Blade-36 Aug 21, 2015 10:43:14 GMT -5
Post by aardvarklord on Aug 21, 2015 10:43:14 GMT -5
(Adumar-based resubmission as advised)
Blade-36 "Prime model"
--3x Fixed forward firing blaster cannons
--1x2 Turret-mounted blaster cannons
--1x Fixed forward mounted turbolaser
--2x General purpose warhead launchers. (6x2 proton torpedoes or 11x2 concussion missiles)
Blade-36-E "Electronic warfare model"
--4x Fixed forward firing blaster cannons
--1x Fixed forward mounted turbolaser
--2x General purpose warhead launchers
--Blade-36: As pictured. Most common model, has a turret on top, four blaster cannons in the nose, warhead launchers inboard of the engines, and a rather large turbolaser tucked under the chin.
--Blade-36-E: Turret has been replaced with an electronic warfare disc
Despite its relatively similar visual stylings to the rest of the Blade family, the Blade-36 is very obviously not a child of Adumari engineering, at least not entirely. While still bearing the distinctive twin-tail aspect of the Blades which make them so terrifying in atmospheric combat, the level of technology displayed within the 36 is shockingly modern. Despite being fairly large at 22 meters long and intended as a fighter-bomber, the craft can outrun both B-wings and Y-wings, and while it can't keep pace with modern X-wings and E-wings in speed it is just below par in space maneuverability and matches a TIE in atmospheric combat. The craft also has a handful of redundant systems, which may be one part durability design to two parts technological limitations. Twin hyperdrives, twin life support systems, and most peculiarly it has two shields which seem to be individually weaker than the galactic standard but combine to be only slightly weaker than a B-wing, giving it an odd mystique of supposedly having "instantly recharging shields," when really one takes over while the other recharges. The turbolaser is a bit of a shocker as well, as while it seems to be weaker than most turbolasers of equivalent size, it's substantially lighter in mass, suggesting the Adumari might have discovered a construction method unlike typical designs or intended it specifically for starfighters. This craft was not intended to replace the Blade-34, for it is not quite as fast or maneuverable as its sister, but rather intended to fight alongside it as Adumar's premier fighter-bomber.
Blade-36: Pilot and gunner
Blade-36-E: Pilot and E-warfare operator
Since its discovery, Adumar has been a source of curiosity and frustration for the galaxy, being a planet of very talented warriors of engineers only hampered by a slightly behind level of technology. While at first glance a negligible planet save as a potential source of talented pilots and brilliant minds, the Blade series of fighters has been a source of intrigue for the major factions for a time now. While primitive, the Blade-32 and Blade-34 are still impressively dangerous combatants, especially in atmospheric combat, often compared to a Z-95 Headhunter with a Y-wing's durability, and so this bit of information, when considering this is a primitive society, has drawn some attention. Of late, the Republic, Imperials, and (to a lesser degree) the Mandalorians have begun silently courting the Adumari, attempting to gain their favor by offering them insights into technology in exchange for promises of support... of course while individual nobles have pledged their support both ways, as a whole they have remained unswayed. However, this practice has resulted in an... intriguing ship. The Blade-36 is an odd duck in that it doesn't really seem to be anyone's specific outside influence, but rather it appears that the Adumari took the lessons learned from all their various gifts and have spliced them together to create their own unique fighter-bomber. Designed to supplement the Blade-34 rather than replace it, this craft fills their hole of fighter-bomber while the Blade-34-Alpha upgrade is being updated into a slightly stronger anti-fighter leaning. That's not to say this is an inferior fighter, in fact it may just be the overall better design of the two just by virtue of being designed from the beginning to combat modern threats. The first prototype rolled off the assembly line in 23 ABY, and right away the Blade-36 showed that it wasn't just intended to be a dueling machine (though the pilot behind the stick demonstrated it very well could tangle with the older 32 and 34), but rather as a war machine. Most enigmatic is the chin-mounted turbolaser, as while the rest of the machine's technological advances can likely be traced, the turbolaser seems to be largely of their own design, bearing only a rudimentary similarity to modern lasers and seems to be specifically intended for mounting on starfighters. This is quite nearly a fully modern starfighter, and with a few years of further updates it's quite likely a fresh model Blade or an updated Blade-36 will come to light which will finally put them at the forefront of fighter design. As it is, the Blade-36 and the newer iterations of the Blade-34 have acquired the attention of starship connoisseurs. Those who come to the planet and display their talents with sufficient skill to earn the respect of the Adumari have been granted the privilege to commission a custom-built Blade-34 or Blade-36, though most usually forego this process and just buy a Blade-32. Currently, the Blade-36 is still low in numbers due to being a brand new starship, but they have gone into full production and are beginning to leak into the interstellar scene as occasional nobles seek challenges to test themselves or those rare partisan Adumari take their prize fighter to fight with their chosen faction. That said, so far the Republic and Empire have been unable to acquire a Blade-36 for study. Seeing a Blade-36 is a rare privilege for most, and for a non-Adumar to own one is currently the greatest gift that the planet's nobles have bestowed.