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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.

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Library Data Referral Tree[edit]

Please refer to the following AAB Library Data for more information:
Starship:

Description (Specifications)[edit]

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.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. An Empress Troyhune class Planetoid Monitor revealing a powerful spinal mount underneath its bulky planetoid frame.
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  2. A Stormrider class Monitor laying up within a gas giant, setting up an ambush for system invaders.
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Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)[edit]

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.

Supraclass Roles[edit]

Monitors typically serve the following roles:
Largecraft, Smallcraft & Bigcraft:

LHM-class Monitor Supraclass Archetypes
Archetype Type Code
Asteroid Monitor (HMP)
Buffered Asteroid Monitor (HMP)
Heavy Asteroid Monitor (HMP)
Heavy Monitor (HMH)
Light Monitor (HML)
Medium Asteroid Monitor (HMP)
Medium Monitor (HMM)
Monitor (HM) (Namesake)
Planetary Monitor (HM)
Planetoid Monitor (HMP)
Strike Monitor (HM)
Superheavy Monitor (HMS)
System Defense Monitor (HM)
System Monitor (HM)
Ultraheavy Monitor (HMU)
Very Light Monitor (HMVL)

Size-Class Roles for Cruiser Vessels[edit]

  1. Utility Craft (U) (1 to 99 tons)
  2. Very Light Monitor (HMVL) (100 to 2,499 tons)
  3. Light Monitor (HML) (2,500 to 99,999 tons)
  4. Medium Monitor (HMM) (100,000 to 249,999 tons)
  5. Heavy Monitor (HMH) (250,000 to 499,999 tons)
  6. Superheavy Monitor (HMS) (500,000 to 999,999 tons)
  7. Ultraheavy Monitor (HMU) (1,000,000 or more tons)

Military Subcraft[edit]

Military subcraft (...both smallcraft and bigcraft) are carried by some of these vessels:

  1. Battle Rider (BR)
  2. Combat Barge (WBG)
  3. Combat Transport Smallcraft (UI)
  4. Fighters (F)
  5. Militarized Utility Craft (UQ)

Supraclass Archtypes[edit]

HM-class Monitor Supraclass Archtypes
Archtype Type Code/s Exemplar Remarks
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.

  • H = Defense & Security
  • M = Monitor
Heavy Monitor HMH None. None. (250,000 to 499,999 tons)
  • H = Heavy
Light Monitor HML MacHeany class Monitor None. (2,500 to 99,999 tons)
  • L = Light
Medium Monitor HMM MacHeany class Monitor None. (100,000 to 249,999 tons)
  • M = Medium
Planetoid Monitor HMP Empress Troyhune class Planetoid Monitor None. Planetoid Hull
  • P = Planetoid
Superheavy Monitor HMS Methuselah class System Defense Monitor None. (500,000 to 999,999 tons)
  • S = Superheavy
Very Light Monitor HMVL Vishe class Light Monitor None. (100 to 2,499 tons)
  • VL = Very Light
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]

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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. [1]

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Paramilitary Ship - Defensive Ship - Heavy Monitor:

  1. Type HMH class Heavy Monitor
    1. None

Paramilitary Ship - Defensive Ship - Light Monitor:

  1. Type HML class Light Monitor
    1. Cabon class System Monitor
    2. Colby class Monitor
    3. Donnager class Monitor
    4. Harris class Monitor
    5. Khaar's Will class System Monitor
    6. MacHeany class Monitor
    7. Shiishu class Monitor
    8. Stormrider class Monitor
    9. Thaakh class Monitor
    10. Uffan class Monitor
    11. Warden class System Monitor

Paramilitary Ship - Defensive Ship - Medium Monitor:

  1. Type HMM class Medium Monitor
    1. Archipelago class System Monitor
    2. Guardian class Monitor
    3. Mighty Maelstrom class System Defense Monitor

Paramilitary Ship - Defensive Ship - Planetoid Monitor:

  1. Type HMP class Planetoid Monitor
    1. Defender class Planetoid Monitor
    2. Empress Troyhune class Planetoid Monitor
    3. Guardian class Asteroid Monitor
    4. Hukkert class Monitor
    5. Methuselah class System Defense Monitor
    6. Obsidian class Asteroid Monitor
    7. Peset class Asteroid Monitor
    8. Porton class Asteroid Monitor
    9. Quesha FR-6 class Buffered Asteroid Monitor
    10. Sable class Heavy System Defense Monitor
    11. SH2K Frost G class Medium Asteroid Monitor
    12. SH7K Fromaag class Heavy Asteroid Monitor
    13. Temarn class Asteroid Monitor
    14. Type M2M class Planetoid Battle Station

Paramilitary Ship - Defensive Ship - Superheavy Monitor:

  1. Type HMS class Superheavy Monitor
    1. Methuselah class System Defense Monitor

Paramilitary Ship - Defensive Ship - Very Light Monitor:

  1. Type HMVL class Very Light Monitor
    1. Kaga class System Monitor
    2. Knuckle Head class System Defense Monitor
    3. Porton class Asteroid Monitor
    4. Vishe class Light Monitor

Ship Summary List[edit]

Some of the most commonly used vessels in the monitor role include:

31 Representative Monitor (HM) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Archipelago class System Monitor HMM 200,000 BCS 12 Trindel Confederacy 0 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Cabon class System Monitor HML 3,000 BCS 8 Kingdom of Peladon 0 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Colby class Monitor HML 45,000 BCS 10 Plavian League 0 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Defender class Planetoid Monitor HMP 9,000 BCS 9 Distant Fringe 0 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Donnager class Monitor HML 3,000 BCS 8 Josiah Defense Force 0 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Empress Troyhune class Planetoid Monitor HMP 50,000 BCS 15 Third Imperium 0 6 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Guardian class Asteroid Monitor HMPL 1,000 ACS 12 Geonee Confederation 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Guardian class Monitor HMM 120,000 BCS 14 Vegan Polity 0 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Harris class Monitor HML 60,000 BCS 11 Principality of Caledon 0 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Hukkert class Monitor HMP 50,000 BCS 12 Anubian Trade Coalition 0 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Kaga class System Monitor HMVL 200 ACS 10 Mnemosyne Principality 0 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Khaar's Will class System Monitor HML 49,000 BCS 10 S'raak Empire 0 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Knuckle Head class System Defense Monitor HMVL 1,000 ACS 8 Winston Democracy 0 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
MacHeany class Monitor HML 50,000 BCS 12 Principality of Caledon 0 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Methuselah class System Defense Monitor HMS 750,000 FCS 12 Caliphate of Estalia 0 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Mighty Maelstrom class System Defense Monitor HMM 100,000 BCS 12 Thirz Empire 0 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Obsidian class Asteroid Monitor HMP 22,800 BCS 12 Federation of Alsas 0 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Peset class Asteroid Monitor HMPL 1,000 ACS 11 Rimward Federation 0 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Porton class Asteroid Monitor HMPL 351 ACS 11 Strend Cluster 0 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Quesha FR-6 class Buffered Asteroid Monitor HMPL 68,600 BCS 11 Sorority of Hygiea 0 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Sable class Heavy System Defense Monitor HMP 99,000 BCS 13 Strend Cluster 0 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
SH2K Frost G class Medium Asteroid Monitor HMP 20,000 BCS 11 Sorority of Hygiea 0 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
SH7K Fromaag class Heavy Asteroid Monitor HMP 70,000 BCS 11 Sorority of Hygiea 0 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Shiishu class Monitor HML 30,000 BCS 10 First Fleet of Dzo 0 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Stormrider class Monitor HML 8,500 BCS 14 Third Imperium 0 2 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Temarn class Asteroid Monitor HMP 20,000 BCS 11 Yimin Jiti 0 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Thaakh class Monitor HML 60,000 BCS 11 Sath Alliance 0 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type M2M class Planetoid Battle Station HMP 5,000 BCS 10 Queendom Remnants 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Uffan class Monitor HML 4,000 BCS 9 Uffan Strategic Space Forces 0 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Vishe class Light Monitor HMVL 1,400 ACS 12 Third Imperium 0 6 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Warden class System Monitor HML 40,000 BCS 12 Nexus Fleet Forces 0 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


0 Representative Heavy Monitor (HMH) Classes
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11 Representative Light Monitor (HML) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Cabon class System Monitor HML 3,000 BCS 8 Kingdom of Peladon 0 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Colby class Monitor HML 45,000 BCS 10 Plavian League 0 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Donnager class Monitor HML 3,000 BCS 8 Josiah Defense Force 0 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Harris class Monitor HML 60,000 BCS 11 Principality of Caledon 0 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Khaar's Will class System Monitor HML 49,000 BCS 10 S'raak Empire 0 5 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
MacHeany class Monitor HML 50,000 BCS 12 Principality of Caledon 0 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Shiishu class Monitor HML 30,000 BCS 10 First Fleet of Dzo 0 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Stormrider class Monitor HML 8,500 BCS 14 Third Imperium 0 2 Yes No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Thaakh class Monitor HML 60,000 BCS 11 Sath Alliance 0 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Uffan class Monitor HML 4,000 BCS 9 Uffan Strategic Space Forces 0 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Warden class System Monitor HML 40,000 BCS 12 Nexus Fleet Forces 0 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


3 Representative Medium Monitor (HMM) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Archipelago class System Monitor HMM 200,000 BCS 12 Trindel Confederacy 0 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Guardian class Monitor HMM 120,000 BCS 14 Vegan Polity 0 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Mighty Maelstrom class System Defense Monitor HMM 100,000 BCS 12 Thirz Empire 0 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


13 Representative Planetoid Monitor (HMP) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Defender class Planetoid Monitor HMP 9,000 BCS 9 Distant Fringe 0 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Empress Troyhune class Planetoid Monitor HMP 50,000 BCS 15 Third Imperium 0 6 Yes Yes. Published, canon starship design.
Guardian class Asteroid Monitor HMPL 1,000 ACS 12 Geonee Confederation 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Hukkert class Monitor HMP 50,000 BCS 12 Anubian Trade Coalition 0 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Obsidian class Asteroid Monitor HMP 22,800 BCS 12 Federation of Alsas 0 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Peset class Asteroid Monitor HMPL 1,000 ACS 11 Rimward Federation 0 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Porton class Asteroid Monitor HMPL 351 ACS 11 Strend Cluster 0 6 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Quesha FR-6 class Buffered Asteroid Monitor HMPL 68,600 BCS 11 Sorority of Hygiea 0 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Sable class Heavy System Defense Monitor HMP 99,000 BCS 13 Strend Cluster 0 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
SH2K Frost G class Medium Asteroid Monitor HMP 20,000 BCS 11 Sorority of Hygiea 0 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
SH7K Fromaag class Heavy Asteroid Monitor HMP 70,000 BCS 11 Sorority of Hygiea 0 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Temarn class Asteroid Monitor HMP 20,000 BCS 11 Yimin Jiti 0 2 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Type M2M class Planetoid Battle Station HMP 5,000 BCS 10 Queendom Remnants 1 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


1 Representative Superheavy Monitor (HMS) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Methuselah class System Defense Monitor HMS 750,000 FCS 12 Caliphate of Estalia 0 3 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.


3 Representative Very Light Monitor (HMVL) Classes

Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Class Superclass Tons Category TL Origin Jump G Image Canon
Kaga class System Monitor HMVL 200 ACS 10 Mnemosyne Principality 0 1 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Knuckle Head class System Defense Monitor HMVL 1,000 ACS 8 Winston Democracy 0 4 No No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
Vishe class Light Monitor HMVL 1,400 ACS 12 Third Imperium 0 6 No Yes. Published, canon starship design.


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