The Desert Locust (the PCs Ship)

The Ghtroc 720 Light Freighter – The Desert Locust, owned by Thorn

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An ambitious but ultimately failed attempted to complete with the YT-series light freighters, the 720 was produced by the now defunct Gthroc Industries. Ghtroc was well respected as a builder of high-quality freighters and the 720 class was seen by Gthroc’s designers as a way to corner the light freighter market in the Outer Rim.

The ship carries a crew of two and space for 10 passengers. Two secure cargo holds take up the majority of the port and starboard midship space with crew and passenger birthing abaft from the extended bridge and command deck. The ship’s reactor and engineering spaces are located midship beneath a panoramic viewing dome – a strange luxury on a freighter.The matched banks of GI/80.b Overthruster ion engines are housed in heavily armored nacelles in the bows of the ship, flanking the bridge as opposed to being located on the ship’s stern. Combined with the angles of the escape pods, the ship has a very turtle-like appearance.

Although heavily armored, the 720 is only lightly armed. Equipped only with a single turret-mounted twin laser cannon, the weak armament is considered the most glaring deficiency in an otherwise well-constructed ship.

Although they never caught on as well as the parent company hoped, there is a small but passionate following for these ships among free traders and smugglers in the Outer Rim – as well as scavengers, who prize parts.

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Silhouette: 4
Speed: 3
Handling: -2
Defenses
Fore 1
Port 0
Starboard 0
Aft 1
Armor: 5
Hit Threshold: 28
System Strain: 15

Hyperdrive: Primary – Class 2, Backup – 15
Navicomputer: Yes
Sensor Range: Medium
Ship’s Complement: Pilot, Co-Pilot
Encumbrance Capacity: 200
Passenger Capacity: 10
Consumables: Two Months
Customization Hard Points: 4
Weapons:
Dorsal Turret-Mounted Twin Laser Cannon
Fire Arc All
Damage 5
Critical 3
Range [Close]
Linked 1

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The Ghtroc Industries 720 is extensively used in the Outer Rim Territories, where the now dissolved starship company was based. Ghtroc Industries designed the 720 to upgrade the systems on its 580 light freighter, and to compete with Corellian Engineering’s transport — it comes close in some areas, while being slightly deficient in others. The 720 was widely used to haul essential goods from the Outer Rim’s commerce centers to outlying colonies. Free-traders found the ships to be affordable and well-suited for small-scale cargo runs to backwater settlements. Though the manufacturer has since gone out of business, several thousand Ghtrocs are still in service throughout the galaxy. Parts for the ship are still plentiful,c and just as easily jury-rigged as those for the Corellian transport.

The stock Ghtroc is generally a sound vessel. It has shields — though they’re not too powerful — the maneuvering system is better, and there’s more room in the hold. Larger size isn’t always a benefit: the slow ion drives strain to push the transport anywhere. The double laser cannon is on a fixed mount forward — the Ghtroc’s size make it difficult to line up your field of fire,d even with the greater maneuverability. Most owners take advantage of the superstructure configuration amidships to add a dorsal and ventral turret gun. They’re best at cargo runs, and aren’t as effective in combat as the YT-1300.

Unlike the Corellian transports, Ghtrocs have no variation in cockpit configuration — they’re centrally mounted. Crew quarters, cargo bays and escape pods are oriented around a central power core. Since the ion drives are both up front and in the aft with the hyperdrives, engineering spaces are spread out. It’s nice having some of the subspace engines close to the cockpit in case you need to effect hasty repairs in a fight, but you’ll make it up when you have to split your attention between fore and aft when the hyperdrives or the rear ion drives go, too.

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Lower Deck Descriptions

Unless otherwise noted, this deck has a maximum ceiling height of 2.29 meters (7ft 6in) in the cargo holds and 2.03 meters (6ft 8 in) in the crew and passenger areas. Descriptions of the lower deck’s various rooms and compartments are listed below.

Entry Ramp Room:

The “chin” houses the ship’s entry ramp and forward airlock. This airlock is fully functional and can be used for space walks. The ramp is coated with a high-traction surface to prevent slips and falls. When lowered to the ground, the ramp is pitched at an angle to facilitate wheeled and tracked droids or other similar loading equipment. The ramp when lowered is rated at 700 kilograms and can lift to the closed position the same weight. Races or droids of greater weight than 700 kilograms should employ the cargo lift in the aft of the ship for entrance and egress.

Sensor Compartment:

The outer “chin”, “shoulders” and “epaulets” contain the ship’s sensors and communication equipment. This equipment can be accessed and serviced through access doors in the entry ramp room.

Working conditions in the Sensor Compartment are difficult for human-sized technicians due to the lack of insulation (frequent and rapid extremes of hot and cold), lack of radiation shielding, and tight working conditions. The compartment is better suited for droid or technicians wearing an environment suit if prolonged or extensive service and maintenance is required. The following standard equipment is installed in this compartment:

Passive Sensor Array: Part Number: GHT0700-SP-S17413
Search Scan Array: Part Number: GHT0700-SA-S27412
Forward Search Sensor Array: Part Number: GHT0700-SS-S37417-EA
Starboard Search Sensor Array: Part Number: GHT0700-SS-S37417-EB
Wave Guide: Part Number: GHT0700-SS-W37002
Aft Search Sensor Array: Part Number: GHT0700-SS-S37417-EC
Wave Guide: Part Number: GHT0700-SS-W37002
Port Search Sensor Array: Part Number: GHT0700-SS-S37417-ED
Wave Guide: Part Number: GHT0700-SS-W37002
Focus Sensor Array: Part Number: GHT0700-SF-S37414
Ship-to-Ship Communications Array: Part Number: GHT0700-TS-STS7411

Behind the forward “fins” are two small compartments (port and starboard) that house the booster coils for the ship’s hyperdrive. Part Numbers: GHT0700-SD-H7332L and GHT0700-SD-H7332R respectively. A skillful pilot could shoot here and cripple the ship’s hyperdrive with minimal damage to the rest of the vessel. Due to all the fluidics conduit, movement through this room should be considered of Moderate difficulty. Droids without human-like legs should treat this area as Difficult terrain.

Forward Mechanical Rooms
(port and starboard – port side shown, starboard side similar):

The forward “fins” house the ship’s ion maneuvering thrusters, forward/flanking shields (projectors, Controllers, and generators), and the ship’s batteries. Also housed here are some of the ship’s consumable storage tanks, fuel tanks, and fueling pumps. All can be accessed for service or maintenance by the doors at the ends of the forward corridors.

A space rated bulkhead and door separates the shield generator from the rest of the compartment. This is to prevent depressurization of the rest of the compartment in the event the shield generator is targeted and destroyed.

Work room is abundant in this compartment providing easy access to both the human-sized technician as well as the service maintenance droid. During normal operations, the Forward Mechanical Rooms will be some the the warmest compartments of the ship. The following standard equipment is installed in this compartment:

Port Forward Thruster Bank: Part Number: GHT0700-RD-T45111 (5 per side)
Port Ion Drive and Control Unit: Part Number: GHT0700-RD-C68425
Port Heat Diffuser (above): Part Number: GHT0700-RD-R14789
Port Forward Fuel Cell Bank (below): Fuel Cell Part Number: GHT0064-FC-ST0043
Port Outer Liquid Protein Storage Bank: Tank Part Number: GHT0700-CS-T87281 (7 in bank) (radiation-shielded)
Port Forward Deflector Shield Projector: Part Number: GHT0700-DS-P02548
Port Side Battery Module: Part Number: GHT0021-BT-B00401
Port Forward Fluidics Storage: Part Number: GHT0700-FS-HD0097 (Hyperdrive Reactant)
Port Forward Delivery Pump: Part Number: GHT0700-DP-M83591
Port Inner Liquid Protein Storage Bank: Tank Part Number: GHT0700-CS-T87281 (5 in bank) (radiation-shielded)
Acceleration Compensator: Part Number: GHT0700-ID-A41112
Wave Guide: Part Number: GHT0700-SS-W37004
Deflector Shield Generator: Part Number: GHT0700-DS-G00972
Port Inertial Dampener Control: Part Number: GHT0700-ID-I35522
Port Forward Deflector Shield Controller: Part Number: GHT0700-DS-C04428

Hyperdrive Booster Compartments
(port and starboard – port side shown, starboard side similar):

Behind the forward “fins” are two small compartments (port and starboard) that house the booster coils for the ship’s hyperdrive. Part Numbers: GHT0700-SD-H7332L and GHT0700-SD-H7332R respectively. A skillful pilot could shoot here and cripple the ship’s hyperdrive with minimal damage to the rest of the vessel. Due to all the fluidics conduit, movement through this room should be considered of Moderate difficulty. Droids without human-like legs should treat this area as Difficult terrain.

Forward Compartments (Port and Starboard):

Behind the Sensor Compartment are a series of rooms. They contain the forward landing gear rooms (port and starboard), the premium passenger berths (bedrooms), and the central foyer. This section of the ship is equipped with the most sound and vibration-absorbing systems thus providing the most comfortable travel conditions on the ship. During typical flight operations, this area will see the most passenger and crew traffic due to its relative central location, proximity to vital ship systems and public-usage compartments.

Forward Landing Gear Rooms
(port and starboard – port side shown, starboard side similar):

The forward landing gear rooms can be accessed from the Forward Corridors. The doors to these compartments are a reinforced blast door intended to prevent decompression in the event the outer landing gear door is damaged. It is possible but not recommended to use this compartment as a makeshift airlock in the event of an emergency. Forward Landing Strut Assemblies are Part Numbers: GHT0700-UN-LS4523PF and GHT0700-UN-LS4523SF respectively. Ghtroc Industries recommends routine inspection of the Landing Strut Assemblies every 120 standard hours of normal ship operation.

Premium Berths
(port and starboard – port side shown, starboard side similar):

The premium berths (bedrooms) each contain a set of bunk beds, 2 dressers, and 1 padded chair each. The room locations provide the least noise and vibration for passengers comfort.

Central Foyer:

Located aft of the entry ramp. A second ramp to the upper deck lowers from the ceiling in this compartment to provide access to the cockpit above. When lowered the areas outside the caution stripes form an oval shaped path to walk around the lowered ramp.

The ramp is coated with a high-traction surface to prevent slips and falls. When lowered to the lower deck, the ramp is pitched at an angle to facilitate wheeled and tracked droids or other similar loading equipment. The ramp when lowered is rated at 700 kilograms and can lift to the closed position the same weight. Races or droids of greater weight than 700 kilograms should remain on the lower deck.

Forward Corridors
(port and starboard – port side shown, starboard side similar):

Located port and starboard of the foyer. On the aft faces of the forward corridors are access to the cargo holds (port and starboard) and the crew berths (bedrooms).

Crew Berths
(port and starboard – port side shown, starboard side similar):

The crew berths (bedrooms) are quite spacious and provide private rooms for both pilot and co-pilot. They contain 1 bed, 1 dresser, 1 wardrobe, 1 padded chair, and 1 small wall-mounted desk each. Noise and vibration in these rooms are almost as good as the premium berths.
Galley (Kitchen):

Located aft of the port crew berth the galley (kitchen), is designed to deal with 2 crew and 10 passengers as long as all don’t try to eat at the same time. The galley has 1 food processor, seating for 8, 1 refrigerator and 1 pantry.

Head (Fresher – Bathroom):

Located aft of the starboard crew berth, the head (fresher – bathroom) is designed to deal with 2 crew and 10 passengers as long as all don’t try to bathe, wash, or use the toilets all at the same time. The head has 2 sinks, 3 toilets, 1 single and 1 double shower.
Central Reactor Room:

At the very center of the ship is the power core. Its central location provides for the shortest possible distance for power to be distributed to the forward and aft thrusters as well as all ship systems requiring power. The ship’s main reactor is so large, it extends to the upper deck and is surrounded by a ring corridor.

Ring Corridor:

Allows access forward to the ship’s galley, port or starboard cargo holds, port or starboard economy berths, and aft to the ship’s cargo loader.

The aft hatch is a heavy blast door rated to withstand the explosive decompression of the cargo lift compartment behind it. If the outer hatch and cargo lift are extended into the vacuum of space, the aft door will automatically lock and warning flashers will strobe to prevent accidental decompression of the ship. The automatic lockout can be manually overridden at the aft door’s control panel or from the cockpit.

Cargo Holds
(port and starboard – port side shown, starboard side similar):

Located port and starboard of the ring corridor, the cargo holds can be accessed from varrous points on the lower deck. The holds have a maximum ceiling height of 2.29 meters (7ft 6in). Ceiling hight can accommodate most smaller wheeled or tracked cargo loading equipment or droids. Maximum recommended stack height is two one meter high cargo containers or one two meter high cargo container so as to prevent damage to the ceiling of the cargo hold when moving and loading freight.

The holds are designed to transport dozens of cargo pallets, speeder bikes, swoops-sized objects, or can hold many car-sized ground vehicles, or several speeders in each.

Each cargo hold has a total of 225 cubic meters of storage space. The holds can be loaded from the cargo lift room, or the aft loading rooms.

The ceilings of the holds have many pull-down hatches equipped with fold-down ladders for accent, to facilitate system repairs, maintenance, and replacement of fuel cells. The grill-works on the deck of the holds are removable allowing access to the ship’s massive repulsorlift systems for repair and maintenance.

Escape Pod Access
(port and starboard – port side shown, starboard side similar):

Within each cargo hold, caution stripes on the floor indicate “No Load” areas to allow passengers and crew access to the escape pods. The escape pods are accessed from pull-down hatches in the ceiling equipped with fold-down ladders for accent into the pod.

A loading lift is also located in this area for use with droids, or other passengers who can not climb a ladder. The escape lift is marked with caution stripes, and can lift 1 metric ton in 2 seconds to the escape pod if the emergency mode is used. The lift has its own power supply and will function even if the ship’s main power core is offline.

Economy Berths
(port and starboard – port side shown, starboard side similar):

Located port aft or starboard aft of the ring corridor. These rooms contain 3 beds (1 normal, 2 bunk), and one tall dresser. These rooms are not frequently used for passengers. Spacers tend to use them for storage due to the noise and vibration encountered here. The single bed can fold up against the wall to make the room suitable to accommodate larger alien races that don’t mind sleeping on the floor.

Cargo Lift Room:

Located aft of the ring corridor. This area houses the ships main cargo lift. The lift’s outer sliding door is double sealed and can serve as a fully functioning airlock for space walks or pickup and delivery in a vacuum. Rated to safely lift 4 metric tons, the Cargo Lift has access only to the lower deck and under the ship. The lift can fit containers or objects of a maximum size of 2.24 meters (7ft 4in) wide, by 6 meters (19ft 8in) long, by 2.27 meters (7ft 5in) high.

Note: Objects of maximum hight limits require specialized loading docks with recessed floors to load containers. If loading on a flat surface, the lift’s max hight limitation is only 1.68 meters (5ft 6in).

Main Engineering Room:

Located aft of the cargo lift room at the very aft of the ship’s “tail”. This compartment houses the ship’s main hyperdrive, backup hyperdrive, main ion drives, main thrusters, aft hyperdrive booster modules, and inertial dampener. Floor grilles in this area allow for access beneath these systems for inspection and maintenance. The following standard equipment is installed in this compartment:

Main Hyperdrive: Part Number: GHT0700-SD-H00712 Backup Hyperdrive: Part Number: GHT0700-SD-H00082B
Main Ion Drive Control Unit: Part Number: GHT0700-RD-C06161L and GHT0700-RD-C06161R (2 in bank)
Main Thruster: Part Number: GHT0700-RD-T21777L and GHT0700-RD-T21777R (2 in bank)
Hyperdrive Booster Coil: Part Number: GHT0700-SD-H7321L and GHT0700-SD-H7321R (2 in bank)
Aft Inertial Dampener: Part Number: GHT0700-ID-I33818
Wave Guide: Part Number: GHT0700-SS-W37015

Aft Landing Gear Rooms
(port and starboard – port side shown, starboard side similar):

These two compartments can be accessed from the Aft Loading Rooms. The access doors to these compartments are a reinforced blast door intended to prevent decompression in the event the outer landing gear door(s) are damaged. It is possible but not recommended to use this compartment as a makeshift airlock in the event of an emergency. Aft Landing Strut Assemblies are Part Numbers: GHT0700-UN-LS4523PA and GHT0700-UN-LS4523SA respectively. Ghtroc Industries recommends routine inspection of the Landing Strut Assemblies every 120 standard hours of normal ship operation.

Aft Loading Rooms
(port and starboard – port side shown, starboard side similar):

Located aft of the cargo holds at the ship’s " rear fins". Ramps from the above deck provide access to the upper docking rings and allow freight to be slid down to the cargo holds. When raised, these ramps form the launch track for the escape pods above. These rooms also house various mechanicals and consumables tanks that are vital to ship operation and escape pod operation. The following standard equipment is installed in this compartment:

Cold Water Storage: Part Numbers (Port Bank): GHT0700-CS-WT4784P, GHT0700-CS-WT4785P, GHT0700-CS-WT4786P (3 in bank)
Lifter Pump and Water Manifold: Part Number: GHT0700-DP-W82115
Water Heaters and Pressure Pumps: Part Number: GHT0700-PP-W88672
Hot Water Storage: Part Number: GHT0700-CS-WT5821P and GHT0700-CS-WT5821S
Pressure Pump and Heating Coil: Part Number: GHT0700-PP-W87414
Lifter Pump and Hot Water Manifold: Part Number: GHT0700-DP-WT83892
Port Aft Fluidics Storage: Part Number: GHT0700-FS-HD0091 (Hyperdrive Reactant)
Port Aft Fluidics Delivery Pump: Part Number: GHT0700-DP-M71657
Fluidics Controller: Part Number: GHT0700-FC-HD13579

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Upper Deck Descriptions

Unless otherwise noted, this deck has a maximum ceiling height of 2.29 meters (7ft 6in) headroom in the cockpit, and docking arms. The rest of the upper deck is mostly crawlspaces with little more than 3’ of headroom. The bulk of the 720’s upper deck store the ship’s fuel and consumables. Descriptions of its various rooms and compartments are listed below.

Cockpit:

Located in the " head". The cockpit is equipped with 4 control stations. The 2 forward control stations can perform all ship functions; the 2 aft control stations can control: life support, docking, loading, shields, sensors, and communication systems.
Weapon Control Rooms (Port and Starboard):

Located behind the cockpit to either side of the ramp compartment, these curved rooms house the ship’s fire controls and avionics systems. If you are wondering why these rooms seem so empty, its because they were designed for upgrades to weapon and avionic controls.
Ramp Compartment:

Located aft of the cockpit in the " neck". This ramp is fully sealed preventing de pressurization between decks. This upper ramp lowers to provide access to and from the central foyer in the deck below. This ramp allows astromech droids access to the cockpit. In the aft end of this compartment are the ship’s main wiring trunks, the ramp control motor, and hydraulic pump.

Life Support Compartments (Port and Starboard):

Located in the " shoulders" to either side of the cockpit. These compartments hold the ship’s life support equipment and atmosphere recyclers. Life support consumables are stored here as well.

Forward Fuel Compartments (Port and Starboard):

Located to either side of the ramp compartment. These rooms house the ship’s electrical system controls fuel cells, fuel pumps, weapon charging systems (port side), and consumables storage tanks. These rooms can be accessed from the ramp compartment or service panels in the floor. The power couplings that power the weapon charging systems on the port side have sister systems on the starboard side that are not used on the stock model. These couplings can be used for weapon upgrades that require more power.
Upper Reactor Room:

Located in the center of the ship in the domed " shell". This compartment partially extends to the deck below. It houses the ship’s upper power core and power converters. This compartment can be accessed from 4 service panels in the floor.

Central Fuel Compartments (Port and Starboard):

Located above the ship’s cargo holds on either side of the ship. These compartments contain the bulk of the ship’s fuel cells, and some life support equipment. These rooms can be accessed from the forward fuel compartments or service panels on the ceiling of the cargo holds below.
Aft Consumables Compartments (Port and Starboard):

Located aft of the upper reactor room to either side. These rooms house additional ship consumables and electrical controls. These compartments can be accessed from 4 service panels in the floor (2 each).

Aft Shield Generator Room:

Located directly aft of the upper reactor room. This room houses the aft shield projectors, shield Controllers, and shield generators. This compartment can be accessed from a single service panel in the floor.

Aft Docking Arms (Port and Starboard):

Located at the very aft of the ship in the " Rear fins". These docking arms serve several functions: airlock, docking ring, and escape pod launcher. The decks of the docking arms form a ramp when lowered to allow freight to be moved to and from the cargo holds in the lower deck. The ramps when raised serve as launch tracks for the escape pods loaded in the docking arms. For complete details of the Class 700 Escape Pod used on the Ghtroc 720 please consult its respective entry on this website. The Docking arms are triple sealed and are suitable for space walks for exterior repairs. The docking rings are designed for universal magnetic seal coupling and will dock with any standard airlock for ship to ship docking and transfer. The escape pods are accessed from the lower deck via a pull-down hatch in the ceiling.

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