to Energy Cannon Turrets (damage 120, fire time 4.0 s).
require desperate measures, and the development of the
Archangel class dreadnought was no exception. Even though
Kiith Somtaaw was struggling valiantly, it eventually became
clear that the fleet had no answer to the Beast version of
the Taiidan Heavy Cruiser. And, while it would obviously
take another full cycle for Somtaaw to research and develop
the technologies needed to build the Hiigaran Avatar Heavy
Cruiser, it was equally obvious that there would be nothing
left of Kiith Somtaaw by the time a cycle of research could
penetration scans of Bentusi tradeships, Somtaaw engineers
tried to duplicate the radial binding design that give
Bentusi ships their incredible durability and energy
control. The experiments were less than successful, and
dozens of engineers died as experimental alloys gave out
under the incredible pressure to which they were subjected.
Finally, as losses were threatening to push the Hiigaran
fleet back into their home system, Somtaaw engineers were
able to produce a hybrid design that had some of the
durability and power of a Bentusi craft and was still
manageable with Hiigaran crews and technology.
combines the best attributes of the Avatar Heavy Cruiser and
the Taiidani Missile Destroyer, and shields it all in a hull
of curved, bonded armor plate that deflects more damage than
it absorbs. With 4 heavy turrets backed by 2 full missile
banks, the Archangel initially had a powerful offensive
punch, but was still vulnerable to flanking maneuvers that
brought enemy fire in from the rear, where the heavy mass
drivers couldn't reach. This problem was solved rather
dramatically with the addition of two heavy ion turrets,
which covered the top fore and bottom aft firing
hemispheres. Once released into active service, the
Archangel has proved devastating to Beast and Imperial
forces alike, despite the fact it takes a crack crew to keep
her power systems under control.
upgraded, the dome of the Repulse Weapon blocks the forward
arc of the ventral (underside) ion cannon turret.