SF-97 FGE (Federated Galactic Enforcer) Flamberge . Thanks to his connections within the S.I.D., Dr. Whackemoff has been commissioned to create to several mainstream star-fighters for G.A.I.A. while continuing along with his other “dark horse” projects. His first masterpiece is the SF-97 Federated Galactic Enforcer. This 200 ton behemoth may fly like a classic fighter but it performs more along the lines of a small cruiser when engaged in battle. Armed to the teeth and defended by powerful shields, there is no opponent it wasn’t designed to turn into stellar debris. Its duties include deep space exploration/patrol, fleet escort, and other heavy combat roles such as assault on enemy capital ships and strongholds. In fact, the SF-97 was specifically engineered to function equally well on its own or as part of a larger force.
How it pulls this off is that it utilizes a two man crew composed of a pilot and a navigator/gunner along with an astro-droid programmed to keep the ship up to snuff. During the trials runs of the prototype, Draxus Trocanin and Shadow Wolf (the former crew of the Avalanche Tank-Mech which is now just a digital memory) commented on how the silhouette of this war bird reminded them of a German flamberge two-handed sword used in ancient times to snap off the heads of enemies pikes and cause chaos in their ranks. When word of this got back to Dr. W. he decided to research the ancient weapon and after seeing it for himself he had to agree the similarities were striking. Without a second thought, Dr. W. allowed Draxus and Shadow to christen her the Flamberge.
Just like on the Vengeance fighter, the FTL drive of the SF-97 is powered by energy produced by the matter/anti-matter chamber. Unlike more traditional drives though, this one actually generates a wormhole that allows the SF-97 to travel to any point already in the navigation computer. Making jumps into unknown space though is a crap-shoot at best. The vessel can wind up on the other side of the galaxy or in the heart of a star. At least it provides a last ditch escape should the crew find themselves in a bind they can’t blast their way out of!
This shot also reveals the rearward firing P-63 Hellfire plasma cannons. An upgraded version of the plasma cannons found on the Vengeance, they have the same rate of fire but do nearly 50% more damage per blast. With two of these death dealers covering its rear flanks enemy fighters don’t stand a chance of getting close without getting roasted first!
Four micro-pulse fusion engines provide the thrust for normal space and atmospheric flight. Technically two would be enough to propel the SF-97 but Dr. W. said “why settle for two engines when four will get you there that much faster!”
Four additional P-63’s plasma cannons are attached to the nosecone. Usually timed to provide a continuous rate of fire they can also be fired two and four cannons at the same time for maximum potential damage.
Attached to each side of the cockpit is a hydraulic lift for the crew to ride.
The canopy is composed of two separate hatches to allow quicker access for the crew to enter and exit the ship.
The forward seat is the pilot’s controls panel and twin joysticks. Directly behind the pilot’s seat are the navigator/gunner’s instruments.
Located between the nosecone and the cockpit is the Megajax force field generator system. The most powerful force field ever installed on a fighter, it can remain active as long as the crew needs and protect the SF-97 during virtually any reentry burn. It can also withstand several direct hits from other fighters and even a couple of shots from the guns of capital ships before being overloaded.
Here we see that the nosecone not only packs lethal firepower but is also the cargo hold. The forward half holds the crews weapons, survival gear, communicators, and tools. The rear of the hold is where Fix-R the astro-droid recharges. This little bot’s origins are unclear but it is rumored to be the “love-bot” when a trash compactor and a planetary bio-probe combined their spark one day many years ago. Fix-R is fully programmed to maintain all of the ship’s systems. Fix-R can even link up with the navigation computer and remote pilot the SF-97 back to home base in an emergency. In essence Fix-R is actually the third member of the crew.
The underside of the nosecone contains a recessed area for the landing gear. The gear itself contains a small thruster and when combined with the rear landing gear provides the VTOL capabilities for the SF-97.
The rear landing gear also contains VTOL thrusters. Unlike the nosecone thruster, these thrusters simply fold up under the wings with no recessed cavity to retract into.
On the underside of the each wing, removable weapon pods are attached to increase its lethality in combat.
The pod closer to the fuselage is the Triax Blaster Cannon. Its three long ranged laser cannons surround a support beam containing its targeting sensor. A volley from the Triax easily cripples most small to medium fighters and does significant damage to all others. Being hit by both of these pods at the same time virtually guarantees the target’s annihilation.
The outermost pod is the Blackout Hyper Velocity Gun. This twin-barreled weapon fires energized projectiles that home in on their target like guided missiles. Each barrel can launch a projectile once every 15 seconds and holds 3 shots. It needs 90 seconds to collect more stellar material to reload.
If all of the goodies so far weren’t enough, stored underneath the FTL drive is the Trident combat hover bike. This shot also shows the rear landing struts in their storage position.
Here the nosecone landing thruster is in its storage mode.
This shot shows the Trident's storage area after it's been deployed.
The Trident combat hover bike is a high speed land craft capable of land speeds in excess of 200 miles an hour and a 12 hour energy supply. It gets its name from the three blaster cannons built into the front of the machine.
Shadow Wolf decides to take the Trident out for a little spin and take in the scenery.
Draxus Trocanin, Shadow Wolf, and Fix-R discuss their mission objectives.
Wide angle shot showing the Flamberge, Trident and crew.
Last but certainly not least is a parting close-up shot of our intrepid explorers on this strange new world!