The ORCUS class deep space destroyer packs a punch that belies her size. As the namesake implies, it is a predator, small but lethal - just like the killer whales of Earth's oceans. These ships usually travel in pairs, and are seen escorting Capital Ship assets like carriers and dreadnoughts. These ships are occasionally taken off the frontlines and deployed to reinforce defenses at starbase installations as well as planets.
The entire vessel is essentially a pair of space-faring gigantic Mass Accelerator Cannnons, wrapped up in the hull of a ship...a flying double-barelled gun if you will.
Credit goes to Dasnewten I think...must have seen one of his great creations and felt extremely compelled to build one myself...
About this creation
ORCUS Class Deep Space Destroyer: SDDG-95
Propulsion: 2 x Figma Fusion Plasma Reactors powering 2 x vectoring thrusters.
Armament: 2 x Snellar LR-MAC Long-Range Mass Accelerator Cannons. 4 x anti-ship graviton torpedo launchers, 4 x "phalanx III" CIWS, vertical launch system for 100 Thoraks missiles, 1 x Thor's Mallet antiship ionic disruptor.
Launch Facilities: 1 x frontal launch bay for shuttles and scout craft.
Crew: 250 officers and enlisted men
AirWing: 20 pilots and 50 maintenance crew
Atmospheric Capability: Yes
The ORCUS, seen alongside the LUCAS...for a sense of scale.
The ORCUS Chemo-Polymer Organoform (CPO) Armor incident at the Battle of Rigus VII:
The early ships of the ORCUS class destroyers were equipped with a revolutionary cutting-edge armored hull. In addition to the fleetwide standard class 10 shields, these ships were fielded with a layer of "living" armor that coated the entire outer hull of the vessel.
Known as the CPO - Chemo-Polymer Organoform Armor, these organic skins were made up of genetically modified anaerobic bacteria that are incredibly hardy and thrive in zero-oxygen environments, yet these bacteria were able to switch to aerobic respiration once the vessel entered an oxygen-laden atmosphere. Similar to the hardy bacteria found in hot springs on Earth, these bacteria can sustain high heat temperatures above boiling point and are now further enhanced with genetic modifications.
Such armor allows for self-healing, as well as provide a level of chameleon-like abilities akin to visual cloaking via more expensive means.
Unfortunately, at the Battle of Rigus VII, alien units adapted a novel means of defeating our latest ship armor - they launched missiles that were laden with a very special warhead, one that contained antibiotic-filled nanobots that promptly started to devour the outer organic hull of the ORCUS class destroyers. Very soon, most of the fleet started to look as if they were butter in an oven. Some of the fleet managed to execute emergency jumps out of the battlefield but many succumbed to catastrophic venting of internal atmosphere, not to mention structural integrity failures that left those ships open to attack.
Ever since that unfortunate incident, Earth Force has since reverted to the more conventional Tritanium armor for the Orcus Class Vessels.