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Old April 18th, 2017, 12:15 AM
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Well, back then there wasn't a whole lot defined for the Imperium. And when you see an entry for Battleship, followed by an art deco version of a Star Wars star destroyer, what else can you conclude?

I was curious about it because I was going to use it for an adventure seed, but may not use it now.

I had an adventure all drafted up called "The Treasure of the Admiral Vandau" about a Sylea BB that had ditched on a wetworld, and your players are to go down and find out what said treasure was. The plot thickened when some rival people were there to revive the beast and send it aloft ... maybe Swordys so they can add it as a flagship or something.

In spite of its obvious SW derivation, I still prefer it over the "pacman" thing. Just me.
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It's the entry for "Battleship" in S8.

Oh, that picture? You're right it is tough to draw many conclusions from "100,000 ton Sylea Class Battleship.".
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The only other canon reference I can remember for a Sylea class of BB is the counter in TNE's Battle Rider...
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Oh, that picture? You're right it is tough to draw many conclusions from "100,000 ton Sylea Class Battleship.".
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Hundred kay would point more to a light battlecruiser.
Or, alternatively, it might be a historical image of a currently obsolete and decommissioned battleship class.
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Or, alternatively, it might be a historical image of a currently obsolete and decommissioned battleship class.

Whatever the Keith illustration is, it is most certainly NOT what is up on the Wiki Page.

Among many other oddities like no Frozen Watch and a single 50 dTon cutter for ~900 crewmen, the Wiki design is TL 15. The Keith illo may have been of an obsolete and/or decommissioned class. The Wiki entry is just another example of the garbage of which the Wiki is crammed full.
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Whatever the Keith illustration is, it is most certainly NOT what is up on the Wiki Page.

Among many other oddities like no Frozen Watch and a single 50 dTon cutter for ~900 crewmen, the Wiki design is TL 15. The Keith illo may have been of an obsolete and/or decommissioned class. The Wiki entry is just another example of the garbage of which the Wiki is crammed full.
I am not arguing the Wiki entry, just the original intent of the WH Keith illustration and how it might fit into canon, given its apparently small displacement by TL15 standards.
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Page: 20 "Crack Troops: The Imperial Guard"

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The Imperial Yacht is usually accompanied by the Naval Escort Squadron which consists of three Sylean-class 100,000-ton battleships, a fleet carrier for long range fighter protection, a division of Sloan-class escorts to cover any withdrawal, and a division of jump-6 fleet courier for communication.
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The Sylea was supposed to be the mainstay class BB for the Imperium. If somebody wants to parse or game the definition, then whatever.

"Treasure of the Admiral Vandau" is on my other computer, and was never vetted nor edited for publishing for a number of reasons. However, last year this image showed up on DeviantART;



Great minds and all that. I may hire someone to edit the thing and then post it on a website as a PDF ... maybe not. But the big climactic moment was when the rival team (NPCs presumably) get the behemoth moving, and as she rises out of the water your players have to fight a detachment of the NPCs on the bridge, or even on the ship's upper skin to fight for control.

Not gonna happen now.
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If it was meant to be the mainstay of the Imperial Navy don't you think it would have got a write up in S:9?
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The percentages alone don't support it being a battleship, except at technological level twelve.
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