Serenity: Who's running this Asylum?
Kwai Su Nyao Ship Background:
Manufactured by Lu Se Jiang (Green River) shipping, Kwai Su Nyao literally means “Swift Ox”. The ship was designed as a tramp freighter with enough brute force and ignorance to get her across the ?Verse in short order carrying large bulk cargoes.
Pre-dating the Firefly series which she bears similarities to, the Kwai Su Nyao series enjoyed nearly two decades of commercial success until dwindling sales prompted a rethink at production level. Although she operated as a freighter pure and simple, the success of the Firefly series led to the retro-fitting of passenger berths a grandly titled “Observatory”. These additions were intended to give the craft a “Jack Of All Trades” air which was reflected in the marketing for a grand re-release of the series.
In reality the passenger berths were poorly located and the “Observatory” proved to be little more than some additional chairs and a basic display nav-chart table which utilised spaced originally intended for air scrubbers. Such facts led the ship’s detractors to accuse Green River of a crisis of confidence in their classic line, leading in turn to a confused identity for the ship
None can doubt her “grunt” though. Two oversized reaction drives and a hefty pulse engine means that on full burn a Kwai Su Nyao leaves similar ships in her class standing. These engines also provide a lot of heavy lifting and thrust, sacrificing manoeuvrability for power.
Despite overheating issues and a reputation for being very fuel hungry, the ship’s reliability and sturdiness have won her a lot of supporters and over 15 000 registered ship are still flying nearly two decades after the end of their production run.
Stats: Note these are base stats for an “off the factory floor” Kwai Su Nyao. Modify as fit for any campaign use!
Life Points: 16
LxBxH: 163×108×56 feet
Tonnage: 2,350 tonnes
Speed Class: 6 (Full Burn 10)
Crew Quarters: 4 single crew, common, infirmary (300 Tonnes)
Passengers: 4 second class (32 tonnes)
Cargo Capacity: 618 tonnes (25% passengers)
400 tons of fuel, at 5 credits, that’s 2,000 credits to fill up.
Fast Throttle (Major)
Healthy as a Horse (Minor)
Everybody Has One
Seen Better Days (40+) Major
Hooked (Coolant fluid) (Minor)
Gas Guzzler (Over-sized Engines) (Minor)
Aerial Transport Ops D2 (Autopilot)
Space Navigation D2 (Auto Nav)
Perception D2 (Internal Security Systems)
Complexity: Low 0.6
Gear: 20 tonne shuttle
Maintenance Cost: ?520
Original Price: ?93,600
Actual Price: ?4,680
“Patch” Fields: Captain
Verity Zephyr: Pilot
Lexi Cooper: Doctor
Samantha “Sam” Talbert: Insert Ship Position Here (Security?/Gundhand?)
Joshua Zen: Engineer
Josiah Wilkins: Insert Ship Position Here (Quartermaster?)
Raven Cloudwalker: Ship’s Ambassador