Pegasus (Individual Vincent-class WarShip)

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This article is about the Vincent Mk. 42-class WarShip. For the Combat Vehicle, see Pegasus.


Pegasus
Vessel Profile
Type WarShip
Class Vincent Mk. 42

History[edit]

As at 3059 the Vincent Mk. 42-class corvette Pegasus was serving as the CSA Pegasus within the Clan Star Adder touman. The Pegasus was one of three Vincent Mk. 42-class vessels serving within the Star Adder touman at the time - the others being CSA Centaur and CSA Vritra - and the Pegasus was serving as the patrol vessel for the Paxon system.[1] The Pegasus remained an active part of the Star Adder touman for the next decade[2] and into the Wars of Reaving.

Wars of Reaving[edit]

In late 3073 the Star Adders found themselves in increasing need of both the orbital facilities and resources available from the world of Priori - particularly the abundent foodstuffs. Khan Stansilav N'Buta dispatched a force consisting of Gamma, Mu and Sigma Galaxies under the overall command of Star Adder Loremaster Fletcher Daniels to capture the system. N'Buta also dispatched several WarShips as escorts, including the Pegasus, the Fredasa-class corvette CSA Arcadian Asp and the recently-reactivated Samarkand-class carrier CSA Yorktown.[3]

When the Adder task force arrived in the Priori system in late November it discovered a sizeable defensive force assembled in the system ready to oppose them; in addition to three vessels missing from the Star Adder naval reserve and now flying under Clan Burrock colors, the former Clan Smoke Jaguar Black Lion-class battlecruiser CSJ Streaking Mist was in the system as well. The Burrock forces waited for the Star Adders to approach before engaging in battle near Priori's second moon, Opal. The senior Star Adder naval officer was Star Admiral Lilith Paik, and opposing her was Burrock Star Admiral Kirc Van Houten; Van Houten began by using Opal to anchor his position and maneuvre his smaller fleet into a superior position, targeting the combined firepower of the ships under his command at the Pegasus while throwing his AeroSpace Fighters forward to attack the Star Adder DropShips. Paik responded to this opening by launching three Stars of fighters tasked with attacking the Streaking Mist, forcing the battlecruiser to begin withdrawing; the Streaking Mist attempted to use the Arcadian Asp as cover, the Arcadian Asp having been crippled by damage, but Paik was determined to try and capture the Streaking Mist and dispatched the Yorktown in hot pursuit. The Yorktown launched a number of small craft with marine boarding parties aboard in an attempt to board the Streaking Mist, but the ship managed to reach a safe jump point and promptly jumped, the hyperspace wake leaving a number of the Yorktown's small craft floating as twisted and mangled debris behind the Streaking Mist.[3]

With the Streaking Mist gone the remaining Burrock ships attempted to retreat; Van Houten's gamble with the fighters had inflicted damage on the Star Adder DropShips, with half of Mu Galaxy destroyed along with their transport vessels, but the gamble had left the fighters out of position to cover the Burrock WarShips, who were pressed hard by the Adders until they reached the protective umbrella offered by the orbital shipyard's defenses and the small SDS network based on Priori. While the Adder craft pulled back to long range and sniped at the various batteries, the Burrocks continued to retreat away until they reached a pirate point and jumped, leaving Priori to its fate. The resulting war on the ground would take almost a year to resolve, with the Star Adders finally gaining complete control of the world in October 3074.[3]

Both the Pegasus and her sister ship Centaur survived the Wars of Reaving, and as at 3085 comprised two of the thirteen WarShips still in service with the Star Adder touman.[4]

The Pegasus was part of a long-range reconnaissance raid conducted by elements of the Star Adders that saw four worlds within the Hanseatic League invaded in 3088. Under the command of Star Admiral Tomas Columbo, the Pegasus took part in the campaign for control of the Hanseatic world of Ixelles; failing to recognise the threat posed by the Hanseatic League's AeroSpace Fighters because of their inferior technology, the Pegasus was swarmed by the Hanseatic forces and destroyed.[5]

Notes[edit]

Wars of Reaving indicates that when the Pegasus fought in the Priori system in 3073 Clan Burrock had mustered three vessels taken from the Star Adder naval reserve as a part of their defense, but doesn't name the vessels in question.[3] Wars of Reaving further indicates that at its height Clan Burrock mustered seven WarShips,[6] and that two of the vessels missing from the Star Adder naval reserve designated MSKC-2 were a Riga-class destroyer and a Kimagure-class pursuit cruiser.[7]

Of the seven vessels within the Burrock WarShip fleet, two were captured vessels from Clan Cloud Cobra, one was a suborned Star Adder WarShip, the Lola III-class CSA Yodan, and the other four ships comprised one Riga, the CBS Hetherington, one Kimagure, the CBS Admiral Russell Nga, and two Mako-class corvettes, the CBS Ingrid Bucharev and the CBS Stone Crab.[6] Of these vessels, the Ingrid Bucharev is noted as having suffered an irrepairable breach of its helium seals in the Tanis system in July 3072, confining it to that system,[8] and the Hetherington is noted as having been destroyed in the Salonika system in late July 3072 in battle with forces from Clan Diamond Shark.[9]

This combination of ships and events makes it likely, but not certain, the that three Burrock vessels faced in the Priori system in 3073 by the Pegasus were the Yodan (renamed the Rebirth by Clan Burrock), the Admiral Russell Nga and the Stone Crab, but this has not been confirmed yet by a canon source.

References[edit]

  1. Field Manual: Crusader Clans, p. 119, "Naval Assets"
  2. Field Manual: Updates, p. 50, "Naval Assets"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Wars of Reaving, p. 131, "Punishing Priori"
  4. Wars of Reaving, p. 168, "WarShips"
  5. The Wars of Reaving Supplemental, p. 14, "Hanseatic League"
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Wars of Reaving, p. 89, "WarShips"
  7. The Wars of Reaving, p. 112, "Constriction"
  8. The Wars of Reaving, p. 93, "Death Rides Forth"
  9. The Wars of Reaving, p. 102, "Bearding The Shark"

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