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Defensive measures on starships apply a number of techniques to
stop incoming damage. Shield technology is often coupled with
hull composition to maximize a starship's ability to absorb or
deflect incoming damage from combat or environmental sources.
Hulls often combine the properties of various materials with
physical configurations that maximize their ability to absorb
generally also articulated, formed of layers that move slightly
in relation to one another and help absorb gravitational and
Hulls can additionally have modifiers that
further extend the hull's protective capabilities.
||Fabric made of long-chain
molecules possessing many strong hydrogen-bond
cross-links. The materials in fiber weaves
form in a tight net pattern that resists separations of
the individual strands. Thin layers of fiber weave are
then layered in the millions and bound with soft polymer
glues. The result is thick, moulded plates capable of spreading impact
traumas across a significant surface area and slowing and
stopping kinetic penetrations. The polymers are
incredibly resistant to heat, impact, piercing,
and chemical penetration.
|Biohull or Ichor
||Known as Biocamb to the
Y'Hotha who grow it and colloquially as Ichor, Biohull is a biologically grown,
living starship armour with an incredible ability to absorb impacts and
blunt trauma forces. It is a group of anaerobic organisms
which are genetically programmed to form and maintain a particular
collective shape. They will rapidly reform damage to the collective
constantly flowing and recombining themselves within their
structural constraints and growing back lost or damaged
|An exceptionally hard,
moulded composite material combining steel, ceramic,
and polymers in a nano-matrix. The result is heavy but exceptionally
Crystee is a crystalline
substance biologically grown exclusively by the
Y'Hotha Alliance. A single layer is brittle but when
stacked in molecularly exclusive layers it becomes
extremely hard and durable, spreading impact from layer to
layer and across its surface. It is fairly reflective to
incoming energy weapons and, most importantly, will
conduct and dissipate an extremely high quantity of energy
throughout its own structure and between molecular layers,
gradually releasing the energy as heat. Crystee is used by
the Y'Hotha on scales from personal armour to starship
Fiber Weaves, thin layers or long-chain molecules are
layered together with a hardened-polymer bonding agent and
moulded into shape. The bonding agent adds significant
hardness to the composite, while the ballistic weave
reinforces the brittle bonding agent and helps distribute
impact trauma. A relatively light and effective armour. Hardened
polymer will crumble in patches under sustained, heavy
beating. While this is inconvenient in terms of long term
durability, the crumbling actually helps in the
dissipation of the immediate impact.
||A hard, moulded,
polymer/ceramic laminate. The alternating layers of
material are chosen to reinforce each others' ability to
withstand and endure heat and impacts and are formed on a
microscopic scale. Molyceramic Matrix will crumble under
repeated impacts. While this is inconvenient in terms of
long term durability, the crumbling actually helps in the
dissipation of the immediate impact.
name for a material developed by
Azatlath Advanced Construction.
It is a composite material composed of a murky, semi-transparent
plastic doped with flakes of randomly aligned, highly
reflective alloys. It is very effective against energy
weapons, having an ultra-high incidence of reflectivity and the ability to
absorb and internally diffuse energies that are not actually reflected
when they encounter
the surface. It is a fairly brittle
substance that requires a solid substructure. It tends to crack
and fall apart locally when bent or subjected to physical impacts.
plates that use a variety of titanium compounds to
achieve exceptional protective quality. In particular,
it uses the hardness of titanium carbides and the
remarkable self-cleaning properties of titanium dioxide.
Essentially, the Matrix binds titanium compounds
with reaction accelerants and bio-flourescent molecules.
The base reaction between the UV and titanium dioxide
rapidly breaks down organics on the surface of the
armour, ensuring it is free from most common dirt,
diseases, and many chemical and bacteriological agents.
||Sometimes combined with
charged plating, capacitive plating involves electrolytic or air
gaps between between charged metal armour plates. Fire from Incoming energy
weapons tends to add to the capacitive charge on the outer plates rather than
damaging the armour. The stored capacitive energy discharges when
contacted by physical projectiles such as missiles, often causing them to detonate before they
can penetrate a significant number of layers of the armour.
Capacitive charge can be gained slowly through static accumulation
or quickly from the ship's power system or incoming energy weapons.
||Exterior armour which is electromagnetically
charged to repel. While it is not exceptionally effective, it is a cheap
method that somewhat lessons the damage done by both physical and
plating is stacked in successive layers composed of materials with differing
physical properties. If an
attack penetrates a layer that can't stop it, the next layer will be
another material which may. Layering schemes will often include
alternating layers of reflective, metal, and ceramic armours.
complicated methods and configurations for mounting armour to lessen impacts and to
passively absorb the energy of explosions. Layers of armour may be
mounted on complex shock absorbers. They can be designed with
channels that redirect blasts between successive layers of armour.
||"Nanocamb" or "nancamb"
An external coating of specialized repair-nanites that repair the
surface of the ship's armour and hull as it is damaged. They rebuild
damaged armour at the molecular level, either by borrowing
neighbouring material or carrying it from the ship's stores.
armour consisting of a variety of advanced matrix and
multi-function nanites that bind with each other and the inert
materials of the hull. The ability to clean, maintain, and
repair itself is common and some models can even change their
physical properties to adapt to changing conditions.
only modest extra protection against energy-based attacks, the
real benefit of stealth-style plating is that it makes one's
ship harder to successfully hit. Using a combination of
materials in a variety of physical configurations, engineers
can design platings that reflect, absorb, or reroute sensor
signals and passive energies to minimize the signature of a
ship as seen by the targeting computers, tracking systems, and
visual monitors of enemy ships and missiles.
to by various crews, corporations, and lifeforms as "the
shell" or "shields", the gravity-based defense
field is common. Using near-field gravity projectors, damage from
explosions, collisions, and concentrated energy weapons is
absorbed or directed
away from the ship.
optic coatings and subtle gravity fields to bend and refract light rays,
sensor beams, etc.
||Developed from the
Concipital Trajector Field used to harvest energy in fusion power
plants, the starship Trajector shield is an
absorptive shield system surrounding the ship that converts energy
into storable electricity. While the Concipital Trajector is finely
tuned to maximize the absorption of energy from fusion reactions,
the starship Trajector is considerably less efficient but more
flexible, absorbing power from everything from passive cosmic rays
to incoming energy weapons. The starship Trajector, being
considerably more detuned than the fusion Concipital Trajector,
creates a great deal more "dirty subversion" in the form of waste
heat and light where the conversion takes place. The absorbed energy
is funneled into massive
banks of isolators, transformers, and capacitors or batteries,
converting useless or dangerous energies into useable power.
Useless against physical threats.
||Utility Fog is a swarm
of versatile nanites in a tight configuration surrounding a
starship. At their most primitive level, the nanites can clean,
maintain, and repair the exterior of the starship. More advanced
UFog can be
configured to intercept and absorb or disable enemy fire, whether of
a physical or energy-based nature. Advanced UFog can act as a
receptive sensor grid or remote probe and fulfill a variety of other