"More than a mere ship of exploration, the Bellerophon embodied humanity's last, great effort to tame the universe through our own will alone." -- Dr. Paul Museveni, father of Drago Museveni, A Farther Shore, CY 8401
Single ship of the line
|Length:||Several thousand meters|
|Decks/Sections:||At least 24 inhabited decks|
|Cargo Handling Systems:|| Manual control|
Limited nonsentient computer autopilot
|Laid:|| 2124 (Earth years)|
|Years Active:||Over 1500 years|
|Crew Complement:||Unknown, estimated to be around 250|
|Passenger Capacity:||Unknown, at least 6|
|Commanding Officer:||Fehdman Metis|
|Life Support Officer:||Unknown|
|Main Computer System:||Nonsentient computer|
|Main Navigation System:|| Computer|
|Main Sensor Systems:||Limited|
|Power Systems:||Ionized hydrogen engine/generator|
|Sub-Light Engines:||Hydrogen engine|
|Main FTL Engines:|| None|
|Max Sub-Light Speed:||99.999 PSL|
|Particle Beam Weapons:||Engines|
|Primary Heavy Weapons systems:||Engines|
|Hull Composition:||Titanium plating|
|Political & Chronological Information|
|Era(s):|| Humanities' golden era|
New Systems Commonwealth
|Faction:||Formally Earth government|
The Bellerophon was one of humanity's most ambitious projects to map and explore the universe. It was launched in CY 8362 (Earth year 2127) by the United Earth Joint Service from Earth's orbit, and traveled at near-relativistic speeds from place to place (since Slipstream drive had not been given to humanity yet by the Systems Commonwealth), so because of the Slower-Than-Light drive, time passes in a slower fashion for them. ("The Lone And Level Sands")
The Bellerophon has approximately 20 decks, and they are identified by letters. The crew quarters are on deck "K". The ship also has acceleration couches all over the ship, without them, people would be smashed against the wall each time the ship accelerated. The ship has a large docking hanger, and several huge cargo bays, one of which holds a badly damaged Slipfighter. The bridge is quite small, and can only hold a few people at a time, due to all the space taken up by electronics and acceleration couches.
The Bellerophon has a gigantic engine at the back of the ship that can make the ship go at near relativistic speeds and must refuel after several minutes of severe acceleration. It has 8 petal-like rudders around the engine.
The crew of the ship uses projectile weapons, both sidearms and rifles. The ship itself has no weapons, but its engine is extremely good at vaporizing enemy ships, as well as providing an element of surprise.
- Bellerophon was a Greek hero who was crippled by Zeus for his arrogance (hubris). He tamed the Pegasus and slew the Chimaera, but believed that these deeds elevated him to godhood. When he flew Pegasus up to Mount Olympus to claim his place, he was struck down by Zeus.