The Garoudans are truly a strange race. In appearance, they are bipedal wolf-like beasts that have often been remarked to bear a striking resemblance to horror-film werewolves. Yet despite this lupine appearance, they are actually more closely related to felines. Likewise, they are a predatory culture who are very close to their primal, feral roots, physically as well as culturally.
Yet in spite of this feral nature, they are highly religious and have vast and deep spiritual beliefs, art, poetry, and music. They venerate the Hunt as a sacral act akin to a combination of pilgrimage and worship, and venerate the Great Mothers through vast hunting forays and through great works of sculpture, poetry, song and sagas. They are also divided as a people, torn in twain just as their very natures are contradictions.
Garouja and Angji alike share these traits, but what separates them is a very simple principle of faith- are other sentients to be treated as equals, or are they prey, to be hunted and devoured? The Angji embraced other sentient races as fellows, equals to be treated accordingly. The Garouja, on the other hand, formed from those pack-tribes who had always been more predatory, more feral, more fanatical, and more… blood-hungry. Thus it is little surprise that though both the Angji and Garouja fleets use the same ships, their appearance is vastly different.
The hundreds of surviving Angji warships that protected their people as they fled into exile among the Freemen and Ahruga have been retrofitted with more advanced Terran weapons, and have adopted more human paint schemes, especially those that integrated into the Free Systems Alliance navy. The Garouja, on the other hand, maintain their traditional appearance, painting their ships in the markings of predators of their world and covering them in prayers to the Great Mothers and in praise of the Holy Hunt.
No vessel of the Garouja exemplifies this more than the Hrraghtuukh-class destroyer. The Hrraghtuukh- anglicized as “Rahgtook”- is a hard-hitting fast-attack destroyer that embraces typical Garoudan design principles of hit-and-run, repeat till dead. To accomplish that goal, the Hrraghtuukh is loaded with weapons and engines, sacrificing armour for firepower, speed, and maneuverability. Eight heavy spinal mounts- PPCs for the Garouja, four APPCs and four AP lancers for the Angji- give the Hrraghtuukh brutal forward firepower. Twelve heavy PPC/APPC turrets, forty-six medium PPC/AP lancer turrets, six Talon missile batteries (Garouja- 1,200 Talon missiles, Angji- 800 LRMs and 40 SSMs), and one hundred thirty six point defense turrets round out its punch.
The armour and shielding differential between Garouja and Angji versions of the Hrraghtuukh-class destroyer are the same as the frigate. The Hrraghtuukh has six advanced dual-core gravitic engines in triple-cluster nacelles flanking the hull, giving it impressive acceleration and maneuverability. Shown is a Garouja Hrraghtuukh, covered with the Prayer of Order, which details the hierarchy of prey and predators (and- not surprisingly- has the Garoudans at the top of the food chain).
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