The USC's ability to patrol remote areas of the Solar System and to reconnoiter hostile territory is due in no small part to the Rapier's agility and speed.
The Rapier has a streamlined, rocket-shaped fuselage with three thrusters. Like all Terran ships, it is white with red trim.
The Rapier can be used as a very light fighter. However, its weapons are very expensive, and since M5s do not have a high survival rate in fights, it is best employed away from anything that will shoot at it.
As a personal ship the EMPC battery and Poltergeist Missiles make it one of the strongest M5s, capable of bringing down M3s with relative ease. Unfortunately, the small weapons power generator makes it ill-suited to intense combat.
The Rapier is available at all Terran shipyards.
|Variant||Mars||The Moon||Saturn||Terran Unknown Sector 1|
The Rapier is a bit of an oddball and not suited to most M5 roles.
It can't mount a Triplex Scanner, limiting its utility as a sensor platform. Its weapons are too expensive for the high attrition the M5 frame suffers to make it a good screening element. It isn't the fastest M5 making it unsuitable for a courier.
Perhaps its best use is to chase down and kill another M5.
|Ships by Class|
|Capital||M1 • M2 / M2+ • M7 / M7M / M7C|
|Escort||M6 / M6+ • M8|
|Fighter||M3 / M3+ • M4 / M4+ • M5|
|Transport||TL • TS / TS+ • TP • TM|
|Argon||Arrow • Discoverer (Hauler) (Raider) (Vanguard) (Advanced) • Starburst|
|Boron||Octopus (Raider) (Sentinel) (Vanguard)|
|Paranid||Pegasus (Raider) (Sentinel) (Vanguard)|
|Pirate||Pirate Harrier (Hauler) (Raider) (Vanguard) • Pirate Kestrel|
|Split||Jaguar (Hauler) (Raider) (Vanguard) (Enhanced)|
|Teladi||Harrier (Hauler) (Sentinel) (Vanguard) • Kestrel (Advanced)|
|Terran||Rapier • #deca.fade|
|Yaki||Fujin (Raider) (Sentinel)|