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X-class Communications Vessels serve communication functions throughout Charted Space.

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Library Data Referral Tree[edit]

Please refer to the following AAB Library Data for more information:
Starship:

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Communications Vessels is a ship hierarchy category that covers a variety of vessels that have a primary mission of conducting communications and connecting mainworlds and/or fleets. Not every polity has a well developed X-boat system, but every polity uses starships to conduct communications missions, varying electronic messages, couriers, diplomats, envoys, and a variety of sophont messengers as well as message mediums. [1]

Image Repository[edit]

  1. A typical Purcell class Express Boat Tender, one of the prototypical Express Boat Tenders.
    Xboat-Tender-Keith-Supp7 Pg11-15 13-Jan-2019a.jpg
  2. A top down image of the most common Imperial Armed Packet in a common livery.
    Armed-Packet-T5-Core-Rules-FFE 29-May-2019a.png
  3. An image of a Xavier class Express Boat.
    X-boat Ian-Stead 50865284 27-June-2019a.jpg
  4. The familiar wedge-shaped Messenger class Commercial Courier.
    J2 100dT Courier.jpg

Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)[edit]

Communications Vessels are rarely armed or armored. They are combat multipliers meant to affect battles by getting the right information and intelligence to the right forces at the right time. Every combatant fleet protects its auxiliaries and its communications lines, commo vessels included. When engaged, the commo vessel has only two choices, run as fast as possible, or hopefully hide out in jumpspace if the jump drives are charged and ready. [2]

Supraclass Roles[edit]

Communication Vessels typically serve the following roles:
Largecraft & Bigcraft:

  1. Commercial Courier (XCL)
  2. Communications Vessel (X) (Namesake)
  3. Diplomatic Courier (XUD)
  4. Far Courier (XCL))
  5. Express Courier (XCF)
  6. Fast Courier (XCF)
  7. Fleet Courier (XCF)
  8. Fleet Dispatch Courier (XUD)
  9. Frontier Courier (XCL)
  10. Long Range Fleet Courier (XCF)
  11. Messenger Ship (XU)
  12. Packet Boat (XU)
  13. Relay Boat (XC)
  14. X-Boat (XB)
  15. X-Boat Tender (XT)

Civilian Subcraft[edit]

Civilian subcraft (...both smallcraft and bigcraft) are carried by some of these vessels:

  1. Barge (WB)
  2. Utility Craft (U)

Supraclass Archetypal Roles[edit]

These vessels typically serve the following archetypal roles:

Selected Communications Vessel Archetypes
Archetype Type Code/s Exemplar Remarks
Communications Vessel X (Namesake) Type X class Express Boat Charted Space possesses no FTL communications devices or ansibles. Thus, communications is generally limited to a pony express type of communications network, as in a network of couriers, packets, and the like. The Third Imperium maximized the efficiency of its courier system by developing X-boats, ships dedicated solely to communications functions, but there are other solutions used by other polities: relay systems, fleet couriers, postal unions, military express messengers, X-mail, etc.
  • X = eXchange
X-Boat XB Xavier class Express Boat The Express Boat (…also called an xboat) is a small, fast ship filled with a pilot compartment, message data banks, and jump drives. The fit is so tight that there is no room even for maneuver drives. Each is capable of Jump-4 (…four parsecs per week); it jumps, relays its messages to the station on arrival, and then waits to be picked up by a tender, to be refuelled and sent on its way with a new load of messages. The local station, meanwhile, accepts messages, encodes them, and transmits them to a tender at the edges of the stellar system. Messages brought by the arriving xboat and intended for further down the line are consolidated with the new data and all are sent on to another xboat already fuelled and standing ready to leave. The entire network operates like the pony express — messages are always moving at top speed. Transfer time for messages from one xboat to another can be as short as ten minutes, and is rarely more than an hour. [3]
  • B = Boat
Courier Vessel XC Yetsabl class Courier Courier Vessels are communications ships, ships intended to carry communications in a universe where communications are limited to the speed of travel.
  • C = Courier
X-Boat Tender XT Purcell class Express Boat Tender The express boat system would not work without the express boat tender. These tenders, stationed in each system that express boats stop at, serve two purposes. First, they tend express boats, recovering them when they arrive, refueling them and repairing minor problems, and then sending them on their way. Second, they serve as a relay station between the planetary surface based message center and the express boat itself. Messages are forwarded to the tender for transmittal to the xboat just before it leaves for the next star system. [4]
  • T = Tender
Packet Boat XU Xerxes class Armed Packet Ship Packet Ships conduct similar missions to liners and courier vessels. They are generally understood to perform unscheduled missions where postal routes do not exist. Most are equipped with mail vaults and secure staterooms. [5]
  • Vessels such as Armed Packet (UF-CA33) perform unscheduled passenger service for those in a hurry. The crew can be trusted, but these little ships can still find themselves jumping into harm's way. [6]
  • Generally, packet trade is any regularly scheduled cargo, passenger, and X-mail trade conducted by space or starship. The ships are sometimes called "packet boats"—in the same manner as IISS communications craft are called "x-boats"—since their original function was to carry x-mail. However, in modern times they only supplement the official system. While "packet" can mean any small parcel, its usage here most likely comes from its meaning during the pre-spaceflight Terran Age of Sail, where it meant a parcel of important correspondence—usually governmental—or valuable items for urgent delivery. [7]
  • U = commUnication
NOTES: There is semantic overlap between many of the classes and codes. Some codes organize by mission or capability, others by size and tonnage, and yet others by other characteristics.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Charted Space possesses no FTL communications devices or ansibles. Thus, communications is generally limited to a pony express type of communications network, as in a network of couriers, packets, and the like. The Third Imperium maximized the efficiency of its courier system by developing X-boats, ships dedicated solely to communications functions, but there are other solutions used by other polities: relay systems, fleet couriers, postal unions, military express messengers, X-mail, etc.. [8]

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Paramilitary Vessel - Express Boats:

Paramilitary Vessel - Courier Vessels:

Paramilitary Vessel - Express Boat Tenders:

Communication Vessel - Packet Ship:

  1. Type XU class Packet Ship
    1. Mercury class Long Range Fleet Courier
    2. Rapid class Fleet Courier
  2. Type XUA class Armed Packet Ship
    1. Iyeliy class Messenger
    2. Midlothian A5 class Dispatch
    3. Xerxes class Armed Packet Ship
  3. Type XUB class Packet Boat
    1. None
  4. Type XUD class Dispatch Ship
    1. Chercheur class Fleet Dispatch Courier
    2. Flyer class Diplomatic Courier
    3. Golf Ball class VIP Transport Scout
    4. Royal class Dispatch Vessel
    5. Starsream Model 226 class Courier
  5. Type XUF class Fast Dispatch Ship
    1. Excalibur class Express Packet Boat
  6. Type XUR class Packet Liner
    1. None
  7. Type XUV class Packet Boat AKA Type VM class Packet Boat
    1. Dhaztuen class Packet Ship AKA Dhaztuen class Far Merchant
    2. Type VM class Packet Boat

Ship Summary List[edit]

Some of the most commonly used vessels in this role include:

52 Representative Communication Vessel (X) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Barnett class Fleet Courier XCF 200 ACS 14 Solomani Confederation 3 4 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Chantoql class Courier XC X ACS X Zhodani Consulate X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Chercheur class Fleet Dispatch Courier XUD 500 ACS 14 Strend Cluster 5 4 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Columbus class Fleet Courier XCF X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Dhaztuen class Far Merchant XUV 600 ACS 12 Vargr Extents 3 1 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Excalibur class Express Packet Boat XUF X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Flyer class Diplomatic Courier XUD 100 ACS 13 Darrian Confederation 3 5 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Gepard class Express Courier XCF 200 ACS 13 Third Imperium 4 4 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Golf Ball class VIP Transport Scout XUD X ACS X Third Imperium X X No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Hummingbird class Courier XC 400 ACS 15 Uncharted Space 3 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Iyeliy class Messenger XUA TBD ACS X Aslan Hierate X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Kahk'rik'kreng class Yacht XUD 6,000 ACS 14 Two Thousand Worlds 3 1 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kankur class Frontier Courier XC X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Ktiyhui class Courier XC 200 ACS 14 Aslan Hierate 3 4 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Last Line class Fleet Courier XCF 100 ACS 11 The Last Line 2 4 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Lirshala class Express Boat Tender XT 1,000 ACS 10 Third Imperium 1 1 Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Marathon class Fleet Courier XCF 200 ACS 14 Solomani Confederation 3 3 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Mercury class Long Range Fleet Courier XU 400 ACS X Third Imperium 6 1 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Messenger class Commercial Courier XC 100 ACS 11 Distant Fringe X 4 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Midlothian A5 class Dispatch XUA 200 ACS 12 Principality of Caledon 3 5 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Orowani Deep Space class Courier XC 100 ACS 11 Bright Conclave 2 2 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Purcell class Express Boat Tender XT 1,000 ACS 10 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Ranger class Courier XC X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Rapid class Fleet Courier XU 500 ACS 15 Darrian Confederation 6 1 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Royal class Dispatch Vessel XUD 100 ACS 10 Grand Duchy of Marlheim 1 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Starsream Model 226 class Courier XUD 200 ACS 13 Principality of Caledon 2 2 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Sundowner class Fleet Courier XCF 400 ACS 14 Solomani Confederation 2 2 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Swift class Fleet Courier XCF 400 ACS 15 Third Imperium 6 1 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Swift Missive class Courier XC 400 ACS 15 Third Imperium 6 3 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Thorez class Courier XC X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type VM class Packet Boat XUV 600 ACS 12 Vargr Extents X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type VX class Courier XCX 200 ACS X Vargr Extents X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type X class Express Boat XB 100 ACS 10 Third Imperium 4 0 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XCF class Fleet Courier XCF 400 ACS 15 Third Imperium 6 2 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XM class Interplanetary Express Boat XB 100 ACS TBD Third Imperium TBD TBD Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XSS class Express Solar Sailor XB 100 ACS TBD Third Imperium TBD TBD Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XT class Express Boat Tender XT 1,000 ACS 10 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Type XU class Packet Ship XU X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes
Type XUA class Armed Packet Ship XUA 300 ACS 12 Third Imperium 3 3 Yes
Type XUB class Packet Boat XUB X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XUD class Dispatch Ship XUD X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XUF class Fast Dispatch Ship XUF X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XUR class Packet Liner XUR X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XUV class Packet Boat XUV 600 ACS 12 Vargr Extents X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type ZC class Courier XC X ACS X Zhodani Consulate X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type ZHG class Council Cruiser XUR 2,000 ACS 14 Zhodani Consulate 4 4 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Vehrsabl class Courier XC X ACS X Zhodani Consulate X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Venture class Frontier Courier XC X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Victrix class Courier XC X ACS X Third Imperium X X No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Xavier class Express Boat XB 100 ACS 10 Third Imperium 4 0 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Xerxes class Armed Packet Ship XUA 300 ACS 12 Third Imperium 3 3 Yes
Yetsabl class Courier XC TBD ACS X Zhodani Consulate X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
4 Representative Express Boat (XB) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Type X class Express Boat XB 100 ACS 10 Third Imperium 4 0 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XM class Interplanetary Express Boat XB 100 ACS TBD Third Imperium TBD TBD Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XSS class Express Solar Sailor XB 100 ACS TBD Third Imperium TBD TBD Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Xavier class Express Boat XB 100 ACS 10 Third Imperium 4 0 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
23 Representative Courier Ship (XC) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Barnett class Fleet Courier XCF 200 ACS 14 Solomani Confederation 3 4 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Chantoql class Courier XC X ACS X Zhodani Consulate X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Columbus class Fleet Courier XCF X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Gepard class Express Courier XCF 200 ACS 13 Third Imperium 4 4 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Hummingbird class Courier XC 400 ACS 15 Uncharted Space 3 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Kankur class Frontier Courier XC X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Ktiyhui class Courier XC 200 ACS 14 Aslan Hierate 3 4 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Last Line class Fleet Courier XCF 100 ACS 11 The Last Line 2 4 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Marathon class Fleet Courier XCF 200 ACS 14 Solomani Confederation 3 3 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Messenger class Commercial Courier XC 100 ACS 11 Distant Fringe X 4 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Orowani Deep Space class Courier XC 100 ACS 11 Bright Conclave 2 2 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Ranger class Courier XC X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Sundowner class Fleet Courier XCF 400 ACS 14 Solomani Confederation 2 2 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Swift class Fleet Courier XCF 400 ACS 15 Third Imperium 6 1 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Swift Missive class Courier XC 400 ACS 15 Third Imperium 6 3 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Thorez class Courier XC X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type VX class Courier XCX 200 ACS X Vargr Extents X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XCF class Fleet Courier XCF 400 ACS 15 Third Imperium 6 2 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type ZC class Courier XC X ACS X Zhodani Consulate X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Vehrsabl class Courier XC X ACS X Zhodani Consulate X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Venture class Frontier Courier XC X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Victrix class Courier XC X ACS X Third Imperium X X No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Yetsabl class Courier XC TBD ACS X Zhodani Consulate X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
3 Representative Express Boat Tender (XT) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Lirshala class Express Boat Tender XT 1,000 ACS 10 Third Imperium 1 1 Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Purcell class Express Boat Tender XT 1,000 ACS 10 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Type XT class Express Boat Tender XT 1,000 ACS 10 Third Imperium 1 1 Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
22 Representative Packet Ship (XU) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Chercheur class Fleet Dispatch Courier XUD 500 ACS 14 Strend Cluster 5 4 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Dhaztuen class Far Merchant XUV 600 ACS 12 Vargr Extents 3 1 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Excalibur class Express Packet Boat XUF X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Flyer class Diplomatic Courier XUD 100 ACS 13 Darrian Confederation 3 5 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Golf Ball class VIP Transport Scout XUD X ACS X Third Imperium X X No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Iyeliy class Messenger XUA TBD ACS X Aslan Hierate X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Kahk'rik'kreng class Yacht XUD 6,000 ACS 14 Two Thousand Worlds 3 1 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Mercury class Long Range Fleet Courier XU 400 ACS X Third Imperium 6 1 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Midlothian A5 class Dispatch XUA 200 ACS 12 Principality of Caledon 3 5 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Rapid class Fleet Courier XU 500 ACS 15 Darrian Confederation 6 1 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Royal class Dispatch Vessel XUD 100 ACS 10 Grand Duchy of Marlheim 1 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Starsream Model 226 class Courier XUD 200 ACS 13 Principality of Caledon 2 2 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type VM class Packet Boat XUV 600 ACS 12 Vargr Extents X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XU class Packet Ship XU X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes
Type XUA class Armed Packet Ship XUA 300 ACS 12 Third Imperium 3 3 Yes
Type XUB class Packet Boat XUB X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XUD class Dispatch Ship XUD X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XUF class Fast Dispatch Ship XUF X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XUR class Packet Liner XUR X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type XUV class Packet Boat XUV 600 ACS 12 Vargr Extents X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type ZHG class Council Cruiser XUR 2,000 ACS 14 Zhodani Consulate 4 4 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Xerxes class Armed Packet Ship XUA 300 ACS 12 Third Imperium 3 3 Yes

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