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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 6:15 pm 
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WOW! that is just wicked looking! :thumbsup

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I would love to know how he explained/described that thing...

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I'm hoping to post the backstory to the class in general and Hecate in particular later this evening or tomorrow. I don't buy into the whole "command battlestar" line of thinking; if a ship is 4500'+ long, it'll have enough volume for a decent flag bridge and command suite.

Compared to the Nova, it's probably much faster given the size and number of engines, and it's also somewhat more heavily armed. If my universe was the same as the BSP universe, they'd probably be parallel developments.

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Compared to the canon designs, yes, but only in displacement. She's actually a little overengined and is faster than most other battlestars, almost approaching gunstar/escort speeds.

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I don't have any problem with people using it so long as CanisD is credited for drawing it and it's mentioned that it was based on my concept.

You could call it a fast battlestar if you want...like I said, I really haven't gotten into all the extra designations. I just know that it's highly likely that whatever it decides to vent it's ire on isn't going to be calling it anything because expanding gas can't talk... :wink:

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Nice work as always, CanisD!


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Very nice twist on a nova design..


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XRaiderV1 wrote:
I'll take 2 dozen units please!


When you read the backstory you may not want them...

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As promised, here's the back story on both the Nike class (informally known as the Lady class), Hecate herself, and Hecate's commander, Admiral Countess Seralanna Chase.

As promised, here's the back story on both the Nike class (informally known as the Lady class), Hecate herself, and Hecate's commander, Admiral Countess Seralanna Chase.

Hecate (BS-94) is the fourth Nike class battlestar, also informally known to the public and press as the Lady class battlestar as they are all named after female dieties. The Ladys continued the Colonial Fleet’s trend to bigger, more advanced, more heavily armed, and more controversial battlestars that started within a decade or so of the end of the Cylon Uprising. Like any of the current crop of large battlestars, the ships have extensive command and control capabilities and are capable performing fleet command and even Colony level TACAMO (TAke Charge And Move Out) duties.

The Ladys have proven quite controversial with some of the technology that incorporated into their design. The public has accepted networked computer systems for years, but many drew the line at incorporating holoband and v-world systems into a warship. This technology is used in several areas, and in the defense of the design team, all of the systems involved duplicate the conventional workstations that are currently used onboard other ships.

The first area that the holoband/v-world technology is used is in presenting a synthesized image using DRADIS and other sensors as to create a unified three-dimensional display for the sensor operator. The operator sees the world around the ship from a god’s eye perspective with every object labeled and color coded with additional information available on command. This unified sensor display may be used by the command staff to fight the ship and for the group or fleet commander to manage and direct the battlespace. Helm control also receives the feed so the helmsmen can “see” what’s around them as well as receiving maneuvering commands directly from the ship’s commander (or, in some cases the fleet commander). These commands display both verbally and as steering cues on a HUD like display visible only in the ship’s v-world.

Fire control also benefits from the holoband/v-world. Batteries may be directed from either the bridge via the fire direction center or locally. The operator responsible for the fire mission simply indicates the target via a user controlled cursor/aim point and tells the guns under their command to fire. When the batteries are operating under local control, target determination is done by the gun captain in the same manner. The fire control v-world makes use of the same synthesized sensor feed that the CIC (Combat Information Center) and FIC (Flag Information Center) uses.

The third key area that utilizes the holoband/v-world is in damage control and internal security. This v-world uses the ship’s internal sensors to create a real time virtual model of the ship showing an up to date status down to people moving about in the corridors and other ship’s spaces. The ship’s v-world model allows the user, if they have the proper security clearances, to “see through” panels and bulkheads and move as if they were a ghost; this helps a damage control coordinator or technician to locate the source of the alarm and determine the best course of action.

Internal security also uses the v-world model of the ship to help manage the ship’s security and better defend it against boarders.

Unlike the pre-Cylon Uprising v-world, the v-world aboard the Ladys is not used for entertainment purposes.

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Four Nike class battlestars were planned and authorized but only three were ever ordered by the Colonial Government. Hecate (BS-94) was the fourth and final Nike and would have been a footnote in a history book if Charles Chase, the Duke Westfield hadn’t taken a personal interest in the ship. One of the consequences of creating a unified government under stress, the heat of the moment, and the threat of Cylon victory is that compromises are made without all parties fully understanding the consequences when they’re taken to their logical conclusions. One of the compromises was that certain laws unique to the individual colonies would remain valid under the Articles of Colonization. Virgon still retained a monarchy along with its parliamentary government, and while the aristocracy no longer had the vast amounts of power it once commanded, it still had many rights and privileges that the common Colonial citizen didn’t have thanks to one of the compromises made in the heat of the moment.

One such law, actually it was more of a right and privilege codified with the force of law, allowed members of the aristocracy to fund their own warships and thus provide for the colony’s common defense…both external and internal. The ships could be anything fielded by the Virgon navy, and after the signing of the Articles of Colonization, this became any ship fielded by the Colonial Fleet.

The fourth Lady was to be built in the Boskirk Naval Shipyard in orbit above Virgon’s capital city but when the contract wasn’t funded thousands of people faced the prospect of being laid off for several months to a year or more due to lack of work. This would have a trickledown effect that would radiate out to not just the local employees, but all the local merchants and the vendors who were counting on supplying the ship’s systems.

Into all of this stepped His Grace, the Duke of Westfield. He was an aristocrat of the old order who firmly believed in noblesse oblige and was, with his wife, one of the fifteen wealthiest people in the Colonies and he had no qualms about putting his money to good use. The Duke personally funded the fourth Lady using the obscure law that had slipped through the cracks over four decades earlier. Since Hecate was, by the letter of the law, his, he was able to dictate who would become her commander. His choice was obvious; Admiral Countess Seralanna Chase, his daughter.

Admiral Chase was an up and coming prodigy, many called her the “Second Cain”, since she rose through the ranks faster than anyone prior and had entered the Academy at age 14, graduating four years later with high honors. People either loved or hated Sera Chase, and this was more fuel for the fire. Her detractors said that she was promoted faster and further simply due to her family’s connections and that her father funding Hecate was tantamount to buying her a battlestar as a birthday gift. Her supporters pointed to her spotless record that showed a career of leadership, innovation, forward thinking, tactical and strategic genius, and making sure that the people who helped turn her ideas into success were suitably recognized and acknowledged.

Hecate was the perfect ship for the young admiral and its unique abilities complimented her tactics. Together, they racked up an impressive score at the Golden Sword IX fleet exercise held six weeks after Hecate was formally commissioned into the fleet.

Emblazoned on each side of the battlestar’s “head” is a Virgon Dragon, a mythological creature from Virgon and Chase’s family crest, surmounting the Virgon flag. The family crest has helped create several nicknames for the young Admiral; the Dragon of Virgon and the Virgon Dragon by her supporters, and the Virgin Dragon by her detractors due to the Countess being unmarried and having never been seen dating.

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