First of all, thanks for posting this thread. We should really do more of these debates (especially when I'm invisible).
I know that back when Phoenix released the new star destroyers there was some discussion on the Tector-class regarding its unknown function; there is no source material on the ship, nor is it mentioned in any official EU book.
The last part isn't true... it's very obviously mentioned in Revenge of the Sith: Incredible Cross-Sections
, otherwise it'd have no name. Also, it appears that it's now showing up in new material
The ship is an armed supertanker
This explanation doesn't make much sense to me, mainly on the point that anything designated "star destroyer" is going to be a front-line combat ship. On top of that, Imperial ships are almost always very specialized.
The ship has advanced computation or communication equipment
Maybe, but Saxton seems to point to the one in the Battle of Endor being larger than a destroyer. I guess from reading this
, there's some justification in the novelization for this reasoning, but I can't independently confirm that. There is, however, an intermediate-sized dagger seen from the throne room that isn't otherwise explained.
The ship is a dedicated gun platform
I'm not sure the reactor is bigger so much as it's armored. It would be difficult to fit a larger globe-shaped reactor into the hull without a protrusion.
The ship has some kind of special ordinance
I don't know that something along the lines of a miniature superweapon would work in what's supposedly a mass-produced ship.
But, to add to the mix: What if TECTOR came first?
Both classes seem to have been placed in 22 BBY. Argh, how I hate launch date creep... your explanation is much better. If they were around in 19 BBY, why use Venators to defend your capital???
Truth is that the Tector is really a mistake/error/choice that some ILM guys decided to put on screen in the Battle of Endor.
I don't buy this explanation (besides the fact that it's total speculation). That's like saying winged Liberty
-type MC80s are a mistake because the wings were added on during shooting. The fact is, without the EU, most of the stuff in the film has no meaning. You'd have aliens called Cyclops
, Prune Face
, and, yes, even Don Rickles
. It's in the film and confirmed to be a Tector; that's all that matters.
IMO the Tector was just an happenstance of the reality on the set of RotJ, but since it is now an official SD class and next to nothing is known about it; I would recommend one of two things: treat it as fannon and do with it what the blazes you want, or wait for more canon info to come our way.
The point of us doing something with the Tector now instead of later is to impact fan consciousness in such a way that it becomes canon, like the DP20 designation. As far as I'm concerned, we have the best quantitative take on something that looks very much like an Imperial star destroyer, yet has a completely unique behavior and role. All that remains is to assign an appearance to it.
the cost of building and outfitting a TIE Fighter is minuscule compared to that of a capital ship
You also have to remember, we're dealing with a cost mechanic in-game and not literal costs (otherwise everyone would swarm gunships). The Tector is a more expensive ship, but the Imperial costs a ton in complement. That's why the former is cheaper.
Maybe the entire armament is rigged to behave more like a CoMar Tri-tracker
I had originally considered giving it flak cannons as an upgrade...
Pff. A slideshow is nothing compared to the documents I've had to write for UEAW
He's not a modder though, evilbob.
PR lists the length as 1600m, identical to the Imperator. Saxton also seems to think that it is the same scale as a traditional star destroyer (though all of our evidence is based on a belly shot; the hull could be much shorter and we would not be able to tell the difference, so I suppose this response is a moot point).
It should be quite possible to confirm the scale against the Falcon
in that shot. I'm assuming Saxton did that.
Silly feld, fusion reactors are extremely outdated.
They're still in common use though. Starfighters aren't going to annihilate hypermatter; hell, the Digger Crawler even uses steam
technology as a means of operating away from civilization.
Edited by Phoenix Rising, 02 June 2010 - 07:54 PM.