Procurator’s Journal

In-character Subject: The HvCFT Aggregator
Submitted: 2007-6-3 09.35

I suppose it’s about time I told you a little something about the ship I captain, the ship I’m so proud of and which is home to the crew I’m equally proud of.

HvCFT Aggregator layout

Built in the areaH hovercraft yards of Zero-One around the wreckage of the HvCFT Mainframe, the Aggregator was heavily redesigned from its original model to make up for its shortcomings. By request of the Glitch Society it was designed to be a stealth vessel, and was equipped with state-of-the-art energy signature masking and radar deflecting technology, rendering it almost invisible to non-visual sensors, such as those common onboard other craft and rogue Machines.

To allow for the enormous energy drains of maintaining these facilities as well as masking its own energy signature, the ship’s reactor had to be considerably larger than that of a normal hovercraft. Its size and position give the Aggregator its unorthodox shape.

A further disadvantage of the stealth technology is the small complement of light weaponry. In compensation, the Aggregator was designed with speed and maneuverability in mind, the hull streamlined and the hoverpads recessed to minimise air resistance. The rear section, normally rigidly attached to the rest of the hull on a normal hovercraft, is articulated and able to reposition itself rapidly for sudden movements.

The HvCFT Aggregator has three decks, consisting of distinct maintenance, general operations and living areas, though living quarters can also be found towards the rear of the operations deck. There are ladder shafts for rapid access to all decks, and ramps for more convenient ascent and descent. In addition to the main ramp in the loading area, upon landing the steps from the port side of the operations deck extend to ground level. The main ramp is manipulated via four hydraulic arms, giving it both ramp and lift functionality. Cargo destined for higher decks can be transported via the service elevator towards the aft.

Given the nature of the disaster that befell the HvCFT Mainframe, access to the external of the vessel has been improved, with several doors and hatches to hoverpad attachments, including the rear section.

Living arrangements on the Aggregator are arguably some of the most comfortable in the Machinist fleet. All quarters are carpeted and fully furnished, as is the lounge area next to the galley. To maximise living space all doors are recessed, sliding open sideways upon command. An advanced security system pervades the ship, including cameras in public areas and the ability to deadbolt all doors, controlled from the captain’s office.

Decor within the ship is as sleek as the ship’s exterior, with smooth walls, all pipes and wiring routed through walls and accessible through numerous unobtrusive panels. Organic LED strips illuminate the ship from floor and ceiling. Rooms and corridors are illuminated separately and lights activate automatically in someone’s presence.

It is apparent to me now that these little… creature comforts are the result of whatever counts as ‘guilt’ in the Machine mind. I reckon it was done to make up for the fact that their own supposedly rogue organisation – the Cypherites – were the ones who destroyed the Mainframe and killed most of its crew. Not on Machine orders, of course, but nevertheless deserving of compensation. They’ll never admit it, mind you.


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