I have started work on a new Spartan ship, the Tranquility Class Cruiser:
The cruiser warships of the Tranquility class are the perfect example of a good design that never dies out. The Tranquility has proved wrong the idea that newer ships will always be better. In fact it does to that idea what it does to enemy ships - completely destroys it.
These fighting ships first entered service just over 1000 years ago, and have seen constant modernization and improvement ever since. The class was designed towards the middle of the First Athenian-Spartan war, and came into service at a crucial moment. Athenian forces had almost defeated the Spartans, and a small Spartan fleet stood opposed to the vastly larger Athenian force, which contained multiple fleets. The Tranquility had just been completed one week before the battle took place, and was rushed into combat readiness.
The Tranquility was the only cruiser left in the Spartan force, and stood ready at the front of the Spartan fleet. In order to catch the enemy off-guard, Admiral Arkadios of the Spartan fleet decided to make a last-ditch assault on the Athenians. The Tranquility and the remaining Spartan fleet warped to where the much larger Athenian force was waiting. Under most circumstances this would have resulted in a quick loss, and the Athenians would have made an easy victory.
However, technologically-speaking the new Tranquility cruiser was decades ahead of its time, and this factor made all of the difference.
The battle began simply enough, with the Spartans attacking the Athenian fleet. By way of using its massive railgun, the Tranquility drew first blood - the weapon destroyed an Athenian Cruiser in one shot. The Athenians were quick to react, and battle began.
The conflict lasted for five hours, and ended with a miraculous Spartan victory. The Tranquility destroyed hundreds of Athenian ships in the battle, and caused even more to rout out of fear. It seemed to the Athenians that the ship was undefeatable, and so many Athenians fled from battle that their fleet commanders had to stop punishing those who routed because otherwise they would lose a huge portion of their navy.
This large battle’s conclusion came when the Athenian dreadnought Konstantinos and the Tranquility duelled each other. Using its large railgun, the Tranquility destroyed the Konstantinos’ engines, then positioned itself behind the Athenian ship (where it could not aim any weapons) and proceeded to destroy its now-immobile opponent. The battle inspired fear not only in the Athenian military, but also in the hearts of the Athenian people. As a result of seeing their dreadnought so easily destroyed, two Athenian planets near the Spartan front surrendered without even having even fought.
Over time, the Tranquility found itself being sorely tested by increasingly modern designs. In order to avoid total obsolescence, the Spartan government choose to start the Tranquility Modernization Program. This project outlined a seemingly never-ending effort to modernize the Tranquility, even after the rest of the class had been removed from active service. Over the course of 1000 years, hardly any single component of the Tranquility is from the now-ancient original ship, though the basic shape and design remains the same. One notable difference between the modern design and the original is that due to being useless against shielded targets, the large railgun has been removed.
Now a millenium old, the Tranquility stands ready to serve in battle and shows every sign of being able to fulfill its role in the fleet. It may not be as powerful as it once was, but it still remains a reliable and threatening force on the battlefield. Sparta has recently restarted production of Tranquility-class ships, and they now are a common sight in battle. However, the ship for which the class is named is still the most feared of them all.
In the mod all ships will be a model of the historically first-built ship of the class; in this case, the original Tranquility.