous, which orbited Fico before its fall, and Disastrous, which was towed into battle by the Leviathan Watchman, and used to shatter the Space Celt dreadnaught fleet at the Second Battle of New Gergovia.


While the Thermopylae fighter fulfills the role of ground-based interceptor for the Gamma Corps, it is not designed for the tricky maneuvering it takes to land a ship in zero-g, and the massive hulls required to house fighter squadrons in space are not practical for artificial gravity.

Enter the Salamis fighter, which is more solidly constructed and equipped with better maneuvering thrusters for zero-g docking.



Notable squadrons that use Salamis fighters:

Emerald Squadron
Jade Squadron
Garnet Squadron
Opal Squadron
Sapphire Squadron
Diamond Squadron
Garnet Squadron



Post-Fico, the Immortals and Scythians saw fit to deploy massive land vehicles for assaults on terrestrial bases. The Corps, lacking the resources to dump into such behemoths, instead devised a smaller solution based upon one of the fundamental laws of shipbuilding: Make a REALLY big gun, and then build a ship around it. This philosophy has been taken to its logical conclusion with the Ursus Borealis Tactical Bomber.



Notable squadrons that use UBTBs:

Underdog Squadron
Ghiest Squadron
Sierra Squadron
Monolith Squadron
Carrion Squadron


While there's nothing the Gamma Corps enjoys more than blowing stuff up IN SPACE, there are times when the Corps needs to do other things. One of the most common non-combat tasks the Corps needs done is moving stuff and soldiers between planets and systems. With this in mind, they created STEED-type transports. Minimally armed, protected by robust shields and designed to land on planetary surfaces, these craft make up the backbone of the Corp's supply lines.

The Palfrey-class is a light craft designed to move approximately a division of troops or armor from one planet to the surface of another. With no offensive armament, the Palfrey relies on its speed and thick shields and armor to keep it in one piece.



The Destrier-class transport is slightly more combat-oriented than its smaller cousin, the Palfrey. The Destrier carries up to four divisions of troops, armor, and/or other equipment. It is armed with six anti-fighter batteries, and its shields are some of the best the Corps can muster. Naturally, it is still not a combat vessel, but the six turrets are normally enough to stave off any inquisitive fighters.




Very few vessels survived the battle of Fico. Most of them were older types under the old weapon-based class system. Of these ships, two were Battleblade-class cruiser/explorers, and at least one was a Spade-class scout cutter.

Descriptions of the Battleblade and Spade-classes can be found here.


If you lay a hand on him, you will remember the struggle and never do it again! Any hope of subduing him is false; the mere sight of him is overpowering. Who dares open the doors of his mouth, ringed about with his fearsome teeth? His back has rows of shields tightly sealed together; each is so close to the next that no air can pass between. They are joined fast to one another; they cling together and cannot be parted. His snorting throws out flashes of light; his eyes are like the rays of dawn. Firebrands stream from his mouth; sparks of fire shoot out. Smoke pours from his nostrils as from a boiling pot over a fire of reeds. His breath sets coals ablaze, and flames dart from his mouth. Strength resides in his neck; dismay goes before him. The folds of his flesh are tightly joined; they are firm and immovable. His chest is hard as rock, hard as a lower millstone. When he rises up, the mighty are terrified; they retreat before his thrashing. Iron he treats like straw and bronze like rotten wood. His undersides are jagged potsherds, leaving a trail in the mud like a threshing-sledge. He makes the depths churn like a boiling cauldron and stirs up the sea like a pot of ointment. Behind him he leaves a glistening wake; one would think the deep had white hair. Nothing on earth is his equal— a creature without fear. He looks down on all that are haughty; he is king over all that are proud.

Job 41, verses 8-34, abridged and slightly paraphrased.

Fresh off the design floor at the Battle of Fico, the pride and fear of the sector, was the Leviathan-Class. A titanic warship of Scythian scale, the Leviathan-class is a monstrous bruiser, with enough firepower to take on any ship, anywhere.

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Known ships in this class:

Guardian
Sentinel
Watchman