to Energy Cannon (100 damage, fire time 3.0 s).
*Burst fire. Burst length: 1.4s; burst wait: 0.9 s..
Homeworld wars, the Puppeteer class drone frigate was an
excellent idea that arrived ahead of its time. While the
Puppeteer could surround itself in a sphere of remote
turrets, the drones lacked maneuverability, and once they
were destroyed, the unarmed Puppeteer either retreated or
was destroyed as well. This lack of adaptability quickly
relegated the Puppeteer to light anti-strike craft roles and
rear area guard duty, where its weakness would not prove
quite so deadly.
potential in a design that other Kiith were quickly
abandoning, Somtaaw engineers went back to the drawing board
both with the frigate itself and the drones. The major
breakthrough in drone design came from studying the attack
swarms used by the protectors of Khadesh. Using that
technology as a baseline, engineers were able to design and
build their own Swarmer drone fighter, which retained the
firepower of the old static drone but combined it with full
maneuverability and a combat AI. Now that the drones were
able to control themselves, the space aboard the command
frigate that was being used for drone techs and their
equipment could be utilized for weaponry.
The result of
all this design work is the Hive class ADF, a heavily
armored frigate armed with twin medium mass drivers in a
fixed forward mount and having the capacity to launch and
maintain six Swarmer class attack drones. The Hive's mass
drivers are not powerful enough to handle another capital
ship all by themselves, but are very effective in supplying
heavy fire support for the Swarmer wing. While the Hive is a
much more rounded combat craft than the Puppeteer, it is
still vulnerable to massed strike craft attacks if its
compliment of Swarmers is destroyed. Hive squadrons will
often enter combat first and use their drones to draw fire
away from more valuable manned strike craft, and then retire
for a few minutes to rebuild their Swarmer compliment before
returning to battle.