Vehicles in the world of Swan Song provide very much the same function they always have, providing a means of expedient transportation. In the context of Crossers, vehicles provide an exciting component that can be used to enhance a scene, or provide the entire backdrop or context of an exciting chase, fraught with imminent danger. When a scene centers on vehicles, the primary theme is speed. Vehicles are moving fast, the situation is changing fast, and the rules should resolve fast.
For rules on Vehicles Tests (even non-combat) and Combat Rules see Vehicle Combat.
Vehicles in Swan Song are defined by a set of statistics that determine their in-game capabilities.
Handling represents the vehicle’s agility and responsiveness. This value is the base limit for Vehicle Tests made where maneuverability is the most important feature. Ground vehicles have two numbers that are part of their Handling; the first is for when they are on road, the second for off, which includes anything that’s not a paved road.
Then we have speed stats: Speed Interval is a measure of difficulty in driving the car—the faster the car, the trickier it is to keep under control, though some cars handle speed better than others. Drivers should track their current speed; each time they pass another Speed Interval, they incur a cumulative -1 dice pool penalty to any tests involving Handling for the vehicle, as well as attacks from the vehicle. Top Speed shows the maximum velocity of a vehicle. This stat is given as meters/Round (m/r) for tactical combat as well as kilometers/hour (km/h) for long distance travel and chase combat (see Vehicle Combat).
Note that Spacecraft vehicles do not measure their speed the same way. They instead posses two different raing. The first being System Travel Speed (STS), measuring the time it takes the vehicle to travel between 2 different planets inside the same solar system. The second value is the Intergalactic Travel Speed (ITS), measuring the time it takes the vehicle to hop from one Solar System to the next. Both values are usually measured in days, unless noted otherwise.
Acceleration defines how quickly a vehicle is able to change its current speed and close the distance between it and another moving target. Acceleration measures the maximum meters per combat round the vehicle can safely accelerate or decelerate.
Body represents a combination of structural integrity and size of the vehicle and its resistance to damage. Larger vehicles tend to have more open spaces that are not as high risk when being attacked. Body is used as part of the dice pool that vehicles use for resisting damage, just like a character.
Armor represents a vehicle’s “toughness,” its ability to take a hit and still function. This does not necessarily represent metal plating attached to the vehicle, but a general resistance to incoming attacks due to the vehicle’s structural integrity snd strength. Armor is the second value (with Body) that forms the dice pool that vehicles use to resist damage.
Pilot is a rating defining the capabilities of the builtin computer piloting system with which all vehicles come equipped. For any vehicle not being actively piloted by a character, this takes the place of all Mental attributes and Reaction for any tests the vehicle needs to make.
Sensor is a rating representing the suite of information- gathering or detection devices that are built into every vehicle. Sensor acts as the limit for Perception and other detection tests using the vehicle’s systems.
As most vehicles are a bit less squishy than characters, they have a Health Pool equal to 12 plus half their Body (rounded up) completely in Armored Health, they ignore Strain damage (though electricity-based attacks are considered Physical Damage to vehicles), and any attack where the modified DV does not exceed the Armor of the vehicle does nothing. Drones are a different story and have a Condition Monitor equal to 6 plus half their Body.
In case this wasn't obvious: Vehicles can gain shields, and thus Shield Health, but can never have any Flesh Health.
For simplicity sake the rules for cargo on a vehicle are left abstract. All vehicles have a base cargo capacity and can transport gear with a total weight up to that capacity. Additionally vehicles can gain additional cargo capacity of up to 15 weight points per empty seat it has. Cargo capacity can be increased through upgrades (see Accessories & Modifications). Cargo should always stay in a realistic category, so the gamemaster has the final say what does and does not fit inside a vehicles cargo space.
Fuel - Operational Time
Fuel consumption and operational time is rarely an issue as long as the campaign plays in an urban setting. Should a Crossrunlead the characters to the barrens or the wilderness, it becomes much more of an issue. In these cases assume that a vehicle can travel for roughly 100km per point of body before it needs to refuel. This is only a rough estimate and larger or smaller vehicles could differ, so the gamemaster has the final say in this matter.
Fixed Wing Aircraft
As traditional planes, these aircraft need some sort of runway for takeoff and landing.
|Artemis Nightwing||6||25||150||180||15||4||0||1||1||1||12||-||20.000 NC|
|Cressan C750||3||25||250||300||20||18||4||2||2||4||95||-||146.000 NC|
|CMW Catalina II||4||20||150||180||15||22||14||3||4||16||90||12||250.000 NC|
Artemis NightwingStd. Equipment: Signature masking (Rating 4)
The Nightwing is an older model ultra-light, closely resembling those that originated in the late twentieth century. The Nightwing has a shrouded electric motor to minimize aircraft sound and reduce heat emissions—while this has a stated purpose of preventing noise pollution and environmental impact, it has the side effect of making the small, glider- like craft quite stealthy. The Nightwing is popular with rural aviation enthusiasts, smugglers, and anyone who favors a classic stealth insertion.
Cressan C750Std. Equipment: -
This dual-prop civilian plane can carry passengers, haul light cargo, or serve as a surveillance plane. Its light frame and economy, as well as its affordable price point and commonality, have ensured that some see use in smuggling operations.
CMW Catalina IIStd. Equipment: Heavy weapon mounts (nose, right/left waist)
At first glance, the Catalina looks like a throwback that belongs in a museum rather than flying in the modern world. But this bird, to paraphrase an older flat-vid movie, has “got it where it counts.” Outwardly, the Catalina II looks almost exactly like its predecessor, except that it boasts modern turbo-prop engines and is approximately twenty percent larger. While the prop engines make it markedly slower than similar jet-powered aircraft, the Catalina II makes up for it in range. The large wings enables the Catalina to glide and cruise at mid-to-high altitude on only one engine, drastically reducing fuel consumption. Other features include a small but comfortable cabin with modular cots to accommodate a variety of metahuman sizes (three humans is standard) and a sizable cargo compartment that can double as a passenger area (six average humans). Just the thing for long working vacations. For defense, the Catalina has three “gunner” positions at the nose and two at the waist, along with two hard points on each wing. And because she won’t break any speed records, she also boasts a powerful ECM/ECCM unit to help deal with pesky things like missiles.
Thanks to their rotors, these craft can take off and land more or less straight up and down.
|Ares Dragon||4||30||260||312||10||22||8||3||3||18||420||-||355.000 NC|
|Mistukaya Hound||5||40||320||384||20||16||16||2||4||12||95||-||425.000 NC|
|Northrup Wasp||5||30||330||396||25||10||8||3||3||1||28||-||86.000 NC|
|Dassin Sea Sprite||5||40||320||384||20||18||12||3||5||14||80||18R||400.000 NC|
|Shield Stallion||5||30||330||396||25||16||16||4||4||8||32||12||440.000 NC|
Ares DragonStd. Equipment: -
This versatile, solidly built, double-prop cargo helicopter is used in a wide variety of roles in urban and remote areas all over the Worlds. It is often used for heavy cargo hauling ops up occasionally in a military capacity as a hybrid gunship/troop transport by Knight Solitude and their elite Firewatch special forces.
Mitsukaya HoundStd. Equipment: Two standard weapon mounts (external, flexible, remote)
This is a bleeding-edge transport helicopter used by the Imperial Tengoku Marines, along with Special Forces units around the globe. To no one’s surprise, it is also quite popular with corporate security rapid response forces, especially those belonging to japanacorps, including the Renkaru Red Samurai. It comes armed with two weapon mounts to ensure that its precious cargo survives even the hottest dustoffs and diciest landings.
Northrup WaspStd. Equipment: Heavy weapon mount (external, flexible, remote)
This one-man rotorcraft is designed for police and security service. A wasp, lightly armored and equipped with a heavy weapon mount, is the standard, rote corporate security response to ever-mounting crosser problems.
Dassin Sea SpriteStd. Equipment: Rescue winches (x2)
When Dassin first tried to break into the rotorcraft market, it was met with a lot of general apathy because none of their early designs stood out. For years that branch of the company floundered and was almost shut down until the introduction of the Sea Sprite. An all-weather tilt-rotor search-and-rescue craft primarily used for long-range or maritime operations, the Sea Sprite is more commonly and affectionately known as the Sea Angel. Soon Sea Sprites were a common sight over oceans and other waterways. Known for being an extremely stable platform, the Sprite’s most distinguishing features are the inverted gullwings that can raise the wingtip engines high above the airframe during hovering or low-level flight. This allows for greater rotor clearance, the advanced turbo-prop engines, and overall aircraft stability during rescue operations. In certain weather conditions (read: calm), the Sea Sprite is able to land directly on the water. In horizontal flight, the wings assume a more traditional flight profile, allowing the Sea Sprite to rapidly respond to emergencies. Also featured are two rescue winches, one aft just above the rear retracting boarding ramp and a second one at the starboard waist door.
Shield StallionStd. Equipment: -
Make no mistake; this is one sweet honey of a whirlybird. The first Stallion flew in 2012 and has been in the air ever since. That should tell you something right there. Sometimes people do realize that if something ain’t broke, don’t fix it! But then, sometimes you can teach old dogs new tricks. The current Stallion model, the WK-4 has been a big seller ever since its relase a few years ago. The first production run sold out within a month, forcing Shield to expand their production lines. It took almost a year to catch up with the back orders, but now the WK-4 is rolling out at a nice steady pace and is slowly replacing the older WK-2 and WK-3 models (not that they needed replacing, but newer is always better right?). Overall the WK-4 is a slight departure from previous designs. The main rotors on the WK-4 are set farther back and the tail section has been updated. The biggest design changes, however, are the landing skids, which have undergone a major redesign that allows for better landings and reduced drag while in flight. The biggest reason for the Stallion’s success is its versatility. She may not be the best at anything, but the base model is really fragging good at doing a lot of things and is a true (pun intended) workhorse helo. With a few tweaks, the Stallion can be configured to handle just about every known helo job on the planet in a wide variety of environments. This baby practically begs to be hot-rodded! Militaries, corps, governments, and civilians all over the world use the Stallion in one capacity or another, making it one of the most common aircraft in the sky. Another secret of the Stallion’s success is her reliability. Built with ease of maintenance in mind, Stallions feature multiple redundant systems that help keep the bird in the air when dealing with pesky things like, say, incoming fire. Semi-modular parts and convenient access panels allow mechanics to perform maintenance in roughly three-fourths of the time it would take another bird. It also helps that many parts from older Stallion models are compatible with the WK-4. All this comes in a package that, compared to other birds, won’t break the bank.
VOTL / VSTOL
Vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) and vertical/ short take-off and landing craft use a basic fixed-wing structure, then tweak it to allow takeoff and landing without too much runway space. VTOL, by definition, need no runway, while VSTOL often need a short ramp to help them launch.
|Ares Venture||5||60||680||816||40||16||14||4||4||6||48||-||400.000 NC|
|CMW Commuter||3||60||420||504||35||16||8||3||3||30||160||-||350.000 NC|
|CMW Banshee||6||90||900||1080||60||20||18||4||6||12||12||-||2.500.000 NC|
|CMW Gryphon||5||80||960||1152||60||24||24||4||5||2||12||28F||3.200.000 NC|
Ares VentureStd. Equipment: -
This small, cheap LAV is manufactured from off-the-shelf parts at environmentally friendly plants for use by smugglers worldwide. The Venture sees a wide variety of legitimate, security, and military use besides being a favorite of smugglers on a budget. It is often used as a cargo or passenger transport, and heavily armed and armored variants exist for patrol duty. The Venture sells well among low-world customers.
CMW BansheeStd. Equipment: Rigger cocoon, ECM 4
This lightning-fast, supersonic aircraft is the classic, iconic t-bird, and it has the armor, armaments, and sensor suites to prove it. This LAV sees military use in reconnaissance and courier duty, and is a favorite of elite smugglers for white-knuckle illegal border crossings, with its ability to fly under the radar through canyons at high speeds.
CMW CommuterStd. Equipment: -
This tilt-wing passenger aircraft sees heavy use as an inter-city shuttle, hopping between corporate-controlled aerospaceports and ferrying sararimen around the world. Crossers are unlikely to use it as their own equipment, but they may run into it, particularly if they’re on an extraction or executive-protection detail.
CMW GryphonStd. Equipment: Heavy Weapon Mount (nose, left wing, right wing), Rigger Interface
To make them more viable in the cutthroat markets, engineers often try to design aircraft, especially LAVs/tbirds, with at least some versatility in mind. But the designers of the Gryphon went in the opposite direction, which resulted in one of the most lethal purpose-built combat aircraft in recent years. Simply put, the Gryphon is a pure gunship. The Gryphon’s design lineage is one of CMW’s most closely guarded secrets, but a few details have leaked out over the years. It’s fast, maneuverable, rugged, armored, packs the latest in sensor/ECM suites, and it has more weapon hard points that any other combat aircraft in its class. Other than a pilot and gunner, it doesn’t carry any passengers or drones. Because of its massive engines, any room left in the fuselage is usually taken up by fuel tanks and ammunition bins. In combat, Gryphons usually just overwhelm their targets with sheer firepower. This is one t-bird you do not want to have coming after you.
Not just the screeching or rumbling conveyance of go-gangers around the world, motorcycles are great for anyone who needs to get around in tight urban environments, outpace pursuit on the open road, or turn a horse trail into an escape route. Some can even be used to just get around town! Something good to point out for those who live under a rock: A lot of the sound we get from motorcycles these days is artificial because electric motors don’t make noise, but bikers still want their loud toys.
|Mitsukaya Cyclops||4/4||24||200||240||12||4||4||1||1||1||2||-||6.500 NC|
|Shield Scoot||4/3||10||80||96||4||4||4||1||1||1||-||2||3.000 NC|
|Taurus Scorpion||4/3||30||200||240||16||8||9||1||2||1||4||-||12.000 NC|
|Mistukaya Kaburaya||5/3||36||280||336||18||5||4||1||2||1||2||-||17.000 NC|
|Taurus Nightmare||4/3||32||240||288||16||8||8||2||3||2||4||-||22.000 NC|
|Mistukaya Nodachi||4/3||34||260||312||16||8||9||2||2||2||2||12R||28.000 NC|
|Ares Spartan||3/4||28||185||222||14||7||6||2||2||1||4||-||11.500 NC|
|Mistukaya Mirage||5/3||30||260||312||20||5||6||1||2||1||2||-||8.500 NC|
|Mistukaya Growler||4/5||20||180||216||15||5||5||1||1||1||4||-||5.000 NC|
Ares SpartanStd. Equipment: Off-road suspension
This off-road bike offers the kind of power and speed you expect from Ares, delivered to a custom tire and suspension designed for a variety of off-road environments. Even non-gearheads know the Spartan thanks to Vale Runs-as-Deer, the excessively handsome scout for Ares on Desert Wars. He’s all over the ads for this bike, Desert Wars, Ares Arms, and the new Predator V. “He was born to run as a deer, but now he can hunt like a wolf. Predator V(ale)!” has been on everyone’s lips for its flashy flying-through-the-air combat antics and the butchering of the V meaing five into V standing for Vale. Gearheads know the Spartan for its simple design and built-in toolkit, which makes it easier to fix in the field.
Mitsukaya CyclopsStd. Equipment: Assembly Time Improvement, Gyro Stabilization
AR plus gyro stabilization equals no limits on how to design a motorcycle, and in this case we have another monocycle. This one has the wheel under the rider rather than around her, but it is still strange. The rider sits astride a single wheel with the balance aid of the gyro system. Once mass-market production of these became feasible and hipsters latched onto them, it didn’t take long for consumers to start snatching them up. The Cyclops was a sporty alternative to the Papoose, and you weren’t riding around on something that was named for a baby carrier. It’s small enough to be stored easily after the commute, and its electric drive even lets it run indoors for those too lazy to walk to their cubicle. This is not a combat vehicle, but it’s small enough to hide between some trashcans, and quick and maneuverable enough to make it handy in a getaway. The presence of the gyro system and a little added rigger kit can also make the Cyclops into an interesting little dronecycle.
Mitsukaya GrowlerStd. Equipment: Off-road suspension
This is a durable off-road bike used in motocross and other extreme sports events, usually seen in photos and footage with both the bike and its rider covered in dust. It’s popular with thrill seekers, wilderness buffs, and light-freight drug smugglers.
Mistukaya KaburayaStd. Equipment: -
Mistukaya’s latest racing bike, the Kaburaya is as sleek and loud as the arrow it’s named for. This demon of a bike has more weight in its ultra-lightweight motor than the entire rest of the bike. The low profile and single front fork make this one of the most easy to identify bikes on the streets. Did I also mention that it makes it the fastest? Not since the olden days of internal combustion and the legendary Hayabusa have speeds like this been reached on two wheels.
Mitsukaya MirageStd. Equipment: -
This Japanese racing bike is a fast, sleek speed machine, popular with the other type of go-ganger—it’s worth mentioning that both the Scorpion and the Mirage are popular with the Cutters, but the Ancients show a notable preference for the Mirage and its cousins and competitors. Like the Scorpion, the Mirage also sees some use in the combat bike circuit.
Mitsukaya NodachiStd. Equipment: -
While the Rapier still finds occasional use in combat biker arenas, the Mitsukaya Nodachi is fast becoming the most common bike on the circuit. Corporate brand loyalty is about the only thing that prevents it from being used by just about every player. The Nodachi is a beast of a bike that can plow through a fully armored Korrug like they were rice paper. Designed with arms and armor integration in mind, the Nodachi reminds car buffs of the early Hummer H1, a combat vehicle made street-legal—barely. Though Mitsukaya still claims the bike was designed for the street and retrofitted for combat biker, no one buys it. This beast makes my list because it’s easier to find one with a control rig than without, the weapon mounts require about six minutes for a barrens-raised Korrug to install, and it always looks lethal so it rarely draws any more attention than regular bikes.
Shield ScootStd. Equipment: Improved economy
This is an electric-powered scooter with a top speed of don’t make me laugh. It’s compact, fuel-efficient, and super-affordable, but no self-respecting crosser would be caught dead on one.
Taurus NightmareStd. Equipment: -
Taurus isn’t likely to give up on their Scorpion line any time in the near future, but if it does, it will be because it was replaced with this beauty. This year’s Nightmare is aesthetically similar to last years inaugural design. Rider feedback has led to a few comfort and handling improvements, as well as a whole new AR and security suite available for this sophomore model. Riggers will love the built-in gyro stabilization (marketed for easy parking!), ample storage, extended range, and that aforementioned AR suite. The designers also seem to have made the bike built for a control rig. Installation of the aftermarket systems on this bike is a breeze.
Taurus ScorpionStd. Equipment: Species adjustment (Korrug)
This bike is a classic, heavy-bodied, heavily chromed road hog, armored and styled for intimidation. Very popular with a certain type of go-ganger, and with big, tough Vosk and Korrug who don’t worry about little things like “embodying a cliche.” This bike is even tough enough to be used in the combat biking circuit.
The cars of Swan Song are a strange lot. The days of “a car in every garage” are long over. Corporate enclaves don’t need them, big cities have been pushing them out for over a century, and suburban living is a thing of the past in most sprawls. But that does not keep them from remaining popular symbols of independence and freedom, even if they are only used as a capsule to transport you to the corporate office via GridGuide. Riggers know this and use it to their advantage.
|Shield Jackrabbit||4/3||15||160||192||20||8||4||1||2||2||20||-||10.000 NC|
|Mercury Comet||4/4||16||160||192||22||11||6||2||2||4||36||-||20.000 NC|
|Mitsukaya Equus||3/3||14||200||240||12||10||2||3||4||30||-||40.000 NC|
|Olympus Westwind 3000||6/4||30||250||300||24||10||8||3||5||2||12||-||110.000 NC|
|Shield Olympcar||4/3||20||160||192||9||11||6||1||2||4||40||-||16.000 NC|
|Piceau FunOne||3/1||15||150||180||15||6||4||2||1||2/1||16||-||8.500 NC|
|CMW Dynamit||5/1||30||280||336||25||10||3||2||3||2||12||8||154.000 NC|
|CMW Gladius||7/3||35||300||360||30||10||5||3||5||2||12||14||154.000 NC|
|Mitsukaya Spirit||3/2||20||150||180||15||8||6||1||2||2||24||-||12.000 NC|
|Mitsukaya Shin-Hyung||5/4||25||200||240||12||10||6||1||2||4||35||-||28.500 NC|
|Shield Longboard||4/3||16||160||192||16||12||6||1||2||6||42||-||31.000 NC|
|Echo MetaWay||4/2||20||180||216||18||10||4||1||2||1||18||-||24.000 NC|
|CMW Phoenix||4/2||18||220||264||20||10||6||2||3||4||20||-||32.000 NC|
|CMW Concordat||5/4||30||180||216||18||12||12||2||4||4||24||-||65.000 NC|
|Shield Xenon||3/2||20||180||216||18||8||6||2||2||4||22||-||18.000 NC|
CMW ConcordatStd. Equipment: -
This luxury car is stylish, stately, and impressive. It is fast and powerful, comfortable and safe, opulently appointed, and most importantly, a status symbol. The Concordat is the kind of car that simstars and orxploitation rappers drive; a crosser behind the wheel of one has made the big time indeed. Either that, or they stole it.
CMW Dynamit / GladiusStd. Equipment: Rigger Adaption
No one thought the Dynamit would ever be topped … until the Gladius concept hit the screamsheets, and Dynamit owners started flooding into CMW dealer hosts looking to pre-order this sleek supercar. The secondary market has been flooded with used Dynamits, while the Gladius has become the new hot supercar. That last sentence defines why this car is here. Riggers are getting secondhand Dynamits at great prices, while a new state-of-the-art supercar is out there, and every car comes rigger-ready. The Gladius is a 150.000 NC BTL habit on wheels.
CMW PhoenixStd. Equipment: -
Someone in the CMW design family has been watching too many old flatvids. This thick and powerful-looking muscle car has taken design cues from past models, melded them with modern materials and technology, and created a stunning piece of functional art. This car has become the runaround toy of middle-aged execs with enough clout to get off the corporate reservation and out onto the highways. It also has a low enough price tag to make it affordable to more than just execs. It’s a solid sports car with a modest price tag and a lot of enhancement potential, making it popular for riggers.
Echo MetawayStd. Equipment: Species Adjustment
Built for the bigger man! This is another one of Echo’s new line that looks to be very non-human-friendly and not at all bottom-line friendly. This Korrug-modified compact sports car was designed and built around the average frame of a Korrug. Great for those troll riggers out there, but I’m not about the single purpose, I’m more about multipurpose or repurpose. The basic design and reputation trades space for comfort but gains an intimidation factor of 10. This is the car that every go-gang will recognize and aexceptions exist for hatred gangs or nutjobs like the Halloweeners). Roll a quartet of these up to a meet with blacked-out windows, and thoughts of a double-cross tend to fade. Also, instead of the space for a comfortable Korrug, a sly rigger can load it with a drone or a smaller metahuman and all their running gear.
Mercury CometStd. Equipment: -
The model marks the return of the Comet, a car for every occasion. Ares is marketing this as the average car with unlimited potential. This isn’t like the Shin-Hyang with aftermarket tuning—the Comet has been designed with interchangeable body panels to make this a car for everyone. Styles and colors galore fit any taste. Every exterior panel on the Comet can be easily switched out, and changing all the panels takes only about a half hour. Versatility around a rather robust crash cage has put this new offering in plenty of garages.
Mitsukaya EquusStd. Equipment: Amenities (Low)
This flagship of the Mitsukaya brand, this luxury car is entering its seventy-ninth consecutive model year. While that longevity is amazing, it is the fact that the external design of the car hasn’t changed since then makes it a rigger favorite. Materials science has changed, and while the Equus doesn’t look any different, the body panels are made with modern polymers. The nice thing is the older parts still fit, so riggers can scavenge junk yards for panels to replace ones that might have been somehow damaged. The older metal panels also tend to take a beating better, and they can be repaired.
Mitsukaya SpiritStd. Equipment: -
This sleek three-wheeled two-seater features an electric engine and is popular with commuting sprawl dwellers. The spirit has a bubble hood for bad weather, with a chemical coating “guaranteed to neutralize 89 percent of acid rain.”
Mitsukaya Shin-HyungStd. Equipment: Four extra Body Modification Slots
This cheap four-door sports car is a fast, powerful car for corp youth to show off their moxie to their friends in a socially acceptable and constructive way. Available for low prices out of the box, the Shin-Hyung is often heavily customized by tuners and street racing enthusiasts to the point of being far more functional and barely recognizable.The Shin-Hyung can be bought cheap, goes fast, and handles well. What else could you want? These facts have made it popular with Triads and Yarkuza elements as well as more affluent street gangs and slumming rich-kids.
Olympus Westwind 3000Std. Equipment: Passenger protections system (Rating 6), anti-theft system (Rating 2)
This sleek, classic, low-slung speed machine mixes business and pleasure into perfection. Situated perfectly at the intersection of luxury and performance, this is a turbo-charged sportscar that is only a pipe dream for most slags working their way up through the shadows. Its sexy lines and powerful engine make it consistently powerful among muscle car enthusiasts.
Piceau FunOneStd. Equipment: Species Adjustment
This tiny two-seater is like a little box on wheels. What makes it so special is the easily adjusted interior. The FunOne has three steering wheel inputs—left, right, and center—for differing countries and differing sizes of drivers. The seats slide forward and back on a rail system and are designed to be completely removable so the cabin can accommodate whatever is necessary. Trolls require a specially designed center seat, but the massive scissor doors open up with plenty of space to climb in and out. Even the rear door opens wide. All this versatility makes this car a dream for the rigger in need of a subcompact.
Shield JackrabbitStd. Equipment: -
This cheap, ubiquitous electric subcompact was produced on Prometheon for decades. Even after Prometheon production ceased, dozens of generic rip-offs were contract produced throughout the low-worlds. The sheer amount of Jackrabbits on the road means the older model must continue to be supported.
Shield LongboardStd. Equipment: -
A blast from the past, this wagon-style car has the look of the ’70s—the 1970s—down pat. Wood-paneled sides are standard for the classic wagon car. I liked the line from the ads, so I added it. This car really does look like something out of an old flatvid, but it’s made with all the modern amenities. Sold for young suburban families who want the space to fit everything but don’t like the feel of driving a big van or SUV, this thing is repurposed quite often by riggers who want something with a little extra room but not the hassles of a bigger vehicle. The retro design isn’t just on the outside, either. The Longboard features two forward-facing bench seats that both fold down and an open cargo area with a flip up rear facing seat. With all the seats folded down, the inside is big enough to sleep a troll, and VR operation systems are standard like most modern vehicles, so it can still be driven with the seats down.
Shield OlympcarStd. Equipment: -
This four-door car has an affordable price point, capacious luggage storage, and safety features that, combined, made it the bestselling family car in Olympus for decades before losing out to the Mercury Comet. The Olympcar is reliable and economical, but not fast or sexy. If you need to ferry four humans from point A to point B, a Ford Americar is probably the most straightforward and anonymous way to do so. It’s not flashy, and it’s not stylish, but sometimes flashy gets you killed.
Shield XenonStd. Equipment: -
The Xenon is a head-turner. As a compact car, it hovers in the world between the ultra-cheap and environmentally friendly subcompact and the family-friendly car. This is the car of late teen and twenty-something corporate brats who have decided to strike out on their own. And in that lies the rigger appeal. The Xenon is the leading member of a small class of cars one will frequently see drive out of one megacorporation’s property and right into the extraterritorial net of another. The Xenon is also known for its abundant trunk space and vibrant color options.
|Mitsukaya Nightsky||4/3||16||160||192||16||15||15||3||5||40||5||-||320.000 NC|
|Rolls-Royce Phaeton||5/3||18||180||216||18||16||12||3||4||20/40||5||18||350.000 NC|
Mitsukaya NightskyStd. Equipment: Amenities (Luxury), life support (Level 1)
Decadent, secure, and hightech, this armored limousine isn’t for you. It’s for corp executives, media stars, and Mr. Johnson; only in their company will you enjoy its spacious interior and luxurious amenities.
ROLLS-ROYCE PHAETONStd. Equipment: Amenities (luxury), anti-theft 2, concealed armor 3, rigger adaptation
The Rolls-Royce Phaeton was once the premier limousine, but years of competitors copying their style and Rolls-Royce refusing to change made the Phaeton nothing more than another long car like all the rest. When the line ended in ’69, many thought they were done, collapsed from being stubborn. Their revelation of a new model for this year will change all that. That is, if Rolls-Royce can keep their new tech in house long enough to get their initial run out the door before their competitors steal their ideas and undercut them again. As a new model, in fact one that hasn’t even hit the streets, you have to be wondering how it made a list of rigger’s favorites. It’s because of the rumors. The new tech in the Phaeton is a SOTA rigger interface that allows a fully jumped-in rigger to slide between the Phaeton and other drones connected to its PAN.
|Mistukaya Hauler||3/3||10||140||168||10||16||8||2||2||4||90||-||30.000 NC|
|Olympus Northstar||5/3||16||180||216||16||12||8||3||5||4||14||12||115.000 NC|
|Mistukaya Talon||4/3||14||160||192||16||12||6||2||2||5||80||-||30.000 NC|
|Mistukaya Gopher||5/5||15||150||180||15||14||10||1||2||3||160||-||25.000 NC|
|Beep Trailblazer||3/4||10||120||144||10||12||6||1||2||4||90||-||32.000 NC|
Beep TRAILBLAZERStd. Equipment: Multifuel engine, off-road suspension
For decades, the word “Beep” conjured a specific image in the minds of the masses. When that name was uttered, images of exposed roll bars, four wheeling, softtop-down cruising in the sun, doors off and foot on the empty hinges, or even associations from the olden days of the military before the humvee, jilter, or empuv would drift in. This is the great, great, great, grandchild of that image, and it makes you question whether cloning was involved. This is the descendant of the model known as the Wrangler, and the Trailblazer name is emblazoned on every one of the iconic Jeep vehicles. It still offers serious off-road capability (with the right package), while keeping in mind that most buyers will never turn off the GridGuide. The great thing about the Trailblazer is that they kept that versatility in mind, and riggers with a gearhead mentality will love the fact that this ride can be stripped down to bare bones and accessorized to the point where no one will know it isn’t some custom ride unless they find a Trailblazer RFID tag you missed.
Mistukaya GopherStd. Equipment: Off-road suspension, special equipment (open box storage)
This is a classic pickup with great off-road suspension, superior handling, and a loyal customer base. This low-maintenance design is a bit dated but sees widespread use. It’s not the most wiz thing you could drive, although its powerful engine and storage space could certainly come in handy if you have some heavy duty hauling to do.
Mistukaya HAULERStd. Equipment: -
While the SUV may have started as a way to haul a little extra cargo, it didn’t stay that way for long. Most people think of SUVs as family (albeit rich family) vehicles or protective transport for executives. The cargo SUV is rarer in this day and age, but it does a nice job of fitting right in between the too-big-for-a car and too-small-for-a-van slot, and keeping this niche of the hauling market well filled is the Nissan Hauler. The Hauler is relatively boxy and not exactly a stylish design, but it was never intended to be. It’s a utilitarian vehicle used for mostly utilitarian purposes. Want to impersonate a flower delivery company? Don’t use a panel van, use the Hauler. Because they do, and people are far less suspicious of the SUV that has been parked on the corner for a while than the van. Vans scream three things to the subconscious of the average wageslave: pedophile, crosser, or corporate hit team about to fire them. Blame it on the media. The Hauler helps you blend in a little better and keeps you off the local wageslave’s radar.
Mistukaya TALONStd. Equipment: -
The Talon is an inexpensive and rather boring little SUV. The designers’ image of sharp styling was pretty much standard fare for SUVs, but this is what makes it ideal for riggers and wheelmen. It’s boring and blends in with a crowd of other vehicles. It’s a little bigger than most sedans, but with a low-slung roof to look very sedan-like. Smaller than the big SUVs, it is still thick-bodied and has enough similar features to other craft in the market that it can be mistaken for them. The taillights match up well with the Ford Tauren; the front quarter panels are like smaller versions of the Jeep Charon; the headlights could be a Dodge; the rear window and trunk a Eurocar. Underneath is a generally underpowered motor system that makes Talons that have been “sharpened,” as their tuners say, true sleepers. They look mundane but have the heart of a racecar hidden beneath. The problem is that the back-end work tends to be a little pricier, since not many people want to tune their Talon. Skilled mechanics are a necessity, and the best work is done with a rigger jumped in and giving feedback on the changes and feel as they’re made. Work on a Talon feels almost more like surgery than tuning, with the
Olympus NORTHSTARStd. Equipment: Amenities (middle)
What the Westwind is to the car market, the Northstar is to the field of SUVs. Referred to as a luxury sport SUV, the Northstar does not skimp on either aspect. Knowing that the largest piece of cargo that was likely to ever go inside would be a set of golf clubs, the designers laid out the interior with luxury space for four, rather than two, with a tiny rear seating area so that it could call itself a four-seater. The Northstar offers basic leather as the standard interior, with options for more exotic skins including behemoth, afanc, and basilisk for a healthy premium. Other than fancy paracritter seats, the Northstar offers a top-of-the-line electronics suite with a premium AR layout and options for installed or ancillary systems coming with the initial purchase. The basic install package is just an image link, but a full suite of eyes is a small step up. In the area of speed, the Northstar can hold its own versus everything shy of a supercar. This is all thanks to lightweight materials utilization, alongside a top-of-theline drive system that is Olympus’ latest innovation. The next place this system is likely to end up is inside the Westwind in an even smaller and lighter frame. That is, if someone else doesn’t snag the systems first and plug them into their latest ride. This makes many riggers’ wish list for obvious reasons. It’s fast, spacious, luxurious, a dream to drive with some corporate executive in the back, and the kind of machine you can pull the guts from, stuff them in your Americar, and be outrunning the Star in no time flat. The Northstar is great for the hour or two you might be running after you snag an executive, but you need to know about it for the aftermarket value or when you might have a few minutes of driving this dream.
|Ares Roadmaster||3/3||10||120||144||8||18||18||3||3||8||160||-||52.000 NC|
|CMW Bulldog||3/3||10||140||168||10||16||12||1||2||6||280||-||35.000 NC|
|Beep Rover 2072||5/5||20||160||192||12||15||12||2||4||6||200||-||68.000 NC|
Ares RoadmasterStd. Equipment: -
This is a fragging armored car, chummer, and you should be grateful you can buy it legally. Legitimately used to move goods over land that need secure transportation, the Roadmaster may have the speed and handling of the tank that it is, and it may be anything but subtle, but it can reliably shrug off small arms fire and even grenades. For many teams, that’s a worthwhile tradeoff.
Beep Rover 2072Std. Equipment: -
Bigger and more powerful than it needs to be, this luxury van is the top-of-the-line in its class, and just as much of a status symbol as the Bentley. On top of that, it packs intimidating size and all the accessories for cruising through the wilderness. Or, more commonly, through elite urban neighborhoods. This expensive vehicle is gaining more and more popularity with discreet security details for its combination of status and security.
CMW BulldogStd. Equipment: Four extra Body Modification Slots
This long-running top seller from CMW is a capacious (and armored!) delivery van favored by everybody from legitimate shipping and logistics companies to security agencies to heavy mob crews to crosser. It has lots of room for people, gear, or whatever you need to move, plus an engine and chassis that can take a ton of punishment and keep on running.
Ares, via their Shield brand, and Saedan-Khaine via CMW are moving into a security vehicle war that is likely to reshape the industry. Ares is hedging their efforts with extra support from Ares Arms and an instant list of buyers in their security divisions, but even Black Star is on the fence for which to start ordering from since S-K is tweaking weapon designs to fit better in their models. Both megacorporations are selling every model in their new lines all over the worlds, including the backyard of their primary competitors. Someone is going to ask or make a point of mentioning it, so I’ll do it here first. There is at least some collusion going on between the megacorps because no, they don’t have design overlaps to create competition. Shield doesn’t have a high-speed pursuit model, and CMW doesn’t have a command center rig and so on and so forth. Other megacorporations with interests in keeping these two from taking over the entire market are going to be all over stealing their designs or finding and exploiting any weaknesses they can.
|CMW Blitzkrieg||4/3||30||200||240||16||10||8||3||4||2||2||14R||46.000 NC|
|Shield Charger||4/3||32||240||288||16||12||12||4||4||5||20||16R||65.000 NC|
|Shield Goliath||3/2||12||120||144||12||16||16||3||3||8||80||20R||120.000 NC|
|CMW i8 Interceptor||5/3||28||185||222||14||12||8||4||4||1||12||16R||114.000 NC|
|CMW Luxus||5/5||18||180||216||18||18||16||5||6||8||20||14R||398.000 NC|
|Shield Rhino||4/4||12||160||192||12||17||18||4||4||9||120||18R||225.000 NC|
|Shield Stallion||3/4||14||180||216||14||16||12||3||3||4||80||16R||78.000 NC|
|CMW Stormwagon||5/4||16||160||192||12||17||18||4||5||10||280||20R||145.000 NC|
|CMW Devilcat||5/4||18||180||216||18||18||16||3||3||7||18||16F||76.000 NC|
CMW BLITZKRIEGStd. Equipment:
This legend in the making is a combat bike on steroids. Loosely based on the venerable Blitzen, the Blitzkrieg is all anger and edges with weapon systems designed in, instead of being added on. Both the front and rear have space built right in for specific arms. The front offers a minigun to shred anything in its path, while the rear mounts an assault rifle to push back any unwanted advances. The advertising crossover for S-K weaponry and CMW has been quite fruitful. The absolute top reason to choose the Blitzkrieg over any other bike on the market is the pullover canopy. The canopy is really a pullover carapace designed to allow the rider to lie down, or “get small” as riders say, and the canopy can extend over them, protecting them from most small arms. Operating this way requires AR access but also allows for full VR control with an onboard gyro stabilization system compensating for the unconscious form of the rider, who is safely tucked into the carapace. Even without the carapace, Blitzkrieg riders are more protected than average riders with the bike’s leg, arm, and torso rails, which help to ward off stray bullets. Even though its adverts describe the Blitzkrieg as being based on the Blitzen, a rather round bike, the Blitzkrieg is all hard angles and sharp edges to match the latest CMW design trend.
CMW DevilcatStd. Equipment: FlashTech, signature dampening, Devilcat flamer
This SUV, the devil cat, is really more of a MPUV, as it is intended for the triple role of escort, transport, and assault vehicle. Featuring the same sharp look as the i8, this is the Interceptor’s bigger, meaner, nastier brother. This hellish predator can run every job a security corp needs with only a few changes—to the personnel. Paired front seats, a trio in the center so the client can get space, and another set of paired rear seats facing toward any potential trouble running up from the back make sure that this cat has more than nine lives. Being designed for a purpose ensures there is plenty of space for stowed gear and additional munitions in handy spots rather than being tucked away wherever they could fit. Security features and countermeasures are also designed right into the vehicle with FlashTech lighting in the front and rear lights, electronic signature dampening in the frame, and the namesake Devilcat automated defense system.
CMW I8 INTERCEPTORStd. Equipment: Heavy weapon mount (external, flexible, remote) front, two standard weapon mounts (external, fixed, remote) rear, oil slick sprayer, smoke projector, road strip ejector, rigger adaptation
Security and police firms rarely engage in high-speed pursuits. Once they have a few of these in their arsenal, they’re going to have a hard time resisting, and with a much higher success rate. The initial specs on this put it right up there with the latest hypercars, but minus any of the comfort and luxury you might have expected in a CMW. The inside is more like a racecar than a luxury car, and though it’s sized like a mid-size, it only seats two; driver and gunner, both usually strapped in and operating completely in VR. The driver handles making this mean machine dance while rocketing after a perp using the i8’s SOTA rigger interface, while the gunner controls all of the vehicle’s onboard offensive and defensive systems from an almost game-like captain’s chair interface. Offensive systems include multiple weapon mounts to provide superior firepower. The standard artillery load out is a forward-mounted mini-gun and two rear-mounted assault shotguns. Ammunition load usually depends on jurisdiction, but CMW is offering special rates on APDS through Krupp Arms. The i8 also offers smoke dispensers, an anti-vehicular spike dispenser, and an oil sprayer straight out of James Bond. CMW also integrated the same light defense system as their Stormwagon assault truck that can be used to seriously disorient an opposing driver from any angle. Combine this thing’s speed with the tricks up its sleeves, and we can all see how tough life will be on the other side of the law.
CMW LUXUSStd. Equipment: Amenities (middle), anti-theft system 3, heavy weapon mount (concealed, turret, remote) rear, life support system 2, missile defense system, passenger protection system, Vindicator Minigun w/ 250 standard ammo
If they can get the price down, the Luxus may become the only limousine in use for security-conscious clients. This limo has sharp yet elegant features tipped with the angular front end reflective of the CMW i8, which the Luxus is built around. The limo loses a little top end due to the added weight from its thoroughly armored hide, but while it can’t Shield a missile, it can take a hit, even several. Its active defense systems may make it tough for any slow-fliers to get close, however. Speaking of its active defense system, the Luxus can deploy anti-missile mini-guns from both the hood and trunk. While the advertisements call it an active defense system, they can be turned on softer targets just as easily. The Luxus comes standard with an EnviroSeal system and passenger-restraint safety systems. Field-testing involved a Luxus sinking to the bottom of the Nile in Cairo. The driver got banged up going off the bridge but managed to get clear quickly. The four passengers in the back were at the bottom of the river for two hours. When the rescue team got them out, the worst injury was a sprained wrist and possible alcohol poisoning.
CMW STORMWAGONStd. Equipment: Light system allows those subscribed to use the Sensor rating as their limit for relevant tests; additional entry/exit port (assault ramp, rear) firing ports, special equipment (advanced lightbar)
The Stormwagon was intentionally designed as a special tactics vehicle, rather than being retrofitted from some other model. This means all of its systems are integrated, not just tacked on. While most police and security vehicles have had lights added, this one sports a pair of high-intensity LED bars that ring the entire top and bottom. The bars can be used as normal lights and sirens, but they also double as a flash and flare system. The system can be linked with the electronic vision systems of team members to perfectly time flare compensation and lighting systems for maximum benefit. That means that not only can they ignore all the flashes and blinding light, but they see better thanks to perfect light compensation and sensor integration. The forethought put into design also allows this CMW to double as a secondary assault vehicle for special operations teams. The normal elegance of CMW is buried far below the surface, while the intimidation factor is amped up to eleven. Besides tearing down the road on runflat tires, the Stürmwagon’s wheels are protected by bulky wheel wells and covers. The wells are commonly augmented with ablative armor to take a little extra punishment. To make an already-intense vehicle even more frightening, CMW has used their all-wheel steering system on the Stürmwagon to make it handle like a deadly ballerina. Vehicular egress is often an issue in combat situations as doorways become chokepoints with predictable patterns. Not on the Stürmwagon. The rear and side doors have a multitude of opening options. The rear doors consist of four panels that are connected magnetically and can be “hinged” on any side of each square. The side doors have the same magnetic system, though they are twelve-paneled. This allows them to create firing ports at a variety of heights while also offering variations on cover provided when entering or exiting the vehicle. Even better, they can form ramps or bridges when needed. Since no one has invented dimensional warping technology (yet), space confinements still place a finite limit on the systems that could be integrated into the interior, so the designers created an interchangeable pod system and reinforced the roof. These pods connect directly into the vehicle’s power supply and device network. They come with a wide range of options, including drone pods, additional weaponry, communications gear, equipment storage, medical supplies, and more. The roof has four plug-in points and two different sized pods (single and double plug).
Shield CHARGERStd. Equipment: Two standard weapon mounts (external, fixed, remote) front; two standard weapon mounts (External, fixed, remote) rear
With the multi-market popularity of the Knight-Ares Charger when it was introduced back in the dax, it was a no-brainer to use the popular moniker for the “redesigned” model. Truth is, this Charger probably has only two shared components, the Stallion and Ram logos. The Charger EV is the base design and is intended as an escort vehicle, while the base Charger is being marketed as a patrol car. This is one of those rare cases where they designed a vehicle for more arms and armor and then trimmed back. I’d expect some of the patrol cars to be stripped down and end up on the civilian market in a few years after they’ve got some mileage on them. There might even be a civilian model by then if they redesign the interior for less cannons and more comfort, but what’s the fun in that? As an escort they chose the four-door sedan style but tried to keep some sleek two-door looks. The Shield tear drop, the signature shape of their new line, comes from the front of the hood and over the top, giving the Charger a heavy-looking front end for more intimidation, while the rear window comes to a sharp point for some slick style. Don’t forget that this car was designed to be badass, not just pretty, and that rear point folds open to give the “tail-gunner” (as the buyers are calling that seat) a great view of (and shot at) anything creeping up from the rear. The EV is armed with a pair of front-firing mounts on opposing sides of the hood and the same in the rear, though most of the time these mounts are retracted and kept hidden until they’re needed.
Shield GOLIATHStd. Equipment: Special equipment (extended roof), six gun ports, extra entry/exit point (assault ramp to the rear), ram plate
I wouldn’t bet naming yourself David is going to help you bring down the Goliath. Taking lessons learned from the Master series, integrating the upgrades and modifications right into the design, and using marketing that doesn’t say Ares anywhere on it are combining to get the Goliath clients no one would expect, including Lone Star. The Shield teardrop design is integrated into one of the most attractive features of the Goliath: the extended roof. Wondering what’s so special about an extended roof? There are two answers. First, it allows those inside to stand prior to deploying out the doors. This means deployment can start at a run, saving seconds and lives in the process. Second, the panels all around the teardrop open to create a 360-degree field of fire. Sensors and Matrix tech, linked wirelessly to the weapons of the individuals, control opening, closing, and sliding panels in order to keep the firer as secure as possible while using the TopFire system. Deployment security was among the top issues in the design of the Goliath. The side-sliding doors are set toward the rear and provide rear exit security on the sides once opened. Combined with the rear drop and lift gate, this provides a secure exit from the rear. To cover the side doors, every Goliath has four Ares FlaShields as standard equipment that can be used by personnel to cover the doors or locked into mounts on the floor. Once locked in, they operate off
Shield RHINOStd. Equipment: Additional entry/exit point (assault ramp, rear), anti-theft system, standard weapon mount (external, flexible, remote) front, 2 standard weapon mounts (external, fixed remote) rear
The Rhino is going to be the new star of crosser’s nightmares. Images of this beast crushing through flaming walls are already lined up for the advertising push Ares will be spearheading on this, their latest combat achievement. To maintain the common design theme, this urban assault vehicle reverses the Shield teardrop to create a battering wedge that looks like an axe at the front of the vehicle. The driver sits high and forward, with a hatch and weapon mount directly behind the seat. Below the driver is an AR cocoon for controlling the remote weapon and defense systems. The rear area, where the teardrop is widest, is designed as the cargo and personnel section. The seating in back is designed for a fully outfitted seven-man squad, but little else. The horrifying wedge shearing through the wall is also not the end of the nightmare. The rear of the Rhino opens up at a seam in the center, with both doors shaped like a wedge. They swing outward with a jump seat on each side, usually containing a well-armored rifleman. The rear compartment also has two side doors that drop open but act as seating while closed. Standard equipment on the Rhino includes a pair of forward-firing anti-material rifles intended to soften walls, twelve smoke dispensers evenly spread around the truck for visual obscurement, eight genuine Ares FlashPak systems, and the new Ares Shockwave electro- defense system.
Shield STALLIONStd. Equipment: Heavy weapon mount (external, turret, manual) top, two standard weapon mounts (external, fixed, remote) rear
Every security and police force needs a workhorse. To fill that role, Shield designed the Stallion. It came as no surprise to the security companies looking to buy the Stallion that this workhorse makes one hell of a warhorse too. The Stallion is a pickup-style truck with an open bed that is accessible from the cab. Since this is a new Shield design the expected teardrop is there, and it’s going to bring tears to many eyes after it fills many bodies with holes. The weapon mount on the Stallion is integrated into the teardrop, centering on the bulb end and allowing the barrel of whatever weapon is installed to tuck down into the narrow rear. This makes accessing the rear a little tougher when the gun is stored, but how often does that happen? The folks who drive this truck want people to know it’s got a cannon mounted on top to remind them to get out of the way in traffic. Speaking of traffic, the rear-facing mounts built over the back wells keep tailgaters from straying too close for too long. Heavy-duty suspension and oversized tires make the Stallion a little unwieldy on pavement, but if you hit dirt, sand, mud, gravel, or even grass, this pony grabs hold and won’t let go. The single greatest feature unique to this truck is the prototype Ares Testudo system. The system turns the truck into a heavily armored gun emplacement by shifting body panels around. Mobility is gone, but this feature combines nicely with the General to create a well-protected command HQ.
This is a broad category that includes anything that is primarily driven by a motor. Ranging from small twometer-long personal watercraft through the relatively massive fifteen-meter-long cigarettes built for nothing but speed up to twenty-meter luxury cruisers, powerboats can be found on waterways all over the world under the control of everyone from suburban families to rich executives to charter captains out to make a living.
|CMW Riverine Military||5||15||100||120||15||20||20||6||6||85||5||20F||225.000 NC|
|CMW Riverine Police||4||15||100||120||15||16||14||4||5||85||5||15R||154.000 NC|
|CMW Riverine Security||4||15||100||120||15||16||12||4||4||85||5||15R||100.000 NC|
AQUAVIDAStd. Equipment: Amenities (middle), winch (basic)
This houseboat is the primary competitor of the Mistukaya Waterhome. The two companies are constantly trying to one up and out do the other. The Aquavida’s latest innovation is an optional subsurface sleeping/ sensory deprivation chamber. The pod is loaded from inside the cabin but then lowers down into the waters below the boat. The Aquavida comes in one- and two-bedroom versions, with the two-bedroom version losing some of its outside deckspace. The living area is on the main deck with the quarters, bathroom, galley, and small seating area. The fore has a small external deck space similar to a balcony, and the aft has a larger deck space with seating and a grill. The boat has a second level with the pilot house, along with another open deck area with a table and chairs.
COTTONMOUTHStd. Equipment: Amenities (squatter), rigger interface, speed enhancement 1, 2 x weapon mount (standard, internal, fixed, remote) front, 2 x weapon mount (standard, internal, flexible, remote) rear
The Cottonmouth is truly the viper of the seas. This craft slithers through the waters of the world, ready to open up the throttle and strike at a moments notice. While speed may be the primary weapon of the Cottonmouth, the creators of this high-speed craft knew the world they lived in. Sea Ray designed a drive system variation that allows for a slight shift in motor and battery position that compensates completely for an additional pair of weapon mounts at the front (the mounts are often referred to as fangs). Another pair are available for the rear, but these don’t have the same compensation system and require turret and lift systems to overcome the lift of the front of the boat and prevent over-lift caused by their weight and movement. The Cottonmouth is a fourteen-meter-long cigarette boat designed with speed in mind. The controls are located in the main cabin near the rear of the boat. The Cottonmouth offers an enclosed cabin option that makes the thing look totally badass but really requires the addition of a full VR control system due to a complete loss of visibility at speed, especially if rear weapons are engaged. Despite these shortcomings there is nothing else on the water with the options for speed and offensive firepower the Cottonmouth possesses. No matter whether the boat possesses the arms or is just running at high speed, it needs a skilled driver because it is not designed to take a hit. It can usually endure hits from small arms enough to stay above the waterline, but anything bigger, especially explosives, will spell a one way trip to Davy Jones’ locker.
CutlassStd. Equipment: Two heavy weapon mounts (external, turret, armored manual)
This commonly seen patrol boat comes equipped with a pair of heavy, manually operated weapon mounts (usually outfitted with LMGs) and a high-quality sensor suite.
NIGHTRUNNERStd. Equipment: Amenities (squatter), life support 1, rigger interface, satellite link, signature masking 4
The Nightrunner has been taking crossers on fishing trips for over three decades despite its complete lack of fishing seats or a fish cooler, and the difficulty of fishing from an enclosed cabin. While that joke has been passed down and remains unchanged, the Nightrunner has managed to upgrade quite a few things since those days. The enclosed cabin was replaced with a slide-open cabin cover, and the Nightrunner gained a new ad campaign, which led to the addition of scuba storage spaces built into the interior design. The ad made the Nightrunner out to be the ultimate in unobtrusive diving technology to help explain why it had heat-masking paint, an ultra-quiet drive system, and a sonar package rivaling some military craft. We in the shadows know what everyone uses this thing for and can continue the laugh at the dive boat with no access ladder or dive rails. Even though the craft has been around for a generation, it’s still a solid performer. They’ve done a decent job of keeping it up to date, though retrofits to older models have hit the classic boat snag. Everything is small and designed to fit and function with a purpose. Anything retrofitted has to fit into the same space or displace something else. The Nightrunner is a five-meter- long stealthy speedster, favoring the former over the latter. It’s got nothing on the cigarettes, but it will run circles around a cruiser—all the while appearing nowhere on their sensors. Its size has been its biggest limitation. It has a small fore cabin where there is a berth area, a tiny head, and the closets and racks for dive equipment. These spots double nicely for other types of equipment as well.
NyxStd. Equipment: Amenities (luxury), internal cameras, manual control override, rigger cocoon, satellite link, searchlight, SunCell
Dreaming is allowed. The Nyx is a 140-meter mansion on water. It’s an ultra-luxury yacht that gained quite a bit of fame when Damien Knight grounded one on an island on Aphrodia and then bought the island and built the ship into a home. Now everyone is wondering what he’s going to do with the second one he bought. The Nyx is unique in the ultra-luxury realm as it can be fully operated and run by a single person, thanks to its complement of thirty drones. The drones handle everything on the ship, even the piloting. It can be done manually, but manual labor is so out of style. Owners of this class of ship usually hire a real rigger and let them keep everything running smoothly. The Nyx has five decks; Low, Virtua, Living, Entertainment, and Sun. The Low deck houses the boats engines, supplies, generators, water supply, and general storage in the aft half of the ship. It’s the only cramped deck on the boat and is usually only visited by drones. The fore section houses the internal dock. The dock has slips for one fifteen- meter craft, four five-to-ten-meter craft, and a dozen personal watercraft. The VirtuaDeck is a Nyx exclusive. It only covers the aft portion of the ship because the dock area is tall, though not the full height of this deck. The slim additional section near the fore houses small motorized wall sections that move out to change the physical character of the VirtuaDeck, while an AR feed creates the rest of the experience in the completely open cabin. The rear five meters of this deck are open around the sides and have a spiral stair at the center that leads up. Seating and a table are usually added, but this craft has a lot of options for this area like a hot tub, fishing setup, and diver deck. The Living deck has ten basic living quarters, the owners suite, pilot’s suite, two galleys, and four dining rooms. Basic living quarters are either queen size or two double beds, a personal bathroom, and a small sitting room. The owner’s suite has a king bed, personal bathroom, two walk-in closets, an office, a workout room, a hot tub room, a sauna, a conference room, and an entertainment suite. The pilot’s suite is located in the center of the ship. It has a double bed, a bathroom, workroom, and a spiral staircase that reaches every floor. The Entertainment deck has all the fun stuff. There are four bars, four social rooms, six hot tubs, a pool, a galley, and an open sunning section of the deck near the fore with a ladder up to the helicopter pad. The Sun deck has two hot tubs, a large social cabin, and a lot of deck space. The pilot house is technically part of this deck but is only accessible via a ladder from the Entertainment deck or the pilot’s spiral stairway. It may look crazy, but it’s a beautiful ship.
OtterStd. Equipment: -
This mid-size craft is mainly used for pleasure boating, fishing, light hauling, and utility work. A five-meter-long vessel with a fiberglass open hull, the Otter is a well-rounded, general-purpose boat that doesn’t stand out in any one area.
CMW RIVERINEStd. Equipment: Amenities (squatter), commlink (DR 7), rigger cocoon, rigger interface, satellite link, searchlight, weapon mount (heavy, internal, flexible, remote) front, 2 x weapon mount (standard, internal, flexible, remote) sides, 2 x weapon mount (standard, external, flexible, remote) rear
The Riverine is the bane of smugglers around the world, but its success led to a coordinated effort to disrupt production by those same smugglers. Let it never be said that pirates can’t work together. Don’t argue that they hired runners, because they still had to communicate to get it started. That would have been one hell of a meeting to get in on. The time off and damage to the production equipment gave CMW the perfect excuse to re-engineer a new Riverine. What they came up with is going to be a lesson to criminals around the world that when something’s already badass and you decide to trash it, the replacement risks being even more of a hoop-kicking maritime predator, this one with better armor, better arms, better navigation, and an electronics suite that can find a minnow in the Pacific.# New materials technology has armored up the hull as well as the internal compartments and cabins. The Riverine can shrug off most gunfire. Even anti- materiel rifles have a tough time, and the single hole they make isn’t going to do much to slow the Riverine. Anyone trying to get a shot in at the Riverine is going to need some serious cover themselves. The Riverine comes standard with a complement of five mounts. Two rear, one port, one starboard, and one fore. All of them are designed for remote operation, but each can be assigned to a different user station inside the Riverine. Weapon systems vary, but the most common line-up consists of a pair of fully automatics in the rear, anti-materiel cannons at the side, and a multiple missile system up front. Positioning and mounting allows the two rear mounts 360 degrees of rotation and up to 90 degrees up from the horizon. Side mounts only offer 195 degrees of rotation and 65 degrees up from the horizon. The fore mount covers 360 and 90 as well. And remember, that’s the basic complement. The Riverine is capable of mounting side batteries consisting of up to six guns on each side and a rear battery of three guns. The rear battery isn’t very effective at high speeds, but the entire setup is a rude awakening for anyone who comes creeping up on the boat. The navigation system is fully integrated into the new Matrix and usually links to the S-K, where a special division of CMW monitors all the craft they’ve produced that are logged on. If there’s trouble, they contact the owner while they go check it out. They’re usually outmatched due to signal restrictions, but they come en masse and are good at working together as a team. Finally, the Riverine has been outfitted with an electronics suite to make any rigger drool, including highend built-in commlink, complete with satellite, premium sensors, full AR and VR control suite, serious targeting and fire solution software, and even some entertainment equipment. The most impressive thing about the new Riverine is that it looks just like the old Riverine. There are a few subtle changes, but when this beast is buzzing up on you, you aren’t going to be looking for subtleties like the direction of the exhaust port or the blade size on the propellers. The Riverine is produced with one of three packages in mind, and they are all built to suit. The Security model is the base and has all the things mentioned above. The Police model adds a light bar, two sets of twin spotlights, front and rear, and a siren. No big surprises there. The Military model has the torpedo and depth charge set up standard, offers the same spotlights as the Police, and sits about a quarter meter lower in the water thanks to the armor increase.
WATERBUG / WATERSKIPPERStd. Equipment: -
This cute little single seater is the next generation of personal watercraft. The Waterbug is the most maneuverable waterbike on the market, thanks to Mitsukaya’s quinjet drive system. The quinjet, as the name implies, is a five-jet propulsion and steering system only available on the Waterbug. Not only does it have the standard rear-facing waterjet system with the standard steering nozzle, but it also has four additional waterjet ports. With two jets on each side, each with their own steering nozzle, the Waterbug can gain extra stability and speed on the straight run, or make turns and maneuvering in tight spots a breeze. The Waterbug also has a larger model, the Waveskipper, that comes in two and three seater models. The Waveskipper isn’t quite as maneuverable as the quinjet technology was added as an afterthought to recent models. A redesigned Waveskipper has been in the works for a few years now but keeps getting bogged down in testing and redesign as they work the bugs out of the system.
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Prometheon LampreyStd. Equipment: Standard drone rack (medium)
This underwater sea-sled is used for underwater inspection and transportation. with riding positions for up to four scuba-equipped passengers (while closest to a submarine, the Lamprey does not actually protect its passengers from the rigors of the deep). Military models of the lamprey are used for aquatic insertions by specially equipped naval spec ops forces. The lamprey also includes a drone rack for a single seaworthy drone of medium or smaller size for exploring at deeper depths than the passengers can safely go.
Vulcan ElectronautStd. Equipment: -
This two-person mini-sub is the cheapest available in its class and is available in a wide selection of utility models. It is often used on patrol and short-range reconnaissance duties and resupply runs, but it can also be leveraged by crosser teams looking for unexpected ways to approach nautical targets.