The Last Stand is an addon project for the Sins of a Solar Empire, aiming to provide additional and original content, depth and challenge to the game, including three new races, new gameplay elements and tactical gadgets such as mines, interdiction abilities, deployable starbases, new ship classes and more.
Presenting the Warmaster, a sentient capital ship capable of coordinating entire fleets of Xin ships as well as nailing down enemy fleets all by itself.
Posted by ManSh00ter on May 25th, 2011
For this weeks update I am proud to present one of the more useful additions to any Xin commander's arsenal: the Warmaster class capital ship.
While all Xin ships possess a degree of sentience, the Warmaster is unique in that it has a much more developed neural structure than other ships, even capitals. This enables it to perform complex calculations and structured reasoning necessary to coordinate entire fleets, regardless of their size, thus increasing their combat effectiveness beyond what they would be able to achieve on their own.
This is made possible by the Warmasters unique sensory apparatus, which is not present on other capitals - its nine wide-spectrum sensory blisters, protected from the rigors of hard vacuum and radiation by mirror-like membranes mimic those found on the Scout Drones, but are much larger in size and an order of magnitude more effective. This allows the Warmaster to sense not only from infrared to ultraviolet radioation, but also magnetic disturbanced (such as generated by planets, ships etc.) and even gravitational fluctuations.
In other words, nothing can hide from its gaze.
The information thus gathered can be efficiently distributed by the Warmaster's ten high-yield communication tendrils, allowing it to simultaniously communicate with every ship in the fleet.
Last but not least - while the Warmaster is not the most powerful ship in the fleet, it is by no means defenseless. Not only can it utilize its eight gravity well generators to prevent enemy fleets from jumping into phase space, it can also use those same generators to emit powerful streams of directed protons, which serve as excellent short-range defense.
For larger targets, and longer ranges, the Warmaster uses eight large caliber guided plasma ejectors located on the side bulges. This, in addition to the customary powerful shielding and think organic armor makes the Warmaster a force to be reckoned with on any battlefield.