Equipment Lab: Exploring the Galactic Fringe – The Lone Scout

Let’s be honest for a moment.  The selection of vehicles provided in the Edge of the Empire Beta is pretty sparse, particularly where suitable ships for a group of PCs are concerned.  Understandable, since the Beta was intended more to get people to stress-test the new system that Jay Little (aka Agent Y14) developed for Fantasy Flight Games’ new Star Wars RPG line.  But while we wait for the final version of the Edge of the Empire rule book to come out, I thought we here at the GSA might offer up some interesting alternatives for a party’s ride as they travel from one end of the galaxy to the next.

For this first installment, I’ll be starting with a vintage West End Games’ design, the Sienar Fleet Systems LSA-2, better known as the Lone Scout to most or perhaps more affectionately as the “TIE Chubby.”

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Screaming sound effects during a fly-by are optional.

Hull Type: Freighter
Ship Class: LSA-2 Scout
Manufacturer: Sienar Fleet Systems
Hyperdrive: Primary: Class 2, Backup: Class 12
Navicomputer: Yes
Ship’s Complement: One Pilot
Passenger Capacity: 3
Encumbrance Capacity: 200
Consumables: 1 year
Cost/Rarity: 120,000 credits/5
Silhouette: 4
Sensor Range: Long
Speed: 3
Handling: 0
Defense: 1/1
Armor: 3
Hull Integrity: 22
Strain Threshold: 15
Customization Hardpoints: 2

Weapons
Laser Cannon (Fire Arc Forward; Range Close, Damage 6, Critical Hit 3)

Initially designed and produced during the waning days of the Old Republic, the Lone Scout makes use of many principles that would become common in the Empire’s iconic starfighter, such as the Twin Ion Engine drive system and transparisteel viewport design.  While primarily intended for deep-space exploration and reconnaissance, the Lone Scout is equipped with defensive shields and a solitary laser cannon, providing some measure of defense, particularly as pirates and raiders are a known danger when operating in the Outer Rim.  Despite it sharing several design elements with the TIE fighter, the Lone Scout continues to see service by corporate and independent explorers alike, as the design has proven surprisingly durable over the years.  It can also serve as a specialized cargo transport given the extra room for supplies and passengers alike, and more than a few smugglers have taken to using modified versions of the Lone Scout for smuggling runs, relying on the ship’s highly advanced sensor array to warn them of any Imperial patrols in the area or other parties that might ask unwelcome questions about their cargo.

Image is courtesy of Wookieepedia.

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