Somtaaw "Sentinel" Defense Pod

Cataclysm Statistics

Class: Microship
: 70 RUs
Build Time: 20 s
Support Req.: 3 SUs
Maneuverability: high
: 1,000 m/s^2
Max Velocity: 250 m/s
Hit Points: 500
Repair Rate: -
Sight Radius: 16,000 m
Firepower: 290
Coverage: 15%
Mass: 21 tons
EMP Stun: 0.75 s
Leech Dam.: -

Salvage Points: 0
Repair Droids: 0
Nav Lights: 0
Leech Points: 0
Required Tech:
Microship Construction

Upgrade Tech:
Energy Cannon
Force Field Level 1
Force Field Level 2
Force Field Level 3
Advanced Sensors
Armor Level 2


Weapons: Mult.: Damage: Range: Fire Time:
1 Small Mass Driverš 3.0 21 5,000 m 0.5 s
šUpgrade to Energy Cannon (66 damage, fire time 2.0 s).

The Sentinel has the dubious distinction of being the smallest manned craft currently serving in any Hiigaran fleet. Microships were developed by Somtaaw engineers to function purely as remote drone craft, like the Swarmer attack drone or the Leech breaching pod; the Sentinel was originally intended as an advanced mobile sensor platform. Unfortunately, as more and more design features were added to the Sentinel's specs, it quickly outpaced the control capability of even the most advanced AI. The final breaking point came when energy scientists came up with a compact force-field generator and added it to the Sentinel's systems. Flight AI's were unable to cope with the distortions created by the polarized gravity fields, and this finally had tragic results during a live test, when drone Sentinels created a full strength field and slipped out of position, slicing a Dervish frigate in half with a loss of all hands.

The Sentinel project would have been cancelled at this point if not for the efforts of a certain Aart ne Somtaaw, a rather vertically challenged junior member of the engineering team. After installing a rudimentary cockpit into the prototype and donning the lightest vacc suit he could find, Aart put the Sentinel through a punishing set of trials, using all the Sentinel's advanced systems and proving that powerful guns, long range sensors and a field generator could all function in one very small craft.

As a reward, Aart was put in charge of assembling the first Sentinel Squadron. Dubbed the War Dwarves by the rest of the fleet, these small pilots have one of the most dangerous and unglamorous jobs in the fleet: standing guard in tiny cans of plasteel, keeping an eye out for incoming threats and protecting thousands of their Kiith mates aboard the larger ships of the fleet.


A formation of Sentinels

Lone Sentinel

Sentinels engage shields

Sentinels forming a shield

Sentinels screening a Worker

Sentinels forming a shield around... a Sentinel?

Sentinels protect a Processor.

Sentinels, with Statistics Screen