Broadsword class Mercenary Cruiser

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Broadsword class Mercenary Cruiser
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Broadsword class Mercenary Cruiser
Type: CY Mercenary Cruiser
Also see Type C class Mercenary Cruiser
Blueprint Yes
Canon Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Classic Traveller core ship design.
Cargo 80 Tons
Cost MCr285.95
Crew 9
Officers TBD
Enlisted TBD
Hardpoints 8
Hull Sphere Hull
Jump J-3
Maneuver 3 G
Model Model/5
Origin Third Imperium
Passengers 11 High/Med 0 Low
QSP TBD
Reference Starships 20.
Size 800 Tons
Streamlining Unstreamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–12
USP TBD
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.

The Broadsword class Mercenary Cruiser is an 800-ton spherical hulled starship designed for a wide range of military and quasi-military missions, and is essentially a type C cruiser. Some changes, alterations, and modifications, however, have been imposed to make the ship more adaptable to a variety of different operations.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The ship itself is unstreamlined, although it has sufficient lack of projections to allow it to skim hydrogen from gas giants in order to refuel. It may land on vacuum worlds, but generally interacts with the surfaces of worlds through its complement of 50-ton cutters, their interchangeable modules, and the ship's single air/raft. The cutters can carry cargo and supplies from a starport to the ship, troops and ATVs to a world surface for battle, or passengers from point to point. The air/raft, while slower, also has orbital capability and can be used when the cutters are otherwise occupied.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. A landed Broadsword class deploying troops.
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  2. A spacebourne Mercenary Cruisers between two worlds.
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  3. Broadswords under fire.
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  4. A Broadsword class Mercenary Cruiser with a Cutter in orbit over a blue world.
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  5. A Broadsword class deploying a Cutter.
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Basic Ship Characteristics[edit]

Following the Imperial Navy and IISS Universal Ship Profile and data, additional information is presented in the format shown here. The small craft factor indicates the number of squadrons (of ten craft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (thousands of tons) where necessary. [1]

Basic Ship Characteristics [2]
#. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage / Hull 800 tons. The hull is unstreamlined.
2. Crew x9 crew. The minimum crew necessary for the mercenary cruiser is nine: commanding officer, pilot, navigator, four engineers, and medic. Gunners, cutter pilots, troops, and administrative personnel may be added as desired.
3. Performance It has a Jump drive-M
4. Electronics Adjacent to the bridge is a computer Model/5.
5. Hardpoints x8 hardpoints.
6. Armament Eight turrets are installed, with fire control, but no standard weaponry is carried.
7. Defenses Ship defensive equipment is classified. It is believed to be heavily armored.
8. Craft The ship carries two 50-ton cutters, each with an ATV module (which includes an ATV). There is provision inside the ship for two additional modules. There is an air/raft carried in a hull compartment.
9. Fuel Treatment Yes. Fuel tankage of 318 tons supports the power plant, provides for one Jump-3, and holds 48 tons in reserve for its small craft and for long term operations.
10. Cost The ship costs MCr445.95.
11. Construction Time It typically takes twenty-five months to build.
12. Comments It’s a very tough design that has been designed, redesigned, and manufactured by numerous manufactures at different tech levels.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Used extensively in the outer areas of the Imperium, the Broadsword class mercenary cruiser is designed to perform light military functions over extended periods of time and with great coverage of distance. The cruiser design was specifically commissioned by the Imperium, and examples are used by independent military organizations operating with Imperial approval. In effect, mercenary organizations serve to enforce a basic policy of peace and order in areas where the lmperium itself does not have the resources.[3]

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

The first ship of this class bore the name Broadsword, and following ships of the class have been named for edged weapons and polearms. As the class grew and more ships were built, the general category of non-missile firing weapons was assumed for naming of additional ships.

Class Members[edit]

Type C class Mercenary Cruiser
Named Ship Named Ship Named Ship
  • (Class Leader)
    Broadsword
  • Assegai
  • Battle Ax
  • Bayonet
  • Blade
  • Bowie
  • Chemin-de-fer
  • Clave
  • Claybeg
  • Claymore
  • Cutlass
  • Dagger
  • Dragon Fist
  • Flamberge
  • Foil
  • Framea
  • Francisca
  • Gladius
  • Halberd
  • Hasta
  • Javelin
  • Kontos
  • Kris
  • Kukri
  • Lancea
  • Mace
  • Mameluke
  • Misericord
  • Morning Star
  • Oxtongue
  • Pike
  • Pilum
  • Pugio
  • Rapier
  • Sabre
  • Scimitar
  • Scramasax
  • Scythe
  • Spatha
  • Sword
  • Tulawar
  • War Spear
  • Zwiehander

Representative User[edit]

New Frontier Trading Partners, a limited corporation based on Excalibur in the Sword Worlds Confederation, procured a fleet of ten mercenary cruisers for use in operations outside the Marches far to spinward. Those vessels carried the names of ten planets within the Sword Worlds— all of them incidentally cognomial swords and thus appropriate to the ship name class. Incidentally, there is some conjecture that the swashbuckling name for the class was a clever marketing decision intended to appeal to the mercenary units that need these vessels; it apparently did influence the Sword World decision, as the competing ship class for the contract was named for Imperial naval heroes.

Additional Data[edit]

NON-CANON: Within the Trouble in the Spinward Marches (CT) Play By Email Campaign The Broadsword Class Cruiser is a primary Imperial Navy Cruiser. The setting tends to be a small ship universe, as such, the Broadswords fill the roll of naval Cruiser quite handily.

  • The Cruiser Mameluke is frequently found within the marches, clashing with enemies of freedom and justice.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Paramilitary Vessel - Mercenary Cruiser:

  1. Type C class Mercenary Cruiser
    1. Broadsword class Mercenary Cruiser
    2. Byrna class Mercenary Cruiser
    3. Duke Boris class Mercenary Cruiser
    4. Longsword class Mercenary Cruiser
    5. Mauler class Mercenary Cruiser
    6. Tethys class Mercenary Transport

Paramilitary Vessel - Survey Cruiser:

  1. Type C class Survey Cruiser
    1. Explorer class Survey Cruiser

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.

  1. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  2. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  3. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 21.