Name of Ship: The Second ChanceHome Universe/Name of Franchise: The Commonwealth Saga
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Namely, the novels Pandora's Star
and Judas Unchained
.Ship Class: (Unique)Role:
Exploration ShipPhysical Description/Image:
This image is... not great, but it's somewhat decent.
Supplemented by two versions of the book cover art:Physical Size (roughly):
400m long x 150m diameter cylinder with a 300m diameter spinning habitation ring.Armament/Complement (roughly):
200 Missiles - of which 150 have been fired. A good half of those are nuclear.
Two shuttle pods - spherical craft with 10 days of delta-v, room for 15, and no atmospheric capability
24 recon/sensor/scientific satellites - in three different sizes/classes/costs
There were maybe some nukes? Not sure. Probably Douvoir Missiles - kinetic projectiles tossed out of wormholes at significant fractions of the speed of light, wherever you might want a kinetic missile tossed (within range). Definitely there was a wormhole drive. I'll fill this in soon, too.History of the Ship:
The Second Chance
was humanity's first interstellar ship. Prior to the construction of the ship, humanity had expanded into a several-dozen system world linked through the use of wormhole technology, allowing near-instant transport from planet to planet via train. It wasn't until Dudley Bose discovered a star which suddenly and rapidly vanished that humanity had to reach for the stars via ship and FTL drive. Wormholes simply couldn't reach far enough.
Then a rather significant incident involving a race of xenophobic, genocidal aliens happened.
The Second Chance
was repurposed from a great exploration ship to a poor war ship. The ship was seemingly destroyed while defending the planet Anshun - the enemy surrounded it with eight wormholes designed to interfere with the Second Chance's
hyperspace drive, and then 768 nuclear missiles detonated.Notable Crew:
Tu Lee, Captain.
Tu Lee is one of the many rapidly-promoted people brought about by the sudden need of the Commonwealth to create a Navy. This is her second week as Captain - the first week was a long-range recon mission searching for enemy wormhole activity, and then the enemy attacked Anshun during her second week.
Prior to becoming Captain, Tu Lee was the pilot of the Second Chance
Gertrude Arany, XO.
Gertrude was the commander of a planetside coast guard ship before being drafted into the Navy. She absolutely hates space. Rather than show it, she stuffs those feelings down a deep, deep hole and instead refuses to back down from any challenge or task. Unless you get her drunk; then she may admit to her utter loathing for/fear of space.
Craig Laroch, Sensors.
Abraham Gunther, Pilot.
Optional, but helpful:Unique Technology:
Memorycells/Re-life tech - Consciousness is backed up onto memorycells embedded in the brain. If you die, you can simply be uploaded into a new clone. Usually this is handled on a nice, comfy planet with a recovery clinic and, preferably, some recreational facilities nearby. The Second Chance
, however, was going to be several thousand lightyears from the nearest human industry, so it was equipped with a slow, poorly-functioning relife clinic. It may take a couple of months before someone's clone is fully grown.
Rejuvenation - On the other hand, why wait until you die? Every 30-50 years, people can get "rejuvenated" and restore their body to a biological age of 20.
Wormholes - The Second Chance
takes advantage of humanity's longstanding mastery of wormhole tech. Rather than a standard FTL drive, the ship makes a wormhole, slips into it, and then moves the endpoint before the ship reaches it. It's travelling in a series of moving wormholes, and has the capability of creating wormholes with two free-floating endpoints, given sufficient modification. Of course, that would disable the ship's FTL.
Cyberware/Biotech - Implants and wetware are commonplace. For instance, you can have a transceiver implanted into your neural network which lets you access the Unisphere (the interstellar internet) from anywhere. OC (organic circuitry) Tattoos are also common. OC Tattoos are often colorful, metallic tattoos which act as processors for other implants, allowing anything from credit transfer to expanded senses to muscle augmentations. Finally, you have the much less common wet-wired implants - guns, forcefields, explosives, scanners and the like that are implanted beneath the skin.
Augmented reality is very much
Force Fields - actually secretly given/suggested to humanity as a long con by an alien from a crashed ship.
SI - An artificial intelligence created by humanity that lives alone on its own planet, connected to humanity only by a zero-width wormhole which allows data to pass through. The SI doesn't exist in this new universe, but the point is that humanity knows of artificial intelligence. Crew Size:
CST (Compressed Space Transport) Exploration Division. CST is the company which owns over half of the Commonwealth's interstellar wormhole network.