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O-class Ortillery Ships bombard the surfaces of planets and moons.

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Library Data Referral Tree[edit]

Please refer to the following AAB Library Data for more information:
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Description (Specifications)[edit]

Planetary bombardment is a vital mission in assault fleets, and such fire often requires a different class of weapon than line combatants possess. Precision KEW and GUW weapons are preferred for many missions over DEW weaponry. While a spinal mount weapon can be effective in almost any mission, bombardment ships are often equipped with bays of weaponry that can be more effective at planetary bombardment. Many ships are equipped with makertech factories capable of creating bombardment munitions only limited by the local supply of a planetoid ring.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. An image of an Ortillerist-class off an older workstation screen.
    Ortillerist-class-A-Stewart 03-June-2019a.jpg

Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)[edit]

Ortillery Ships have one primary mission: to bombard the enemy's non-naval assets into submission, and if they will not submit, obliterate them. Most often, this means destroying the enemies ground forces, armies, and more specifically COACC forces. This includes enemy facilities, resources, Artillery, MBTs, AFVs, and infantry among other targets. Sometimes, it enough to obliterate prestige targets such as an enemy's capital or other non-military high value targets. The use of Thunderballs should be avoided except under conditions of umlimited war, which itself should be avoided at all costs.

Sometimes, the obliteration mission will lead to a complete planetary scrubbing, utter destruction of a planet's life-supporting qualities, destruction of the biome down to the bedrock, and in some cases even worse, to break a planet apart into an asteroid belt. TL-15 technology faces large challenges in trying to break a planet apart into rubble, but it can be done. TL-15 technology is perfectly capable of scrubbing a planet of life down to the bedrock.

Supraclass Roles[edit]

Ortillery Ships typically serve the following roles:

  1. Bombardment Cruiser (O)
  2. Bombardment Ship (O)
  3. Orbital Bombardment Ship (OS)
  4. Ortillery Ship (O) (Namesake)
  5. Ortillery Vessel (O)
  6. Siege Engine (O)
  7. Siege Ship (O)
  8. Strike Ortillery Ship (OS)
  9. Torpedo Ship (OS)

Supraclass Archetypal Roles[edit]

These vessels typically serve the following archetypal roles:

O-class Ortillery Ship Supraclass Archetypes
Archetype Type Code Exemplar Remarks
Ortillery Ship
(Namesake)
O-class Huron class Bombardment Cruiser The general orty ship classification.
  • O = Ortillery
Strike Ortillery Ship OS-class Ortillerist class Torpedo Ship A Strike Ortillery Ship is an Ortillery Ship optimized for hit-and-fade operations, unleashing a payload then fleeing (usually jumping) before retaliation can reach it.
  • S = Strike
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]

Early generation naval weaponry had difficulty penetrating atmospheres. Lasers and DEW energy weapons dissipated, many projectile weapons ablated under atmospheres and, in general, what worked against starships in the vacuum didn't work nearly so well in a planetary bombardment role. So, ortillery bombardment ships were created; vessels specialized to destroy infrastructure and planetside targets of opportunity. The first few generations were very limited, but the most contemporary technology is very capable. [1]

A dedicated ortillery ship can still outperform the typical cruiser or battleship in their specialized role, making them a valued asset in almost any fleet. [2]

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Military Ship - Ortillery Ship:

  1. Type O class Ortillery Ship
    1. Armageddon class Bombardment Cruiser
    2. Huron class Bombardment Cruiser
    3. Overlord class Bombardment Cruiser
  2. Type OS class Orbital Strike Ship
    1. Ortillerist class Torpedo Ship

Ship Summary List[edit]

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

6 Representative Ortillery Ship (O) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Canon
Armageddon class Bombardment Cruiser O 10,000 BCS 13 Solomani Confederation 3 1.7 Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Huron class Bombardment Cruiser O X BCS X Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Ortillerist class Torpedo Ship OS 500 ACS 12 Sindalian Empire 1 1 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
Overlord class Bombardment Cruiser O 80,000 BCS 15 Third Imperium 4 3 No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type O class Ortillery Ship O X ACS TBD Third Imperium X X Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type OS class Orbital Strike Ship OS X ACS x Third Imperium X X No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.

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  1. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  2. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak