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- "The Miracles Persistance is one of the best choices I ever purchased. Too bad you'll never be able to afford one"
- ―UEG dignitary.
The Beauty Interstellar Ships are a series of large, curved vessels that are based off Dormant's old line of 'Star Cartographer' scout ships. They were introduced in limited numbers during the war to sell to wealthy business-people as fast yet luxurious escape vessels; they typically served more as personal starships than as escape vessels, though. They were larger than the UNSCand , and were instantly recognisable among the population due to the premium status of its owners. The base design was incredibly fast, if fragile, for its size, allowing a dedicated scouting version to be created to map star systems and planet's surfaces, greatly assisting in the rebuilding of humanity's empire after the war.
The curved semi-disk and the sweeping long engine sections created an immediate impact to anyone who looks upon the vessel. Though aesthetically pleasing and attractive, this design served a practical use by keeping size and weight to a minimum while maximising interior area, and as a bonus moves smoother and quicker through atmospheres. The engines, though unique and vulnerable, were a practical place to mount heavy-duty engines which couldn't be placed on other designs because it allowed the engines to immediately vent heat out into space - so it saves cost on cooling systems. The forward disk was the most heavily-armored to protect the passengers, giving it a different, more tile-like look when compared to the rear.
The engines were the real reason for the ship's speed. Each had an independent reactor and, making the ship fast in both and realspace while not draining power from the main reactor, allowing the occupants to enjoy what they want whenever they want. Those same modules were also equipped with a full Life-Support system suite, automated navigation system and manual piloting cockpit. Needless to say, all these systems allowed them to double as massive escape pods, further increasing the interior space above.
Divided into a number of decks, for such a small craft, the Beauty-class was very well organised. The outer edges were typically given over to food storage and emergency equipment, help keeping the passengers safe during attacks - not all clients wanted this. The crew quarters are housed towards the rear engineering section. The 'bump' in the centre of the disk was actually where the primary food courts were located. For the alternate variants, this was reconfigured to become the main bridge, where a dedicated structure was not available.
As standard for cruiseliners, the hallways were lined with mirrors and wooden supports which were the latest fad in the 26th century. Of course, a specific taste in the aesthetic designs can be arranged and changed at the client's demand. Though even the engineering section was visually pleasing, it was greatly reduced to make repairs quickly and cheaply, and their interior took on a passing resemblance to those on the.
Loosely based on that of a UNSC frigate, the different stations are built beneath the main raised platform where the commanding officers are often seen, except the staff support, which is near the back, and navigation, which is on the sides. The walls take a light colour-scheme, and a large holographic table is there for both navigation and command operators. While normally requiring a large amount of human personnel, recently action has been taken to allow a dedicated 'Smart' AI to take most of the functions, leaving only the captain (usually the owner of the vessel), command organisers and backup navigation officer to fulfill all other functions.
Due to the lack of any military-related equipment on the craft, the command station is limited to the holographic displays emitted on the side of the centre platform. The holograms allow the captain to view any-and-all information of a designed station whenever required, called up by advanced voice controls. Some dedicated stations are there to reduce the micromanaging needed by the captain, giving him a (mostly) easy job with communications.
Operating the holographic table and sometimes the emergency backup terminals at the back, the navigation officer's role extends further than merely piloting the ship through an asteroid. They are responsible for keeping the ship's astronomical charts up-to-date, and sometimes temporarily take control of onboard or docking ships (provided they accept the request) out of the vessel and safely out into the void.
Passenger and Staff Assistance
For a ship carrying thousands of passengers, keeping those people happy was of utmost importance. Responsible for handling all customer inquiries, staff hire, job distribution and sponsorship advertisement, the closest to this in the military is public relations, though they only deal with how much information they let the public know.
Engineering & Disaster Control
With piracy and civilian attacks coming to an all-time high, it was essential for these stations to be manned at all times. Though collectively called engineering and disaster control, each terminal is responsible for various aspects of the ship, such as garbage disposal and temperature control.
Closely related to Engineering and Disaster Control, the System status personnel maintain the status and trim the ship's performance to perfection. They deal with smaller, more acute problems that aren't important enough to bring to the attention of Disaster Control. They deal with reactor output, internal pressure, atmospheric mixture and food refrigeration.
Set at the back, the dual hangar bays are separated by the massive reactor cooling equipment vital to the ship's operation. The Hangar bays are the only ways for the public to board the ship, helping stop criminals from escaping. As standard, they carry two to five public transportation vehicles, though they are known for being able to carry even the hugeas well, even operating as a 'borrowed' carrier for the UNSC. They are operated by the onboard , the classification depending on whichever is donated for the cruiseliner's use.
Wealth-class Personal Luxury Yacht
Perhaps the best-known examples of these ships, the Wealth-class was a built-to-order (where the clients request the interior decorations and design), and had the most powerful sensors Dormant can manufacture, but otherwise the shipboard systems were otherwise identical. The only other difference was the lack of the upper technical bridge and a single engine module. There are smaller sizes available, but the systems aboard those are inferior compared to the larger models.
Wealth-class were intended as a smaller personal shuttle for those who did not like the larger Beauty-class it was inspired from. For example, instead of a massive mess hall designed to house hundreds of passengers, those on the Wealth-class could only support a table of 6 at most. Likewise, most of the rooms tended to be smaller to better serve a smaller passenger pool, with many, many more rooms on-board which can be customised for different purposes - a games room, business study and even a classroom were all on-board the most basic models.
Endeavour-class Mapping Craft
Almost a complete reconstruction of the luxury liners, the Endeavour-class were introduced in 2553 to buy favor from the UNSC. While it was armed with a handful of, the ship had to rely on the emphasis of 'speed' and small size to keep it alive. Its powerful planetary mapping package could scan the entire surface of a 10,000km diameter planet in a short period of only ten hours. Its additional hangars contained a number of helio- or geo-stationary navigation satellites which make up a local UGPS network, and a small number of armed transports and drones to investigate particularly interesting formations which the Endeavour-class itself could not reach.
Perhaps the most successful of the series, the Reliant-class was originally created on contract for an anonymous individual who was later discovered to have links to Insurrectionist terror cells. Using the now-obsolete chassis of the Beauty-class, the base design underwent a number of changes to make it better-suited for combat: stronger internal supports, more stable reactors, better armor, more maneuvering engines and better system placement. It was also one of the first mass-produced vessels to have shields - up till 2566, most ships were too expensive to be fitted with shields, and those that did were usually in a very, very limited production.
For better offensive roles, it was given twowhich can also fire a number of different ammunition types, eight modular missile pods which can house a single Archer missile pod each, four 'Legionaire' 120mm heavy turrets, five M965 'Fortress' 70mm and, for reconnaissance missions, six or engagement fighters. Additional mission-specific ordnance could be fitted under the ship, giving this fast frigate-sized destroyer slight unpredictability during combat. All these systems helped this ship become one of the most effective ships of its period, even being officially used by the UNSC up until 2587, when the success rate began to decline significantly when the opposing factions became familiar with the flaws in its design - a well-placed plasma torpedo can ignite the reactor, or destroy the horribly-vulnerable engines.
- "The new Beauty-class Interstellar Shuttle - Who are you going to impress next?"
- ―Product Slogan
After their high-profile failure in the shipbuilding industry in the Iapetus-class corvette, Dormant embarked on an ambitious project to restore faith in the civilian department. With the failure being considered 'the beginning of the end', Dormant spent seven long years and millions of credits to create a new line of civilian vessels, with the Beauty intended to be their expensive luxury vessel.
"Yep, she's certainly beautiful - the name doesn't lie. I had this particular craft outfitted to look like an old mansion. Fully how much they were able to mimic what I wanted - at first, I had to run out to make sure it wasn't on Earth."
"Don't you look at just the positives - the maintenance schedule on it is a damn mess! With double or even triple of every system conceivable, all compacted together to save space, but some of it isn't even able to fit even a midget. Worst of all, if something breaks down, we won't know until we manually check out each and every system. Seriously, Worst. Ship. Ever."