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Pact Worlds Ship Styles

The Pact Worlds have a long history of travel between the planets of their solar system, stretching back even before the Gap via magical portals and the technomagical aetherships of Verces. As trade increased and spaceflight became more commonplace, ideas flowed quickly and furiously, with designs converging as various corporations and militaries stole or purchased the best advances from other worlds. Castrovelian shipyards known for their delicate fins and speed in a vacuum adopted the ruggedness of Akiton’s sandstorm-blasted atmospheric fliers, while both incorporated the latest drive systems and armament advances from Verces and Absalom Station, plus powerful (but carefully limited) Aballonian AIs to aid in every aspect of piloting and navigation. Today, millennia after those early ships, the most common ship designs in the Pact Worlds have blended together so thoroughly that most are no longer strongly associated with any particular race, but simply with the system as a whole.

Whether produced by AbadarCorp’s ATech subsidiary, Castrovel’s Kevolari Collective, Sanjaval Spaceflight Systems of Akiton, Verces’ Ringworks Industries, or any of a thousand smaller shops, Pact Worlds ships tend to share certain similar features. Many of the smaller freighters and fighters show their evolution from atmospheric jet fighters and orbital spacecraft, with functional wings, fins, and streamlined profiles. This grace gives way to the blocky bulk of larger ships that will never be used in an atmosphere, yet even massive ships like the ATech Immortal Series—a staple of the Stewards’ peacekeeping fleet— possess a certain severe, military beauty.

Despite sharing certain elements of design, the umbrella of Pact World ship chassis contains plenty of diversity. No one is likely to confuse a dwarven rock-hopper from the Diaspora’s mining worlds for a big-bellied, ysoki-operated Sanjaval Redsun trader, let alone an Aballonian autofreighter or Skyfire Legion carrier. Even ships of the same model can still vary wildly thanks to paint schemes, decorative body flourishes, and other aftermarket modifications, and many captains choose their ships’ aesthetics as carefully as their own clothes. Certain factions employ only a single brand of ship, while others are a hodgepodge of makes and models.

Not all groups within the Pact Worlds have allowed economic incentives to draw them into the engineering melting pot, however. In addition to the Eoxians (see page 306), many other Pact Worlds peoples have maintained proprietary designs, from the sleek, magical vessels of Kyonin’s elves to the half-sentient biological vessels of the Brethedans and Xenowardens, and more.

Atech Immortal - Tier 10

Source Starfinder Core Rulebook pg. 310
Huge cruiser
Speed 8; Maneuverability average (turn 2); Drift 1
AC 22; TL 22
HP 230; DT 5; CT 46
Shields medium 200 (forward 50, port 50, starboard 50, aft 50)
Attack (Forward) particle beam cannon (3d4×10)
Attack (Port) light plasma cannon (2d12)
Attack (Starboard) light plasma cannon (2d12)
Attack (Turret) heavy plasma torpedo launcher (5d10)
Power Core Nova Ultra (300 PCU); Drift Engine Signal Basic; Systems basic long-range sensors, crew quarters (good), mk 4 armor, mk 4 defenses, mk 3 duonode computer; Expansion Bays cargo holds (3), life boats, medical bay, shuttle bay; Modifiers +3 any two checks per round, +2 Computers; Complement 60

Crew

Captain Bluff +19 (10 ranks), Computers +21 (10 ranks), Diplomacy +19 (10 ranks), Engineering +19 (10 ranks), gunnery +19, Intimidate +19 (10 ranks)
Engineer (1 officer, 20 crew) Engineering +19 (10 ranks)
Gunners (3 officers, 10 crew each) gunnery +24
Pilot (1 officer, 3 crew) Piloting +19 (10 ranks)
Science Officer Computers +21 (10 ranks)

Description

Severe and pugnacious, the Immortal is the workhorse capital ship of military fleets like those of the Stewards and the Knights of Golarion. Thickly armored and loaded with weapons, this cruiser rarely needs to fire a shot in most conflicts, as its mere appearance in-system can stop a conflict cold and send all but the most militant threats running for the safety of the Drift.

Kevolari Venture - Tier 1

Source Starfinder Core Rulebook pg. 310
Medium explorer
Speed 6; Maneuverability good (turn 1); Drift 1
AC 14; TL 12
HP 55; DT —; CT 11
Shields basic 20 (forward 5, port 5, starboard 5, aft 5)
Attack (Forward) light laser cannon (2d4)
Attack (Turret) high explosive missile launcher (4d8)
Power Core Pulse Gray (100 PCU); Drift Engine Signal Basic; Systems basic computer, budget mid-range sensors, crew quarters (common), mk 3 armor, mk 1 defenses; Expansion Bays cargo holds (3), physical science lab; Modifiers +2 Piloting; Complement 6

Crew

Captain Bluff +5 (1 rank), Computers +5 (1 rank), Diplomacy +5 (1 rank), gunnery +5, Intimidate +5 (1 rank), Piloting +7 (1 rank)
Engineer Engineering +5 (1 rank)
Gunners (2) gunnery +5
Pilot Piloting +12 (1 rank)
Science Officer Computers +10 (1 rank)

Description

Thoroughly industrial in its aesthetics, the Venture is a ship designed to keep its crew alive in unfriendly systems—everything else is secondary. Inside, however, the Venture is surprisingly comfortable, making it perfect for exploration, permanent residency, and long-haul shipping.

Ringworks Wanderer - Tier 1/4

Source Starfinder Core Rulebook pg. 310
Small shuttle
Speed 6; Maneuverability perfect (turn 0); Drift
AC 14; TL 13
HP 35; DT —; CT 7
Shields basic 10 (forward 3, port 2, starboard 2, aft 3)
Attack (Forward) light laser cannon (2d4)
Power Core Micron Light (50 PCU); Drift Engine none; Systems basic computer, budget short-range sensors, mk 2 armor, mk 1 defenses; Expansion Bays cargo holds (2), passenger seating; Modifiers +3 Piloting; Complement 4

Crew

Engineer Engineering +5 (1 rank)
Gunner gunnery +5
Pilot Piloting +13 (1 rank)
Science Officer Computers +5 (1 rank)

Description

One of Ringworks’ most versatile designs, the Wanderer evolved out of early aerospace fighters and spaceplanes and still maintains much of their sleek design. Many organizations and governments use a slimmed-down and armed-up version of the Wanderer—sometimes called a Starwasp—for planetary defense or as a short-range fighter.