corvette was a highly successful tender design, but even as
it was employed in small unit actions, it became obvious
that a larger version would be required to service multiple
strike craft quickly while still in the thick of battle.
Kushan engineers went to work on a standard frigate and
basically removed everything between the cockpit and the
drives in order to make room for fighter docking pads,
mounting five on either side of the ship's open spine--which
serves as an access tube and power conduit. Four heavily
reinforced docking arms were also added to allow for
multiple dockings of corvette class ships. Each pad and arm
is packed with automatic repair equipment and plasma ducts
for refueling. The Matriarch's crew module, normally
spacious in a standard frigate, has been crowded in order to
make room for a full engineering station, an emergency
medical station, and rudimentary quarters for six spare
pilots. These extra crew-members spend the entire combat
mission prepped and suited up, ready to evac and replace
wounded pilots who have managed to return their craft to the
Matriarch. The Matriarch also carries the same kind of
nose-mounted modified PDA that the Mercy class does, in
order to repair frigates and capitol ships.
The Matriarch is heavily armored and packs a medium rail-gun
turret. While utterly inadequate for offensive work--unless
there is a desperate need for every last gun--Matriarchs are
well enough protected to hang in the middle of intense fleet
actions, repairing and refitting strike craft of all kinds.
Standard deployment requires a single Matriarch and several
Mercy class repair corvettes to work as a Support Wing for a
set quadrant of space. As a battle grows in size, other
support wings are vectored in to cover new quadrants.
as a light carrier, the Support Frigate has become notorious
in actual play for its ability to heal other capital ships, even in the
midst of battle.