Star Wars: Another Longshot
Ace of Coins
The Ace of Coins is an old freighter that’s been ferrying passengers and cargo along the galactic space lanes for decades. Her cobalt hull and dusk brown cargo container show significant wear and tear, and tell the tale of a well-worn freighter that is somehow able to earn enough to pay for the repairs needed to keep her space-worthy. The only emblem on the ship is a picture of the Sabaac card that shares the ship’s name. The vessel is registered to a corporation out of Nar Shadda; the Flying Bantha Shipping Company, and is currently on lease to a group of independent traders.
All this is a cover story for the true nature of the freighter. The Ace of Coins is actually an undercover Galactic Alliance freighter. Normally used to transport diplomats and negotiators to secret meetings, the Ace of Coins is occasionally assigned to operatives operating in enemy territory for extended periods of time. Previously, the ship had been outfitted with specialized equipment and heavier arms to assist in whatever mission her crew on. Since the defeat of the Galactic Alliance the Remnant Fleet has suffered from a severe lack of resources and was unable to upgrade the Ace of Coins for her latest mission. This has left the freighter to be assigned to the Hagen Sector Operation with the AR-37 Paragon’s stock load-out.
Modified AR-37 Paragon Light Freighter
Hull Type: Transport
Ship Class: AR-37 Paragon
Manufacturer: Kuat Systems Engineering
Hyperdrive: Primary: Class 2, Backup: Class 15
Ship’s Complement: One pilot, one co-pilot, one engineer
Passenger Capacity: 8
Encumbrance Capacity: 200
Consumables: 2 months
Cost: 110,000 credits/6
Silhouette: 4 (3 in combat)
Sensor Range: Short
Defense: 3/2 (originally 1/1)
Hull Integrity: 25
Strain Threshold: 15
Customization Hard points: 5
0) Autopilot Droid Brain (Pilot 4)
0) Gunnery Droid Brain (Gunnery 4)
1) NIghtshadow Coating (Passive sensors -1 range, Silhouette -1 in combat)
2) Advanced Targeting Array (Gunnery +2, True Aim 1, Sniper Shot 1)
3) Quad Laser Cannon
4) Enhance Shield (Shields +3)
5) Enhance Shield
Dorsal Twin Turret Mounted Medium Laser Cannon (Fire Arc All)
Range [Close], Damage 6; Critical 3, Linked 1
Starboard Twin Ion Cannon (Fire Arc Front or Starboard)
Range [Short]; Damage 5; Critical 4; Linked 1, Ion
Quad Laser Cannon
Range [Close], Damage 5, Crit 3, Accurate 1, Linked 3
Developed by Kuat Systems Engineering in a similar vein to the Wayfarer-class medium transport, the AR-37 Paragon-class light transport is a favorite for merchants and smugglers in spite of being an older and less-refined model of transport. Rivaling the YT-series in its ability to be customized to fit just about any operating profile desired, the AR-37 was designed to be a multi-purpose design much like the venerable YT-1300 transport. Using a quartet of angled engine banks, the AR-37 is capable of surprising acceleration and respectable speed in both atmospheric and space conditions, though the heat output requires a bulky coolant system to keep the engines operating in prime condition.
Much like the Wayfarer-class, the cargo module on the AR-37 Paragon-class’ port side can be swapped for either a passenger suite module or an escort hanger, although these modules are quite rare as the Paragon-class suffered many of the same issues that the Wayfarer-class transport faced. A common practice among shipping companies that make frequent use of AR-37 transports is to deposit a loaded cargo module at company-owned docking bays and simply replace it with an empty or pre-loaded module, an ideal practice for corporations that prefer to cut down on layover times and keep their ships on the move.
Unusually for a light transport, both the module and ship itself are twin-decked, with allows for greater cargo space as well as providing additional room for the ship’s crew. The ship is notable for having multiple points of exit and entry, making in-flight docking with larger capital ships not as daunting as a prospect as it would be for the Corellian series of light transports. However, it is also fairly well-armed for a light transport, sporting a turret-mounted laser cannon and a linked pair of ion cannons, both of which are included as deterrents to any pirates looking to steal the AR-37’s cargo. Independent operators often include additional armaments such as concussion missile launchers or upgrading the laser cannon to a quad turret on the grounds of needing the increased firepower due to the increased likelihood of facing pirate attacks while traversing the Outer Rim Territories.
AR-37 Stats and Write-up by Jonathan Stevens