Knowledge is power, and one of the most valuable commodities is pure information: the 1s and 0s behind everything from UEC ledgers to Citizenship ratings. Whether it’s colonists struggling to stay in contact with the UEE’s central worlds or criminals trading in illicit data, there will always be a need to securely move data. The Drake Herald, a small, armored ship, is designed to fit that need and safely get that information from Point A to Point B. Featuring a powerful central engine (for high speed transit and generating the power needed for effective data encryption/containment), advanced encryption software and an armored computer core, the Herald is unique among personal spacecraft in that it is designed to be easily ‘cleaned’ when in danger of capture. The Herald includes an array of heavy duty internal options for data protection, including redundant power subsystems and EMP shielding, and a high-powered broadcast array for data transmission.
Considered by some to be ‘so ugly it’s beautiful,’ the asymmetrical Herald looks almost like the company’s take on a Vanduul design. The Herald is a true pilot ship, at its core consisting of little more than a seat, bunk, advanced electronics and two huge engines. Drake Heralds are sold for the purpose of sensitive data transmission, but the modularity of their supporting hardpoints will allow a significant number of other purposes. While Heralds can keep pace with the fastest racers, their maneuverability is lower… but the right pilot with dedicated modifications might be able to take home some prize credits!
The following specifications come from an anonymous source among Drake Interplanetary’s top executives :
|MAX POWER PLANT
|FACTORY POWER PLANT
||ACOM StarHeart III (2)
|MAX ENGINE (PRIMARY THRUSTER)
|FACTORY MANEUVERING THRUSTERS
||Drake Trireme Ina P
||Gorgon AllStop (2)
||2x S1 Distortion Cannon, 1x S1 Laser Cannon
Authorities recommend caution regarding the unreliable source of these specifications.
The Drake Herald comes equipped with advanced encryption software, an armored computer core, a redundant power subsystem, EMP shielding and a high-power broadcast array.