Barrister's Gavel class Boarding Gig
|Barrister's Gavel class Boarding Gig|
Bringing the Law
|Type: UIB Boarding Gig|
|Hull Configuration||Slab Hull|
|Fuel tank||0 Tons|
|End of Service||Examples still operate post-Collapse|
|Cost||MCr43.3725. MCr39.03525 in quantity.|
|Quick Ship Profile||UIB-2SJ0|
|Also see||Security Vessel - Police Ship|
|Canon||Published, fan design|
|Reference||EXTERNAL LINK: MGT Forums|
|Designed with Mongoose Traveller High Guard rules, but portable to other versions.|
- It is a paramilitary ship and a Boarding Smallcraft.
- It is usually encountered with a Barrister class Patrol Frigate from which it is based.
The Barrister class Patrol Frigate is built around disabling and then boarding small spacecraft. However, even with a constant barrage of ion cannon fire disabling any electronics aboard the target, there is always the risk the target will detonate upon boarding, taking out anything nearby. The Barrister's Gavel addresses this risk, boarding targets without getting close enough to risk the entire Barrister. Once a Barrister has disabled a target with its ion cannon, a Barrister's Gavel will undock, race to the target, and deliver 6 marines.
A basic, unassuming slab hull with curves that visually identify it as coming from the same manufacturer as a Barrister, a Barrister's Gavel is designed to perform one mission, and perform it extremely well. The design purposefully lacks fuel scoops, which could have been added without additional cost, so as to prevent retasking that might degrade performance. As the Barrister's Gavel may be traveling down the path of an active ion cannon, everything on board is hardened against such damage, and standard procedure is for the marines' equipment to be likewise shielded (or to not use electronics). The ship's computer is loaded with the best software TL-15 can provide to dodge incoming fire should the target slip out from the ion cannon's suppression, as the Barrister's Gavel is a likely first target (and will usually be in the way of fire directed at the Barrister anyway). Upon arrival, the smallcraft docks extremely securely, using gravitics designed to pin it to the target and a breaching tube that can cut through most sealed airlocks (or even light armor); Barrister's Gavels usually carry self-applying sealing patches to leave the hull intact after the operation.
The turret-mounted laser drill will ideally never fire, present just in case something goes wrong. When it does fire, it usually does so after (what is left of) the marine team has retreated onto the Barrister's Gavel, which undocks without sealing the hole, then fires the drill at everything it can reach through the hole. In some cases, when dealing with particularly stubborn pirates on a lightly armored spaceship, a Barrister's Gig has opened new holes at various points around the target, circling around and firing to try to snuff out the enemy crew while leaving the prize at least minimally salvageable. If that fails, the drill can quickly blast off critical components at point blank range, rendering the enemy spaceship permanently disabled, then nudge it toward a nearby planet or star, the latter being preferred.
The reaction drive only carries enough fuel for 30 minutes' thrust. If this is not enough to reach the target, the Barrister's Gavel is not supposed to undock until the Barrister gets close enough. Returning on maneuver drive alone is presumed to be done after the target is secure, thus leaving no danger.
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General Description & Deck Plans
Basic Ship Characteristics
|Basic Ship Characteristics |
|1.||Tonnage / Hull||Tonnage: 25 tons (standard). 350 cubic meters. Streamlined Slab Hull.
|2.||Crew||Crew: 1 Pilot, 1 Gunners, 4 Marines. Typically all 6 will be Marines, able to exit the craft and fight at the destination.|
|3.||Performance||Acceleration: 9-G maneuver drive and 16-G reaction drive, for a total of 25-G, installed.
|4.||Electronics||Model/7 fib ship computer. All electronics on the smallcraft are hardened.|
|5.||Hardpoints||No hardpoints, 1 firmpoint.|
|6.||Armament||One laser drill, optimized for assisting boarding and disabling anti-boarding measures.|
|7.||Defenses||None. Target is expected to be disabled by the parent Barrister class Patrol Frigate.|
|8.||Craft||None (aside from itself). Vacc suits required for EVA (extra-vehicle activity), and expected to be worn by all crew during most operations. Thus, Rescue Balls for crew escape not normally carried.|
|9.||Fuel Treatment||It is not typically equipped with a fuel purification plant or fuel scoops.|
|10.||Cost||MCr43.3725 standard (...no architect's fees: while the design is not standard, blueprints are readily enough available throughout the Third Imperium and beyond). MCr39.03525 in quantity. (These are the official average cost numbers according to GSbAG, which included the extended decimal fraction.)|
|11.||Construction Time||1.5 months standard, 1 in quantity.|
|12.||Remarks||One of the fastest smallcraft in Charted Space, designed to carry a team of marines to a boarding target quickly.|
See Barrister class Patrol Frigate, which this class was created for. Few Barrister's Gavels have been created other than as part of a Barrister or as a replacement for one that lost its boarding gig (such as to insert a small team onto a world through a blockade; in these cases, the leftover components are often incorporated into the replacement, if the shipyard building the replacement is capable of doing so, and most crews treat the new gig as a reincarnation or continuance of the old one). Many who serve on a Barrister are not aware that the boarding gig technically has its own class name.
Most of the exceptions have been used for piracy and racing. A Barrister's Gavel is no match for even a minimally armed spaceship, but completely unarmed transports with no marines of their own can be easy prey, especially for multiple Gavels. Even without the reaction drive, 9-G will win most smallcraft races, to the point that many racing associations specifically ban Boarding Smallcraft. As an offshoot, a few Barrister's Gavels are used for expensive VIP transport around certain planets, especially those with moons the VIPs sometimes travel to.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
Ship Interior Details: A Barrister's Gavel has a simple layout. Just beyond the sole airlock is a bench designed to hold 4 marines in battle dress. Foreward of that is a short corridor leading to a 2-seat bridge, with stations designed assuming the crew may likewise be in battle dress (though not requiring it). Aft of the bench is an area with shelves for cargo; aft of that is the small engineering section, including direct access to the turret (which is usually controlled from the cockpit). As with most smallcraft, most maintenance is expected to be done from the outside.
Class Naming Practice/s: Barrister's Gavels are almost always named for the Barrister that holds them, usually (if the parent ship is named X) "X Gavel" or "X gig" when they are referred to at all.
Technically, the class name is a misnomer: it is judges, not barristers, that traditionally use a gavel in their duties. However, the marines who board the ships a Barrister usually targets are, as the saying goes, "judge, jury, and executioner" for any pirates they encounter, thus supporting the class name's reference.
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Type UIB class Boarding Smallcraft
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