Sep 162016
 

At the Starwerx

Appolina Class
Passenger Yacht

Length 34 M
Width 23.5 M
Height: 8.3 M

An Appolina of the Terran Diplomatic Corp.

An Appolina of the Terran Diplomatic Corp.

Originally designed as a passenger liner and luxury yacht for well-heeled space travelers, the Appolina is widely recognized as a status symbol of Terran design. The vessel’s comfortable accommodations remain popular with affluent spacers, and the Appolina is also the official vessel of the Terran Diplomatic Corp.

Christened with a feminine form of Apollo, the name Appolina is commonly associated with healing and the bearing of light. For these reasons, the Appolina maintains a rarefied prestige not often found among interstellar space craft.

Appolinas commonly server as medical vessels.

Appolinas commonly server as medical vessels.

Appolinas are also commonly found serving as medical ships. The Appolina’s role as a medical ship began during the Double Epidemics on Molos III when overcrowded hospital ships were forced to turn away both human and vanouri victims. A small fleet of Appolinas were quickly re-purposed for medical duties and the vessels performed well in this new role.

Appolina deck plan.

Appolina deck plan.

From a game design perspective, the Appolina began as a wedge-shaped ship typical of the Galactic Imperium. While experimenting with this design, a very unique shape emerged after refining the mesh and rounding the edges.

Early versions of the Appolina.

Early versions of the Appolina.

The primary model depicted in these images is rendered with a mesh of 17K triangles, while models with 11K and 7K triangles still maintain the graphic fidelity. Ultimately, the ship’s smooth skin relies on a 3D modelling technique known as smooth shading. The final two renders depict experiments with glossy and metallic shading.

Engines and ventral ports visible.

Engines and ventral ports visible.


Metallic skins are popular with some of the more notorious crime lords.

Metallic skins are popular with some of the more notorious crime lords.


At the Starwerx

The starwerx is the busiest area of any colony, orbital station, or capital ship. The flight decks and repair facilities constantly see activity. At any given moment, a variety of spacecraft are coming, going, in repair, or being upgraded. Should you require the services of a spacer or tech, you will find them at the Starwerx.

“At the Starwerx” gives readers insight into what goes on at the Starwerx and provides an overview of the spacecraft found in the Starjump video game.


Disclaimer: Images depicted in this post are high-quality 3D renders and not in-game assets. With the game still in development, details are likely to change.