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47 minutes ago, Reavern said:

The Prowler isn't actually a Tevarin ship or even reproduction of a Tevarin ship, like the Glaive, so the "alien" premium doesn't really apply. The Prowler is a hybrid design produced by Esperia that combines some of the features (and possibly aesthetics) of the First Tevarin War era Tevarin boarding craft with contemporary UEE ship tech. According to SC lore, the Tevarins were technologically inferior to the UEE so it doesn't make sense that Eperia would manufacture an authentic Tevarin boarding craft with their inferior tech. It's definitely a Human-manufactured ship with many of the same components that can be found on other human ships. So I don't think the Prowler will be as "alien" as either the Vanduul Glaive or the Xi'An Khartu-Al.

I expect the Tevarin ship features of the Prowler will relate to its stealth abilities and the method it deploys EVA boarders. I imagine that the Tevarin used a crude but effective stealth tech that, 400 in-game years later, the UEE has permitted Esperia to incorporate into the civilian market Prowler. I'm certain the Prowler will be stealthy, but I believe the UEE military has far superior stealth tech, which we'll probably never be allowed to buy or own in the PU, but we might acquire and use it in SQ42.

Regarding the Prowler's Tevarin-inspired boarder deployment system, my prediction is that the Prowler will have a dorsal battery of perhaps 16 vertical launch tubes, arranged in 2 parallel columns of 8 (similar to ballistic missile launch tubes on a nuclear submarine) that will silently propel an individual marine in an EVA combat suit into space (meaning no EM or thermal emissions). I can imagine such an unconventional and risky rapid deployment method was pioneered by the Tevarins, because they needed to compensate for their technological inferiority by doing crazy and dangerous things that humans wouldn't even consider: i.e. launching a marine toward the hull of an enemy ship. SPLAT!

Of course, this is all just speculation. I could be wrong; the Prowler could be just a Redeemer clone with alien greebles on it, which would be as you said: a $200 ship + $200 "alien" markup. I would be very, very disappointed if that's the case. I have faith in CIG that they won't do that to us. ;)

Yessir; I'm familiar with the lore, it's some good stuff, but I'm also familiar with CIG's price vs. performance shenanigans, especially when Esperia is involved. By CIG's own lore these ships are recreations, not even *real alien* in their game universe. Basically you can divide the price of any Esperia clone by 2-2.5 and come up with a fairly accurate comparison in a human ship, and that's even being too generous sometimes. And I'm not just talking about Arena Commander's likely dumbed-down AI swarms, the Scythe and the Glaive are being flown by players in the PU as well. I honestly expect the Blade to turn out as little more than an up-gunned M50.

It doesn't much matter to me, I have 70+ ships (with more than a few greebles), and I'm totally xenophobic. I don't do aliens. :P I know it's only alpha, and the stats are currently irrelevant, but when backers are investing real life premium pledge dollars for these ships, and they're regularly out-performed by supposedly inferior ships costing half as much or less, well I find that...... Questionable. I hope I'm wrong, I really hope CIG doesn't pull the usual Esperia 200%+ markup and actually presents something worth our fine backer's money this time.

Good luck this Friday my fellow space-farer. :)

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19 hours ago, NemeSys said:

 

Yessir; I'm familiar with the lore, it's some good stuff, but I'm also familiar with CIG's price vs. performance shenanigans, especially when Esperia is involved. By CIG's own lore these ships are recreations, not even *real alien* in their game universe. Basically you can divide the price of any Esperia clone by 2-2.5 and come up with a fairly accurate comparison in a human ship, and that's even being too generous sometimes. And I'm not just talking about Arena Commander's likely dumbed-down AI swarms, the Scythe and the Glaive are being flown by players in the PU as well. I honestly expect the Blade to turn out as little more than an up-gunned M50.

It doesn't much matter to me, I have 70+ ships (with more than a few greebles), and I'm totally xenophobic. I don't do aliens. :P I know it's only alpha, and the stats are currently irrelevant, but when backers are investing real life premium pledge dollars for these ships, and they're regularly out-performed by supposedly inferior ships costing half as much or less, well I find that...... Questionable. I hope I'm wrong, I really hope CIG doesn't pull the usual Esperia 200%+ markup and actually presents something worth our fine backer's money this time.

Good luck this Friday my fellow space-farer. :)

The Vanduul Scythes and Glaives are nerfed in AC and so are the flyable Scythes and Glaives. Since I own a Glaive, it's frustrating that CIG hasn't balanced it with the Human starfighters, but I have faith they will in the future. (I believe the Vanduul will be buffed when SQ42 is released and that will translate to AC and the PU.) I acknowledge that ATM the Esperia Glaive is overpriced based on its stats and combat performance. I'd say it's comparable to a 325a or 350r with fixed-forward weapons, so its $350 price was 3-4 times what it should be in its current state. But I don't believe it will always be like that.

A few pages ago, I analyzed the cost and specs of the existing ships with troop transport and boarding roles: IMO the Caterpillar is probably the closest ship to the Esperia Prowler because it was originally pitched as an Assault Transport favoured by Pirates to board and capture ships. Since then CIG has played up the Cat's modularity and it's become a jack-of-all-trades ship; but assault transport and boarding will still be one of its roles.

CIG announced a few months ago that the Caterpillar is undergoing a redesign and will be larger when Hangar/Flight-ready; consequently its price will increase significantly, just like the Starfarer. The Starfarer jumped from $175 to $300. The Caterpillar was $225 and it's highly probable its price will increase to $300-350. That's the Base Caterpillar, which is configured with only Cargo Modules.

The "Boarding Caterpillar" will have specialized modules; at least 1 Troop Transport and a Barracks/Armoury module. Considering the Retaliator's Dropship module cost $75, the Cat's boarding modules will probably cost $50+ each. My most conservative estimates are $300 for the Base Caterpillar + $50 for one Troop Transport module + $50 for one Barracks/Armoury module = $400. That's only $25 less than the Esperia Prowler, which has stealth tech and the "alien" premium. $25 seems fairly reasonable IMO. If the Base Cat's price increases by $125 (like the Starfarer) it could cost $350 and if the modules are $75 each (like the Tali's Dropship module), the "Boarding Caterpilar" could cost $500, making the Prowler seem like a bargain. ;)

Admittedly, I'm assuming that the Esperia Prowler will be somewhere between the size of a Constellation and Caterpillar. If it's not and it turns out to be, as I joked earlier, a Redeemer clone with alien greebles, then the $425 price is outrageous and I'm not going to buy it. But I don't think CIG will do that to us. I guess we'll find out in 4 days.

Good luck to us all. :)

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The Prowler isn't actually a Tevarin ship or even reproduction of a Tevarin ship, like the Glaive, so the "alien" premium doesn't really apply. The Prowler is a hybrid design produced by Esperia that combines some of the features (and possibly aesthetics) of the First Tevarin War era Tevarin boarding craft with contemporary UEE ship tech.

@Reavern I agree. It's more like the Freelancer or Redeemer which are alien tech inspired. I don't think CIG's pricing department cares though. 

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According to SC lore, the Tevarins were technologically inferior to the UEE so it doesn't make sense that Eperia would manufacture an authentic Tevarin boarding craft with their inferior tech.

Prowlers also were a load of trouble for the UEE during the war. I think it's safe to say that they had some areas that were more technologically advanced at the time, specifically regarding stealth. I'm sure that the UEE has adopted and refined this tech over the last few hundred years, but given that ships like the Avenger are a few hundred years old and still relevant, I would be inclined to think that the much newer Prowler has incorporated a lot of newer systems and is still very, very capable vs all but possibly the newest UEE ships. 

Most UEE designs and ships themselves are quite old, and state of the art ships are probably quite rare. Even the Bengal design is likely a few centuries old, and while I'm sure that ships have been refit with new scanning tech, that's probably also pretty old. The first trailer showed Scythes sneaking up on the Bengal from nearby asteroids, and while I doubt that's totally canon because cool trailers, I think that ambushes are supposed to be part of the game and that there's a lot of hope for the Prowler to be useful even vs average UEE military ships. 

 

Huh. Sounds like the proposed human catapult that the Caterpillar was possibly going to get. 

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On 11/15/2016 at 2:39 AM, Karmaslap said:

Prowlers also were a load of trouble for the UEE during the war. I think it's safe to say that they had some areas that were more technologically advanced at the time, specifically regarding stealth.

Or maybe...they were tactically advanced... despite technology. Perhaps the prowler is a series of oak barrels sealed with pine pitch and bound by a length of hemp cord....flying through space like the devil's own bolas. Try pickin' that up on yer fancy smancy scanner thingies.

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On 11/14/2016 at 9:28 PM, Reavern said:

The Prowler isn't actually a Tevarin ship or even reproduction of a Tevarin ship, like the Glaive, so the "alien" premium doesn't really apply. The Prowler is a hybrid design produced by Esperia that combines some of the features (and possibly aesthetics) of the First Tevarin War era Tevarin boarding craft with contemporary UEE ship tech. According to SC lore, the Tevarins were technologically inferior to the UEE so it doesn't make sense that Eperia would manufacture an authentic Tevarin boarding craft with their inferior tech. It's definitely a Human-manufactured ship with many of the same components that can be found on other human ships. So I don't think the Prowler will be as "alien" as either the Vanduul Glaive or the Xi'An Khartu-Al.

I expect the Tevarin ship features of the Prowler will relate to its stealth abilities and the method it deploys EVA boarders. I imagine that the Tevarin used a crude but effective stealth tech that, 400 in-game years later, the UEE has permitted Esperia to incorporate into the civilian market Prowler. I'm certain the Prowler will be stealthy, but I believe the UEE military has far superior stealth tech, which we'll probably never be allowed to buy or own in the PU, but we might acquire and use it in SQ42.

Regarding the Prowler's Tevarin-inspired boarder deployment system, my prediction is that the Prowler will have a dorsal battery of perhaps 16 vertical launch tubes, arranged in 2 parallel columns of 8 (similar to ballistic missile launch tubes on a nuclear submarine) that will silently propel an individual marine in an EVA combat suit into space (meaning no EM or thermal emissions). I can imagine such an unconventional and risky rapid deployment method was pioneered by the Tevarins, because they needed to compensate for their technological inferiority by doing crazy and dangerous things that humans wouldn't even consider: i.e. launching a marine toward the hull of an enemy ship. SPLAT!

Of course, this is all just speculation. I could be wrong; the Prowler could be just a Redeemer clone with alien greebles on it, which would be as you said: a $200 ship + $200 "alien" markup. I would be very, very disappointed if that's the case. I have faith in CIG that they won't do that to us. ;)

But is has something to do with aliens... Therefore it is necessary and proper to give it a $200 markup.

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1 hour ago, faquarl25 said:

But is has something to do with aliens... Therefore it is necessary and proper to give it a $200 markup.

As I said, if the Prowler is between the size of a Constellation and Caterpillar, and carries upwards of 20 marines, the $425 price might be justified. But if it's a glorified Alien Redeemer then I'll agree about the $200 markup.

We'll find out tomorrow.

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I just noticed this particular bit: Kind of makes me curious which one it is; reproduction or new ship based on old tech/design.

"First off, since we were just talking about the ship expo, what finer example of our hunt for authentic Tevarin experiences than Esperia’s brand new Prowler? This faithful reproduction of a centuries-old Tevarin ship is set to premiere later this week on Severus, but it seems that some celebs couldn’t wait that long. Star sataball player Sam Tonvi arrived at last night’s match riding in his very own hot-off-the-production-line model. Guardian fans went wild as Sam and the full offensive squad jumped out of the Prowler to “board” the arena. Maybe the next step will be for a Tevarin to join their team."

Kind of makes me curious which one it is; reproduction or new ship based on old tech/design.

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Remember, stealthy does not mean cloaked. Design, construction, materials, surfacing (color and texture) and sensors intended to mask detection (to obscure which is different from denying detection) or to deceive (spoof) sensors is what the Prowler should have, and that MIGHT justify the outrageous cost of $425.

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Just my 2c on all this:

 

- the comparison with the Sabre isn't really good because there is a quite some confusion imho about the Sabre's stealth abilitites.

The Sabre is indeed built ground up for stealth ( Ben ate back that quote later) but the way an F-22 is built for stealth unlike a F-117: in both cases stealth is a core feature but the F-22 melds it in his role of dogfighter ( when it blips on radar it started shooting already, hard to get a good lock on, easy to lose in a asteroid field etc), while a ship like the Esperia could as well be stealthier since it's not supposed to fight much or at all probably: it could well sacrifice weaponry or agility in order to be harder to spot.

- the ship is big enough for a Sataball squad so it's no small ( probably redemeer/vanguard size or more).

-while it's true that Tevarins had lower tech compared to UEE, it is quite possible that in selected fields they were more advanced or had "spark of genius" solutions to problems.

Consider that the Prowler is still famous after all this time, it's the iconic stealth assault barge ( and not the human side equivalent), adopted by the Navy ( or at least it's solutions were ) so it's safe to say it was quite quite good at the time.

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Seems all the talk of stealth has been completely dropped.... Now its armored instead?

 

I guess they figured that stealth and a boarding vessel is either useless or wildly OP.


Armour makes more sense, how are infantry going to cut through ships hull anyway?

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7 minutes ago, faquarl25 said:

Seems all the talk of stealth has been completely dropped.... Now its armored instead?

 

I guess they figured that stealth and a boarding vessel is either useless or wildly OP.


Armour makes more sense, how are infantry going to cut through ships hull anyway?

If it's true that the Prowler isn't a stealth boarding craft, instead it's an Armoured Personnel Carrier, then I'm gonna melt my Prowler tomorrow. An APC wasn't the Prowler that was promised. And it's redundant with the Redeemer.

I hope this isn't true. If it is, I am SO DISAPPOINTED!!!!

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39 minutes ago, Reavern said:

If it's true that the Prowler isn't a stealth boarding craft, instead it's an Armoured Personnel Carrier, then I'm gonna melt my Prowler tomorrow. An APC wasn't the Prowler that was promised. And it's redundant with the Redeemer.

I hope this isn't true. If it is, I am SO DISAPPOINTED!!!!

Well they mentioned honey-comb stealth materials I believe?

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There is a reason that the Prowler made its mark on history. At the time, the ship was one of the most advanced and cutting edge pieces of combat technology to grace a battlefield, and Esperia’s Prowler continues that tradition today. An ideal vessel for infiltration, boarding, troop deployment, extraction, fleet security and stealth missions, the Prowler’s distinctive hull can not only hold 16 persons, but it can rapidly deploy them thanks to its series of airshield portals. While common today, airshields were first developed by the Tevarin and changed the face of war thanks to the ease in which their troops could move in and out of the Prowler.

Overall, the Tevarin’s expertise in shields far outpaced Humanities own as exemplified by the Phalanx Shield that comes standard with the Prowler. A point defense shield that provides a very strong but limited protective face, the Phalanx Shield was one of the reasons that the Prowler became such a significant defensive force when flown in a squad with shields deployed and its wide variety of defensive countermeasures at the ready.

In addition, the Prowler’s Grav-Lev plates give additional flight control when traversing along uneven surfaces. This comes quite in handy when trying to position the Prowler alongside a large capital ship or inside a planetary fortification. As does the remote turret positioned along the upper spine for full 360 offense.

From silently infiltrating an unsuspecting enemy hangar to charging in to get forces where they’re most needed, the Esperia Prowler is a piece of history ready to make a whole bunch more.

 Might've overreacted earlier. Based on the Prowler's description it appears that the Tevarin boarding craft does have stealth capabilities, or at the very least the Prowler is intended for stealth infiltration missions. There's no mention of any stealth tech in the Prowler's design -- nothing distinctive like the Hornet Ghost's Void Armour -- however, given its angular design, dual TR2 engines, TR1 thrusters, and ballistic cannons, I believe the Prowler will have a lower sensor signature than its Aegis cousin, the Redeemer.

I confess that I am disappointed that the Prowler is a relatively small dropship or APC at only 34 metres long, instead of the Constellation-size stealth boarding ship that I was hoping for. The Prowler definitely isn't going to operate independently because it has no sleeping berths or cargo space. It's definitely a dropship intended for short hops, not a ship you cruise around on. I was really hoping the Prowler would be similar to a Caterpillar configured as a troop transport, boarding, and raiding ship, which had a barracks and armoury for a platoon of 16-24 marines, as well as specialized personnel launch tubes, like "human catapults" for deploying marines via EVA. The Prowler does have 8 individual "Air-Shield" doors for deploying marines, but they're not what I was hoping for.

I genuinely like the aesthetics of the Prowler, but it's too streamlined IMO. I was expecting a much larger and fully featured boarding ship. The Prowler seems redundant with the Redeemer and the redesigned Cutlass -- the latter will be able to carry a Dragonfly and has side-opening "raid doors" presumably intended for rapidly deploying boarders.

Given the size of the Prowler, its crew of 2 plus 8 marines, weapons loadout, specs, and the lack of clear-cut stealth tech, I definitely think it's over-priced -- even at the $380 Warbond price. Prowler seems like it should cost no more than a Redeemer -- which is a much beefier ship and approx. triple the firepower. It doesn't seem like the Prowler is $100 more expensive than it should be and I agree with the speculation that it's guilty of the "alien" markup. The fact that the Prowler is referred to numerous times as a "collector ship" reinforces the suspicion that its price is inflated.

I genuinely hope that CIG provides a detailed explanation for the Esperia Prowler in a Q&A because ATM it's a ship I'm already regretting buying. I'm planning on melting it unless CIG makes a compelling case why the Prowler isn't anything more than a beautiful piece of ship art.

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3 minutes ago, GeraldEvans said:

Looking at the lines though: High arched back swooping down to the tail, dropped angular head, arms out into the ground and the winglets opened up. It's a dragon, but with a swallow's tail.

yeah it indeed looks alot like a dragon, rly when landed 

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    • By Zeabz
      Updated with next batch of ships and prices.  
      When I started my Star Citizen journey in 2012 I was a single gamer.  In the years since I have become married and now about to have my second child in about 3 - 5 weeks.  Real life has Priorities and I have determined I just don't have the time to commit to this game that I once did.  All of these ships are Original Concept - LTI.  All sales will be done over PayPal and the buyer pays the 4.5% fee.  I have had a long history on these forums and have done a lot of trades on this forum,  Reddit with Kane, and Shroud of the Avatar Forums.  If you would like we can also use a third party middleman.  I would prefer Kane as I have worked with them in the past.  
      If you are interested please PM me.  I have confirmed that all ships listed are Original Concept - LTI and giftable. I can also post images if you would like.  Seems kind of tedious to do though for something that can be pulled from any unverified source.  On another note I do still plan on playing.  I have another dozen or so ships that I have purchased third party that are currently not giftable.  The math gets wonky though with having to factor in credit resell values after melting and buying back with new funds.  In any case.  I will continue to monitor game development and hope to see you all in the verse.  
       
      https://robertsspaceindustries.com/citizens/Zeabz
      https://www.reddit.com/user/zeabz/
      https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?members/zeabz.143578/
       
      Aegis Retaliator Heavy Bomber SOLD OC LTI $265.00 Aegis Vulcan OC LTI $200.00 Aopoa Khartu-al SOLD OC LTI $175.00 Aopoa San'tok.yāi OC LTI $210.00 Banu Defender OC LTI $200.00 Banu Merchantman SOLD OC LTI $325.00 Esperia Blade OC LTI $275.00 Esperia Glaive SOLD OC LTI $375.00 Esperia Prowler - SOLD OC LTI $425.00 MISC Freelancer (Game Pack) SOLD OC LTI $125.00 MISC Freelancer (Game Pack) OC LTI $125.00 MISC Razor LX Promotion OC LTI $150.00 MISC Razor EX Promotion OC LTI $150.00 Origin M50 OC LTI $100.00 Pirate Pack - Drake Cutlass (Game Pack - w/ advocacy tools) - SOLD OC LTI $150.00 RSI Constellation Andromeda  OC LTI $250.00 RSI Constellation Phoenix Emerald OC LTI $450.00 Weekend-Warrior - Super Hornet (Game Pack) w/ F7A Upgrade skin SOLD OC LTI $280.00  
       
    • By VoA
      Esperia - Lore, Details and Design = like other similar threads by other manufacturers focuses on what CIG publishes / talks about / etc.... about the history of the manufacturer
      https://robertsspaceindustries.com/comm-link/spectrum-dispatch/16959-Portfolio-Esperia
      DATE:
      FEBRUARY 5TH 2019
      Portfolio: Esperia       This portfolio originally appeared in Jump Point 4.12.
      There’s an old saying that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” That has never been more true than with Esperia. The company produces fully-functional recreations of both historic and alien ships, and most recently, historic alien ships. Esperia’s ability to seamlessly blend modern function and luxury with classic and long-lost ship designs makes it utterly unique in the aerospace marketplace.
      Interestingly enough, Esperia’s founding in 2873 was about history, not commerce. The company only became a major player in the aerospace industry thanks to a bit of luck, a big controversy, and the tireless drive of its two founders: Jovi and Theo Ingstrom. The Esperia story is truly about these brothers who hated, loved, and pushed each other to do what no one else dared.
      Sibling Rivalry
      The Ingstrom brothers were born and raised in Quasi, Terra. Their parents owned and operated a vast luxury hotel that catered to the tourists that visited this picturesque, mountainside city. As a kid, older brother Jovi was fascinated by the strange alien ruins just outside Quasi and would spend hours exploring them. Meanwhile, Theo hung out in the hotel’s hangar. There, he ogled the rare and expensive ships that came and went with the guests.
      According to hotel staff at the time, while Jovi and Theo were a pleasure to be around individually, they became a terror when together; the brothers constantly antagonizing or daring each other to do reckless things. Edwin Kelce, author of Resurrecting Icons (the definitive biography on the brothers), suggests that the most notable incident occurred when they were teenagers, in 2866. Jovi dared Theo to stand on the railing of one of the hotel’s third story observation decks. Once his brother finally was perched on top, Jovi bumped the railing. Somehow Theo survived the fall, suffering only a broken arm.
      Despite this rambunctiousness, their father detected a strong entrepreneurial instinct in Jovi and wanted him to learn the family business. Jovi refused and instead attended the University of Jalan to study xenoarchaeology. The following year, Theo began attending the University of Rhetor to learn aerospace engineering. Theo proved to be a gifted and motivated student. Jovi was expelled his sophomore year.
      Following his expulsion, Jovi worked at the family hotel for a few months. He quickly tired of his parents’ constant scrutiny and wanted to return to his studies. His parents agreed to financially support him under the condition that he attend the University of Rhetor with his brother. Reportedly, his parents, both alumni, played the legacy card and made a sizable donation to the institution to ensure his application would be accepted.
      Jovi moved in with Theo the next semester. The arrangement annoyed both brothers. Theo felt that his parents had burdened him with the additional responsibility of keeping his brother in line, while Jovi resented his younger brother looking over his shoulder. Then, in 2872, the two took a trip to the Intergalactic Aerospace Expo (IAE) that would not only change their relationship, but also their futures.
      Digital Archaeology
      For years, Theo had been trying to get his hands on a Gailforce-model ship, known among engineering enthusiasts because it never made it to market after cost overruns drove its manufacturer out of business. While touring the show floor, Theo found a broken shell of a Gailforce for sale. Yet despite his efforts, he couldn’t talk down the private collector’s exorbitant purchase price. For the rest of the day, Theo rambled incessantly about the ship until Jovi decided to take matters into his own hands. Before anyone attributes Jovi’s actions as altruism, Resurrecting Icons claims that Jovi’s actual motivation was “to make Theo shut up.” He tracked down the collector that evening in the hotel bar and after a night of drinks, was able to talk down the price. Not only that, he managed to get a set of the ship’s original blueprints thrown in as well.
      Theo used the blueprints to repair the ship, but ran into a snag when data corruption rendered a number of the pages unreadable. Jovi researched where they could obtain copies of the corrupted pages and was shocked to discover that blueprints were often harder to find than the ships themselves. The fact that the Gailforce’s blueprints had virtually vanished after only a few decades stunned Jovi.
      After watching Theo repair and restore the Gailforce, he understood that ship blueprints were an essential part of aerospace history and was surprised that no one had thought to compile any kind of archive of these documents. Jovi saw an opportunity to combine his natural business acumen with his passion for history.
      In 2873, Jovi dropped out of school, liquidated his trust fund, and started Esperia with the help of Theo. The company was named after a small-scale ship manufacturer, renowned in collector circles, that was tragically wiped out when the Orion System fell to the Vanduul. Esperia’s initial goal was to collect and preserve ship blueprints so more wouldn’t be lost to the sands of time.
      Jovi and Theo began to buy as many ship blueprints as possible. Then they charged a recurring fee for access to these records, so collectors could restore their precious ships to the original specs. Jovi scoured the universe, paying good money for any blueprint he could find. It wasn’t long before Esperia had accumulated an impressive database, and had made a name for itself among collectors as a go-to source.
      But the subscription model wasn’t lucrative and Esperia struggled to turn a profit. After Theo graduated from university, he began to buy and sell old ships he’d restored from Esperia blueprints. Jovi heavily advertised these restorations to show what was possible with their service. It wasn’t long before Theo’s reputation as a talented restorer drew more interest than the blueprints. One morning Victor Hurston was patiently waiting for them outside their small office in Kutaram, Terra. What he proposed would permanently alter the company’s course.
      The Imitation Game
      Victor Hurston was best known as a playboy with a penchant for exotic ships. Even so, what he proposed to the Ingstrom brothers was nothing short of shocking. Victor had come into possession of a Vanduul Glaive and asked if Esperia could get it up and running. Though they lacked blueprints and any knowledge of the Vanduul language, the Esperia team somehow got it working. A few months later, Victor Hurston unveiled the Glaive to a shocked audience at the 2877 IAE, the crowd reaching fever pitch when he climbed into the cockpit and took off. Afterwards, Victor personally thanked Esperia for their hard work on getting the ship flight ready.
      Overnight, the name Esperia spread across the Empire. Many marveled at how this small restoration company had mastered Vanduul technology, while others cursed them for turning the enemy’s weapon of war into a rich kid’s toy. Theo recoiled from the controversy. Jovi embraced it, using it to advance their image and start building a brand.
      Then the UEE Navy was at Esperia’s door. Government engineers had never quite figured out how to make captured Vanduul ships function properly, certainly not to the level that Victor Hurston had demonstrated, so they hired Esperia as consultants. After Theo and his team proved their worth, the government approached Esperia with an even more ambitious project — building replica Vanduul ships to be used in Navy training exercises. Esperia needed to quickly expand their operations to fulfill the government contract. Jovi worked tirelessly to make this happen and it paid off. Esperia has been on the Navy’s payroll ever since.
      After expanding their operations to fulfill their government contract, Esperia finally had the facilities to produce quality replicas for the private sector too. Before long, several near-extinct spacecraft were to be found flying the Empire once again in the form of Esperia reproductions. Wealthy clients flocked for the chance to fly these limited-run collector ships.
      Recently, Esperia’s special relationship with the UEE government allowed them access to the Kabal System to catalog and assess the ancient Tevarin ships found there. They have since brought to market the Prowler, the famed Tevarin boarding craft, which has been painstakingly constructed to recreate the spirit of the original ship while updating it with contemporary features and comforts. The Prowler joins replicas of the Vanduul Glaive and Blade that the company recently sold to the public under a new business plan pushed by current CEO Charlotte Hussion.
      Esperia has come a long way since Jovi and Theo started it as an archive for vanishing ship blueprints. Still, the company’s dedication to preserving the past stays alive and well and continues to influence the future. Each year, eight students at the University of Rhetor receive the Ingstrom Fellowship for their work in the field of xenoarchaeology.
    • By [≡☠≡] フの乇 ムノレレノム刀
      I have Esperia Glaive like this. For sale at $360.
      Included: 

      - Space Ship Glaive
      - 72 Months Insurance
      - VFG Industrial Hangar
       

       
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