Hiraga (HU)

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Card Info

Race : Human

Type : ship (Battleship)

Rarity : elite

Stats : 12 attack, 34 defense

Cost : 8 2

Abilities

passive : Retaliate 4 : every time this ship is attacked by a ship owned by another player, it deals 4 damage to that ship. Retaliation doesn't count as an attack and thus doesn't trigger retaliation itself.

activatable : Deals 3 damage to one target ship. (cost : 1 )

Mercenary : Illomeia

Note : the stats and abilities below are the core stats of this card without any upgrades. Mercenaries generally receive an upgrade that affects their stats or abilities.

Stats : 12 attack, 40 defense

Cost : 8 2

passive : Retaliate 5 : every time this ship is attacked by a ship owned by another player, it deals 5 damage to that ship. Retaliation doesn't count as an attack and thus doesn't trigger retaliation itself.

activatable : Deals 4 damage to one target ship. (cost : 1 )

Background lore

The experience gained from building the first two truly large vessels in the human fleet, Troy and Phoenix, allowed The Eastern Citadel (TEC) to perfect its large shipyards. With the exception of Phoenix, there was no true battleship in operation. The destroyers built at the Aldayr outpost did have plenty of firepower, but sported defenses that barely surpassed those of regular cruisers. The safezone around TEC's base grew as the Caes'cix-Rivi'i conflict slowly moved southwards, and there was a need of additional mobile offensive capabilities to patrol the growing area. While destroyers were fast, they often lacked operational range. The Troy class carriers had the range and could defend themselves, but were incredibly slow ships due to their mass. This eventually led to the design of a ship about half the size of the Troy and Phoenix, but with comparable damage ouput as the Phoenix, and the operational range of the Troy. The Hiraga class enjoyed greater mobility than the two larger TEC designs, but this came at the cost of defenses, even though the ship was still tougher than the average destroyer. Since the battleship would not be operating alone, its reduced defensive capabilities were never a real issue. The Hiraga focussed on long-range and overpowering offense, thanks to multiple artillery batteries, similar to those on the Phoenix. The vessel did not inherit the smaller turrets, which had always served a more defensive purpose against smaller and faster attack craft, and left that task to the support squadrons that always accompanied the Hiraga class ships.

For more Xyth lore, check out this article.

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