Manufactured during the Second Galactic War (2nd GW) by Outland Industries, the Dekker Class Battlecruiser was a Tyrant Series* heavy cruiser measuring ten kilometers in length and carrying enough weaponry to reduce anything smaller than itself into scrap metal and floating debris. Designed around a sustained large scale assault the Dekker Class had more than forty thousand turbo-batteries, nine thousand heavy assault cannons and almost two hundred fifty thousand smaller ship-to-ship anti-fighter and transport emplacements that were no more than two meters in diameter. It also carried seven thousand torpedo and missile launch tubes, many of which were on turrets.
The layout of the vessel was relatively simple with two almost identical hulls connected by a connecting boom and a ring section. The front of the vessel carried a truly massive cannon, which was designed for planetary bombardment and was more than capable of wiping out areas measuring two hundred square kilometers with a single shot. The upper hull featured a tower although this was for only for monitoring and controlling fighter deployment and recall, and aft of that was a signal-boosting array. When in combat, both of these towers slid back into the interior of the armored hull, as did the subspace drive motor (which is shown in the deployed position).
The 'gap' between hulls was often utilized as a spot where enemy vessels held in tractor-beams could be placed after being captured, effectively surrounding them with overwhelming firepower. Although the vessel had a primary propulsion section (aft) numerous identical motor elements were located to port and starboard, dorsal and ventral and on the bow so the vessel could maneuver with equal power in any direction instantly. The command section was decentralized and in fact spread out between four command areas contained in cylinder shaped hull segments located close to amidships. A large space-to-planetary surface missile array consisting of twenty-four chambers was located on the vessels keel and on command would be deployed to pulverize any ground based target over an area of a hundred square kilometers, or if the strike was ordered as ground harassing fire, over a much wider area. Each missile carried a five hundred megaton warhead or if required could be swapped out for biological or chemical weapons of mass destruction.
The vessel carried a full compliment of fifteen thousand military personnel and a command crew of a thousand. The Dekker Class carried two thousand, six hundred fighters, two thousand drop shuttles and at least a thousand smaller craft such as the Shark Class assault module, which was in effect a cut-down fighter. Additionally the vessel carried two thousand ground assault vehicles of varying types. The primary launch bays were located at either end of the vessel. The crew's quarters, which were heavily armored, were located in the ring section. The four bulbous sections located low on both the forward and aft hulls contained the subspace wave jamming hardware and advanced sensor suites optimized for tracking, combat intelligence and deep space scanning. The vessels defensive shield generators were on a par with planetary shields and capable of withstanding a sustained assault from a similarly sized but inferior cruiser for two weeks without draining or lowering to a critical level - more than enough time for the weapons on the Dekker to reduce their attacker to debris, although most engagements of this sort lasted a scant few hours at best, and in some instances less than fifteen minutes.
The vessel carried the means to manufacture its own fighters and support craft and could readily reclaim wreckage for salvage, break it down automatically and then using automated manufacturing plants convert debris into a finished product in around fifty minutes for a fighter and a full hour and twenty minutes for a landing craft. It also manufactured synthetic food for the crew, handled all waste reclamation in a highly efficient recycling system which would put most cities to shame. Although relatively slow by modern standards, the Dekker Class could travel between systems twenty light years apart in under a week and arrive instantly in the high orbit of a target world without any warning and then launch their support vessels as the Dekker was simply far too large to enter any form of planetary atmosphere. Following the end of the 2nd GW many of the fifty thousand battlecruisers which are known to have been built were decommissioned or sold on to other companies for system law keeping and other purposes, although in a stripped state. Forty-two of these vessels remained unaccounted for, considered lost, possibly destroyed in action although their final disposition is not known for sure.
* The Tyrant Series was a group of heavy cruisers of differing classes which were used by Outland Industries during the 3rd Galactic War to maintain control.
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Mankind has been at war with the Thargoids for as long as there has been an Elite Federation of Pilots and their ships were for many years engaged in a widespread hit and run galactic war with the Galactic Navy with smaller, less well-armed but nevertheless dangerous craft making suicide runs into human space in order to attack colonies and worlds and to enact their vengeance on human vessels. On finding a human craft, Thargoid motherships would release smaller hunter-killer drone craft known as Thargons, which would act to swarm the human vessel and to chase it down, encircling it and beating down the human vessels shields with a constant stream of hostile fire. However, if the human combater was suitably qualified and managed to take out the mothership its smaller drones would auto-deactivate and could be approached and scooped up as 'alien items' and handed over to the Navy for tactical analysis. Thargoids are an insectoid species and have a hive mind and drone mentality - thus the image of a big smart bug.
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|"If my universe had a theme tune which defined it, its danger, the sheer hostility of it all, it would be the music The Fall from the album 'Total Recall' (2012) as it portrays the urgency and energy of things and the sheer ruthlessness of this dark universe. Make no mistake, Fallen Worlds isn't Star Wars or Star Trek, its dark, its violent and I create vessels and hardware to reflect that fact as best as I can.'' ~ Jonathan Bluestone, February 2018|