Ah, a fellow Imperial learning the joys of the Hercules! Hang on, I had an informative video here somewhere…
Gunships and you: The Terror of the Skies!
Greetings, citizen! If you are listening to this then you have been selected for the honour of piloting one of the Imperial Legion’s formidable gunships! By now your instructors should have given you a taste of flying the venerable Hercules training ships, and soon you shall see action in the name of the Emperor. Before then you no doubt have many questions, and this audio log shall seek to answer some of them.
As all pilots know there are three types of Fighter; the “Tackler” anti-interceptor, the “Command” Fighter, and the Gunship. Why, you ask, does the Empire favour the latter more than any other?
The answer is quite simple: The gunship is the ultimate symbol of power! Thanks to the Legion’s revolutionary Overdrive matrix, a Gunship can produce firepower comparable to Frigates and other much larger craft, and can be further augmented with sophisticated engine-overdrives and advanced critical-system targeters to ensure maximum damage. Combined with a respectful compliment of missiles and rockets, an Imperial pilot can reliably engage and destroy almost any ship of comparable tonnage in a Gunship!
Now there are those, even within the Empire, that claim the Gunship has design flaws; namely, it lacks the shield strength and hull armour to withstand heavy punishment. Worry not, pilots, for the Empire is aware of these concerns and has provided solutions!
First and foremost, the Legion believes that no pilot should operate alone. A squadron of Imperial Gunships, working in unison, can quickly clear an objective of all opposition with minimal losses. If your fellow Fighter pilots are somehow lacking, you can look to the Legion’s crack naval marksmen, the Long Range Frigates, whose Disintegrators can annihilate smaller ships in a single shot and irreparably cripple even the most heavily-armoured Federation or Jericho Guard Frigates in a few short bursts. Work with these ships and focus your fire, and victory will surely be yours!
Let us not forget, however, that the Legion does not support the Empire alone. The Hercules Arrow is the first of many examples of Warden alternative thinking; a Command Fighter built with superior defensive abilities and, more importantly, the means to strengthen the ships it supports. Fly your Gunships alongside these brave Wardens, and your odds of victory increase ever more. Last, but by no means least, are the courageous souls of the Warden Engineering Corps. Though fewer in number than the iconic Long Range Frigate, Imperial Engineering Frigates can be found wherever the fighting is thickest, and their ability to restore your damaged hull and shields are invaluable in prolonged fights.
Remember, pilot, the Empire does not believe in heroes. Entrust the Wardens and their Command Fighters and Engineering Frigates with your defense, and look to your brother Legion Gunships and Long Range Frigates to aid you in the destruction of your targets. If ever your objective is unclear, you can rely upon the Reconnaissance Interceptors to guide you to your mark, and the enigmatic Electronic Counter-Measure Squadrons to strike where the enemy least expects it. Worry not about these pilots, however; as a Gunship pilot, your place is in the thick of the fight! Do your duty, and know that they will do theirs, and victory shall forever be yours!
A final word, brave pilots: from time to time you may find yourself flying alongside mercenaries who operate ships that are different from those of the Empire. In the event of this happening, we offer these simple guidelines. Guard Frigates, though slow and lacking in firepower, have considerable defensive capability. They can protect you from enemy missiles, slow potential targets and emit pulses of devastating thermal energy. These ships, though inferior to Imperial Frigates, can nevertheless be valuable allies when defending objectives. We remind you that Imperial guidelines always recommend falling back to the safety of an Engineering Frigate; ideally a Warden craft, though a Federation built Mercenary will do in a pinch.
That is all we have to say for you today, pilots! Remember: the Emperor is watching, so make him proud!