Monday, March 11, 2013

Origin of a Spaceship: Rokh

Excerpt from: Origin of a Spaceship

Rokh
Background
The introduction of the Rokh to the domesticated spaceship lines of the Caldari engineering corporations was a coupe for the Caldari State.  Unlike the established Scorpion and Raven the Rokh fields a full arsenal of hybrid turrets.  Known snipers these spaceships had remained elusive for years often stopping attackers from large distances and managing to slip into warp and vanish before any were caught.

Highly social, a fleet of Rokh were hard to hunt down.  Their highly social nature was sought after to improve the Caldari front line. Attempts to trap them proved futile.  It was not until a single boy found an injured Rokh while out with in a Ibis and used his civilian shield transfer to assist it to safety that the Caldari were able to get their hands on the Rokh blueprint.

Points of Interest
The Rokh was a late discovery by the Caldari.  It was blueprints that they first discovered and used to grow this type of Ship.  Already established were the Raven and Scorpion.  A hybrid battleship was a find that reinvigorated the Caldari spaceship front and changed their battle methods.

The Rokh became a front line addition to the fleet Calvary   The Caldari State was able to cross-breed it with the Ferox to develop the Naga, a ship that retains the Rokh's sniping and social fleet behavior on a smaller scale.

Sub-Species
The Rokh is a highly adaptable spaceship.  Although it sits within the genus battleship the Rokh has three well known sub-genus.
  • Laser Rokh
  • Mining Rokh
  • Smartbomb Rokh
The Laser Rokh may be a matter of upbringing.  Due to its powerful capacitor to fuel its hybrid turrets the Rokh is a flexible spaceship.  Laser Rokh are often hard to detect and may appear in fleets with hybrid Rokh undetected until quarry is flushed and the hunt starts.

Mining Rokh have a placid, non-aggressive temperament that may surprise some considering its size and firepower   These massive battleships once swarmed asteroid belts chasing out smaller less capable spaceships.  However, due to over hunting these once populous beasts have been reduced to notation and the occasional sighting.  Their placid dispositions made them easy to hunt down and careful mixing with more aggressive stock has diluted the tendency to mine in these spaceships.

The Smartbomb Rokh is the only member of the Rokh family with an overtly aggressive temperament.  Unlike the rest of its brethren known for their sniping ability and distance weapons platforms the smartbomb Rokh prefers to huddle around the jump gates.  Discestion has shown that there is a distinct abnormality to their blaster systems.  To compensate these spaceships have developed an affinty for a high, short blast of unfocused energy.  They stun smaller spaceships and consume them.  Due to the massive size of this Spaceship they must consume vast quantities of small spaceships.  Their social nature has allowed them to form neatly arranged fleets that encircle the gate and release their stunning pulses in a rhythmic wave.

See also:
Naga
A Boy and his Spaceship: A Documentary

Images from:
http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2010/224/6/0/rokh_minning_op_by_lordhaseoanimevice.jpg

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