Lance Marcus class Scout

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Lance Marcus class Scout/Courier
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A Marcus class Scout/Courier surveying a planet.
Type: SC Scout/Courier
Agility 1
Also see Scout Vessel - Scout/Courier
Architect Will Richards
Blueprint Yes
Canon No.
Cargo 10.0 Tons
Cost MCr120.03
Crew 1
Enlisted 0
Officers 1
EOS Still in active service.
Era 1117
Hardpoints 1
Hull Wedge Hull
Illustration Yes
IOC 1117
Jump J-2
Maneuver 2 G
Manufacturer Various
Marines 0
Model Model/5
Origin Third Imperium
Passengers 3 High/Med 0 Low
QSP SC-AL22
Reference Fan: Willbo
Size 100 Tons
Size-cat ACS
Streamlining Lifting Body Hull
Tech Level TL–15
USP SC-1122451-400000-00000-0
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard.

The Lance Marcus class Scout/Courier is an exploratory starship.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

It is a vessel with 2-G and J-2 performance with a lifting body wedge hull. The Marcus Class Scout is a TL-15 design capable of Jump-2, 2 G acceleration and can carry 3 passengers, has a robotic support crew and one living pilot. The savings in space and fuel from traditional scout curriers allows the ship to accommodate 22 tons of cargo space. A Scout/Courier hull design, the Marcus Class has four staterooms, an Air/Raft, and a sophisticated model/5 ship computer. There are two airlocks on this class, amid ships for ship to ship transfers, and the stern airlock which has an extendable ramp underneath it for use planetside.


Lance Marcus was an explorer who died while investigating a newly discovered Ancients facility. Marcus was an avid angler and loved floating his ship on the surface of on a ocean at every world he visited that had one, for relaxation purposes. Thus, the architect, a friend of his, added the fins to the ship to give it better characteristics while skimming along the surface of an ocean.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. A Marcus class Scout monitoring a rogue brown dwarf system.
    Marcus Class Scout BD.jpg

General Description & Deck Plans[edit]

  1. The basic Deckplan for a Marcus class Scout.
    Marcus Class DeckPlans.png

Basic Ship Characteristics[edit]

Following the Imperial Navy and IISS Universal Ship Profile and data, additional information is presented in the format shown here. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (...thousands of tons) where necessary. [2]

Basic Ship Characteristics
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage / Hull 100 tons. The hull is streamlined.
  • Tonnage: 100 tons (standard). 1400 cubic meters.
  • Dimensions: Maximum— 37.5 m by 24 m by 7.5 m.
2. Crew The scout/courier requires a crew of one, assuming the duties of pilot and engineer.
  • Crew: One person may operate the ship. Facilities for four; eight with double occupancy.
3. Performance It mounts jump drive-2, maneuver drive-2, and power plant-4, giving performance of jump-2 and 2-G acceleration. A 24-ton fuel tank provides fuel for the power plant and provides sufficient fuel for one Jump-2.
  • Drives: Jump-2,. 2-G,. Power plant-4.
  • Total fuel tankages is 24 tons.

4. Electronics Adjacent to its bridge is a Model/5 computer.
5. Hardpoints x1 hardpoint.
6. Armament x1 Triple turret with its fire control is installed on the ship's hardpoint, but no weaponry is mounted. [3]
  • Armament: One hardpoint dorsal. Weaponry varies.
7. Defenses When the turret is filled with weaponry, a sandcaster is typically fitted.
8. Craft x1 Air/raft is carried in the starboard cargo bay/hangar within the ship.
9. Fuel Treatment It is equipped with purification and fuel scoops.
10. Cost The ship costs MCr 120.03.
11. Construction Time It typically takes nine months to build. [4]
12. Remarks Other Equipment:

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Just before the Fifth Frontier war began the IISS realized they needed a more modern scout ship to perform certain duties. The risk of having a fully modern ship which was not necessarily repairable at a lower tech facility was outweighed by the need for improved reconnaissance. working with the Naval Admiralty, the Scout service was able to complete the design of the ship after the war had ended. The scouts quickly began deploying these ships to remote areas so the could keep a better watch on the Zhodani and Vargr. Additionally, a robotic complement for the crew was added to help alleviate the workload on the crews. Allowing them to concentrate on reconnaissance and less on ship's maintenance and operation.

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

Vessel Peculiarities: One peculiarity is the ship's fuel scoops and filtering system which doubles as a water jet propulsion system for the craft. This system of refueling manages to serve two purposes, to provide fuel from remote locations and to help move the ship while it is floating on the surface of an ocean. Normally, scout ships would just use their maneuver drives on very low power. However, this caused problems with giving away the ship's position. By utilising the fuel scoops and filters as a electrically powered water jet propulsion system the crew could maneuver the ship rather easily with little noise or water spray compared to the maneuver drive. one added bonus that the scouts have discovered is the ship can now be used for water sports activities such as skiing, without the fear of killing the skier with the engine exhaust. The distinctive fins on this ship can also be used while maneuvering on an ocean surface, but also while in the atmosphere of a planet giving it an improved agility rating.

Class Naming Practice/s: Named after Scouts who have made major discoveries or more usually, just numbered, as they exist in the thousands. The Marcus class Scout has been well received by its crews who were accustomed to lower tech level scout couriers.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Paramilitary Vessel - Scout Vessel - Scout/Courier:

  1. Type S class Scout/Courier
    1. Aegis class Scout
    2. Afterthought class Scout
    3. Asia class Scout
    4. Explorer class Scoutship
    5. Gibson class Scout/Courier
    6. Henrick Krueden class Scout/Courier
    7. Hive class Scout
    8. Ihateisho class Scout
    9. Inchworm class Scout/Courier
    10. Kach'k class Scout
    11. Lance Marcus class Scout
    12. Last Armada class Scout
    13. Magash class Heavy Scout
    14. Pathway class Scout
    15. Scybria class Scout
    16. Serpent class Scout AKA Serpent class Scout/Courier
    17. Starfarer class Scout
    18. Sulieman class Scout/Courier
    19. TC3 Perx class Scout
    20. Unity class Scout
    21. Valtos Niagra class Scout/Courier
    22. Wanderer class Scout/Courier
    23. Xero class Scout
    24. Yono class Scout
    25. Zydmnar class Scout

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.

  1. Marc Miller. Snapshot (Game Designers Workshop, 1979), 16.
  2. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  3. Marc Miller. Starships (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 19.
  4. Marc Miller. Starships (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 19.