The Vulture-class DropShip Hideyoshi Toyotomi, registration number DC445/157 AKA, was one of at least seven Vulture-class vessels carrying the 2452nd Battalion of the 5th Galedon Regulars under Chu-sa Tokashio Hamata during their travel from Salford to Brailsford, attached to the JumpShip Raiden.
However, the Raiden suffered a misjump on 9 November 2510 and never materialized at its destination. Instead, unbeknownst to the rest of mankind, it misjumped into the Kaetetôã system and was wrecked in the process. Some of its DropShips managed to land on the planet and created a human civilization there, isolated from the rest of mankind.
The Hideyoshi Toyotomi was among the vessels that managed a relatively safe landing, but no women aboard had survived planetfall and the crew were unable to make contact with any other humans (or other sentient beings) for over a year. The surviving twenty-five men mothballed the ship before committing seppuku, preferring this over dying old and useless.
Some 546 years later, a second group of humans (from the JumpShip Telendine) was stranded on Kaetetôã by another jump accident. Some of them, together with Tetatae allies, found the mothballed Hideyoshi Toyotomi and its logbook, with the last entry by Captain and Master Pama Tohoku. Using parts from a Locust BattleMech they managed to restore the vessel to flight status and left the ongoing war on Kaetetôã for the moon of Far Country, which had also been identified as habitable.
- Far Country, chapters 1-2
- Far Country, chapters 48-50