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P-class Corsair Vessels AKA Corsairs are predatory ships that attempt to control space and disrupt merchant trading:

  1. A fast ship used for piracy
  2. A pirate. esp. Vargr.

VARGR CORSAIR .png

Library Data Referral Tree[edit]

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

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Corsairs are infamous throughout space, especially the dreaded Vargr corsair! Corsair vessels may be purposefully built at rogue shipyard or, as often as not, converted from existing ship types and classes.

  • Piracy is one of the scourges of Interstellar Trade within Charted Space.
  • Some vessels act as privateers with legal imprimatur or commerce raiders under military purview.
  • And even other vessels act as Q-ships in a distinctly anti-piracy mission and role. Q-ships are technically H-class security vessels, but are included in this entry since they interact with Type-Ps by design.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. The ubiquitous Rrazaaghz class Corsair, common through the Vargr Extents and coreward Imperial Space.
    Corsair-T5-Core-Rules-Pg-359 25-July-2018a.jpg
  2. A typical Nishemani class Corsair viewed from the side, showing off its expansive hull.
    Corsair-Ian-Stead-Unpublished-Pg-TBD 29-July-2018a.jpg
  3. A typical Nishemani class Corsair viewed from the rear, exposing it's large cargo bay, lying in ambush in an asteroid field.
    Corsair-WH-Keith-MT-Imp-Encyclo-Pg-85 03-July-2018a.jpg

Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)[edit]

Corsair vessels are typically ambush ships, hoping to surprise, overcome, and loot unarmed victims. Prize vessels are always desired as well. Most predatory pirate vessels carry boarders not only to overcome enemy crew, but to temporarily crew captured vessels until they can be sold or otherwise disposed of.

Supraclass Roles[edit]

Corsairs typically serve the following supraclass roles:

  1. Buccaneer Vessel (P)
  2. Commerce Protection Vessel (PR)
  3. Commerce Raider (PR)
  4. Corsair Vessel (P) (Namesake)
  5. Fast Attack Craft (PG)
  6. Frontier Raider (PR)
  7. Gunboat (PG)
  8. Hijacker Vessel (PR)
  9. Light Attack Boat (PG)
  10. Marauder (PR)
  11. Marauder Vessel (PR)
  12. Pirate Ship (P)
  13. Privateer (PR)
  14. Raider Vessel (PR)
  15. Reaver Ship (P)
  16. Scout Raider (PR)
  17. Slave Transport (PS)
  18. Slaver Vessel (PS)
  19. Vargr Corsair Vessel (PV)

Supraclass Archetypal Roles[edit]

These vessels typically serve the following archetypal roles:

P-class Corsair Vessel Supraclass Archetypes
Archetype Type Code Exemplar Remarks
Corsair Vessel P (Namesake) Nishemani class Corsair This is an overall category of vessels that conduct piracy and raiding missions on behalf of private parties.
  • P = Pirate
Gunboat PG Griffon class Gunship Gunboats are a class of very light combatant craft.
  • G = Gunboat
Privateer Vessel PP TBD class Privateer Privateers are a polity-sanctioned vessel that raids opposing polity vessels with a legal sanction.
  • P = Privateer
Raider Vessel PR Chameleon class Commerce Raider Raider vessels attempt to attack enemy ships and assets in order to degrade their war making capability.
  • R = Raider, Commerce Raider, etc.
Slaver Vessel PS Hkisyeleaa class Slaver Slaver vessels take, raid, transport, and otherwise handle slaves.
  • S = Slaver
Vargr Corsair Vessel PV Rrazaghz class Corsair Vargr society institutionalizes corsair practices as part of the Vargr Extents and such ships are in widespread use.
  • V = Vargr
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]

The prime enemies of the corsair vessel are: Q-ships, Patrol Ships, Escorts, and Destroyers. They often operate under a Letter of Marque.

Vargr Corsairs: 1105[edit]

Some of the best known Vargr corsairs (pirates) include:

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Paramilitary Vessel - Corsair Vessel - Charted Space:

  1. Type P class Corsair
    1. Harmony class Corsair
    2. Hellbeast class Corsair
    3. Iron Fist class Corsair
    4. Nightspeed class Corsair
    5. Nishemani class Corsair
    6. Ral Ranta class Corsair
    7. Slasher class Corsair
    8. Stormfire class Corsair

Paramilitary Vessel - Raider Vessels:

  1. Type PR class Raider
    1. Chameleon class Commerce Raider
    2. Habari class Raider
    3. Harrier class Commerce Raider
    4. Kaashik class Raider
    5. Kom class Commerce Raider
    6. Kranz class Raider Escort
    7. K'Thunk class Raider Tender
    8. Shark class Raider
    9. Slade Mark I class Frontier Raider
    10. Sokhkhun class Raider Q-Carrier
    11. Spul class Raider
    12. Vengeance class Commerce Raider
    13. Viper class Scout Raider

Paramilitary Vessel - Corsair Vessel - Vargr Extents:

  1. Type VP class Corsair AKA Type PV class Vargr Corsair [1]
    1. Aeogz class Corsair
    2. Fang class Corsair
    3. Guegha class Corsair
    4. Rrazaghz class Corsair
    5. Sorrgheg class Reaver
    6. Ueknou class Corsair
    7. Veng class Corsair
    8. Vengeance class Commerce Protection Vessel

Ship Summary List[edit]

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

54 Representative Corsair Vessel (P) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Aeogz class Corsair PV 400 ACS 12 Vargr Extents 2 5 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
C-13 class Gun Boat PG 200 [[[]] 11 Chanestin Kingdom 1 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Chameleon class Commerce Raider PR X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Cobra class Corsair P Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Fang class Corsair P X ACS TBD Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Flare class Gunboat PG 300 10 Winston Democracy 1 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Gore class Slaver PS 1,000 ACS 12 Iltharan Empire 3 3 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Grasp class Gunship PG 760 12 Mapepire Cluster 3 3 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Griffon class Gunship PG 600 15 Third Imperium 4 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Guegha class Corsair PV 600 ACS 12 Vargr Extents 3 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Habari class Raider PR 8,000 BCS 12 Vargr Extents 2 2 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Harmony class Corsair P 400 ACS 12 Carillon Harmonies 3 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Harrier class Commerce Raider PR X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Hellbeast class Corsair P X ACS TBD Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Heroic Event class Light Attack Boat PG 200 7 Cambre Accord 0 2 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Heron class Scout-Interceptor PG 100 14 Federation of Heron 2 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Hkisyeleaa class Slaver PS X ACS TBD Aslan Hierate X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Hornet class Gunship PG 600 15 Third Imperium 2 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Iron Fist class Corsair P X ACS TBD Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Jolly Roger class Corsair P Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
K'Thunk class Raider Tender PR 100 ACS 8 Akras 0 1 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kaashik class Raider PR 100 ACS 11 Sath Alliance 2 1 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kalaron class Assault Scout PG 100 11 Union of Garth 2 2 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
KE3 Korsu class Gun Boat PG 300 10 Korsumug Empire 1 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kom class Commerce Raider PR 300 ACS 12 Iltharan Empire 3 4 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kranz class Raider Escort PR 5,000 BCS 11 Grand Duchy of Marlheim ? ? No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Nightspeed class Corsair P X ACS TBD Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Nishemani class Corsair P 400 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 3 Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Nogo class Fast Attack Craft PG 200 ACS 11 Worlds of The Leader 2 5 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Oppressor class Gunboat PG 2,000 10 Third Imperium 0 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Project 122bis Kronshtadt class Pursuit Ship PG 325 ACS 13 Sindalian Empire 3 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Ral Ranta class Corsair P 800 ACS 13 Ral Ranta 2 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Rrazaghz class Corsair PV 400 ACS 12 Vargr Extents 2 5 Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Shark class Raider PR X ACS X Third Imperium X X No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Slade Mark I class Frontier Raider PR 400 ACS 14 Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Slasher class Corsair P X ACS TBD Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
SLC7 Dianist class Gunboat PG 1,800 13 Isaiat Dominate 4 4 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Sorrgheg class Reaver PV 500 ACS 11 Vargr Extents 2 6 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Spul class Raider PR 80,000 BCS 11 Third Imperium 2 4 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Stormfire class Corsair P X ACS TBD Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Taravesh class Gunboat PG 600 ACS 12 Trindel Confederacy 0 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type 022 Houbei class Missile Boat PGM 220 ACS 13 Sindalian Empire 4 5 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type P class Corsair P 440 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 3 Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Type PR class Raider PR X ACS ? Third Imperium X X No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type VP class Corsair PV 400 ACS 12 Vargr Extents 2 5 Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Ueknou class Corsair PV 400 ACS 12 Vargr Extents X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
VCS 894 class Missile Gunboat PGM 1,000 10 Viyard Concourse 1 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
VCS 904 class Gunboat PG 200 10 Viyard Concourse 1 5 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Veng class Corsair PV 400 ACS 12 Vargr Extents X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Vengeance class Commerce Protection Vessel PV X ACS X Vargr Extents X X No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Vengeance class Commerce Raider PR 400 ACS 13 Third Imperium 3 3 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Viper class Scout Raider PR 100 ACS 9 Third Imperium 2 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Nexus Warspite class Intruder PG 200 ACS 12 Distant Fringe 2 3 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Zok Death class Sloop PG 600 10 S'raak Empire 0 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
19 Representative Gunboat (PG) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
C-13 class Gun Boat PG 200 [[[]] 11 Chanestin Kingdom 1 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Flare class Gunboat PG 300 10 Winston Democracy 1 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Grasp class Gunship PG 760 12 Mapepire Cluster 3 3 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Griffon class Gunship PG 600 15 Third Imperium 4 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Heroic Event class Light Attack Boat PG 200 7 Cambre Accord 0 2 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Heron class Scout-Interceptor PG 100 14 Federation of Heron 2 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Hornet class Gunship PG 600 15 Third Imperium 2 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kalaron class Assault Scout PG 100 11 Union of Garth 2 2 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
KE3 Korsu class Gun Boat PG 300 10 Korsumug Empire 1 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Nogo class Fast Attack Craft PG 200 ACS 11 Worlds of The Leader 2 5 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Oppressor class Gunboat PG 2,000 10 Third Imperium 0 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Project 122bis Kronshtadt class Pursuit Ship PG 325 ACS 13 Sindalian Empire 3 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
SLC7 Dianist class Gunboat PG 1,800 13 Isaiat Dominate 4 4 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Taravesh class Gunboat PG 600 ACS 12 Trindel Confederacy 0 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type 022 Houbei class Missile Boat PGM 220 ACS 13 Sindalian Empire 4 5 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
VCS 894 class Missile Gunboat PGM 1,000 10 Viyard Concourse 1 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
VCS 904 class Gunboat PG 200 10 Viyard Concourse 1 5 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Nexus Warspite class Intruder PG 200 ACS 12 Distant Fringe 2 3 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Zok Death class Sloop PG 600 10 S'raak Empire 0 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
13 Representative Raider Vessel (PR) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Chameleon class Commerce Raider PR X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Habari class Raider PR 8,000 BCS 12 Vargr Extents 2 2 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Harrier class Commerce Raider PR X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
K'Thunk class Raider Tender PR 100 ACS 8 Akras 0 1 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kaashik class Raider PR 100 ACS 11 Sath Alliance 2 1 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kom class Commerce Raider PR 300 ACS 12 Iltharan Empire 3 4 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kranz class Raider Escort PR 5,000 BCS 11 Grand Duchy of Marlheim ? ? No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Shark class Raider PR X ACS X Third Imperium X X No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Slade Mark I class Frontier Raider PR 400 ACS 14 Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Spul class Raider PR 80,000 BCS 11 Third Imperium 2 4 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type PR class Raider PR X ACS ? Third Imperium X X No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Vengeance class Commerce Raider PR 400 ACS 13 Third Imperium 3 3 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Viper class Scout Raider PR 100 ACS 9 Third Imperium 2 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
2 Representative Slaver Vessel (PS) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Gore class Slaver PS 1,000 ACS 12 Iltharan Empire 3 3 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Hkisyeleaa class Slaver PS X ACS TBD Aslan Hierate X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
8 Representative Vargr Corsair Vessel (PV) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Aeogz class Corsair PV 400 ACS 12 Vargr Extents 2 5 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Guegha class Corsair PV 600 ACS 12 Vargr Extents 3 6 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Rrazaghz class Corsair PV 400 ACS 12 Vargr Extents 2 5 Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Sorrgheg class Reaver PV 500 ACS 11 Vargr Extents 2 6 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type VP class Corsair PV 400 ACS 12 Vargr Extents 2 5 Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Ueknou class Corsair PV 400 ACS 12 Vargr Extents X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Veng class Corsair PV 400 ACS 12 Vargr Extents X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Vengeance class Commerce Protection Vessel PV X ACS X Vargr Extents X X No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
10 Representative Q-Ship (HQ) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Admiral Bertil class Armed Liner HQT X ACS X Third Imperium X X No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Ashigaru class Q-ship HQT 7,000 BCS 12 Ras Tennol Force 2 1 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Fenris class Q-ship HQT X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Gyro Cadis class Q-ship HQT X ACS X Third Imperium X X No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Sokhkhun class Raider Q-Carrier HQTV 400 ACS 10 Vargr Extents 1 3 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type QT class Q-ship HQT X ACS X Third Imperium X X No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Vigilant class Starmerc Armed Liner HQT X ACS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Yellow Jacket class Q-Ship HQT 200 ACS 10 Outcasts of the Whispering Sky 1 5 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Yeoman class Attack Cargo Vessel HQT 400 ACS 11 Third Imperium 1 2 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Zahzicih class Q-ship HQT X ACS X Hive Federation X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.

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