The Butterfly-class was a former Rambo Nation class design, designated as multi-role variation light cruiser that can be operated with a minimum of crew of 15 to 85. Production started in 2818 (20 AQF) by personal design of High King Rambert Ramveral, though the the king passed away before the class was being launched into active service shortly followed with the fall of Rambo Nation itself. Though initial test-runs were scheduled to take place in 2820 (22AQF), they were delayed with the fall of Rambo Nation. Unique for this kind of class are its various version types or sub-classes, for example one was build with an orientation as trainee ship while others were designed for combat, patrol or exploration.
Initially designed to be a trainee ship and border patrol, High King Rambert Ramveral designed the basic schematics for a multi-role space ship with various subclasses for specific roles. Rambo Command saw use for the design as larger vessels as the Constitution-class and the Excelsior-class required large numbers of personnel to operate while Butterfly-line could operate with less. Two versions started production simultaneously in 2816, the Butterfly-subclass and the Harakaze-subclass in orbit of the Rambo Capital. After the fall of Rambo Nation in 2819 (21 AQF), the two ships were planned to be tested as frigates and patrol vessels. Around the same time, other subclasses schematics were finished or being drawn though construction wasn't started due to the loss of Rambo Nation.
During Volerx Ateeshe second internship in January 2819, he was allowed to pilot the USS Butterfly while under supervision of commander Tash Hannity. By the end of March 2820, the USS Harakaze performed a test flight as well though was reported lost after entering the Metruia Nebula in April. The ship was relocated to the Argoroth Sector in the Endless Space where it became involved in the Harakaze Exploits.
With the rise of the Sacratus in 2820 and the Harakaze-subclass were send into production to serve as the backbone of the Sacratus Navy to ensure protection of its realms and serve as the exploration forces. The first vessels launched had decorative sigils to represent the vessels and show the galaxy they were work of arts, the sigils were designed by one of the most famous artist within the Quadrants. This tradition continued for most of the vessels.
The Muunithar-class utility support version was launched into service as well by 2822. With the reemergence of the Lianna Initiative in 2825, the Xadia-subclass was rushed into service to provide the need for long term exploration and diplomacy as the class featured extensive diplomatic facilities and scientific laboratories and sensors to study stellar phenomena. Its three-nacelle layout allowd it to travel at high warp for longer periods of time but made it a bit bulky and slow in manouvering. By 2840, the Xadia-subclass was deployed as an utility support ship and used for second contact support missions. As of 2830, the Ahmanet-subclass, the Apocrypha-subclass, the Continent-subclass and Pacific-subclass were in full deployment and operational and formed the backbone of the Sacratus navy.
The second phase of the Divina Frigus saw the introduction of the Wanderer-subclass, designed for short-term planetary research, covert operations and was capable of atmospheric entry and planetary landings. The subclass was considered 'quick and smart'.
The Buttefly-Class features the common saucer-engineering section-warp nacelle layout commonly found on the former Rambo Nation vessels. There are nine different kind of variants (known as subclasses) of the Buutterfly-class, each with it's own purpose and orientation. The following variants are known:
- Ahmanet-subclass: deep space exploration missions and support combat missions
- Apocrypha-subclass: short term exploration and scientific missions.
- Butterfly-subclass: trainee vessel for cadets
- Continent-subclass: designed for combat and escort duties
- Harakaze-subclass: patrol and interception mission, mid-term exploration missions
- Muunithar-subclass: utility engineering support vessel and secondary missions
- Pacific-subclass: surveillance, inten, and recon missions.
- Wanderer-subclass: short-term planetary research and covert operations.
- Xadia-subclass: long-term exploration and diplomacy missions, utility support ship and second contact missions.
The class is lightly/medium armed, classified as a light-cruiser. This class of vessel is normally commanded by an officer with the rank of Commander or captain, and is seen as a "starter" command for new and inexperienced captains before moving on to larger vessels. Though it is not rare to see experienced captains commandeering one of these trustworthy and highly capable vessels. Some of the class are also used by the Rambo Academy, where Cadets get their first experience of commanding a star ship in a safe environment before being dispatched to operational vessels after graduating for their interships and exams by the end of the second year.
The ship features single rooms for the officers, sleeping quarters for the crew and all the accomodations required for trainee and operations, including showers, a holodeck, fitness rooms, class-rooms, science labs, shooting range etc. As with most vessels, it also features a recreational/mess hall.
Due to the small size of the vessel, varying between 125 meters up to 210 meters (Ahmanet-subclass), it can either carry two Type 1 shuttlecraft in its shuttle bay or more of the smaller Type II shuttlecraft. Though some subclasses, like the Harakaze can carry up to four of the large shuttles. The Pacific-subclass was equiped with 4 RPF for long-endurance patrol surveillance missions.
Its weapon sigil features a Butterfly from Terra Prime, in front of a sword, the hilt of the sword features the crest of Rambo Nation. The sigil is also the official crest and insignia of the USS Butterfly.
|The Ahmanet-subclass was a 205 meter long deep space exploration light cruiser that featured the typical saucer section- engineering section - warp nacelle layout. The primary hull (saucer) housed the main bridge, various accommodations, sleeping quarters and offices for crew and passengers. Using the turbo-lift in the neck of the ship, or the engineering tubes one could access the engineering section in the secondary hull (lower section of the ship) where the warp core was housed, as well as various labs, cargo holds and the massive shuttle bay able to store at least 6 shuttles at a time (2 Type I and 4 Type II). The forward section of the secondary hull features the subspace communication dish and transmitter where the crew can retain in contact with Sacratus Command over long distances while being outside the borders of the Sacratus. Yet it required a high power demand and is known to cause power fluctuations and warp core instability.
As such regulation prescribe the use of the transmitter only when on impulse power or by complete stops instead of operating the dish and transmitter while in warp. Its long range exploration objectives required a maximum crew complement to operate on maximum efficiency. It is equipped with at least 6 phaser turrets, 5 torpedo launchers, deflector shields and tractor beams.
The USS Enterprise-C featered an unique design in honor of its legacy, though by 2850 more Enterprise versions were seen of the Ahmanet-class, it had a slightly shorter lenght of 185 meters due to shorter warp nacelles
|The Apocrypha-subclass features the typical saucer-engineering section-warp nacelle layout. The rollbar above the saucer holds photon launchers whereas the engeneering section is located in the single warp nacelle below the saucer. The class is designed for short term exploration and scientific missions though can also act as an escort in fleets.
The shuttlebay is located on the saucer and can hold up to two Type-I shuttles or four Type-II shuttles. As it is based on exploration it is also equipped with an astrometric lab and a botanic bay.
|The Butterfly-subclass features the typical saucer-engineering section-warp nacelle layout. The rollbar above the saucer holds the photon launchers and forward sensor arrays. The engineering section is located in the "belly" or secondary hull of the vessel. The warp nacelles are attached to the saucer, similair to the Oberth-class and the Quadrantia-class, allowing the vessel far more agility and speed though it reduces its offensive capabilities. It is often seen as the perfect "Cadet-trainee" vessel and only one version of this class was constructed with just that in mind.
The class houses 4 Type-II shuttles in its hangar bays. On top of the general specifics the Butterfly-subclass has various class-rooms as well and a state of the art astrometric lab. It features 5 decks.
|The Continent-subclass has an average size of 125 meters. This light battle cruiser was designed purely for battle during the waning days of Rambo Nation. Equipped with 6 photon/quantem torpedo launchers and two heavy phaser cannons in forward-facing locations. The cannons were located next to the upper the nacelle root attachments on the main body on both port and starboard sides of the ship. These cannons had a much higher damage output compared to standard phasers.
The class features three warp nacelles, two on the main hull (saucer) and one located below. Its shuttlebay can house up to two Type-I shuttles or four Type-II shuttles.
|The Harakaze-subclass has a notable difference in design in comparison with the Butterfly-subclass. The Harakaze-version lacks the rollbar and is equipped with three warp nacelles. The saucer is constructed in a smilair way as the other versions. Though the vessel is orientated for patrol and interception missions its large hangar bay allows it to accomadate shuttles (up to a maximum of 4 Type-I shuttles) and able to perform short to mid-term exploration missions as well.
The class features only 3 decks, an enlarged shuttle bay and a larger complement of photon torpedoes. On top of the primary hull (saucer) was a superstructure that supported the photon launchers and the two upper warp nacelles.
|The Muunithar-subclass was one of the earliest designs of subclasses of the Buterfly-class launched into service, named for various former Rambo Nation captains. The Muunithar-subclass has an average lenght of 125 meters. The design features the saucer with a shuttlebay large enough to house 4 Type II shuttles, on top of the warp nacelle an additional shuttlebay was constructed that could house up to two Type II shuttles and engineering equipment. The saucer is connected to a single warp nacelle while its impulse engines are located at the undersection of the saucer.
The Muunithar-subclass was designed as an utility engineering support vessel and ideal for secondary missions within the main territories of the Sacratus and had an average crew of 65. Most commanders found postings onboard these vessel rather uneventful though none the less the class served an important role in aiding planets and nations in need of engineering aid.
|The Pacific-subclass is another type of design within the Butterfly-line. With an averange length of 125 meters long vessel these ships are specifically designed for surveillance, intel, and recon. These listening corvettes monitor communications and scanned data, looking for signs of seditious activities. Though it has strong shieldings, its offensive capabilities are limited. On top of the advanced sensors, the Pacific-class is also equipped with temporal sensors and as such is often involved in classified missions and should be commanded by captains rank only.
Its outer hull are lined with sensor pods and sattelite dishes and sensor arrays. Its shuttlebay can house two Type-I shuttles and in addition can launch 4 remotely Piloted Fighters (RPF) for long-endurance patrol surfeillance missions.
|The Wanderer-subclass design is atypical compared to the other classes of the Butterfly-line. The ship is designed for short-term planetary research and analysis, is capable of landing on the surface and is slightly larger due to its nacelles. As such, it is not typically suitable for combat operations but can act as an escort for battle cruisers and stealth operations. The saucer section features additional thrusters and sensor arrays while the secondary hull is directly attached to the underside of the saucer. It is also used for covert operations.
Attached to the secondary hull are two pylons with each a warp nacelles with wings for atmospheric operations. The secondary hull also contains a shuttlebay for at least three Type-I shuttles.
|The Xadia-subclass design is atypical compared to the other classes of the Butterfly-line, with three warp nacelles and a different kind of saucer design, the subclass was the fourth version of the subclass launched into active service. With 135 meters in lenght, the design and purpose of the class allowed the early Sacratus deploy assets at long distances able to travel longer on high warp with diplomacy facilities and exploration capabilities.
The class had a narrow profile though it enlarged warp nacelles made the class rather bulky. With the introduction of the other exploration subclasses, the Xadia-class found itself often providing the role as an utility vessel and send on secondary missions. Only four ships of the Xadia-subclass were launched into service and were highly popular to serve onboard. Its shuttlebay could house 3 Type I shuttles.
- The ship is named for the Butterfly Scions commonly found on Terra Prime. Mirroring the cadets stage of being a butterfly infant before they spread their wings and go on larger vessels.