Only the second
most controversial defence project in Fleet Commands history behind Project The Next Day
. The replacement for the veteran Heathen
class battleship has been in development since late GR2013. This would lead to two more iterations of the Heathen in the intervening four years until a true successor would finally emerge.
The Nemesis Dreadcruiser
is part of a new class of intermediary warships between the Super-Dreadnoughts and Juggernauts that rule the spaceways, and the Battleships that form the backbone of every major stellar navy. Packing a massive and flexible arsenal of weaponry, Nemesis
is able to outrun, outgun and outlast an Exodus-Class Dreadnought
The designers of the vessel insist their reasoning for waiting four years was sound. Nemesis
is the first production vessel to feature RARCom's Infinite-Entity Engine
, originally developed for the Universaerium Infinite
. This engine can provide an everlasting supply of power to the Nemesis
. This sets the tone for the vessels design philosophy. The class was not built to fight in Nehellenium, Omegalon or Magikallenic. Rather these vessels are designed to push the boundary of where Fleetcom can engage a target. While no confirmation has been given, it is speculated that these vessels are capable of intercepting the Immortal invasion fleet, or possibly even reaching the Immortal home galaxy.
Aiding this is a switch from plasma weaponry to a laser based arsenal. Ten "Extinguisher" batteries compose this weapon system, providing a massive upgrade to the "Fire-Torrent" plasma batteries used on the Heathen
. These weapons are supported by a stockpile of 96 "Seabiscuit" warp-capable interstellar ballistic missiles. Each missile topped with 12 fusion warheads capable of independent planetary re-entry.
These weapons pale in comparison to the two "Obliterator" antimatter accelerator cannons mounted on the vessels bow. These weapons were made possible by experimentation with the Universaerium Infinite
that found the drive capable of producing antimatter. The creation of this terrifying weapon was a byproduct.
Praetorian shipyards are ramping up production in anticipation of the new class. It is ironic then that the Nemesis
are not expected to fully supplant their predecessors. Over the years a massive fleet of Heathens
have been produced, with experienced crews fully trained. But when needed these new warships will be ready to meet any challenger.