No longer wanting to rely on Alpha Shipyards for combat and mining ships, especially since their assumed involvement in the theft of a mining freighter, the Deep Space Excavation group (DSE) set out to build their own vessels. Until then they had been using two different Vector configurations in their mining fleets, one to perform the actual mining and one to protect the fleet. DSE wanted to create a similar ship that could be easily converted from industrial to fighter and back. This was part of a larger plan by Xyth's government, who had full control over DSE to drastically reduce the power and influence of Alpha Shipyards on one hand, and both the GoX and XLG on the other hand. They wanted not only full control of Xyth's industrial capabilities, but also of the battlefleets.

The Vector was a simple design, and thus easily reverse engineered by DSE. While they wanted their own ship, it was really the capability of building a vessel that DSE was after - any vessel. In an attempt to disguise the fact that they had basically stolen the Vector design, their ship was given a smooth and sleek hull. Since their ship was essentially a Vector, the various support and repair stations present on the DSE mining freighters, which were optimized for Alpha Shipyards their Vector, were just as useful for the Vulture.

Despite its origin, the Vulture did grew into a proper specialized industrial-fighter hybrid, but it never truly surpassed the Vector in combat situations. Continued improvements to the design eventually did away with all elements that had been based on the Vector, and additional configurations came into existence, of which the electronic warfare variant became an important cornerstone of large, multi-purpose deep-space fleets and small hit-and-run squadrons alike. The shape of the ship's hull in theory would be ideal for an active cloaking system, but DSE engineers never succeeded in creating a working prototype, something that Core Special Operations did manage not much later.

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