Production information
Manufacturer Illium Shipyards[1]
Introduced 3060[2]
Production Year 3060[3]
Use Carrier
Tech Base Star League
Cost  ????
Technical specifications
Mass 960,000
Length 1130
Sail Diameter 1020
Fuel 1400 tons
Burn Rate
Safe Thrust 1.5 g
Top Thrust 2.5 g
Sail Integrity 5
KF Drive Integrity 19
LF Battery Yes
Armament 64x ER Large Laser
64x Large Pulse Laser
64x Medium Pulse Laser
64x Small Pulse Laser
32x Anti-Missile System
16x LB 10-X Autocannon
16xLRM-20 w/Artemis IV FCS
16xSRM-6 w/Artemis IV FCS
8x NAC/25
8x NAC/30
5x Heavy Naval Gauss
4x Barracuda launchers[4]
Armor 1700 tons of Lamellor Ferro-Carbide
DropShip Capacity 4
Crew 1440, with 558 passengers (Fighter pilots, techs, marines)
Grav Decks 1x 110 meter diameter
2x 130 meter diameter
Escape Pods/Life Boats 70/70
Heat Sinks 5633 Double Heat Sinks
Structural Integrity 90
BV (1.0) 213,017[5]
BV (2.0)


The Thera-class carriers are designed to establish total aerospace fighter superiority for the Free Worlds League Military, and they succeed. Capable of carrying four regiments of fighters, they can easily dominate a solar system. More importantly, the Thera-class ships make their crews comfortable so they can function more effectively on long deployments. Every officer has their own stateroom while the enlisted crew members are quartered two to a compartment, an almost unheard of luxury on a WarShip. The large Grav Decks allow the crew to maintain their health on long journeys.

If the Thera has a weakness, it would be the low speed. Engineers couldn't fit larger engines in the ship without reducing the size of the aerospace fighter bays. As the Thera was supposed to provide more Fighter support than any other carrier, the larger engines were removed from the design.

Like other FWLM ships, each Thera-class ship carries a Hyperpulse Generator on board.[6] Before the Jihad, the HPG was operated by Word of Blake personnel.


Though not intended to enter combat against cruisers or battleships, a Thera still possesses a tremendous amount of firepower. The twenty Naval Autocannon make any WarShip or DropShip captain think twice about approaching. The ship's anti-Fighter defenses are even more impressive, starting with four Barracuda missile launchers supplemented by LB-X Autocannon and Pulse Lasers. These weapons can easily put out enough firepower to destroy an aerospace Fighter in one salvo.

If an enemy is somehow able to get a boarding party on a Thera they run into the last line of defense: 100 marines in Battle Armor. These troops are dedicated to defending the ship against invaders.


Appropriate for its role, the Thera devotes most of its cargo capacity to aerospace fighters. Bay 1 and Bay 2 can each carry 112 small craft, usually two regiments (108) aerospace fighters and four shuttles. Cargo Bay 3 can carry 77,000 tons of spare parts, ammunition, or other supplies.

In addition, the LCCC has permanently assigned each Thera a supporting group of Assault DropShips. These groups usually consist of Merlin, Hamilcar, or Achilles class vessels. The Lung Wang has also been used in this role; The design is produced at the Kallon Industries plant on Loyalty.

Named Vessels[edit]

Clan Snow Raven
Free Worlds League
Principality of Regulus
Word of Blake


See Also[edit]


  1. Field Manual: Free Worlds League, p. 148
  2. Technical Readout: 3067, p. 210
  3. MUL online date for the Thera
  4. Field Manual: Free Worlds League, p. 148
  5. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 306
  6. Field Manual: Updates, p. 144, "Ships Of The FWL"