The Sombre Crescent . The Sombre Crescent. A one-of-a-kind fighter, it uses a strange, unknown propulsion system, making it entirely stealth. Lately, it has been seen engaging in hit-and-run attacks on convoys, sneaking through high-security zones, and even buzzing freight ships in major traffic lanes. . Status: Intact, and sitting next to my desk. I've added a few tiny details that I think make it a bit better looking, as well as a display stand. I've also updated this page with fewer, but better, pictures, as well as changes to the descriptions.
For the last century, the advances in the study of sub-space have been slow and fruitless. So complex and obscure is the subject that most scientists can't even agree if it actually exists or not. In fact, study into the subject has declined over the years, leaving only a handful of specialists scattered about the various corporations and governments that make up the Pre-Classic Space universe.
But the recent discovery of a rare, strange crystal from a meteorite, combined with new applications in field emitters, has resulted in an unexpected new technology: sub-space repulsion drive.
The sub-space repulsion drive actually repels sub-space, and uses interacting fields to manipulate that repelling force. This allows the ship to fly without using conventional engines or fuels. In fact, the drive system creates no exhaust! 96% of the energy expelled is shunted directly into sub-space, meaning no heat, light or any other electromagnetic energy is left for enemy ships to pick up on their sensors!
Here, we can see the smooth, curved hull. The "wings" as they've been called are actually made from a sub-space opaque material. It, unlike regular materials, does not allow sub-space to exist in the same space as it does, effectively blocking it out. Combines with the field emitters, they focus the unusual energies of the blue core towards the rear of the ship, providing "propulsion" (though not in the conventional sense). The color is entirely to blend in with the blackness of space, making it hard to pick up on visual sensors. Ever little bit helps when it comes to stealth.
The Sombre Crescent is not just for looks: she's packing two medium lasers, each one powered by its own reactor. They fold up into the wings to keep the hull geometry intact. Once you wish to blast something, they quickly power up and fold out. While not the most powerful weapons for a ship of its size, the fact that your target doesn't know you're there more than makes up for it. Good aim and the element of surprise will make short work of a target that doesn't have its shields up.
In this picture, we can see the blue core, the strange material that repels sub-space. There is only one known sample in the entire galaxy. The large gray cylinders are power reactors. Their shielding has been modified to partially "leak", as they, combined with the field emitters (the gray discs and black slopes), are what alter the sub-space repelling field of the core. You can also make out the passive sensors column between the two hull sections on the top. It's limited in use and range, but passive sensors won't give your position away like active sensors do.
Here we are shown the cockpit and canopy operation. The canopy is infra-red scattering, since the heat from the pilot, the internal computers and life support can be detected by more advanced sensors.
First, the pilot steps inside and sits down.
Next, the control system raises up. The designers decided to use a new form of controls, what they affectionately call "handlebars". Pressure sensitive pads along the curve of the "handlebars" detect the hand motions and pressure of the pilot. The computer processes these as changes in course and speed. With a little practice, almost anyone can fly the ship.
Then the canopy lowers. The shape and position of the canopy creates a large viewing area for the pilot, with minimal obstructions. Being able to see where you are going with only passive sensors is a must!
Finally, the sides of the cockpit close. The geometry of the cockpit section is designed to scatter active sensors, reducing the chance of detection even further.
Reliable landing gear on a ship so small is vital. There's no point inhaving the best technology in the quadrant if you can't take off and land safely. But large, bulky landing gear create a serious problem with stealth ships: they often stick out and disrupt the hull, or are made of materials easily identified by sensors.
The Sombre Crescent solves both problems by using a compact, high-performance design that folds up into the hull of the ship, making them completely undetectable. The front landing gear folds up onto the front, smoothing out the geometry.
Once in place, it almost becomes seamless with the cockpit section.
The port and starboard landing gear retracts up into the wings, in between the reactors and the field emitters. This way, they are shielded from sensors by the sub-space opaque material in front, and the reactors and emitters scatter their signatures in the rear.
The mechanism is smooth and reliable. We guarantee that you not feel a thing taking off or landing.
Also notice the running lights on the landing gear. These are low-output lights, and can be turned off whenever you wish. The Sombre Crescent has automatic stealth modes, meaning that any equipment on board will be powered down to prevent detection.
Just for the hell of it, here are the first pictures of it when I started out. I changed the design quite a bit. This configuration wasn't very stable, and was constantly falling apart. The current design is more sturdy, and a lot cooler looking.