These spider-like semi-sentient
vessels are the primary capital-scale vessels used by the Shadows. Composed
of organic technology, the Battlecruiser
requires a sentient being to operate as its Core. The Core
must be properly prepared for insertion. If it is not, the result is a
confused, disoriented, and insane ship. Although merged with the ship,
the Core can be removed only with great difficulty and with permanent mental
damage to the Core. The Core is neither pilot nor passenger; it is a ready-made
thought matrix. An organic unit can process information faster than most
computer systems and reacts faster when formulating strategy. It is much
easier and faster to temper an existing brain than to manufacture a complex
In 2260, through arrangements
with the Psi Corps,
the Shadows hoped to augment their Core supply with telepaths. They hoped
that using telepaths would strengthen the telepathic link between Core
and Vessel, rendering the Battlecruiser immune to disruption from telepathic
attack. Their supplyof "blips"
was hijacked, leaving the Shadows with a vulnerable fleet.
These war cruisers are two-tiered
with the lower part housing a devastating Slicer
Beam. The upper tier houses a wing of approximately
seventy-five fighters, with a possible total complement of two-hundred
fighters. These fighters are "spat out" in a spiked spheroid projectile
at tremendous speed. Once near the assigned target, the sphere fragments
and reforms into fifty to seventy-five fighter units. As for defensive
systems, the Shadow Cruiser can absorb destructive energy, but at the cost
of great pain.
While the organic armor is extremely
resilient, the Shadow Cruisers not invulnerable. Carbon-based lifeforms
not properly prepared die immediately upon touching this substance. Also,
several concentrated energy beams can sever a "spike"
from the ship and large amounts of energy can destroy it. Additionally,
being organic in design, damage to the ship acts as it would a living being.
For example: severing a spine on the Shadow Vessel will put the Shadow
vessel in shock or anger it, depending on its mental state and "personality."
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