Arise from the abyss my thread, Arise. I'a Cthulu, I'a I'a!
Ahem. It's certainly been a while. But I have not been idle, ohh no, not at all.
My most recent additions have been a second Explorer and some more escorts. However, rather than show you all more of the same, I thought I might add a side order of fluff. It's not much, but a start. Vessels of the Kor'vattraPart 1: Gal'leath
The oldest class of starship still operating in Tau space, the venerable Gal'leath or Explorer class is a true workhorse, and forms the heart of many Kor'vattra fleets, despite having been officially declared obsolete by the Kor'ar'Tol many Tau'cyr ago.
The key to the Gal'leath's success has been it's versatility. These huge vessels feature a modular design and unmatched cargo space, allowing them to be configured for a wide variety of roles, including freight transport, construction, research and development, deep-space exploration or a colony ship. The Gal'leath is even able to serve as a makeshift orbital or deep-space dock for smaller ships.
Because of this the Gal'leath is a valuable asset for many Tau fleets and battlegroups. While normally relegated to a simple supply ship in newer Kor'or'vesh battlegroups, the Gal'leath often forms the core of Kor'vattra fleets, with a Gal'leath contingent acting as a 'home base' of sorts for the fleet.
However, the Gal'leath is primarilly a vessel of peace, not conflict, and is out of it's element in a fleet engagement. While it does possess formidable close-in defences and a potent heavy railcannon battery, the Gal'leath lacks the heavy armour and shielding true warships are fitted with, and it's slow speed and ponderous turning make it highly vulnerable to enemy attack. As a result, in battle the Gal'leath's role is to act as a fleet carrier, striking at enemy targets from afar with attack craft and, more recently with the introduction of the Bor'kan variant configuration, missile salvoes. When used this way, Gal'leaths have been able to cause terrible damage to enemy formations without risk of exposure.
While many more developed septs have since mothballed or scrapped their Gal'leaths, the utility and reliability of these starships will mean they will almost certainly be found plying the stars for many years to come.
Not bad for my first background writing I think. Thoughts and feedback is, as always welcome.