A Trans-L starship which converts into a wormhole gateway generator.
About this creation
The Expeditionary Fleets of Vaticos' elite Templars are composed solely of advanced FTL warships. Their mission is to shepherd these Mobile Gateways across the long reaches of space.
These ungainly, fishlike, unarmed starships are the core of the Expeditionary Fleets, and the entire interstellar Crusade. Once the Exped Fleet has secured a beachhead within a heretic system, these ships convert to the administrative center of the invasion operation, as well as create the path through which the primary invasion forces will flood.
Standard compliment for an Expeditionary Fleet: 1.
I stacked trans bricks on their side to give the look of a multi-level office building for the command tower. There is also a lot of office space in the rear "fins" of the ship, since this ship serves as the administrative control center of invasion operations, as well as the temporary capital of newly-subdued worlds.
In-system thrusters in red, trans-L drives in blue.
RECONFIGURATION Upon arrival in a heathen system, the rest of the Expeditionary Fleet carves their way into a prime location, and defends the Gateway while it undergoes its reconfiguration.
The ship separates into 4 segments, which are maneuvered apart with precise kinetic field manipulation.
Booms unfurl and curve upward. Comm gear on the lower section repositions.
In-system engines lock the booms in position.
The upper section also reconfigures, the bridge section turning fully over. Gravity manipulation is old hat to the Celestial Oecumene, and Templar ships often have many and varying gravitational alignments.
The completed Gateway, ready to spawn a tamed wormhole and usher through infinite legions of regular invasion forces, right from the Oecumene's home system and into the skies of heathens and schismatics.
With the bridge turned over, the control tower has a perfect view into the mouth of the wormhole. It acts as a traffic control station, routing ships coming and going so that there are no collisions or, worse, instances of ships translating into already occupied space. Such occurrences cause physics to go "bump"... catastrophically.
If I were into photoshopping, I'd lay this thing over a neat-o starry background, and slice a sweet B5 Jumpgate into the last picture, maybe with a couple of smaller ships swooping out. But time spent learning how to use Gimp is time I'd rather spend building or writing. But you are all MOCers, so I know I can trust your imaginations to make up for my own lassitude.
Lassitude? Is that the right word? I should look it up... but I won't. Too lassitudinal. Enjoy! Peace, and MOC on!
Quoting Cedekane .
Wow, very unique again. A spaceship that transforms into a warp gate?!? That's pretty brilliant stuff. Really like the end form.
Thanks. The whole idea comes from Dan Simmons' Hyperion/Endymion books. I'm outright stealing the notion of Popes in Spaaaaace from him. He wrote about an idea like this, too, but I can't remember what he called it.
Oddly enough, in his books, there were Templars, but they weren't part of the Holy Empire, like back in the crusades. They were actually tree-huggers. but i ramble...