Horizon class Passenger Liner
|Horizon class Passenger Liner|
Distant Fringe vessel.
|Type: MPL Passenger Liner|
|Canon||No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.|
|EOS||Still in active service.|
|Passengers||400 High/Med 200 Low|
|Reference||Fan: Adie Alagoric Stewart|
|Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard Shipyard v1.13 written by Andrea Vallance.|
- It is a civilian ship and a Passenger Liner.
- Please also see AAB article: Ships of the Distant Fringe.
The Passenger Liner is a large commercial transport commonly encountered along Star Lanes within the Distant Fringe region. It is classified as a Luxury Liner and is constructed as a conventional design. Similar designs have been in use from the time the Distant Fringe was first settled.
- A Horizon class Passenger Liner in side view.
The Horizon class Liner is a two part hull, with the aft section consisting of a streamlined cone with a length of around 75 meters and a forward disk-shaped section with a diameter of around 35 meters. Some elements of the hull are narrower and some are wider, giving the vessel a total enclosed volume of approximately 81,000 cubic meters.
Fuel Tanks wrap around the central and rear sections of the ship. The cargo hold includes the cryogenic (low berth) section. Working sections of the vessel such as the laundry, the galleys and general crew quarters are located aft. Senior officers are accommodated forward, close to the bridge, while stewards have rooms close to passenger cabins. Middle passage accommodations are found in the less desirable midsection of the vessel while first class cabins are located in the rotunda, with windows offering spectacular views. The main commercial and leisure facilities are located in the forward core regions and are focused on the Grand Staircase and the upper rotunda.
Basic Ship Characteristics
Following the Imperial Navy and IISS Universal Ship Profile and data, additional information is presented in the format shown here. The small craft factor indicates the number of squadrons (...of ten craft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (thousands of tons) where necessary. 
|1.||Tonnage||The Passenger Liner is constructed using a 6,000 Ton hull built in a generally conical configuration. The hull is streamlined, giving good atmospheric performance that is further enhanced by its onboard gravitic systems.|
|2.||Crew||Total Crew Complement: x101
There are 200 Low Berths.
|3.||Performance||The vessel mounts a DeVoss-type Jump-2 drive, a Maneuver-3 drive, and a Power Plant-3, giving performance of Jump-2, 3-G acceleration, and producing 180 Energy Points. The ship has an agility rating of 2 and an emergency agility of 3. The internal fuel tankage is sufficient for one Jump-2 and gives the power plant 4 weeks duration.
|4.||Electronics||Adjacent to the bridge is a Model/4 Computer: the vessel has a backup Model/4 Computer.|
|6.||Armament||The normal weapons fit-out for a Passenger Liner is:|
|7.||Defenses||The hull is unarmored.
The vessel is not fitted with screens or other passive defensive systems.
|9.||Fuel Treatment||The vessel has internal fuel tankage of 1,380 Tons.|
|10.||Cost||The basic cost of the vessel, including all of its subcraft, is MCr4,450.284|
|11.||Construction Time||123 weeks (29 months) as standard.
|12.||Comments||Standard cargo capacity amounts to 360 Tons.|
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. Passenger Liners generally follow predetermined routes, often with extended layovers at locations to allow tourism and sightseeing. Liners of this type have been pressed into service as troop transports during conflicts.
Distant Fringe Vessels
The Distant Fringe is said to be a far spinward-rimward area inhabited by colonists and refugees originating on Terra. The region is extremely isolated, separated from the rest of Charted Space by vast, almost uncrossable rifts that were once broached by a system of calibration Points and the use of tankers. Those few academics within Charted Space who have found references to the Distant Fringe regard it as little more than a tall tale. Likewise, many of the inhabitants of the Distant Fringe believe the existence of Charted Space to be mythical.
Vessels originating within the Distant Fringe are very rarely encountered outside of the region. However, misjumps do occur and anomalies with bizarre spacetime and Jumpspace effects exist: as such, craft of this type are not entirely unknown within Charted Space.
Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities
A number of companies manufacture ships equivalent to the Horizon class.
They vary in hull shape and internal layout but all share the same basic design and all have very similar capabilities and performance characteristics.
- Each variant class is named by the company that produces it: these organizations generally draw on traditional naming protocols. It is not uncommon for a historical class name to be reused.
- Individual vessels within a class are issued specific serial numbers and transponder codes but traditionally are named by their owners. This is considered a serious affair and a ship with a frivolous name is considered "unlucky".
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Type RP class Passenger Liner AKA Passenger Liner
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- Marc Miller, Frank Chadwick, John Harshman. High Guard (Game Designers Workshop, 1980), 20-37. (Design Sequence Used)
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- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master Scout Emeritus Adie Alegoric Stewart of the IISS
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science