This ship is a recreation of the Tevarin Talon by Esperia. The Talon is the Tevarin equivalent to the Aegis Gladius or Vanduul Blade; a single-seat combat ship. The Talon is the perfect example of the Tevarin way of building a spaceship: maneuverable with powerful, directional 'Phalanx' shields but weak physical armour, as the Tevarin way of war was to strike first and strike hard, before using their Phalanx shields to cover their escape.
RESURRECTING AN ICON
ONE SHIP’S JOURNEY
TO THE PRESENT
STARMAN DENNIS PARFIT,
UPES THULSA, 2544
“YOU’D HEAR THAT
SCREAM, THAT WHISTLE, BUT BY
THEN IT’D ALREADY BE TOO LATE“
The history books are filled with dozens of
accounts from the Tevarin wars of seemingly
spectral forces that could be lurking anywhere,
waiting to strike when least expected.
The uniquely effective attack methods and
formations employed by Talon pilots exemplified
the Tevarin use of coordinated strikes. These near-
synchronous attacks maximized each aggressor’s
strength as part of a greater combined assault.
Tevarin Strike teams were models of ruthlessly
efficient, surgically precise mayhem. The Talon
was chief among their deadly tools.
“THEY’D BE ON TOP OF YOU AND UNLEASH HELL BEFORE YOU
COULD SCRAMBLE THE FIGHTERS. THEN THEY’D BE LONG GONE;
DISAPPEARED WITHOUT A TRACE. AND YOU’D JUST BE A SITTING DUCK
WITH YOUR COMMS FRIED, WAITING TO HEAR THAT WHISTLE AGAIN…”
LIEUTENANT WEBBER FORBES,
12TH FIGHTER SQUADRON UPES HORIZON, 2544
TEVARIN TALONESPERIAWEAPON OF WAR
TEVARIN TALONESPERIACenturies have passed since Talons harried UPE
forces, but the innovation on display in those
very ships helped bring the spaceflight industry
to where it is today. By the start of the First
Tevarin War, Human spaceships relied almost
entirely on physical armor to withstand attacks.
Tevarin ships, however, featured technology that
created shield projections much more efficiently.
And that didn’t exclusively apply to combat-
focused applications - the Tevarin also utilized
airshield technology that redefined how Humans
approached capital ships and space stations.
Despite these profound impacts on the industry,
most Tevarin ships and the specifics of their
engineering were lost to history thanks to the
sweeping destruction of the Purge.
The discovery of Tevarin weapon caches in
the Kabal system allowed Esperia a unique
opportunity to study authentic, functional
technology up close that