"Deacon" Destroyer

Info Here.
(take this with a grain of salt; it's not official)

Mass: 28,000 tons
Firepower: 8500
Armor: 16,000
Coverage: 30%
Maneuverability: low
Max. Velocity: 325 m/s
Special Action: None

When the great Crusade against the Beast was in its darkest days, Kiith Somtaaw found itself desperate for heavier firepower and the capital ships to carry it. While research into Bentusi design philosophy would eventually bear fruit in the awe-inspiring Dreadnought, it would have not come in time had the Deacon-class Destroyer not been pushed into service. The Deacon was originally intended to be a new generation of heavy transport, but when the demands of war hit the Somtaaw fleet hard, the design was quickly modified while still on the drawing board. The Deacon's loading booms were scrapped and replaced with heavy ion beams in a fixed forward mount, while the four side-mounted point-defense turrets were replaced with medium rail guns to give all-around firepower. The most innovative addition was the dorsal-mounted missile turret, which gives the Destroyer a full 360 degrees of long-range hitting powerócapable of tearing apart enemy frigates before they can get into range to return fire.

The Deacon's baptism of fire came at the battle of Coruc Farr, when two Somtaaw Destroyers were left alone to hold off a Beast Heavy Cruiser and a full flight of infected strike craft. In the thick of battle, the lead Destroyer, the Naar-Tel, closed with the beast cruiser and was raked by an infection beam. As deck after deck of the Destroyer fell to the Beast infection, the Naar's Captain made a desperate decision to vent drive plasma into the infected areas and then out into space. At the cost of gutting a quarter of his own ship and killing a sizable percentage of his own crew, the Naar's Captain was able to keep his ship in the battle and help destroy the beast Cruiser.

From that day on, the Naar Directive, as it became known, became the standard response from Allied heavy capital ships to Beast infections. And, while the price in Hiigarian life is always high, instant death in a blast of high-energy plasma is preferable to the twisted immortality of becoming part of the Beast.


"And the Dreadnought and its baby brother, the Deacon class destroyer, cause a lot of havoc."  - Chris Stewart, Barking Dog

"And of course you can't beat the massive destructive capabilities of the Dreadnought and its underlings, the Multi Beam Frigate and the Destroyer."  - Chris Stewart, Barking Dog

"As for the ship in the Gamespot preview, it's a destroyer class ship and that's all I'll say for now."  - Chris Stewart, Barking Dog

This vessel would appear to be a Somtaaw destroyer, as it sports the distinctive Somtaaw engine style and the same vertical bridge structure as on the other Somtaaw super-capital ships. It also has the same color scheme as other Somtaaw ships in the same screens. There doesn't seem to be anything exceptional about it, so I'm not sure why the Barking Dog folks kept this ship a secret for so long. Perhaps it was a late addition.

It appears to be armed with twin ion cannons, four energy cannon turrets, and a twin missile launcher. 


Pics Here.
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Destroyer firing missiles

Whatever it is, it's firing on the Command Ship's tail.



Destroyers from below and behind