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Express Boat (a.k.a. X-boat) are rapid communication ships which are designed to make optimum use of jump technology in communicating information within the Imperium. Because the Imperium is so large, ordinary communication must depend on ships traveling along established Trade Routes, making Regina (Spinward Marches 1710) nearly four years out from the Imperial Core.

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Library Data Referral Tree[edit]

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  • Description (Specifications)[edit]

    Logo of the IISS X-Boat Service.

    As an X-boat arrives in a system, it beams its recorded data to the express station, which then retransmits it to an X-boat standing by for a jump outsystem.

    • Time between jumps is almost always less than four hours and has been recorded at under seven minutes, making the speed of communication nearly the speed of jump (...since X-boats carry Jump-4 drives, speeds near four parsecs per week).
    • In practice, this speed is somewhat reduced by the fact that trade routes do not follow straight lines and that not all jumps are made at Jump-4. Nonetheless, the system achieves approximately Jump-2.6 per week.

    Image Repository[edit]

    1. A typical Type XT class Express Boat Tender as represented through a crew sketch.
      Xboat-Tender-Keith-Supp7 Pg11-15 13-Jan-2019a.jpg
    2. An image of a Xavier class Express Boat.
      X-boat Ian-Stead 50865284 27-June-2019a.jpg

    Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)[edit]

    Xboats are Jump-4 ships with no maneuver drive, crewed by single pilots. As an xboat arrives in a new system, it beams its recorded data to the express boat station, which then re-transmits it to an xboat standing by to jump outsystem. The first ship is then refuelled, possibly the pilot is replaced, and it awaits the arrival of the next incoming boat.

    Time between jumps is almost always under 4 hours, and the record is under 7 minutes, making the speed of the communication nearly the speed of jump; 4 parsecs per week. In practice, this speed is somewhat reduced because xboat routes do not follow straight lines, and that not all jumps are made at Jump-4. Nonetheless, the system achieves approximately Jump-2.6 per week.

    Supraclass Roles[edit]

    Express Boats typically serve the following roles:

    1. Communication Vessel
    2. Courier
    3. Express Boat
    4. Express Solar Sailor
    5. Interplanetary Express Boat
    6. VIP Transport

    Supraclass Archtypes[edit]

    X-class Supraclass Archtypes
    Archtype Type Code TL Range Remarks
    Express Boat XB TL:10-15 None
    Express Boat Tender XT TL:10-15 None

    History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

    The sheer size of the Imperium means that ordinary communications must depend on ships travelling along the main trade routes, making Regina (Regina / Spinward Marches 1910) nearly four years out from the Imperial Core Sector.

    The express boat (abbreviated X-boat) system, established originally in 624 and expanded to cover the entire Imperium by 718, cuts this communication time by nearly 75 percent. Selected locations along major trade routes are established as sites for express stations, which are orbital facilities which service and refuel the X-boats on their communications runs. Often an express boat tender serves as the station.

    The Xboat System was established by Arbellatra in 624, and expanded to cover the entire Imperium by 718.

    Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

    Paramilitary Vessel - Express Boats:


    Paramilitary Vessel - Express Boat Tenders:


    Ship Summary List[edit]

    Some of the most commonly used vessels in this role or these roles include:

    64 Representative Communications Vessel (X) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Adlerstein class Fleet Courier XCF 15 400 X X Third Imperium
    Barnett class Fleet Courier XCF 14 200 3 4 Solomani Confederation Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Chantoql class Courier XC X X X X Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Chercheur class Fleet Dispatch Courier XUD 14 500 5 4 Strend Cluster No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Columbus class Fleet Courier XCF X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Dhaztuen class Far Merchant XUV 12 600 3 1 Vargr Extents Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Echtovr Dazhia class Council Cruiser XUR 14 2,000 4 4 Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Excalibur class Express Packet Boat XUF X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Express Rock class Mail Drone XC 11 100 2 0 GeDeCo No. Unpublished, non-canon fan smallcraft design. XC-AP02
    Flyer class Diplomatic Courier XUD 13 100 3 5 Darrian Confederation Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Gepard class Express Courier XCF 13 200 4 4 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Giciifichu class Dispatcher XC 15 100 5 3 Hive Federation Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Golf Ball class VIP Transport Scout XUD X 100 4 2 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Hummingbird class Courier XC 15 400 3 6 Uncharted Space No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design. XC-DL63
    Iris class Armored Packet XUA 15 1,000 2 1 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Iyeliy class Messenger XUA 12 200 5 1 Aslan Hierate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Jump-Boat XB 15 55 3 3 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Jumpmax class Courier XC 15 100 6 2 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design. XC-AL26
    Kahk'rik'kreng class Yacht XUD 14 6,000 3 1 Two Thousand Worlds No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Kankur class Frontier Courier XC X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Khadumir class Fast Courier XCF X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Kr'ghrr class Courier XC 13 1,000 2 2 Two Thousand Worlds Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Ktiyhui class Courier XC 14 200 3 4 Aslan Hierate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Last Line class Fleet Courier XCF 11 100 2 4 The Last Line Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Lirshala class Express Boat Tender XT 10 1,000 1 1 Third Imperium Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
    Marathon class Fleet Courier XCF 14 200 3 3 Solomani Confederation Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Mercury class Long Range Fleet Courier XU 15 400 6 1 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Messenger class Commercial Courier XC 11 100 X 4 Distant Fringe Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Midlothian A5 class Dispatch XUA 12 200 3 5 Principality of Caledon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Orowani Deep Space class Courier XC 11 100 2 2 Bright Conclave Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Phidippides class Fast Courier XCF X 200 2 6 Terran Confederation Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Purcell class Express Boat Tender XT 10 1,000 1 1 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
    Ranger class Courier XC X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Rapid class Fleet Courier XU 15 500 6 1 Darrian Confederation No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
    Royal class Dispatch Vessel XUD 10 100 1 6 Grand Duchy of Marlheim No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Starsream Model 226 class Courier XUD 13 200 2 2 Principality of Caledon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Sundowner class Fleet Courier XCF 14 400 2 2 Solomani Confederation Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Swift class Fleet Courier XCF 15 400 6 1 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Swift Missive class Courier XC 15 400 6 3 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design. TBD
    Tathoe class Scout/Courier XC 12 200 3 3 Vargr Extents Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Thorez class Courier XC X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type VM class Packet Boat XUV 12 600 X X Vargr Extents Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type VX class Courier XC 12 200 3 3 Vargr Extents Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type X class Express Boat XB 10 100 4 0 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XCF class Fleet Courier XCF 15 400 6 2 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XM class Interplanetary Express Boat XB X 100 4 0 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XSS class Express Solar Sailor XB TBD 100 4 1 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XT class Express Boat Tender XT 10 1,000 1 1 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
    Type XU class Packet Ship XU X X X X Third Imperium Yes
    Type XUA class Armed Packet Ship XUA 12 300 3 3 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUB class Packet Boat XUB X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUD class Dispatch Ship XUD X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUF class Fast Dispatch Ship XUF X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUR class Packet Liner XUR X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUV class Packet Boat XUV 12 600 X X Vargr Extents Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type ZC class Courier XC X X X X Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type ZHG class Council Cruiser XUR 14 2,000 4 4 Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Vehrsabl class Courier XC X X X X Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Venture class Frontier Courier XC X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Xavier class Express Boat XB 10 100 4 0 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Xerxes class Armed Packet Ship XUA 12 300 3 3 Third Imperium Yes
    Yetsabl class Courier XC X TBD X X Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon starship design. TBD
    Yinoti class Blockade Runner XUF 15 200 2 9 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design. XUF-BS92
    Zofagic class Utility Vessel XC 15 200 3 4.12 Hive Federation Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.


    5 Representative X-boat (XB) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Jump-Boat XB 15 55 3 3 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon smallcraft design.
    Type X class Express Boat XB 10 100 4 0 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XM class Interplanetary Express Boat XB X 100 4 0 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XSS class Express Solar Sailor XB TBD 100 4 1 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Xavier class Express Boat XB 10 100 4 0 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.


    3 Representative X-boat Tender (XT) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Lirshala class Express Boat Tender XT 10 1,000 1 1 Third Imperium Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
    Purcell class Express Boat Tender XT 10 1,000 1 1 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
    Type XT class Express Boat Tender XT 10 1,000 1 1 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.


    25 Representative Packet Boat (XU) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Chercheur class Fleet Dispatch Courier XUD 14 500 5 4 Strend Cluster No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Dhaztuen class Far Merchant XUV 12 600 3 1 Vargr Extents Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Echtovr Dazhia class Council Cruiser XUR 14 2,000 4 4 Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Excalibur class Express Packet Boat XUF X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Flyer class Diplomatic Courier XUD 13 100 3 5 Darrian Confederation Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Golf Ball class VIP Transport Scout XUD X 100 4 2 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Iris class Armored Packet XUA 15 1,000 2 1 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Iyeliy class Messenger XUA 12 200 5 1 Aslan Hierate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Kahk'rik'kreng class Yacht XUD 14 6,000 3 1 Two Thousand Worlds No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Mercury class Long Range Fleet Courier XU 15 400 6 1 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Midlothian A5 class Dispatch XUA 12 200 3 5 Principality of Caledon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Rapid class Fleet Courier XU 15 500 6 1 Darrian Confederation No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design.
    Royal class Dispatch Vessel XUD 10 100 1 6 Grand Duchy of Marlheim No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Starsream Model 226 class Courier XUD 13 200 2 2 Principality of Caledon No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design.
    Type VM class Packet Boat XUV 12 600 X X Vargr Extents Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XU class Packet Ship XU X X X X Third Imperium Yes
    Type XUA class Armed Packet Ship XUA 12 300 3 3 Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUB class Packet Boat XUB X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUD class Dispatch Ship XUD X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUF class Fast Dispatch Ship XUF X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUR class Packet Liner XUR X X X X Third Imperium Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type XUV class Packet Boat XUV 12 600 X X Vargr Extents Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Type ZHG class Council Cruiser XUR 14 2,000 4 4 Zhodani Consulate Yes. Published, canon starship design.
    Xerxes class Armed Packet Ship XUA 12 300 3 3 Third Imperium Yes
    Yinoti class Blockade Runner XUF 15 200 2 9 Third Imperium No. Unpublished, non-canon fan starship design. XUF-BS92


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