The Minbari Sharlin class War Cruiser is the most powerful ship built by any of the younger races. The ship can beat two or three Centauri Primus class Battlecruisers in combat. The ship that come closest to this ships firepower is the Minbari Ranger White star which was built with Vorlon Technology. The White Star has slightly more actual firepower but the Sharlin has far more weapon mounts.
The mere mention of the Sharlin during the Earth vs Minbari war struck fear in the humans defender. Even relatively recently, a small fleet of Sharlins were able to dissuade a fleet of Earth Force ships attacking Babylon 5 without any of the Minbari ships firing a shot.
As far as the technological level of the all the younger races, the Minbari are the most advanced race. Their ships are the most advanced ships in the Galaxy with the exception of the First Ones. The Centauri are the closest other race to them in their technical achievements.
When this ship is compared to ships within the Three Galaxies, the ship is as heavily armed and armored as the heaviest ships and the Minbari would soon become respected by any of the races in the Three Galaxies. The shields of this ship are about as powerful as those on Phase World ships of the same size.
In physical configuration, the ship has a living look to it and looks like a cross between some type of fish and a Portuguese Man of War. The ship has a large fins like structures on the top and two large fin like structures on the bottom of the ship. The hull of the ship itself has a ribbed like structure.
Contrary to the ships appearance, the ships is not organic in construction like many of the First ones ships but is constructed out of high density crystalline material that provides better protection than the armor used by the Centauri. The ship also has powerful shield to protect the ship and are capable of stopping most weapons. These shields both use Gravimetric waves and radiation shielding to prevent energy weaponry together to achieve a more powerful shield.
The ship carries three slicer beams for its primary battery. These are capable of doing massive damage is their own right but the true effect of the weapon is to cut deep within their target and get critical strikes to vital components of the ship they are fighting. The ships also has a secondary battery. This Battery consists of twenty fusion beam cannons. These weapons are quite powerful and are themselves as powerful as some other navies main batteries. When both the main battery and the secondary battery are used on a target, there are few targets that can survive for very long. The Sharlin has ten lighter fusion guns that are used for both anti fighter defense and against larger targets when not engaging fighters or other small ships. The ship has 42 Neutron/Particle beam mounts for point defense. These are capable of severely destroying a starfighter in one hit. The ship also caries a missile launcher that fire the equivalent of Phase World long range missiles.
The ships propulsion is by a gravimetric propulsion system. This allows the ship to achieve accelerations much greater than ships of most of the younger races. The only widespread member of the younger races that can achieve even close to the level of performance of Minbari ships are the Centauri. The Minbari actually are more advanced than the Centauri but are not as far separated from the Centauri as they both are from most races.
The ship design has both true artificial gravity and inertial dampeners. The artificial gravity allows the ships crew to serve in comfort and greatly increases the crews efficiency. The inertial dampening allows this ship to complete maneuvers that no ships built by the younger races other than those built by the Centauri or the Minbari without killing the ships crew.
One of the items that is very special about the ship is the Command and Control Facilities. Unlike Earthforce Ship or even Centauri ships with their flat screen displays, the Commander has incredible holographic displays that give the feeling that she is standing outside of the ship and watching the battle as a titan watching the battle from outside.
The ship normally carries 30 fighters and operates as a carrier along with being a battleship. The ship carries 1200 marines and often operates in ground attack roles as well as its other functions. The ship only carries 200 Marines in normal operations.
This writeup of the Minbari Sharlin War uses modified modified starship speed and ranges. See Revised Starship Rules for Phase World for more details.
Model: Minbari Sharlin-class War Cruiser
Class: Battlecruiser (Combination Dreadnought/Carrier)
Crew: 1000 (100 Officers and 900 Enlisted)
Troops: Standard; 200, Maximum; 1200
|30||Minbari Windstar Fighters|
|8||Standard Minbari Shuttles|
M.D.C. by Location:
|Slicer Beams (3):||3,500 each|
|Fusion Beam Cannons (20):||1,500 each|
|Fusion Guns (10):||600 each|
|Neutron/Particle Beam Cannons (42):||400 each|
|Long Range Missile Launcher (1):||1,200|
| Emergency Bridge:||60,000|
| Main Body:||255,000|
| Engineering Section:||75,000|
| Variable Force Field:||12,000 a side (72,000 Total)|
 In reality this is how much damage needs to be done for a weapon to hit the bridge through the ships armor. This ship also has an auxiliary bridge. Even if both bridges are destroyed, the ship can still be piloted from engineering but ship is -3 to dodge and all weapon systems will be at local control. Weapon hits near the bridge that do not penetrate the ships integrity can injure crew members on or near the bridge.
 Depleting the MDC of the main body will put the Cruiser out of commission. All internal systems will shut down, including life support and internal gravity. The ship itself will be an unsalvageable floating wreck.
 Destroying the engineering section means that ship FTL propulsion systems are destroyed and maximum sublight acceleration is reduced to ten percent of normal (using navigational thrusters).
 Shields positions can be varied and all could be combined in one shield. Shields regenerate at the rate of 5% (3,600 MDC total) per melee round
Driving on the Ground: Not Possible.
Sublight: Has special sublight engines that allows the ship to travel up to 60 percent of the speed of light. Star Ship can accelerate/decelerate at the rate of 0.8 percent of light per melee.
Atmospheric Propulsion: The Minbari Sharlin War Cruiser cannot operate within an atmosphere. If the ship enters an atmosphere, it will crash.
Stardrive: Uses a hyperdrive system that allows the ship to reach a maximum of 75 light-year per hour. This means that the Sharlin War Cruiser can cover the Galaxy in about 8 weeks. The ship enters hyperspace by means of a jumpgate. This ship can use an already made jumpgate or can form its own jumpgate.
he Sharlin has enough power to open a jumpgate every five minutes (20 rounds). The gate then takes one round to open, two rounds to traverse, and another to close.
Maximum Range: Effectively Unlimited by either Drive system. Carries about four years worth of supplies on board and Quantum Singularity/Fusion power system gives power for 20 years before the ship needs refueling.
Height: 5,187.7 feet (1,580 meters)
Length: 4,268.3 feet (1,300 meters)
Width: 1,428.3 feet (435 meters)
Weight / Mass: 22.1 million tons (20 million metric tons)
Power System: Quantum Singularity/Fusion power system (20 year duration)
Cargo: Cargo holds are scattered about the ship that allows for carrying up to 500,000 tons of Cargo in addition to standard compliment of supplies and ammunition
Cost: 48 billion credits to construct. Any culture in the Three Galaxies would pay hundreds of billions of credits for an undamaged working model of this ship.
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