Fringian Provincial Trader

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Fringian Provincial Trader
Type: ML Commercial Mercantile Ships
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Cargo 210 Tons
Cost MCr143.658 (base)
MCr114.927 (discounted)
Crew 11
Hardpoints 4
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Jump J-1
Maneuver 1 G
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Origin Distant Fringe
Passengers 14 High/Med 10 Low
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Size 400 Tons
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Tech Level TL–9
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Description / Specifications[edit]

A generic class of civilian vessel, the Provincial Trader is a commercial transport typically encountered operating within clusters of stars within the Distant Fringe region. It is classified as a Merchant and is constructed as a conventional design. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.

  • The vessel is a TL 9 design.


The Provincial Trader is constructed using a 400-dTon hull built in a generally cone-shaped configuration. The hull is fully streamlined: the ship is equipped with fuel scoops.

  • Individual sections of the ship are divided by bulkhead walls. Sections of the ship can be isolated in the event of an emergency.
  • The hull includes internal grav plates and inertial compensators. All accessible sections of the hull have life support.


The vessel mounts a DeVoss-type jump-1 drive, a maneuver-1 drive, and a power plant 1, giving performance of jump-1 and 1G acceleration. The ship has an agility rating of 0 and an emergency agility of 1. There is fuel tankage of 44 dTons, sufficient for one jump-1 and giving the power plant four weeks duration.

  • The jump drive utilises a lanthanum hull grid.
  • The jump drive is fitted with a jump governor.

Main Section[edit]

Adjacent to the bridge is a computer model/1. The vessel has a secure locker with a capacity of 3 dTons. There are 15 staterooms and 10 low berths, primarily used to transport livestock. Cargo capacity amounts to 210 dTons. Double occupancy is normal practice for all crew except the ship’s captain. 14 staterooms are available to paying passengers.

  • The vessel is fitted with communications equipment and a sensor array.


The Provincial Trader requires requires 11 crew: 2x command, 1x engineering, 4x gunnery, and 2x service. The vessel carries 2x passenger stewards.


The ship is fitted with 4 turrets. These are grouped into:

  • one sandcaster battery, consisting of 2 linked triple turrets
  • one beam laser battery, consisting of 1 triple turret
  • one missile battery, consisting of 1 triple turret


The ship has a dedicated hanger able to house a vehicle of up to 4-dTons, though no subcraft or vehicles are provided.


The basic cost of the vessel is MCr143.658.

  • The craft is a standard design. Detailed architectural plans are widely available and no design fee is chargeable.
  • If multiple examples of the design are ordered all of the ships in the production run qualify for a 20% discount, which reduces their price to MCr114.927.

History / Background[edit]

The Provincial Trader is considered underpowered and suffers performance issues in a high gravity environment. It is a design that dates to the time of the Terran Confederation: elements of the design and construction indicate that the vessel has Vilani origins. The design is representative and a large number of variants exist, particularly with regard to the allotted weapons systems, onboard electronics, and the fit out of internal spaces.

See also: Ships of the Distant Fringe

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