Sometimes confused with the Vorlon transport because both ships have the same basic shape, this ship is none the less quite different. The Cruiser is more than twice the size of the transport, slightly more massive in shape, and its hull is of a reddish tint, instead of the greenish yellow of other Vorlon ships. In combat is shows its true colors: it has the armor and firepower of a very much larger vessel and is capable of destroying one of the smaller Shadow battleships (800 meter class) on its own. However, in a war zone it is usually escorted by 5 Vorlon Starfighters.
The entire cruiser is semi alive: it is a mixture of both organic and mechanical features. The hull of this ship is organic and can both repair itself and can adapt to attacks to reduce damage. No attack does full effect on the hull more than once. For some reason this particular class of Vorlon ship has a reddish color. It is not known if this is merely cosmetic, or if there is another reason for it.
Backing up this armor are powerful shields consisting of interwoven energy fields and layers of gravitational distortion. These shields are capable of absorbing large amounts of energy, be it directed energy or kinetic in nature. The only way to overload the shields is to pour a large amount of energy into them in a short time.
The cruisers weaponry was made up of a Quantum Gravitic Discharge Cannon which was quite a bit more powerful than that of the Transport. For point defense the ship had five Gravitic Lightning guns, which were really part of the ships hull.
The ships sublight propulsion consists of a powerful gravity drive system and a form of ion engines. Apparently the ion engines supply main thrust and the gravity drive supplements this and is used for maneuvering, giving the ship a maneuverability unmatched in cruisers of the younger races.
Although the Vorlons still use jumpgates to enter hyperspace, their system is far more advanced than that used by the younger races, and jumpgate formation and the traverse all take less than twenty seconds, a testimony to this ships immense power.
Since the ship is "alive" it has an intelligence similar to that of a sentient AI and so can perform difficult maneuvers on its own. It does not need a crew, but usually at least one Vorlon pilots the ship. On sensor readings the ship will read as a life form rather than as a ship. When its ECM is engaged it is very hard to detect.
This particular type of ship was not well known by the younger races, as it was most often deployed to war zones. Although it is likely that it has been seen quite often, it is equally likely that very few witnesses actually survived being attacked by one of these ships. Its firepower and maneuverability were unmatched by any other ship of its size, even among the First Ones, as was demonstrated when one of these ships eviscerated a Shadow Battleship with a single long volley.
When the Vorlons left the galaxy together with the rest of the first ones they most likely took all of their cruisers with them. If any of these ships are left in the galaxy, they can be found at the Vorlon Homeworld. However, the Vorlon Homeworld is still protected by automated defense systems, so there is a great distinction between finding and actually *getting* one of these ships....
This writeup of the Vorlon cruiser uses modified modified starship speed and ranges. See Revised Starship Rules for Phase World for more details.
Model: Vorlon cruiser
Crew: The cruiser is flown by a Artificial Intelligence, and can carry a crew of up to twelve.(Boarding parties will have trouble due to the fact that a Vorlon is about as powerful as a low powered supernatural intelligence)
M.D.C. by location:
|Quantum Gravitic Discharge Cannon (1):||16,000|
|Gravitic Lightning Guns (5)||1,000 each|
| Ion Engines:||26,000|
| Gravity Drive Lobes (4):||15,000 each|
| Main Hull:||120,000|
| 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 has no auxiliary bridge. If the bridge is destroyed the ship will fly itself, guided by telepathic commands from any crew member, but is -2 to dodge and -1 to hit with its gun.
 Destroying the Ion engine means that sublight acceleration is reduced by 60 % and maneuvering by 20 %.
 Destroying a gravity drive lobe means that sublight acceleration is reduced by 10 % and maneuvering by 20 %(-1 penalty to dodge)Add on additional penalties per destroyed lobe.(This means that both drive systems have to be destroyed before the ship becomes a floating target)
 Depleting the MDC of the body will destroy the cruiser, putting it out of commission. The cruiser will be a unsalvageable floating wreck. Both the hull and the ships systems have the ability to repair themselves. The ships hull and ships systems regenerate damage at the rate of 1D6x100 MDC per minute. The ship can only repair up to half the total MDC of a system or the main body.
 Shield positions are variable and can be combined into one shield. The shields regenerate at a rate of 5% (3,600 MDC) per melee round.
Driving on the Ground: Not Possible.
Sublight: Combined use of Ion and Gravity drive allows the ship to travel up to 60 percent of the speed of light. The ship can accelerate/decelerate at a rate of 1.5 percent of light per melee.
Atmospheric Propulsion: Maximum speed is mach 20. Can enter atmosphere and leave.
Stardrive: Uses a hyperdrive system that allows the ship to reach a maximum of 150 light-years per hour. This means that the Vorlon Cruiser can cover the three galaxies in about 4 weeks. The ship enters hyperspace by means of a jumpgate. This ship can use an already made jumpgate or can form its own jumpgate. Ship can also enter or leave hyperspace within an atmosphere but the ship must have very precise coordinates or it will open the hyperspace gate within the planet itself and the ship will destroy itself.
The Cruiser has enough power to open a jumpgate every round if so needed. Unlike the jumpgates of the younger races, this gate is not only formed, but also traversed after which it closes, all within one single round.
Maximum Range: Unlimited by all drive systems. It is not known how much supplies it carries with it, but it is safe to assume several years worth.
Because the gravity drive is used for maneuvering, the entire cruiser can turn around and fire in every direction at will. However, making a turn or a evasive maneuver at high speed (above 5 percent of light, roughly 15000 km/s or 9300 miles/s) costs enough energy that the cruiser loses energy to the cannon. This means that control is less, imposing a -2 penalty on hit rolls. Also the grav-drive lobes have to extend, making them easier to hit(+2 to strike lobe).
Length: 733 feet (220 meters)
Height: 166 feet (50 meters) with drive lobes folded, 332 feet (100 meters) with lobes unfolded
Width: 166 feet (50 meters) with drive lobes folded, 332 feet (100 meters) with lobes unfolded
Power System: Hyperspace Tap with an unknown duration.
Market Cost: No Vorlon ships have ever been for sale anywhere. Any race would pay trillions of credits for a working Vorlon Cruiser.
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