Thursday, June 13, 2024

Jedi Vector II

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Model: Valkeri Enterprises Jedi Vector II
Type: Starfighter
Scale: Starfighter
Length: 13.8 meters
Skill: Starfighter piloting: Jedi Vector
Crew: 2 (pilot, co-pilot), skeleton: 1
Passengers: 1
Cargo Capacity: 125 kilograms
Consumables: 5 days
Cost: Not available for sale
Maneuverability: 3D
Space: 8
Atmosphere: 400; 1,200 kmh
Hull: 2D
Shields: None
Passive: 15/0D
Scan: 30/1D
Search: 50/2D
Focus: 2/3D

Laser Cannons (fire-linked)
Fire Arc: Front
Skill: Starship gunnery
Fire Control: 2D
Space Range: 1-3/12/25
Atmosphere Range: 100-300/1.2/2.5 km
Damage: 5D

Game Notes:
Lightsaber Key: To unlock the Vector’s weapons requires the Jedi to place their lightsaber into the key and activate it.

Weapons: can be toggle between non-lethal ionization blasts and lethal.

Remote Control: Control of the Vector’s weapons can be transferred to another Vector.

Tactile Response Controls: Piloting the Vectors requires intense concentration by the operator, when making piloting skill checks, if the roll fails by 10 or more the pilot loses control of the Vector.

Rescue Droid (1): The pill droid model rescue droid.

Background: Classified as starfighters, Jedi Vectors were designed by Valkeri Enterprises for the Jedi Order during the High Republic Era. They are nimble and capable of responding quickly to their Force-sensitive pilots. Sleek and angular, the vessels are made for precision, designed with sharp edges to reduce air resistance and maximize speed. Vectors can carry one or two occupants, allowing Jedi to fly alone or with their Padawan. The vessel can be controlled from either seat, but the skill required to pilot the ship often mandated that a Jedi Master sit behind the controls. As its name implies, the Jedi Vector is designed to be piloted only by Jedi. It shared some elements with the Vanguard, a land-based vehicle also developed by Valkeri.

The Vectors are designed from a minimalist perspective. They lack systems that would otherwise be essential to non-force sensitive pilots, including shielding and important computer components. The ships are designed to transmit every tactile response directly to its Jedi pilot. Although this fluid responsiveness allows pilots to pull off complex maneuvers, it also comes at the price of requiring a great deal of focus from its operator. The ship’s
cockpit bubble is made from transparisteel and can retract smoothly into the Vector’s hull or even be blown off the vessel if the pilot needs to escape the craft quickly. Some of the starfighter’s functions are designed to be operated remotely via the Force in emergencies, and incredibly skilled Jedi can even pilot a Vector using only the Force.

Despite the Vector’s spindly appearance, its firepower should not be ignored. The starship’s two laser cannons could only be used if a lightsaber is placed on an activation panel in the cockpit, which locks the weapon in place with a small force field. This design element is incorporated as a security measure and a way to ensure that the weapons systems can only be fired after well-considered action since Jedi only takes life when there is no other choice. Further emphasizing this belief, a toggle on the Vector’s control sticks allows pilots to choose non-lethal or stun blasts. Upon activation of the weapons systems, the ship’s interior can light up in the color of the activating lightsaber’s blade. In addition, control of another starship’s weapons can be transferred to a Vector, allowing a Jedi to temporarily take control of an ally’s weapons to engage in precise combat.

Although the starfighter lacks many standard systems among other vessels, it is not completely barren. Besides weapons, the Vector has a droid to recover a pilot if the cockpit is destabilized. The ship also contained a comm unit capable of translating certain languages into Galactic Basic and a small tractor beam. In the event a Jedi chooses to depart the vessel mid-flight, the autopilot can
be engaged.

Vectors, as Jedi starships, are used on missions undertaken by members of the Order. Due to the Order’s long association with the Galactic Republic, they are also used on joint operations with Republic personnel. Being the sole pilots of the Vectors, the Jedi develop special techniques with the craft that are impossible for ordinary pilots or droids. While some Jedi lack certain finesse with their ships, the most skilled pilots can fly the vessel so deftly
it almost becomes part of the wind itself.

The full capabilities of a Vector are determined by the Jedi pilot’s connection to the Force; through this mystical energy field, the pilots work in tandem to coordinate blindingly swift maneuvers un-survivable for other beings. One such movement was known as a Drift of Vectors, a technique in which multiple pilots weave their fighters into sharp formations akin to flocks of birds or falling leaves.

The Jedi Vector saw an updated model, the Jedi Vector II, in service by 132 BY.

Appearances: The Acolyte

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