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Capital Ships

Imperial Research Transport

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Craft: Imperial Research Transport
Type: Bulk Transport
Scale: Capital
Length: 100 meters
Skill: Capital ship piloting: Bulk Transport
Crew: 5 (1 Pilot, 1 Engineer, 3 Gunnery) skeleton: 1/+15
Cargo Capacity: 1,800 metric tons
Consumables: 1 year
Cost: Not available for sale
Hyperdrive: x1
Nav Computer: Y
Maneuverability: 1D+1
Space: 5
Atmosphere: 295; 850 kmh
Hull: 3D
Shields: 1D
Passive: 30/0D
Scan: 50/1D
Search: 100/2D
Focus: 4/3D

NNJ-40 “Thunderbolt” long-range ion cannon
Fire Arc: Front
Crew: 3
Skill: Capital ship gunnery
Fire Control: 2D+2
Space Range: 1-50/75/150
Atmosphere Range: 2-20/50/100 km
Damage: 3D

Background: The Imperial research vessel was a class of massive transport utilized by the Galactic Empire’s cloning program to transport cloned Zillo Beasts from their facilities scattered around the galaxy to the Weyland facility containment zone on Mount Tantiss. They were manned by Imperial commandos led by an Imperial royal guard and carried at least one medical droid for the Beast. To ensure maximum operational security, their destination was undeclared and not logged on the ship’s computer to prevent enemies from finding out about Weyland; the vessels were also unmarked to prevent identification in case they crashed.

To contain the creatures in-trip they were carried in a juvenile state inside a massive glass tube-like cell filled with a clear liquid that put it to stasis. The laboratory’s walls were reinforced and designed to withstand the Beast’s attacks and keep it contained inside in case it escaped its tube, while the troopers carried high-volt electroprods that could severely damage the creature. Because the ships were also used to recapture Zillo Beasts in case they escaped altogether, they were armed with a single ventral NNJ-40 “Thunderbolt” long-range ion cannon that fired a powerful stun beam which could put them to sleep with as little as three repeated hits. Special intervention teams comprised of at least two Venator-class Star Destroyers carrying multiple Low Altitude Assault Transports and Alpha-3 Nimbus-class V-wing starfighters were on standby to suppress the creature until it could be stunned.

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