to Energy Cannon (26 damage, fire time 3.1 s).
*Burst fire; burst length 1.4 s; burst length 1.3 s.
was the first breakthrough that Somtaaw engineers made in
ship linkage technology. Utilizing some of the remnants of
dynamic surface technology passed down through analysis of
Bentusi designs, the Acolyte Heavy Fighter was created with
ventral docking ports and control links, so that two Heavy
Fighters could dock to form a Corvette-class ship. While
others had thought this kind of solid link could only be
achieved with a full tech team in a hanger bay, the dynamic
surface systems of the Acolyte are capable of linking in a
matter of seconds while the two ships drift in deep space.
ships are linked into the Avenger Corvette composite craft,
one pilot takes over the actual flying of the craft and the
other serves as weapons officer. While both cockpits are
capable of assuming either function through the use of
virtual displays, it is traditionally the officer with the
best combat record who ends up "on top," flying
the Avenger. The WO is responsible for managing both the
nose-mounted quad mass drivers and the highly advanced
Electromagnetic Pulse system, which is capable of
overloading the systems of any enemy ships nearby.
is technically designated as a corvette due to its mass and
dual crew, but in reality it inhabits the middle ground
between Heavy Fighter and full corvette. The Avenger has
less armor and firepower and lacks the turret coverage of a
traditional corvette, but it is faster and more
maneuverable, which allows it to bring its fixed weaponry to
bear almost as fast as a turret mount would. Economic
considerations and sheer hangar space problems aboard its
command and Carrier vessels have led Somtaaw Fleet Command
to reject a standard corvette design in favor of composite
vehicles such as the Avenger and the Martyr MCV. This has
resulted in the Avenger being the workhorse of the Somtaaw
fleet, and in any combat situations, Avenger wings will be
deployed directly from their command ships to guard against
incoming strike craft, or even engage enemy frigates en
masse. Their ability to split into high speed Acolytes and
rejoin at the target area for heavy firepower makes them one
of the most adaptable weapons systems in Hiigaran space.