Highlander class Exploratory Merchant

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Highlander class Exploratory Merchant
Type: SL Explorer
Category ACS
Size 600 Tons
Hull Configuration Close Hull
Streamlining Unstreamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–13
Computer 7(fiber-optic)
Jump J-3
Maneuver 2 G
Fuel Treatment Purifier
Hardpoints 5
Offensive 1 3x Missile, 1 3x sandcaster, 1 3x Fusion-Y, 2 3x 25MW pulse laser
Staterooms 40
Low Berths 4
Crew 25
    Officers 3
    Enlisted 16
    Pilots 6
    Frozen Watch 5
High/Mid Passengers 30
Low Passengers 10
Cargo 71 Tons
Fuel tank 143 Tons
Carried craft Fuel Pinnace, 2x Launch, 3x air/raft, 1x G-Carrier
Origin Third Imperium
Cost MCr185.45
Architect fee 1.85
Blueprint No
Illustration No
Canon Unpublished, fan design
Designer Cynthia C. Higginbotham
Design System High Guard
Era 1130
Reference Republic of New Home

The Highlander class Exploratory Merchant is a civilian explorer ship.


The Highlander class is a Louis & Clark class Scout Surveyor modified for merchant use; in this case, extra armament was added, and the computer was upgraded. Note the use of 25MW vehicular Beam Lasers for point defense; in space, the range is entirely adequate for such use, and it is unnecessary to use the full power of a 250MW ship's laser to blow up unarmored missiles. Also note the use of Fusion Y guns for close-range combat; at the short range of, say, a boarding attempt, the Y guns are capable of turning the average (armor 40-60) corsair or pirate's hull into so much Swiss cheese.

Also note Darrian computers; listed as 7(fiber-optic) rather than 7fib because 7fib is a conventional computer with fiber-optic backup and is priced to reflect the redundancy; Darrian computers are purely fiber optic, no backup involved. Note the use of extendible solar panels to increase the level of "emergency" power, and additional fuel capacity added in the form of external tanks and a collapsible tank in the hold -- Highlander is intended for extra-Imperial exploratory trading, a la Leviathan.

Highlander refit designed by Steve Higginbotham.

Class Members[edit]

  • Highlander (Class Leader)
  • Intrepid


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