Rann of Kutch
The Rann of Kutch is a massive carrier-cruiser of the Bharatavarsha metanation that was stationed in Distant Space. Carrying a crew of 3500 people, the Rann of Kutch operated on a five-year turnaround (local time—meaning more than a decade would pass on Earth, due to the near-lightspeed velocities at which the ship travels), with options for military command to unlaterally extend the tour for two years at a time when necessary.
Size and layout
The Rann of Kutch, at its largest, is 700 meters long by 300 meters wide by 320 meters tall. The ship contains around 40 cells of varying shapes and sizes spread over 4 layers (from “top” down: A, B, C, and D).
The ship is divided by a gravity plane that exists between layers B and C. Most of the ship’s cells exist entirely on either side of this plane, but one massive center cell (cell BCX, which includes the gravity centrifuge) occupies both layers B and C and is thus divided along its center by the plane.
The Rann of Kutch, like all of the Bharatavarsha’s long-term carrier-cruisers, is equipped with “internal armor,” with the entire ship organized as a honeycomb of cells with thick, durable walls constructed of polymatter. Unlike the external armor shells that protect most battleships, internal armor ensures that if an antimatter warhead breaches outer defences and detonates inside the ship, the damage can be contained and the ship can continue to fight or, at worst, flee to recover.
Sixteen of the ship’s cells are weapons cells. These cells are relatively smaller in size (ranging from 60m x 60m x 60m to 40m x 40m) and each contains a variety of powerful weapons as well as its own magazine. Because they are separated from the rest of the ship as their own nested cells, enemy weapons which successfully target and destroy a weapons cell generally do not cause additional damage to the rest of the ship.
Two of the fourteen weapons cells do not contain weapons systems, per se. These two—located aft on Level B—contain electromagnetic field generators which can be used as magnetic catapults to launch attack craft or as magnetic hammers for defence and offence.
A single cell located fore and center of Level B contains a rotating spherical gend 50m in diameter. This gend contains a coilgun capable of launching iridium lances at relativistic speeds.
The aft hangar contains a dozen Llüfke attack aircraft. Dropped into the gravity plane and then whipped around and forward by the magnetic catapults, the Llüfke further increase their acceleration as they approach their targets by detonating small nuclear bombs in their rear chambers before loosing a flurry of antimatter rockets and decoy squibs as they overfly.
The hull of the Rann of Kutch is covered by overlapping ceramic plates and dotted with dozens of small point-defense lasers.
Because the ship uses its centripetal drive (see below) to propel itself, rather than thrusters, it really doesn’t matter what direction it faces as it travels.
When approaching a well-armed opponent posing a danger to the RoK, the ship usually adopts an all-fore alignment, presenting the smallest possible target:
However, when closing with a target bearing inferior weapons, or in a surprise attack, the RoK adopts an attack cant that exposes the foe to 11 of the 14 armed weapons cells plus the gend:
Power and propulsion
The Rann of Kutch achieves its relativistic speeds through the use of its centripetal drive, which is safely located in the most secure cell—BCX, which is insulated by at least one cell layer in all directions from attack.
The ship is powered by multiple clean fusion plants. When not using the centripetal drive, it can be moved slowly (and rotated) by use of the dozens of small propulsion nozzles positioned all over the hull.
The Rann of Kutch uses a secure ansible to communicate regardless of distance.