You may have seen a new Imperial Navy ship on the through route from Qechra to Palaxias in the past few weeks, and not been able to pin down her exact type: she resembles a Leviathan-class dreadnought to aft, but the whole forward half of the vessel seems to have been replaced by a long, four-pronged, blunt-ended ‘snoot’, which more closely resembles the working end of a stargate than anything else.
If the scuttlebutt is anything to go by, that’s exactly what she is – the latest unique special weapons platform of the Black Flotilla, CS Perfect Translocative Defender.
She’s not a wormhole logistics ship; those remain impractical. Despite all the improvements in linelayer-superlifters over the years, moving stargates around is still a very slow process, and one which makes even fleet carriers look speedy and maneuverable. This is largely due to the moon-sized mass of the kernel, which enables stargates to communicate with their paired counterpart. But as you can see, Perfect Translocative Defender does not house a kernel, only the Andracanth ram itself.
Without a kernel, Perfect Translocative Defender is only capable of opening an untargeted wormhole around her target, but this makes her a perfect weapon against those threats undefeatable by conventional means; once she closes to fire her weapon, the target is simply dispatched to a randomized location in space and time, thus removing it as an immediate problem – and, given the sheer vastness of the universe, very likely removing it as a problem entirely.
– Star-Spotter’s Quarterly, Autumn 7840
I have to wonder about the ethical calculus of possibly dumping an ex-threat even the Associated Worlds can’t deal with on someone who might be less capable of doing so though.
The people in charge of using these things are very much in the Special Circumstances, Ethical Singularities mode.
But even then, it probably wouldn’t be acceptable if it weren’t for the universe being so very empty, and thus the statistically insignificant chance that you’re dumping the target anywhere but too far into the middle of the intergalactic deep to ever come back from.
What if the random ports are the reason nobody’s found the greenlife homeworld?
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