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[AP] Against the Aeon Throne

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Vanguard Parapet - Tier 3

Source Starfinder #8: Escape from the Prison Moon pg. 0
Medium transport
Speed 6; Maneuverability average (turn 2); Drift 1
AC 14; TL 13
HP 70; DT —; CT 14
Shields light shields 60 (forward 5, port 20, starboard 20, aft 15)
Attack (Forward) heavy laser cannon (4d8), high explosive missile launcher (4d8)
Attack (Aft) gyrolaser (1d8)
Attack (Turret) light particle beam (3d6), light aeon torpedo launcher (3d6)
Power Core Arcus Heavy (130 PCU); Drift Engine Signal Basic; Systems advanced short-range sensors, autodestruct system, crew quarters (good), basic computer, biometric locks, mk 1 armor; Expansion Bays brig, cargo holds (4); Modifiers +4 Computers (sensors only), +1 Piloting; Complement 8 (minimum 6, maximum 20)

Crew

Captain Computers +8 (3 ranks), Diplomacy +10 (3 ranks), Engineering +8 (3 ranks), gunnery +5, Intimidate +10 (3 ranks)
Engineers (2) Engineering +10 (3 ranks)
Gunners (2) gunnery +7
Pilot Piloting +12 (3 ranks)
Science Officers (2) Computers +10 (3 ranks)

Description

The Vanguard Parapet is a common guard ship for Azlanti Star Empire prisons, minor military bases, and other private institutions. While the vessel is relatively inexpensive to produce based on its sturdy transport frame, it lacks the heavy armor and shields of other larger ships. However, the ship hosts an impressive suite of weapons alongside a sophisticated sensor array. A Vanguard Parapet has a slower engine due to its role as a vessel that patrols a relatively small area. As a result, Vanguard Parapets are usually paired with faster, more maneuverable ships that can chase down fleeing vessels or with planet-side defenses to further capitalize on the Vanguard Parapet’s ability to function as a mobile space turret.

A Vanguard Parapet has a small brig to confine any escaped prisoners and their accomplices, as well as a small armory to hold the equipment necessary for close combat. Most Parapets contain a small shooting range, used regularly by the crew members to keep their skills sharp. The ship’s quarters can house up to a dozen crew members, but usually only eight are on duty flying the ship at any one time, and sometimes fewer if a guard is required in the brig. A Parapet also has ample cargo space, which can be used to store even more armaments or repair materials. Wealthier owners and operators of these vessels often convert the cargo holds into laboratories or sealed environment chambers to transport prisoners or guests of species that have unique environmental needs.

Vanguard Regnant - Tier 5

Source Starfinder #9: The Rune Drive Gambit pg. 0
Small light freighter
Speed 10; Maneuverability good (turn 1); Drift 2
AC 20; TL 19
HP 50; DT —; CT 10
Shields light 80 (forward 20, port 20, starboard 20, aft 20)
Attack (Forward) linked coilguns (8d4)
Attack (Port) gyrolaser (1d8)
Attack (Starboard) gyrolaser (1d8)
Attack (Turret) light plasma cannon (2d12)
Power Core Pulse Green (150 PCU); Drift Engine Signal Booster; Systems biometric locks, advanced long-range sensors, autodestruct system, crew quarters (luxurious), mk 1 duonode computer, mk 3 defenses, mk 4 armor; Expansion Bays imperial shrine, recreation suite (HAC); Modifiers +1 to any 2 checks per round, +4 Computers (sensors only), +1 Piloting; Complement 6 (minimum 1, maximum 6)

Crew

Captain Diplomacy +14 (5 ranks), gunnery +9, Intimidate +14 (5 ranks)
Engineer Engineering +10 (5 ranks)
Gunners (2) gunnery +8
Pilot Piloting +12 (5 ranks)
Science Officer Computers +10 (5 ranks)

Description

Azlanti Star Empire manufacturer Vanguard Customworks is renowned for its specialized starships, including a number of luxury vessels. Much like for the Vanguard Star Palace, the commitment to comfort in the Regnant’s design makes travel on the vessel a joyous experience. Rather than house several noble families at once, the Regnant serves one master, and it does so with unabashed opulence. The owner—who usually functions as the captain—has her own suite, typically an entire deck that houses a lavish apartment, private bath, lounge, and office space. Near this master area is an imperial shrine where the owner can pay homage to her Azlanti ancestors.

While lavishness defines the owner’s suite, the rest of the ship is also splendidly furnished, and even its crew quarters approximate the chambers of royalty. The Vanguard Regnant has a modular layout that can hold the most extravagant entertainment and relaxation suites. Some models are fitted with upgraded armor and shields, with several armament options, allowing them to carry high-ranking Azlanti officers into war with style. Like all Azlanti Star Empire vessels, the Regnant is equipped with an autodestruct system, ensuring its high-value occupants won’t be taken hostage by enemy forces.

Vanguard Voidsweeper - Tier 2

Source Starfinder #7: The Reach of Empire pg. 0
Medium explorer
Speed 8; Maneuverability good (turn 1); Drift 1
AC 14; TL 14
HP 55; DT —; CT 11
Shields basic 20 (forward 5, port 5, starboard 5, aft 5)
Attack (Forward) coilgun (4d4)
Attack (Port) light laser cannon (2d4)
Attack (Starboard) light laser cannon (2d4)
Attack (Turret) light aeon torpedo launcher (3d6)
Power Core Arcus Maximum (130 PCU); Drift Engine Signal Basic; Systems autodestruct system, budget long-range sensors, crew quarters (good), mk 1 duonode computer, mk 2 armor, mk 2 defenses; Modifiers +1 to any 2 checks per round, +1 Piloting; Complement 6 (minimum 1, maximum 6)

Crew

Captain Diplomacy +9 (2 ranks), gunnery +4, Intimidate +9 (2 ranks), Piloting +6 (2 ranks)
Engineer Engineering +9 (2 ranks)
Gunners (2) gunnery +6
Pilot Piloting +10 (2 ranks)
Science Officer Computers +9 (2 ranks)

Description

The Vanguard Voidsweeper is a common exploratory, transport, and forward-action vessel used by the Imperial Fleet of the Azlanti Star Empire. It is a durable, mass-produced ship useful for initial explorations into unknown star systems. Compact and sturdy, the vessel nevertheless has the graceful, sweeping lines common to ships of the Azlanti Star Empire. The Voidsweeper boasts a long-range sensor array and sufficient room for a large contingent of surveyors and scientists, although passengers frequently complain that the crew’s quarters are substantially nicer than their own—a requirement, the crew insists, of a vessel designed for lengthy voyages. Voidsweepers are sometimes deployed by the Imperial Fleet to pacify worlds with less technologically advanced civilizations. Over such planets, Voidsweepers hover ominously in the sky, ready to deploy troops at a moment’s notice. The Voidsweeper boasts an array of weapons sufficient to disable satellites and destroy civilian buildings. In subjugated systems, Voidsweepers are used as patrol ships and to provide shows of force against rebels or dissidents.

Voidsweepers are heavily customized based on mission parameters; the spacious cargo bays might contain modular, prefabricated building components suitable for long-term planetary occupation, long-range communications arrays, or simply racks of stacked bunks to accommodate a company of Azlanti soldiers. Voidsweepers are commonly retrofitted between missions with an internal layout appropriate for the next venture. Imperial Fleet officers tend to be possessive about particular Voidsweepers under their authority, boasting of how many successful missions “their” Voidsweepers have undertaken. Officers frequently co-opt the versatile starships for personal missions and might insist on luxurious crew quarters or expansion bays that suit their specific interests.