Mass Effect (Shadowrun 4th ed)
Vehicles and transportation
At this time we are not including game stats for Large scale vehicles such as starships. The are the background of the adventure, not the focus.
The ET3 is a civilian vehicle. This six-wheeled transport has a cockpit for the driver in the right front of the vehicle.
The Tomkah is a large infantry fighting vehicle fielded by the krogan Urdnot clan on Tuchanka. It is outwardly similar to the Alliance M35 Mako and M29 Grizzly, although it is considerably larger (to house the much larger krogan), standing almost twice as high as a standard Alliance IFV. It’s only visible armament is a large turreted gun resting on the top of the vehicle, most likely a Mass Accelerator.
The M29 “Grizzly” Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) was the standard “battle taxi” of Systems Alliance Marines for nearly thirty years. However, while excellent in long-term planetary campaigns, the Grizzly’s bulk and weight made it unsuitable for rapid deployment across the Alliance’s expanding sphere of influence. To fill this increasingly important role, the M35 “Mako” IFV was designed to fit in the small cargo bays of Alliance scouting frigates. The M35’s small size and low weight allow it to be easily deployed to virtually any world.
The M35 Mako infantry fighting vehicle was designed for the Systems Alliance’s frigates. It is designed to fulfill the role of rapid deployment that its predecessor, the M29 Grizzly, fell short of accomplishing. Though the interior is cramped, an M35 is small enough to be carried in the cargo bay and easily deployed on virtually any world.
The M-44 Hammerhead is an infantry fighting vehicle that hovers over the battlefield at up to 120 kilometers an hour.
The M-080 is a large infantry fighting vehicle, or IFV. This class of vehicle is equipped with a turret. Like the M29 Grizzly and the M35 Mako, the M-080 is equipped with six wheels.
A-61 Mantis Gunships are occasionally used by mercenary groups and criminals
The Athabasca Class is a class of large freighter of human origin. Externally, this freighter class’s configuration may be mistaken for the smaller Kowloon Class freighters. However, the Athabasca Class freighter is a multi-level voluminous starship. The Athabasca Class freighter is lightly armored and lacks armaments, and can be attacked and boarded very quickly. This freighter class is equipped with a self-destruct device and a black box.
Unlike the smaller Kowloon Class freighters, the internal arrangement of Athabasca Class freighters differs from ship to ship. The freighter’s bridge is located on the upper level and is positioned forward of the engine core and cargo holds. This engine core is a two level room housing four reactors and an engineering console. Access to the ship’s interior is through airlocks and an emergency airlock located in the main cargo hold.
Kowloon Class vessels are basic freighter starships originally designed (and mostly used) by humans. Each ship is built on a standard design, likely for easy mass production. They generally carry a large cargo bay with smaller compartments for additional passenger haulage, but their design means these compartments can be swapped or exchanged to customize the ship. For example, the MSV Fedele exchanged passenger compartments for specialist biological research modules.
Kowloon-class ships are hardy but carry no armaments and only a standard engine core. Unfortunately this makes them easy prey for privateers or mercenary bands looking for a quick score. Most are given the prefix ‘MSV’, likely for ‘merchant space vehicle’.
UnNamed luxury passenger liner.
Fighters are one-man craft used to perform close-range attacks on enemy ships.
Interceptors are one-man craft optimized for destroying opposing fighters.
T-65 Trident is a small attack fighter, a mainstay of the Alliance Navy.
Shuttles facilitate transfer between large ships without the need to dock, or between a starship and the ground. Some models like the UT-47 Kodiak Drop Shuttle are capable of independent FTL travel.
Corvettes are small, ten-man craft used to perform combat and survey missions.
Frigates are small, fast ships used for patrolling and for screening larger vessels. On their own, frigates do not pack much of a punch, but when operating in “wolf-pack flotillas”, they can often overwhelm larger vessels. Geth dropships are classed as frigates.
Cruisers are middle-weight combatants, faster than dreadnoughts, and more heavily-armed than frigates. Cruisers are the standard patrol unit, and often lead frigate flotillas. Cruisers cannot land on medium or high-gravity worlds, but do possess the ability to land on low-gravity planets. Cruisers are ideal in any planetary assault.
Dreadnoughts are kilometer-long capital ships mounting heavy, long-range firepower. They are only deployed for the most vital missions. A dreadnought’s power lies in the length of its main gun. Dreadnoughts range from 800 meters to one kilometer long, with a main gun of commensurate length. An 800-meter mass accelerator is capable of accelerating one twenty-kilogram slug to a velocity of 4025 km/s (1.3% the speed of light) every two seconds. Each slug has the kinetic energy of about 38 kilotons of TNT, about two and a half times the energy released by the fission weapon that destroyed Hiroshima.
The Treaty of Farixen stipulates the amount of dreadnoughts a navy may own, with the turian peacekeeping fleet being allowed the most. As of 2183, the turians had 37 dreadnoughts, the asari had 21, the salarians had 16, and the Alliance had 6 with another under construction. As of 2185, the dreadnought count was 39 turian, 20 asari, 16 salarian, and 8 human. By 2186, humans construct a ninth dreadnought, and the volus have built a single dreadnought of their own.
Dreadnoughts are so large that it is impossible to safely land them on a planet, and must discharge their drive cores into the magnetic field of a planet while in orbit. The decks of large vessels are arranged perpendicular to the ship’s axis of thrust, so that the “top” decks are towards the front of the ship and the “bottom” decks are towards the rear of the ship.
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