The Positive Vector
The Uthari Family scavenger pattern was developed to transport a specialist crew to the aftermath of a battle, deposit them on a wreck to strip it bare, or to push it back to a castleship for breaking up. It was built with large engines for tug operations, butm unladen these ships are capable of outrunning an ursan destroyer in real space. Large docking bays hold the transport vessels of its engineering crews and allow the scavenger to haul small derelicts whole or large ships in sections. As battelzones are never peaceful places even after the fighting has stopped scavenger vessels carry powerful weapons but conceal their military-grade armament so as not to exacerbate tensions in the volume. These vessels were never intended for atmospheric operation and rely on their smaller craft to transport crew to planetary destinations.
- The salvage booms can push very large objects, or somewhat smaller objects can be secured with the cages they form. Anything withing the matrix of black crystal nodes secured just under the armour layer can be transported through the dimensional rifts. The rounded ends of the booms are superconductor arrays that can induce magnetism in most metallic objects to secure them during pushing operations. When pushing non-metallic objects (say, redirecting comets) crew must go EVA and attach cables to the target for safe pushing operations.
- As the fore and aft cages are encompassed by the black crystal matrix frame-gravity can be established between them. This is the easiest way to secure an object to the deck within. Note that the fore cage encloses the command centre and several weapons, as well as four auxilliary launch bays. The roof of the command module can support a significant mass under accereration, but to secure a large structure the ship would need to deploy a scaffold of cables and booms to spread the weight and stabilise the payload.
- The aft cage is able to accommodate larger objects than the fore cage and is designed to do so without blocking the action of weapons or sensors. The only times the PV would routinely fly backwards would be with a vast cargo in this cage, and the added mass would bring her maximum accleration down to 1.9 G.
- The engines rotate 90 degrees from vertical in both directions and have thrust vanes that can vector thrust away from the hull, giving this behemoth its famous manouverability.
- The upper surface has 4 small landing pads, a small shuttle or fighter can land on one of these, be lowered down to the cargo/hanger bays, and transfered to the main launch bay. The 4 main hangers are all interconnected as well – if the whole area is depressurised and all partitions removed, they form an open cross-shaped space in the lower hull. Transferring ships and cargo between these bays is very simple.
The Positive Vector
The Positive Vector was the lead ship of its class and was designed to test the hull of the new patternalong with a recently reverse-engineered omnispectral sensor array. She was released from her indenture with the castleship’s retained fleet early. Baron Rashet Uthari’s opinion was that the ship’s sensor array was an unproven and expensive technology, so its installation in the remaining three scavenger ships would be based upon an assessment of the Positive Vector’s performance. The young captain of the Positive Vector therefore received a true starship very early in his career, but this independence came with the pressure of knowing that every Family ship was reporting on his progress.
As tensions in Urakaya escalated before the outbreak of the Blood War, the Positive Vector was recruited to the Utharii Family Security Group and upgrade as an escort and rescue vessel. In accepting this role Yan Vogel won the honour of being the second captain to join the FSG, and the first to command a ship considered war-ready by the Uthari Council. When not acting in the capacity of Family mercenary, however, the Positive Vector continued to pursue salvage and transport contracts.
- The Happy Prospector
- Yan Vogel
- Alaam Neerana
- Michael Bishop
- Strontia Savage
Former Crew members
- Erasmus Mcquinn
- Orma Cen Karou