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All combat vessels in Vast Worlds fall into the rough categories of:

  • Fighter
  • Corvette
  • Frigate
  • Destroyer
  • Cruiser
  • Battleship
  • Dreadnaught
  • Monolith

In ascending order of size.

Within this list each class is effective against the adjacent entries, give or take. For example, Frigates can damage Destroyers, but Cruisers end up wasting firepower taking out Corvettes. On the other hand, Fighters can be effective against Frigates, but Frigates may not be very effective at taking out Fighters so it is quite dependent on weapons load out. Take this is more a rule of thumb than an absolute.

Scaling is rarely constant between classes, but Frigates can comfortably house a wing of Fighters or a Corvette, and even a Cruiser could dock Frigates internally. At the top end of the scale, Monoliths classes are kilometres long and dwarf all other vessels, though rarely used warfare due to their sheer cost, and the fact that by the time you’ve finished building one the war is long over.

The manoeuvrability of each class is significantly less than the one preceding it, but generally enough to avoid weapons strikes from a ship of a similar size[1]. Case in point, Frigates can dodge fire from other Frigates with fair regularity and would run rings around a destroyer, but would not be able to avoid Corvettes.

In addition, there are a number of support class roles, for example, Ground Pounders, Command ships, Carriers, Repair and Re-supply, and Landing craft, to name but a few. The sizes of these are designated by necessity, but tend to be larger than the equivalent combat class as they do not have to worry about target profile. Generally they will not be involved in direct combat, though may still bear weapons, and are quite venerable to mainline ships if left exposed. Actual combat vessels may also have properties of support ships[2] but such systems are rarely as large as the specialised craft.

[1] For the very largest this isn’t quite accurate, but they have other methods for surviving fire.

[2] Quite a lot of large classes carry Fighters or Corvettes, for example.


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