A HM-class Monitor is most often a large spaceship with armament roughly equivalent to a Battleship, often placed in orbit around a mainworld, and used primarily for system defense roles. Generally based on a planetoid hull (...and so automatically unstreamlined), these craft often depend heavily on pre-positioned caches and fuel shuttles.
- They are part of the H-class Defensive Ship grouping and are typically considered paramilitary ships.
- They share a very similar mission with System Defense Boats.
- Like battle riders, they are in a conquer-or-die situation if facing superior forces. Their deterrent value is therefore fragile as well as powerful. There are a few exceptions to the rule that are equipped with jump drives.
- The Supraclass designation is also known as Ship Mission, Ship Mission Code, Mission, or Ship Hull Designation.
- It is a starship supraclass.
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Monitors are usually known as large spaceship with armament equivalent to a battleship, used primarily for system defense roles. Generally based on a planetoid hull (...and so automatically unstreamlined), these craft depend heavily on pre-positioned caches and fuel shuttles. The large size of these craft make them generally impossible to move inter-system. Like battle riders, they are in a conquer-or-die situation if facing superior forces. Their deterrent value is therefore fragile as well as powerful. They are generally viewed as more of a mobile fortress than anything else.
- An Empress Troyhune class Planetoid Monitor revealing a powerful spinal mount underneath its bulky planetoid frame.
- A Stormrider class Monitor laying up within a gas giant, setting up an ambush for system invaders.
Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)
Monitors most often operate according to predetermined plans designed to optimize their defensive potential. They are typically stationed at the vital points of a system including gas giants, asteroid belts, mainworlds, and so on. Because they usually have no jump drives, shifting them from system to system can be a problem. Some types have jump shuttles which fit to the craft and provide jump capability. Another method is simple transport in large bulk cargo containers or on ship transporters; the monitors are loaded into many-thousand-ton transports or bulk carriers for the multi-parsec journey. This method, of course, is not recommended if immediate combat is expected at the destination.
|LHM-class Monitor Supraclass Archetypes|
|Buffered Asteroid Monitor||(HMP)|
|Heavy Asteroid Monitor||(HMP)|
|Medium Asteroid Monitor||(HMP)|
|System Defense Monitor||(HM)|
|Very Light Monitor||(HMVL)|
Size-Class Roles for Cruiser Vessels
- Utility Craft (U) (1 to 99 tons)
- Very Light Monitor (HMVL) (100 to 2,499 tons)
- Light Monitor (HML) (2,500 to 99,999 tons)
- Medium Monitor (HMM) (100,000 to 249,999 tons)
- Heavy Monitor (HMH) (250,000 to 499,999 tons)
- Superheavy Monitor (HMS) (500,000 to 999,999 tons)
- Ultraheavy Monitor (HMU) (1,000,000 or more tons)
- Battle Rider (BR)
- Combat Barge (WBG)
- Combat Transport Smallcraft (UI)
- Fighters (F)
- Militarized Utility Craft (UQ)
|HM-class Monitor Supraclass Archtypes|
|Monitor||HM||Vishe class Light Monitor||Monitors are usually known as large spaceship with armament equivalent to a battleship, used primarily for system defense roles. Generally based on a planetoid hull (and so automatically unstreamlined), these craft depend heavily on pre-positioned caches and fuel shuttles. The large size of these craft make them generally impossible to move inter-system. Like battle riders, they are in a conquer-or-die situation if facing superior forces. Their deterrent value is therefore fragile as well as powerful. They are generally viewed as more of a mobile fortress than anything else.
The term of monitor is also used with smaller craft. Any semi-mobile fortification, lacking jump capability may be known as a system monitor, but are often grouped in other classes.
|Heavy Monitor||HMH||None.||None. (250,000 to 499,999 tons)
|Light Monitor||HML||MacHeany class Monitor||None. (2,500 to 99,999 tons)
|Medium Monitor||HMM||MacHeany class Monitor||None. (100,000 to 249,999 tons)
|Planetoid Monitor||HMP||Empress Troyhune class Planetoid Monitor||None. Planetoid Hull
|Superheavy Monitor||HMS||Methuselah class System Defense Monitor||None. (500,000 to 999,999 tons)
|Very Light Monitor||HMVL||Vishe class Light Monitor||None. (100 to 2,499 tons)
|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.|
Monitors are among the oldest spacecraft or large boats found within Charted Space. They are the larger big brother of the more ubiquitous System Defense Boat. While many are purpose built, it is not uncommon to take older hulls, remove the antique jump drive, and convert out-of-date, obselete battleships and cruisers into monitors. In many but not all such cases, a substantial cost savings can be realized. At any rate, there a vast array of monitors of various types and makes both manufactured, re-manufactured, and operated within Charted Space. This AAB Library Data file only contains a selection of available hulls. 
Selected Variant Types & Classes
- Type HML class Light Monitor
- Type HMM class Medium Monitor
- Type HMP class Planetoid Monitor
- Defender class Planetoid Monitor
- Empress Troyhune class Planetoid Monitor
- Guardian class Asteroid Monitor
- Hukkert class Monitor
- Methuselah class System Defense Monitor
- Obsidian class Asteroid Monitor
- Peset class Asteroid Monitor
- Porton class Asteroid Monitor
- Quesha FR-6 class Buffered Asteroid Monitor
- Sable class Heavy System Defense Monitor
- SH2K Frost G class Medium Asteroid Monitor
- SH7K Fromaag class Heavy Asteroid Monitor
- Temarn class Asteroid Monitor
- Type M2M class Planetoid Battle Station
- Type HMVL class Very Light Monitor
Ship Summary List
Some of the most commonly used vessels in the monitor role include:
|31 Representative Monitor (HM) Classes|
|0 Representative Heavy Monitor (HMH) Classes|
|11 Representative Light Monitor (HML) Classes|
|3 Representative Medium Monitor (HMM) Classes|
|13 Representative Planetoid Monitor (HMP) Classes|
|1 Representative Superheavy Monitor (HMS) Classes|
|3 Representative Very Light Monitor (HMVL) Classes|
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