M CLASS CRUISER
Sabor M Class Cruiser
38 Main Guns per Ship Module
Secondary Guns integrated into ships point defense system
Tertiary Guns integrated into ships point defense system
Missile Tubes 200+
Energy Shielding: Primary Shielding
Sublight Propulsion Plasma thrusters, Plasma Main Drive Units
Faster than light drive (FTL drive) Dimensional phase drive
Municipal: Shuttle Hanger
Crew Complement: Estimated 2000
Ships Power: Fusion Power
The Sabor M class, or Modular cruiser, was like nothing the Olympian empire had ever seen - or even heard whispers of - until the Olympians started the Second Sabor War. Until that time, all the Olympians had seen from spy drones and probes were modified S Class Cruisers. The Sabors went to elaborate lengths to keep this fleet super-secret, keeping their new ships on the far side of their space and away from prying Olympian eyes. The Sabors even underwent an elaborate disinformation campaign using trading networks that had been established with pirates and marauders, as well as other frontier humans out on the fringe who were not supportive of empire rule or politics. The Sabors knew that these humans would eventually interact with the Olympian fleet and would then pass along the information they had on the Sabors as currency to make their way past Olympian Fleet harassment, or even their destruction by the fleet. In every report given by the humans that had ventured into unknown space and contacted Sabors, only the S Class cruiser was mentioned. The cruisers either acted as the ship carrying the cargo being traded or escorted some kind of cargo vessel.
The Olympians took images of what looked to be further and further upgrades to the S Class Cruiser. They took every bit of data collected from ships, spy drones, and even questionable eyes witness accounts in order to make battle plans for an eventual second conflict with the Sabors. Meanwhile, the Sabors were developing a ship class that the Olympians would not be prepared for.
What the Olympians found by the 3rd battle of the Second Sabor War was the M Class cruiser replacing the S Class in all future engagements. The Sabor M Class Cruiser was a revolutionary and eloquent design made of a new crystalline hull.
The M Class's new hull's crystalline composition was amazingly resistant to Olympian weapons. If weapons got past the new Sabor shields and in sufficient numbers to damage the M Class hull, then the hull would seem to self-heal. It almost appeared to flow back into the damaged area like sand into a hole, or liquid glass flowing into the damaged area, making the ships very hard to destroy.
Another innovation was the modular design of the ships. These ships had the ability join up with each other to make larger and more powerful ships, or to bring ships onto a formation of ship that might need repair so the ships could all share in the power of the others in the formation and the damaged ship or ships be more quickly repaired. Or in a battle the ships could disengage their docking clamps and break formation to make multiple targets for the Olympians to shoot at. Using multiple ships, the Sabors could then concentrate fire on an Olympian ship from multiple firing vectors. In many cases this led to the Olympian ships’ shields being overwhelmed and then collapsing, leaving their hulls open to the heavy weapons f
The Sabor ships also had a unique hull geometry consisting of concave and convex angles that were the perfect configurations to deflect off most weapons fire aimed at the Sabor ships. It took an incredible amount of concentrated Olympian fire to disable one of the Sabor cruisers. Then when the Sabor ship was singled out by the Olympians, another Sabor ship would come to its defense and another Sabor cruiser would immediately extend its shields around dock with the damaged cruiser. Once docked, the supporting ship would start a power transfer to help the damaged ship repair faster while also taking it out of the heat of battle. If the damaged ships’ hull was stable enough, the rescuing Sabor M Class cruiser would take the damaged ship into phase space to escape.
The Olympians had very little that could counter this new Sabor design. The Olympians especially did not have the ability to transport damaged ships out of harm’s way. In fact, quite the opposite. If an Olympian ship became damaged, the Olympians had tractor beam technology to pull their ship out of harm’s way. A ship with a ship under tow could not perform evasive maneuvers well because the forces of the evasives could shear the beam. In all cases, the Sabors would hone in on the damaged vessels and pulverize them to atoms along with any ships that were aiding them. In most cases both the damaged ship and the ship protecting, or tractoring were destroyed. To save ships, Olympian standing orders were not to assist their own damaged or disabled ships in time of battle. Olympians would have to go back later for any survivors. Sabors would always leave survivors to report back to the Olympians the level of destruction to destroy the morale of the Olympian sailors. It was this continual loss of salvageable vessels that brought about the development of the Behemoth class of mobile armored repair and rescue ship. Had the Olympians had these ships at the time, their losses might not have been so severe. As it stood during wartime, the Olympians were taking heavy losses - losses to the point that without a turn in the war, the Olympians would have to sue for peace within months.
It was not until the Battle of the Orpheus system that Commander Owden, under what was said to be divine guidance, was able to exploit a weakness in the Sabor M class vessels to bring about a turning point in the Second Sabor War.