The Lost Cause - Modified SoroSuub Class-3 Modular Cargo Hauler
The Lost Cause is an old ship and little effort has been made to hide its age. Jaden Dusk has patched and re-patched his ship so many times that barely any of the original hull plating remains intact. The Lost Cause was passed down from father to son in the Dusk family, with both Jaden's grandfather and father using the ship to transport ore.
Class-3s like The Lost Cause were built to haul cargo and their modular design allows for a great degree of flexibility in accommodating a wide range of payloads. The standard Class-3 Hauler consists of three modules: a sublight command module, commonly called a "planet hopper," containing the cockpit, small living quarters and a small cargo bay; a core module containing powerful hyperdrive engines, a forward cargo compartment and port and starboard docking clamps; and a customizable cargo sled module.
The planet hopper is equipped to handle light cargo runs within a planetary atmosphere or between planets in a star system. For heavier loads and/or runs between star systems, the hopper can dock with one side of the hyperdrive core with the cargo sled docked to the opposite side. In addition to the standard cargo sled, there are a wide variety of other cargo modules that can be attached to the core's docking clamps and the core's engines are powerful enough to pull immense loads through hyperspace.
The Class-3's versatile modular design and strong engines made it a popular ship with transport companies and mining operations. With the addition of aftermarket weapons, the ships found favor among smugglers, mercenaries and militias. Dusk has modified The Lost Cause with many such aftermarket modifications.
The planet hopper has two light laser cannons mounted at the front of the craft as well as significantly upgraded sublight engines. The hyperdrive core has been fitted with an astromech socket and a pair of heavy laser cannons. The addition of the astromech socket allows the core to be piloted even when it is not docked with the command module. Red, an R2-series astromech droid, can be found in this socket at all times, only venturing out to conduct necessary repairs.
While The Lost Cause still has its original cargo sled module, it is often left in storage at the docking bay. Taking its place is a Mynock droid starfighter. The starfighter, nicknamed Wingnut, has been fitted with self-guided intelligence circuitry making it capable of independent operation, although the droid is slaved to Red who can override its controls at any time. Wingnut has the standard Mynock armament of wing-mounted lasers as well as the ability to attach to a target ship and siphon power directly from its systems.
The addition of the droid starfighter allows The Lost Cause to split into three separately armed and piloted entities when necessary. Wingnut is often deployed upon initial arrival in a star system, the droid's stealth technology making it all but invisible to anything other than visual scans and enabling it to trail the remainder of the ship unnoticed to their destination. When the destination is reached, the core module is often left in orbit with only the planet hopper venturing to the planet's surface. With Red piloting the core in orbit and Wingnut hidden nearby, there are few traps The Lost Cause can't escape from.
In addition to Red and Wingnut, there is one more droid member of ship's crew: Niner. The muscle of the team, Niner is an N4-9R Enforcer droid. In addition to the droid's normal programming, Dusk has also added subroutines that allow Niner to function as a medic or mechanic if the need arises.
An old speeder bike can also be clamped to the planet hopper for excursions upon landing.