Somtaaw "Leech" Breaching Pod

Cataclysm Statistics

Class: Microship
: 40 RUs
Build Time: 10 s
Support Req.: 2 SUs
Maneuverability: very high
: 1,000 m/s^2
Max Velocity: 1,250 m/s
Hit Points: 50
Repair Rate: -
Sight Radius: 12,000 m
Firepower: -
Coverage: -
Mass: 26 tons
EMP Stun: 2.0 s
Leech Dam.: -

Salvage Points: 0
Repair Droids: 0
Nav Lights: 0
Leech Points: 0
Required Tech:
Microship Contruction
Phased Telemetry

Upgrade Tech:
Armor Level 2

Special Abilities:


Weapons: Mult.: Damage: Range: Fire Time:
None - - - -
*Leeching damage is based on the victim ship type.

The Leech is the most sophisticated drone in the Somtaaw fleet, and is designed to get in and heavily damage enemy ships in situations where a conventional attack craft would be destroyed in seconds. Able to evade all conventional sensors, the Leech can come right up to an enemy vessel and clamp on. The drone is unarmed except for a payload of molecular acid, which it uses to bore through enemy hulls so that it can access the plasma-drive conduits. Once bonded to the enemy ship, the Leech uses the ship's own drive plasma to melt through the hull, damaging it slowly. Meanwhile, the Leech's AI infiltrates the enemy ship's systems and relays false messages, silencing damage alarms and repair routines; in general, the crew of an enemy vessel doesn't realize anything is wrong until it is too late. The Leech carries a resource pod as well, so that it can actually absorb the mass of the enemy vessel instead of simply venting it into space. This mass can be returned as raw materials to the Command ship, if required.

In order to stay in contact with the Command ship but avoid having its transmissions picked up by enemy ships, the Leech uses a phased telemetry system that actually shunts part of the signal through hyperspace. It is rumored that Taiidani scientists are already working on a system that would detect these signals, but this would require a massive upgrading to advanced sensors.

Work is currently underway to build a micro-class ship, colorfully named Leeches. Based on the micro-drive and expert systems used in Drone Frigate drones, each Leech will carry onboard geological sampling arrays. Depending on how it's set, this specialized sensor package can then look for the sensor signatures of almost anything, including other ships.

Development has slowed recently as prototypes are easily lost during test flights due to the fact that they are all but invisible to standard fleet sensors. Once the bugs have been worked out, these tiny ships can be fitted with all manner of equipment and tools. It's unlikely they'll be useful for large scale harvesting, but their use in core sampling may prove important.


Leeches "Venting" on enemy

Leech in transit

Leeches on Parade

Leeches attaching

Leeches Venting the hell out of a Beast MBF