Navy Technology Analysis Section - Technical Report
Following the recent operations in Quadrant 7, combined with survivors'
reports from Quadrants 5 and 6, it is clear that humanity is facing
an entirely new military threat from a fleet of hostile super battleships.
The Second Battle of 116AL provided the Earther Fleet with its
first intact example of a component of one of these new threat vessels,
The unit captured at 116AL is a hyperspace-capable unmanned warship,
controlled by a sophisticated alien AI unit at its core. These
individual units are code-named VIKING.
The diagram below was an initial scan, based on a
first contact with Exterminators (much more is now know about them):
The unit has 5 operational decks, plus two pacifier bays, each
of which houses one of the hi-performance SHADOW class hostile pacifiers.
Further analysis indicates that the unit has at least 4 access
tubes that connect when the VIKING is connected with its companion
units for form the full-sized Exterminator.
The Viking unit has 4 PAD-equivalents, and 8 HELL- equivalents,
and 16 lighter energy weapons for close-in defence.
The internal deck structure is as follows:
From the long range scans obtained in battle, together with an
analysis obtained from the captured unit, it appears that these
units are able to lock together to form a larger unit - the full-sized
From our initial projections, 6 VIKING units fit together for
form a full exterminator. This makes the exterminator approximately
4 or 5 times the size of our largest interstellar-capable navy battleship.
We have come up with the following projected schematic for a full-sized
Each Viking supports 1 or 2 high performance pacifier class ships,
codenamed SHADOW. These consistently outperform our paicifers,
being capable of over 10g manoevering. They have limited types
of armament, however, being equipped only with HELL. The Exterminators
don' seem to use missiles (or indeed vary their weapon options at
all). This means that the complete ESB will have 10 or 12
SHADOWS - quite a potent force, probably equivalent to the striking
power of a Carrier.
CLASS EXTERMINATOR PACIFIER
We have no clues as to the origin or mission profile for these
hostiles. So far, the Exterminators have sought out
colonised planets, and destroyed all ships and installations, and
as far as possible killed all inhabitants. Death toll throughout
human space is hundreds of millions of men, women and children
Initial evidence is that the VIKING unit is not designed for organic
life to operate, although there was some evidence of some sort of
disused briefing room on the captured VIKING unit (codenamed PATEL
after the marine commander who captured it - download
deckplan of captured PATEL unit). This may be part of
an initial programming or setting up system. There was a playback
system built in, but we have not yet deciphered how to make it function.
There are indications from other captured units that the PATEL
unit is not necessarily a typical unit.
It may be that there are organic life forms on the main unit,
and that it is their practice to use robots and automation extensively
(like a number of human cultures). Until a full-sized exterminator
is captured, this cannot be confirmed.
Currently, we estimate that there are at least 10 of the full
sized exterminator ships attacking human space at widely spaced
Fusion power plant.
8 HELL of which up to 8 can bear at once.
16 light energy weapons
2 x SHADOW class pacifiers
approx 200 combat capable maintenance robots ('CLANKERS')
approx 20 weapon armed combat-capable robots (about the equivalent
of our Combat Robots)
EXTERMINATOR SUPER BATTLESHIP
6 x VIKING units interconnected.
estimated up to 72 heavy energy weapons, of which 40 can bear at
estimated up to 10 or 12 SHADOW class high performance pacifiers
estimated 1200 combat capable maintenance robots (CLANKERS)
estimated 120 weapon armed combat-capable robots.
UPDATE 3200: Exterminator
Modus Operandi - Frequently Asked Questions
How fast do the Exterminators travel from the system M25
to the colony? Hence, how much warning do we get?
As far as you are aware, the main units have never exceeded 1g,
although you know their Shadows can do 10g. It may be that
this limit is somehow hard-wired into their systems because as far
a analysis of captured equipment indicates, they are physically
capable of higher accelerations.
This means between 2-10 days warning depending on the size of
the M25 and the quality of in-system detection systems.
At the end of 3200, a number of Exterminators exhibited the capability
to accelerate at up to 2g - but it is believed that these ships
were destroyed at the Battle of Tuskan.
Do they engage defending ships and the system HSTS immediately;
or try to go directly to the colony avoiding combat?
There is evidence of both tactics. The most common tactic
is to find and destroy the HSTS first, then close in destroying
ships and orbital installations before starting on the colony itself.
What do they do at the colony: invade it, bombard it, or
Bombard with high energy weapons from orbit - sometimes landing
'clanker' forces and giant 'super tanks' to winkle out deeply dug
Having destroyed a colony, what does the Exterminator do
next? Do they loot it, or just leave?
As far as we can see there is nothing left to loot after the bombardment.
It seems they just leave once satisfied that the colony has
ADDITIONAL: Further evidence shows that they tend to destroy
all intelligent life - that is humans - or any other creatures they
think might be capable of evolving intelligence. This has,
in the case of the destruction of Dyme, involved the extermination
of a species of small aquatic mammals.
I get the impression that the Exterminators usually operate
in pairs of 'super battleships'. Is that correct?
The indications are that currently the majority of ESB encounters
have been pairs - but they have also been encountered singly and
even in threes.
ADDITIONAL: Further analysis indicates that they seem to
have operated in pairs until one of the pair is destroyed or disabled,
when they sometimes link up with an existing pair.
ADDIITONAL 2: Later research indicates that ESBs have been
operating singly as well - though most initial contacts were of
ADDITIONAL 3: Latest reports indicate a Second Wave composed
of small groups of VIKING units.
ADDITIONAL 4: Recent combat reports from RED SPOT indicate a single
fleet of 10 (ten) or more ESBs. (subsequently mostly destroyed at
Is it possible to tell when a planet was destroyed by an
It might be. The database has yet to be established, but
scientists in a Survey Ship or specially commissioned research vessel
might be able to work it out, given some time to study the problem.
Ordinary warships or merchant ships would not be able to do this.
(Note: The Earthers are currently conducting just such
an investigation under Operation POST MORTEM - see below)
ADDITIONAL: The Earther Government in Q7 developed the Gratermass
protocol, which can calculate the date of destruction of
For a full analysis of the current position on Exterminator
research, see the UNIT