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Join Date: Jul 2012
01-20-2013, 08:18 PM
I'm going to play the role of diplomat (inspiration: Captain Picard) here, since the last thing we need is a firefight in these forums.
Yes, Cryptic has been ignoring Escorts for a while. We can only hope that the next Escort to be released is a Mirror version (although Mirror ships are hardly anything to get excited about).
The Aquarius is the best attempt on the Starfleet side to build a ship equivalent to a Klingon Bird-of-Prey. But remember, the Klingons are an aggressive race, they are designing their ships with war in mind. Starfleet is a peacekeeping organization - although they do have muscle, their purpose is not to conquer. Therefore, you can't expect to demand Starfleet to change its entire outlook and build Defiant-of-Preys or Aquarius-of-Preys. That's not their nature.
I'd say the Aquarius should be able to match the BoP in tactical and damage potential ONLY. However, it's unique perk would be the ability to have improved maneuverability and durability on one condition: Other Aquarius escorts must be present and in range to buff the main player's Aquarius, and even in that case, only one Aquarius would get the improvement perk. The other Aquarius would be flying as normal.
It's a little complicated and even a little unfair, but it's a better proposal than adding an actual full-out escort (which breaks canon, game stability, and Gene Roddenberry's vision of the Federation Starfleet), or having the existing "escort stall" we're having now.
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