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IAS Excalibur
Excalibur
Captain: John Sheridan
Matthew Gideon
Status: Active
Affiliation: Interstellar Alliance
Earthforce
Interplanetary Expeditions
Earth Alliance Health Organization
Class: Destroyer Class Whitestar
Crew: 300+[1]
Engines: Gravitetic Propulsion System
Navigational Thrusters
Jump Capable: Yes
Gravity: Yes
Weapons: Defence Grid
Interceptors
Fusion Beam Cannons
Enhanced Weapons Array
Auxiliary Craft: Starfurys
Thunderbolts
Kestrel Class Atmospheric Shuttles
Work pods

The Excalibur was one of two prototype ships built for the joint Earth/Minbar Destroyer Class Whitestar project.[2] After its sister ship Victory was destroyed, the Excalibur was refitted as a deep-range military research vessel to help search for a cure to the Drakh plague.[3][4]

DevelopmentEdit

The vessel was designed in cooperation by the Minbari Federation and the Earth Alliance, using both races' most advanced technology as well as loosely-based Vorlon technology that the Minbari had used in the Whitestar class of ship. By arrangement, Minbar provided the design specifications and materials while Earth handled construction and financed the project in exchange for all of the advanced technical expertise they'd gain. The prototypes themselves were intended to be given to the Anla'Shok as the first in a new fleet of destroyers to bolster the existing White Star fleet.[5]

CapabilitiesEdit

In its time, the Victory was the most advanced starship built by any of the younger races and features some of the most formidable weapons and defenses seen since the departure of the First Ones. While the secondary weapons are mostly an upgraded version of the fusion beams found on the Whitestars, the Victory's primary guns are an extremely powerful beam which releases a massive energy discharge capable of immense destruction. However the power requirements of the weapon are such that once fired it will shut down most primary systems, except for communications and life support, for a full minute leaving the ship vulnerable until the power reserve can be rebuilt. The defensive systems on this ship are quite capable as the plasteel/crystalline armour is able to deflect/refract over 80% of all the energy directed at the hull. [3]

The ship is propelled by gravitational engines that can accelerate the ship up to .75c and as with Minbari vessels, allows the ship to create an internal gravity field slightly less than 1G which negates the need for rotating sections.[6][3]

HistoryEdit

Excalibur Logo 1

Battle To Save EarthEdit

Built alongside its sister ship at a shipyard overseen by Michael Garibaldi and Samuel Drake the Excalibur was the culmination of a joint ISA/EA project to produce a Destroyer class White Star. In late 2266, President John Sheridan took a tour of the nearly complete Excalibur. During the shakedown cruise, the Excalibur suffered engine troubles, but was towed by twelve crew shuttles to the weapons test range.

President Sheridan returned in the EAS Charon, and took command of the vessel with crewmembers from the Charon becoming a part of the Excalibur's crew. The Excalibur and the Victory, which was under the command of Captain Leonard Anderson, formerly the commander of the Charon, went to Daltron VII. The Excalibur and the Victory discovered that the planet was devastated by a Death Cloud in the hands of the Drakh.

The Excalibur and the Victory engaged a Drakh scouting force. The Excalibur followed the Drakh vessels to the main staging area of the Drakh Fleet. The Excalibur returned to the Victory and both vessels escaped into Hyperspace. The Excalibur and the Victory joined a large force at Earth in preparation against the Drakh.

The Excalibur was heavily damaged at the Drakh attack of Earth, and witnessed the Drakh releasing a plague in the atmosphere of Earth. Afterward, the Excalibur went to Babylon 5 and was repaired with research labs added to help find a cure for the Drakh plague.[3]

Locating A CureEdit

Main article: Crusade

Shortly after the plague was released ISA President John Sheridan loaned the ship to the Earth Alliance to be converted into a travelling research centre for a joint mission to find a cure for the Drakh plague somewhere in uncharted space. The mission was co-sponsored by Earthgov, Interplanetary Expeditions, the Earth Alliance Health Organization and the Interstellar Alliance with support from the Anla'shok. By March 2267 the Excalibur crew were able to develop an anti-virus which could allow people to walk among those who are infected for up to 48 hours.[7] The Excalibur was eventually successful in stopping the Drakh plague and by 2271, it had been completely eradicated.[8][9]

LocationsEdit

BridgeEdit

Map roomEdit

Conference roomEdit

MedbayEdit

GymnasiumEdit

Launch BayEdit

CrewEdit

Senior Crew
Edit

Gideon Mattheson Chambers Eilerson
Capt. Matthew Gideon
Commanding Officer
Earthforce
Lt. John Matheson
First Officer
Earthforce
Dr. Sarah Chambers
Chief Medical Officer
Earth Alliance Health Organization
Mr. Maximilian Eilerson
Senior Xenoarchaeological and Xenolinguistics expert
Interplanetary Expeditions

Junior Crew
Edit

Trace Miller Janey Arkham StewartGreenberg
Trace Miller
Shuttle Pilot
Interplanetary Expeditions
Janey
Med-Tech[10]
Earth Alliance Health Organization
David Arkham
Junior officer
Earthforce (KIA)[10]
Stewart Greenberg
Guard
Earthforce Marine Corps (KIA)[10]

Other Crewmembers
Edit

B5 calltoarms Dureena-01 Galen
Dureena Nafeel
Specialist
Thieves Guild
Galen
Specialist
techno-mage

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

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