March 23rd 2016
”Massive fleet actions, attempts at global landings to hold Tiber II itself, and even “clean slate” operations designed to simply eliminate the ability of the system to sustain military occupation have all fallen flat. Millions have died in these attempts, and the ever-expanding fields of wreckage are now legendary. Countless civilians, seeing the deadly battlefield debris as potential for profit, have made the same leap with similar fatal results.“
- Galactic Guide “Tiber System”, 2944
Another Concept Sale, another Question & Answer session. Since Friday, we’ve been collecting questions from the dedicated Q&A post here and today our designers and artists working on the ship will answer 10 questions for the community. Tune back in on this Friday to see the answers to 10 more questions. Let’s jump right in.
It’s a mix of the two, the Blade is lighter armed than the Gladius but makes up for that shortfall by being more agile. A Blade pilot’s best strength is to evade incoming fire and stay on its target’s tail.
This was an error in the website listing, the folded mode is purely for storage/landing like the Scythe/Glaive and harks back to its Vanduul roots where hundreds of Blades would be stored inside larger carriers.
The Vanduul have no interest in any competition that doesn’t see your enemy dead at your feet. That said, the Blade is fast and human pilots should take full advantage of that.
Long term you’ll be able to mix/match race-specific weaponry provided you have an appropriate cross-species mount. For example you could take your S2 Vanduul weapons and with a appropriate mount attach them to any UEE ship. The specific penalties (if any beyond requiring another mount in your inventory) are still to be decided.
Operationally, the Blade is short range and is almost unstoppable in a swarm, but without the support of its brothers, the Blade can be exposed and vulnerable. Only expert pilots should think about taking one out too far.
The maneuverability is intended to be beyond anything else out there which makes up for its lacking armor. Emission wise, it’s about the same, no real effort has been made to disguise or optimize it.
The Blade comes with a jump drive, as most non-snub craft traditionally do.
No, that would not be advisable. The Vanduul aesthetic for this ship is to strike fear into the minds of their enemies, not their cockpit.
Like their Glaive replica it has been fitted with human-sized control interfaces to allow the naturally shorter humans the ability to control the craft. Some of the internal components have been replaced with more readily available components rather than Vanduul made ones.
One of the many improvements Esperia have brought in since their initial work on the Glaive has been a solid human-centric interface. With the Blade being a replica rather than refurbished, there is no underlying Vanduul computer system trying to break through.
Vanduul light fighters, designated 'Blade', are often used as scouts and first wave assault crafts. Over the decades of conflict, they have been increasingly used to take out comm arrays and early warning systems. They have also served well as skirmisher units as their speed allows them to chase down ships attempting to flee. If engaged, expect the Blade to utilize its speed and agility to wear down your defenses.