Designed as a dedicated intelligence-gathering cruiser based on the hull of the Apollo class, its purpose was to shadow Havenite units in neutral space and picket Havenite systems in the days leading up to the First Havenite War. In the actual conflict, the Talismans were to be assigned to the screen, using their upgraded sensors to provide direct data feeds to the wall of battle in real time as battles progressed.
Four broadside laser mounts were removed and magazine space was reduced to make room for an extensive suite of passive sensors, analysis gear and room for the crew required to run them. The entire forward half of the boat bay was dedicated to launch and recover a variety of reconnaissance drones.
While political considerations rendered their primary mission difficult, the Talismans served well throughout the early years of the war. Several of them eventually ended up in the service of the Office of Naval Intelligence's operations teams, while the rest were considered for refit as advanced drone tenders, allowing a division to set up an ad hoc perimeter security array on short notice upon entering a system.
As of the early 1920s PD, a total of sixteen Talismans had been built. (Companion)
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