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Shields

Shields protect the ship's hull and external equipment (such as guns and turrets) from certain types of impact damage. Shields do not protect internal components, nor do they protect components from radiation damage. Shields do not modify the damage that is passed to the hull, they either absorb all damage or they dont absorb any damage.

More specifically, a shield generator is mounted to the ship's hull and draws power from the ship's engine to create a charged bubble around the hull. If the shield is operating then the shield bubble will absorb all of the impact damage that would normally pass to the hull. But if the shield bubble takes more damage than the generator can repair, the shield bubble will collapse, and all damage will be passed to the ship's hull.

If a shield bubble collapses, the generator will attempt to reactivate it. The amount of time required to reactivate a shield bubble varies by the type of shield, but is usually 12 seconds. Once the shield is reactivated, the normal repair routines are used to restore the shield bubble back to full health. The amount of time required to fully repair a shield will be determined by the size of the shield and the amount of damage that is repaired per second. Generally speaking, larger shields use more power per second than smaller shields, although there is some variance here.

The shield generator consumes low amount of power to maintain the bubble, and consumes large amounts of power when attempting to repair the shield bubble from damage. The power that is used by the generator is taken from the ship's main power plant. When the generator is trying to repair a shield bubble, the amount of power that is available to other devices (such as guns and turrets) will be reduced. In some cases, using a large shield with a small power plant can result in being unable to fire the ship's weapons.

Note that the shield generator will be exposed to any hull damage, and therefore can be destroyed just like any other piece of equipment. The generator can be destroyed by gunfire or explosion damage (once the bubble collapses), and it can also be destroyed with radiation damage.

Shield Technologies

There are three different shield generation technologies currently in use by humans, and a fourth type that is used by Nomads. These types determine how much damage the shield bubble takes from certain types of weapon damage. A shield with low resistance to a specific type will amplify the damage from that type, and will therefore cause the bubble to collapse quicker. There is no change to the damage that is applied to the ship's hull.

Positron

Positron shields emit a field of anti-electrons, which quickly atomise an incoming bolt before it manages to damage the hull. Because of this working principle, positron shields are less effective against bolts of photons or lasers.

Graviton

Graviton shields generate a strong, vibrating gravitational field which deflects incoming fire before it manages to impact on the hull. Graviton shields create a magnetic field as a side effect, thus augmenting the power of certain weapons against them, e.g. plasma weapons.

Molecular

Molecular shields attempt to repulse projectiles by manipulating magnetic forces. This type of shields manages to easily dissipate electrically charged projectiles, but suffers additional damage from weapons that are little effected by magnetism.

Nomad Veil

The Nomads utilize organisms that function much like human shields do. These "veils" are made up of a lattice of semi-sentient micro-organisms that bend around the ship and intercept incoming fire.

  • Nomad Veils show no variance in how they interact with different types of weapons.

Shield Types

Shield generators are designed to build and maintain a shield bubble of a certain size, and are therefore designed to be used on ships that are the appropriate size and can provide the appropriate power. Shields cannot typically be mounted on any other ship classes, although there are a few exceptions.

Shields also come in a variety of classes and grades for the different ship types. Generally speaking, stronger shields can absorb more damage than weaker shields, but will consume more power when the shield generator needs to repair or rebuild a damaged shield bubble. All shield generators require the same amount of time to repair and rebuild a shield, so the difference between them is the amount of energy that is consumed per second. In addition, different technologies and generators can have different baseline requirements (XX), which can exaggerate the difference.

Shield List

Name Ship Class Type Regen Capacity Price
Docking Module Light Fighter 1 Nomad Veil 0 0 $550,000
Hyperspace Survey Module Mk I Heavy Fighter 1 Nomad Veil 0 0 $550,000
Jump Drive Module Series II Heavy Fighter 1 Nomad Veil 0 0 $550,000
Jump Drive Module Series IV Heavy Fighter 1 Nomad Veil 0 0 $550,000
Jump Drive Module Series III Heavy Fighter 1 Nomad Veil 0 0 $550,000
Hyperspace Survey Module Mk II Heavy Fighter 1 Nomad Veil 0 0 $550,000
Hyperspace Survey Module Mk III Heavy Fighter 1 Nomad Veil 0 0 $550,000
Police Warning System Heavy Fighter 2 Nomad Veil 0 0 $250,000,000
Sentry L. F. Shield Light Fighter 3 Graviton 13.3 600 $1,000
Adv. Sentry L. F. Shield Light Fighter 3 Graviton 18.2 821 $1,720
Guardian L. F. Shield Light Fighter 3 Graviton 25 1124 $3,660
Rampart L. F. Shield Light Fighter 3 Molecular 13.3 600 $1,000
Adv. Rampart L. F. Shield Light Fighter 3 Molecular 18.2 821 $1,720
Sconce L. F. Shield Light Fighter 3 Molecular 25 1124 $3,660
Armet L. F. Shield Light Fighter 3 Positron 13.3 600 $1,000
Adv. Armet L. F. Shield Light Fighter 3 Positron 18.2 821 $1,720
Cuisse L. F. Shield Light Fighter 3 Positron 25 1124 $3,660
Sentry H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 3 Graviton 14.5 654 $1,080
Adv. Sentry H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 3 Graviton 19.9 894.89 $1,860
Guardian H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 3 Graviton 27.2 1225.16 $3,950
Rampart H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 3 Molecular 14.5 654 $1,080
Adv. Rampart H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 3 Molecular 19.9 894.89 $1,860
Sconce H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 3 Molecular 27.2 1225.16 $3,950
Armet H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 3 Positron 14.5 654 $1,080
Adv. Armet H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 3 Positron 19.9 894.89 $1,860
Cuisse H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 3 Positron 27.2 1225.16 $3,950
Sentry Fr. Shield Freighter 3 Graviton 17 765.18 $1,270
Adv. Sentry Fr. Shield Freighter 3 Graviton 23.3 1047.02 $2,190
Guardian Fr. Shield Freighter 3 Graviton 31.9 1433.44 $4,650
Rampart Fr. Shield Freighter 3 Molecular 17 765.18 $1,270
Adv. Rampart Fr. Shield Freighter 3 Molecular 23.3 1047.02 $2,190
Sconce Fr. Shield Freighter 3 Molecular 31.9 1433.44 $4,650
Armet Fr. Shield Freighter 3 Positron 17 765.18 $1,270
Adv. Armet Fr. Shield Freighter 3 Positron 23.3 1047.02 $2,190
Cuisse Fr. Shield Freighter 3 Positron 31.9 1433.44 $4,650
Adv. Guardian L. F. Shield Light Fighter 4 Graviton 34.2 1539 $7,420
Adv. Sconce L. F. Shield Light Fighter 4 Molecular 34.2 1539 $7,420
Adv. Cuisse L. F. Shield Light Fighter 4 Positron 34.2 1539 $7,420
Adv. Guardian H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 4 Graviton 37.3 1677.51 $8,010
Adv. Sconce H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 4 Molecular 37.3 1677.51 $8,010
Adv. Cuisse H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 4 Positron 37.3 1677.51 $8,010
Adv. Guardian Fr. Shield Freighter 4 Graviton 43.6 1962.69 $9,420
Adv. Sconce Fr. Shield Freighter 4 Molecular 43.6 1962.69 $9,420
Adv. Cuisse Fr. Shield Freighter 4 Positron 43.6 1962.69 $9,420
Sentinel L. F. Shield Light Fighter 5 Graviton 46.8 2107 $14,920
Palisade L. F. Shield Light Fighter 5 Molecular 46.8 2107 $14,920
Pourpoint L. F. Shield Light Fighter 5 Positron 46.8 2107 $14,920
Sentinel H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 5 Graviton 51 2296.63 $16,110
Palisade H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 5 Molecular 51 2296.63 $16,110
Pourpoint H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 5 Positron 51 2296.63 $16,110
Sentinel Fr. Shield Freighter 5 Graviton 59.7 2687.06 $18,940
Adv. Sentinel Fr. Shield Freighter 5 Graviton 90 5120 $54,500
Protector Fr. Shield Freighter 5 Graviton 130 9850 $108,200
Adv. Protector Fr. Shield Freighter 5 Graviton 320 24350 $272,000
Palisade Fr. Shield Freighter 5 Molecular 59.7 2687.06 $18,940
Adv. Palisade Fr. Shield Freighter 5 Molecular 90 5120 $54,500
Bulwark Fr. Shield Freighter 5 Molecular 130 9850 $108,200
Adv. Bulwark Fr. Shield Freighter 5 Molecular 320 24350 $272,000
Barrier Fr. Shield Freighter 5 Molecular 250 29200 $364,000
Pourpoint Fr. Shield Freighter 5 Positron 59.7 2687.06 $18,940
Adv. Pourpoint Fr. Shield Freighter 5 Positron 90 5120 $54,500
Aegis Fr. Shield Freighter 5 Positron 130 9850 $108,200
Adv. Aegis Fr. Shield Freighter 5 Positron 320 24350 $272,000
Brigandine Fr. Shield Freighter 5 Positron 380 20950 $364,000
Adv. Sentinel L. F. Shield Light Fighter 6 Graviton 64.1 2884 $28,590
Adv. Palisade L. F. Shield Light Fighter 6 Molecular 64.1 2884 $28,590
Adv. Pourpoint L. F. Shield Light Fighter 6 Positron 64.1 2884 $28,590
Adv. Sentinel H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 6 Graviton 69.9 3143.56 $30,880
Adv. Palisade H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 6 Molecular 69.9 3143.56 $30,880
Adv. Pourpoint H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 6 Positron 69.9 3143.56 $30,880
Light Transport Graviton Shield Freighter 6 Graviton 1100 35000 $600,000
Medium Transport Graviton Shield Freighter 6 Graviton 1250 50000 $1,200,000
Heavy Transport Graviton Shield Freighter 6 Graviton 900 100000 $2,000,000
Medium Transport Molecular Shield Freighter 6 Molecular 1250 50000 $1,200,000
Heavy Transport Molecular Shield Freighter 6 Molecular 900 100000 $2,000,000
Medium Transport Positron Shield Freighter 6 Positron 1250 50000 $1,200,000
Heavy Transport Positron Shield Freighter 6 Positron 900 100000 $2,000,000
Protector L. F. Shield Light Fighter 7 Graviton 87.7 3948 $49,580
Bulwark L. F. Shield Light Fighter 7 Molecular 87.7 3948 $49,580
Aegis L. F. Shield Light Fighter 7 Positron 87.7 3948 $49,580
Protector H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 7 Graviton 95.6 4303.32 $53,550
Bulwark H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 7 Molecular 95.6 4303.32 $53,550
Aegis H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 7 Positron 95.6 4303.32 $53,550
Adv. Protector L. F. Shield Light Fighter 8 Graviton 120.1 5404 $109,610
Adv. Bulwark L. F. Shield Light Fighter 8 Molecular 120.1 5404 $109,610
Adv. Aegis L. F. Shield Light Fighter 8 Positron 120.1 5404 $109,610
Adv. Protector H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 8 Graviton 130.9 5890.36 $118,380
Adv. Bulwark H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 8 Molecular 130.9 5890.36 $118,380
Adv. Aegis H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 8 Positron 130.9 5890.36 $118,380
Gunboat Graviton Shield Gunboat 8 Graviton 1900 125000 $3,000,000
Gunboat Molecular Shield Gunboat 8 Molecular 1900 125000 $3,000,000
Gunboat Positron Shield Gunboat 8 Positron 1900 125000 $3,000,000
Nomad Greater Veil Gunboat 8 Nomad Veil 1900 125000 $3,000,000
Champion L. F. Shield Light Fighter 9 Graviton 164.4 7398 $240,960
Barrier L. F. Shield Light Fighter 9 Molecular 164.4 7398 $240,960
Brigandine L. F. Shield Light Fighter 9 Positron 164.4 7398 $240,960
Nomad Lesser Veil Light Fighter 9 Nomad Veil 164 7398 $412,280
Champion H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 9 Graviton 179.2 8063.82 $260,240
Barrier H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 9 Molecular 179.2 8063.82 $260,240
Brigandine H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 9 Positron 179.2 8063.82 $260,240
Cruiser Graviton Shield Cruiser 9 Graviton 3800 275000 $5,000,000
Cruiser Molecular Shield Cruiser 9 Molecular 3800 275000 $5,000,000
Cruiser Positron Shield Cruiser 9 Positron 3800 275000 $5,000,000
Nomad Superior Veil Cruiser 9 Nomad Veil 3800 275000 $5,000,000
Adv. Champion L. F. Shield Light Fighter 10 Graviton 225 10127 $569,150
Adv. Barrier L. F. Shield Light Fighter 10 Molecular 225 10127 $569,150
Adv. Brigandine L. F. Shield Light Fighter 10 Positron 225 10127 $569,150
Adv. Champion H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 10 Graviton 245.3 11038.4 $612,280
AI Drone Shield Heavy Fighter 10 Graviton 250 10200 $2,580,000
Adv. Barrier H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 10 Molecular 245.3 11038.4 $612,280
Adv. Brigandine H. F. Shield Heavy Fighter 10 Positron 245.3 11038.4 $612,280
Nomad Lesser Veil Heavy Fighter 10 Nomad Veil 245.3 11038.4 $612,280
Battleship Graviton Shield Battleship 10 Graviton 5200 500000 $15,000,000
Battleship Molecular Shield Battleship 10 Molecular 5200 500000 $15,000,000
Battleship Positron Shield Battleship 10 Positron 5200 500000 $15,000,000
Nomad Superior Veil Battleship 10 Nomad Veil 5200 500000 $15,000,000