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Space Transports

Lancer-class Pursuit Craft

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Craft: MandalMotors Lancer-class pursuit craft
Type: Freighter
Scale: Starfighter
Length: 20 meters
Skill: Space transports: Lancer-class pursuit craft
Crew: 2 (pilot, co-pilot)
Crew Skill: Varies greatly
Passengers: 4
Cargo Capacity: 2 metric tons
Consumables: 3 months
Cost: 120,000 credits
Hyperdrive Multiplier: x2
Hyperdrive Backup: x12
Nav Computer: Yes
Maneuverability: 3D
Space: 7
Atmosphere: 350; 1,000 km/h
Hull: 4D
Shields: 1D
Sensors:
Passive: 15/0D
Scan: 20/1D
Search: 30/2D
Focus: 3/3D

Weapons:
Triple Laser Cannon Turret
Fire Arc: Turret
Skill: Starship gunnery
Fire Control: 2D
Space Range: 1-3/12/25
Atmosphere Range: 100-300/1.2/2.5 km
Damage: 5D
Twin Light Laser Cannons
Fire Arc: Turret
Skill: Starship gunnery
Fire Control: 2D
Space Range: 1-3/12/25
Atmosphere Range: 100-300/1.2/2.5 km
Damage: 4D
Tractor Beam Projector
Fire Arc: Front
Scale: Starfighter
Skill: Starship gunnery
Fire Control: 2D
Space Range: 1-3/12/25
Atmosphere Range: 100-300/1.3/2.5 km
Damage: 4D
Game Notes:

  1. Mk IV FCS: As an action, the pilot may activate or deactivate the Mk. IV FCS. While the system is active, the ship’s forward-mounted twin light laser cannons’ gains a +1D skill modifier vs one target in the front arc, but only this weapon system can be fired.

Background: The Lancer-class pursuit craft, also known as the Lancer Pursuit Craft, was a patrol ship produced by MandalMotors at the behest of the Black Sun crime syndicate. Bounty hunter Asajj Ventress utilized the Lancer-class craft Banshee during the Clone Wars, while hunter Ketsu Onyo flew a Lancer-class vessel, the Shadow Caster, during the reign of the Galactic Empire. Another Lancer-class, the Nebular Kelpie, was seen during the Battle of Exegol, allied with the Resistance.

Blurring the line between civilian freighter and warship, the Lancer was more interdiction and patrol vessel than workaday cargo hauler. Created on special commission for Black Sun by MandalMotors, the Lancer was designed to chase down fleeing cargo vessels and outrun other patrol ships. The design was based on SoroSuub Corporation light freighters.

Fast, tough, and able to withstand hard use with irregular maintenance, the Lancer was able to fly, fight, and survive in the most dangerous and remote parts of the galaxy. To accomplish this, they had numerous redundant systems, and were extremely easy to maintain; in addition, they were highly modular, allowing for a broad array of modifications to fit the needs of any user. These qualities made them extremely attractive to smugglers, bounty hunters, and many backwater planets looking for a fast, cheap, and well-armed patrol ship.

Roughly the size of a YT-1300, the Lancer-class had a thin saucer-like main hull reminiscent of many of CEC’s more popular ships. A narrow two-position tandem cockpit protrudes from the saucer’s leading edge, and seated a pilot and co-pilot in cramped but well laid-out surroundings. This arrangement could be modified for a single pilot’s chair.

A bank of powerful sublight engines mounted aft provided primary thrust, while high performance ion engines mounted on sponsons midships provide additional straight line speed – enough to run down nearly anything in its class. While not as agile as a starfighter, the Lancer’s speed and narrow silhouette made it a difficult target to track and hit in the heat of battle. The ship’s primary armament was comparatively light, but a state of the art fire control system – the MK.IV Fire Control System – made them incredibly potent. Beyond this, the craft held a number of hard points for customization, allowing for upgrades and improvements to its systems and weapons.

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