Expedition Ship

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Type-K Expedition Ships are tasked to go on extended trips whether for recreation (safari or tourism), exploration (colonization), diplomacy (first contact), or other tasks requiring purposeful travelling across vast distances.

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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]

Expedition ships are built around the support of their main purpose and have limited uses outside of it. The designs intended for each archetypal role are very different. For example, a Safari Ship makes a poor Colony Ship, and an even worse warship. [1]

Ships intended for recreational expeditions (...like the Safari Ship), are often designed with luxurious accommodations. Those that can afford to charter such a vessel expect to travel in style. There will be well-appointed lounges and facilities to handle and display trophies, as well as vehicles to explore the wilderness. [2]

Diplomatic vessels also have lavishly appointed areas to entertain distinguished guests. They need to be able to carry a political envoy and several staff members, and they need to be able to support them until an embassy is established. [3]

In contrast to this, ships used for colonial expeditions will often be constructed with more economically furnished, though even more spacious, living quarters. Civilizations without access to jump drive, including the Loeskalth, the Hhkar, and pre-jump Vilani and Terrans (European Space Agency Long-range Colony Mission), built long-duration sublight colony ships which would also fit the type K supraclass. Within the Imperium, individual high population worlds frequently send out colonies to underutilized worlds in their own region. For this purpose, they often use passenger liners and freighters that have been adapted and repurposed into Expedition Ships. [4]

Image Repository[edit]

  1. A brochure image of an Animal class Safari Ship deploying a Denuli class Hunting Launch.
    Safari-Ship-WH-Keith-MT-Imp-Encyclo-Pg-37 03-July-2018a.jpg

Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)[edit]

Like most civilian vessels, Expedition Ships are not designed for combat and should run whenever possible when facing marauders or pirate vessels. Many are equipped with light armament and defensive suites nevertheless.

Supraclass Roles[edit]

Expedition Ships typically serve the following roles:
Largecraft & Bigcraft:

T-class Transport & Tanker Supraclass Archetypes
Archetype Type Code
Colony Ship (KC)
Consular Corvette (KD)
Consular Ship (KD)
Diplomacy Ship (KD)
Diplomat's Ship (KD)
Embassy Ship (KD)
Emmisary Ship (KD)
Expedition Ship (K) (Namesake)
Expedition Vessel (K)
Expeditionary Colony Ship (KC)
Expeditionary Diplomacy Ship (KD)
Exploratory Cruiser (K)
First Contact Ship (KD)
Generation Ship (KCG)
Hunter's Ship (KH)
Safari Ship (KH)
Settlement Ship (KC)
Settlement Transport (KC)
Sleeper Ship (KCS)
Space Ark (KC)
Worldship (KC)

Smallcraft:

T-class Transport & Tanker Supraclass Archetypes
Archetype Type Code
Expeditionary Smallcraft (UK)
Hunter's Craft (UK)
Hunter's Launch (UK)
Safari Smallcraft (UK)

Size-Class Roles for Expedition Vessels[edit]

  1. Expeditionary Smallcraft (UK) (1 to 99 tons)
  2. Very Light Expedition Ship (KVL) (100 to 2,499 tons)
  3. Light Expedition Ship (KL) (2,500 to 99,999 tons)
  4. Medium Expedition Ship (KM) (100,000 to 249,999 tons)
  5. Heavy Expedition Ship (KH) (250,000 to 499,999 tons)
  6. Superheavy Expedition Ship (KS) (500,000 to 999,999 tons)
  7. Ultraheavy Expedition Ship (KU) (1,000,000 or more tons)

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:

K-class Expedition Ship Supraclass Archetypes
Archetype Type Code/s Exemplar Remarks
Expedition Ship K Leaping Snowcat class Safari Ship Type-K Expedition Ships are tasked to go on extended trips whether for recreation (safari), exploration (colonization), diplomacy (first contact), or other tasks requiring purposeful travelling across vast distances. [5]
  • K = Kiswahili (Name of Terran language used in an area where many significant safari expeditions occurred. Also known as Swahili)
Colony Ship KC C-Jammer class Settlement Transport Colony ships, settlement transports, star arks, and the like bring a population of colonists across great distances to establish new mainworlds. Such vessels are often quite large, needing to bring all the necessities of life to the new world. [6]
  • C = Colony
Diplomacy Ship KD Type HE class Embassy Ship Consular vessels, embassy ships, diplomat's vessels, first contact observers, and the like travel great distances to make diplomatic contact with new sophont societies, polities, and civilizations. Highly trained diplomats and the like must often safeguard sensitive information and sensitive communications requiring self-destruct devices in case of capture, and require secure communications equipment to safeguard state secrets. [7]
  • D = Diplomacy
Safari Ship KH Animal class Safari Ship Safari ships are entertainments vessels that go on Safari. They bring privileged tourists great distances to observe and often hunt wild, exotic beasts. While most often used for the hunting of exotic game, some use it for the observation of, photographing of, hiking, and sight-seeing in exotic locales, a form of tourism. [8]
  • H = Hunter
Expeditionary Smallcraft UK Denuli class Hunting Launch Expeditionary smallcraft are specialized utility craft designed to support the operations of expedition ships. They can range from specialized colony support craft, to stealthy first contact craft designed to unobtrusively observe newly discovered sophont societies, to hunting launches for safari ships, and a variety of other craft. [9]
  • U = Utility
  • K = Kiswahili (Name of Terran language used in an area where many significant safari expeditions occurred. Also known as Swahili)
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]

In around -50,000 the Hhkar launched purpose-built sublight Expedition Ships of an unknown type in order to colonize other worlds. The Vilani began launching sublight expeditions to nearby stars in -9394. In -4200 the Loeskalth launched a single asteroid ship on an expedition across the Great Rift to escape the Vilani Consolidation Wars. The Terrans launched multiple such colony missions in -2573, one to Prometheus, and others to the Islands Clusters in the Great Rift. There are likely numerous other examples of historical use of colony ships. [10]

The Zhodani have built a variety of different ship designs to participate in their Core Expeditions starting in -4006. Each of these has been specialized as a type of Expedition Ship, and they vary from scouts to convoyed transports and tankers to individual ships designed to be self-sufficient as they branch off of the main expedition and rejoin it later. [11]

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Civilian Ship - Largecraft - Expedition Ship:
Type K class Expedition Ship

  1. Type KC class Colony Ship
    1. C-Jammer class Settlement Transport
    2. Jump Conveyor class Settlement Ship
    3. Vrad class Generation Ship
    4. Xeng Kirr class Space Ark
  2. Type KD class Diplomacy Ship
    1. Covenant class Consular Ship
    2. Dranzhrin class Consular Corvette
    3. Iigicih class Embassy Ship
    4. Type HE class Embassy Ship
  3. Type KH class Safari Ship AKA Type K class Safari Ship
    1. Animal class Free Trader [12]
    2. Animal class Liner [13]
    3. Animal class Safari Ship [14]
    4. Animal class Survey Vessel [15]
    5. Animal class Yacht [16]
    6. Nimrod class Safari Ship
    7. Leaping Snowcat class Safari Ship [17]
    8. Safari-234 class Touring Ship [18]
    9. Type KG class Safari Ship
      1. Excursion class Safari Ship
  4. Type UK class Expeditionary Smallcraft
    1. Denuli class Hunting Launch

Ship Summary List[edit]

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

11 Representative Expedition Ship (K) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Animal class Safari Ship KH 200 ACS 11 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
C-Jammer class Settlement Transport KC X BCS 10 Terran Confederation 0 1 No Yes. Published canon ship design.
Covenant class Consular Ship KD 2,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 3 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Dranzhrin class Consular Corvette KD 800 ACS 15 Zhodani Consulate 4 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Iigicih class Embassy Ship KD 1,200 ACS 15 Hive Federation 2 1.33 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Jump Conveyor class Settlement Ship KC 1,000,000 WCS X Third Imperium X X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Leaping Snowcat class Safari Ship KH 200 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type HE class Embassy Ship KD 800 ACS 15 Hive Federation 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type K class Safari Ship KH 200 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Vrad class Generation Ship KCG 73 x 10^18 WCS 12 Two Thousand Worlds 0 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Xeng Kirr class Space Ark KC 1,000,000 WCS 15 Two Thousand Worlds 6 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


4 Representative Colony Ship (KC) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
C-Jammer class Settlement Transport KC X BCS 10 Terran Confederation 0 1 No Yes. Published canon ship design.
Jump Conveyor class Settlement Ship KC 1,000,000 WCS X Third Imperium X X No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Vrad class Generation Ship KCG 73 x 10^18 WCS 12 Two Thousand Worlds 0 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Xeng Kirr class Space Ark KC 1,000,000 WCS 15 Two Thousand Worlds 6 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


1 Representative Colony Generation Ship (KCG) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Vrad class Generation Ship KCG 73 x 10^18 WCS 12 Two Thousand Worlds 0 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.


0 Representative Colony Sleeper Ship (KCS) Classes
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4 Representative Diplomacy Ship (KD) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Covenant class Consular Ship KD 2,000 ACS 15 Third Imperium 3 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Dranzhrin class Consular Corvette KD 800 ACS 15 Zhodani Consulate 4 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Iigicih class Embassy Ship KD 1,200 ACS 15 Hive Federation 2 1.33 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type HE class Embassy Ship KD 800 ACS 15 Hive Federation 2 1 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.


3 Representative Safari Ship (KH) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Animal class Safari Ship KH 200 ACS 11 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Leaping Snowcat class Safari Ship KH 200 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Type K class Safari Ship KH 200 ACS 15 Third Imperium 2 1 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.


1 Representative Expeditionary Smallcraft (UK) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Denuli class Hunting Launch UK 50 Smallcraft 12 Third Imperium 0 4 Yes Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.


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