In the wake of the successful repulsion of the Khurian invasion, the Namaran were left with hundreds of Khurian ships, thousands of vehicles, and tens of thousands of weapons. Having possessed technology comparable to mid-21st century Terra prior to the invasion, the reverse-engineering of Khurian technology gave them a massive technological leap forward. While still not as advanced as Terran tech, nor really Khurian tech, for that matter, it was a major boon to the lithe race’s efforts to defend themselves.
Consummate artists and craftsmen, the Namaran managed to easily reverse-engineer the Khurian technology to its base. This gave them energy weapons to replace their indigenous projectiles, advanced fusion engines to replace their simplistic ion drives, jump engines that allowed them to spread out among the stars, and new hull construction concepts and technologies. Rather than outright copy the Khurian vessels, the Namaran used the technological advances as a guideline to build their own indigenous designs based around their architectural concepts and combat ideologies.
The Namaran are physically weaker than Galactic Average, and smaller, being comparable in size and strength to a Human in their early-to-mid teens. However, they have agility that Humans could only dream about. The clumsiest Namaran can still put the best Human gymnasts to shame, and their hand-eye coordination is unmatched. Human pilots have to use direct neural interface systems to equal what the Namaran can do manually. Thus, they are extremely reliant on smaller, faster, more agile craft such as fighters and corvettes. To facilitate this into an effective combat platform, the Ryas N’Dal-class combat carrier was developed.
The Namaran had limited experience with spaceships prior to the Khurian invasion, and thus based their vessels on indigenous sea-going ships of their planet-bound navies. It is no accident that the Ryas N’Dal resembles an aquatic ship more than a starship, for it was based loosely off of a naval carrier design that had served the warring tribes well in their internal disputes. Not bound to two-dimensional thinking, however, the Namaran added flight decks on the port and starboard sides of the hull, and dropship and shuttle deployment bays on the ventral side. Using magnetic catapults to bring the fighters up to combat speed before they leave the ship- thus reducing the chance that they will be shot down while launching- the Ryas N’Dal can field its entire compliment of fighters in under ninety seconds.
The Ryas N’Dal carriers were the vanguard of the Namaran defense fleet when the Kraegarym invaded years after the Khurians had been force out. Unlike the slaver Khurians, however, the Kraegarym were not lacking in technology and were extremely well-versed and capable in warfare. Most of the carriers were wiped out in their initial onslaught. The Namaran fighters fared far better, however, as the Kraegarym were virtually incapable of shooting them down. Without their carriers, the fighters fought until they had exhausted all of their ordnance and then dive-bombed prime targets like kamikazes during the second World War on Terra.
A dozen Ryas N’Dal carriers survived the invasion, and have become something akin to flagships of the Namaran navy. As the new leadership of the Namaran Darchi have opened up trade relations with the Dunbaren Trade Federation, the Teek, and the Terrans, more advanced tech has made its way into their industries. As a result, a newer generation of ships are coming into being that are nearly as advanced as those of Terra and her allies. The Ryas N’Dal carriers have since become an antiquated symbol of the Namaran rise into the stars.
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