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Sub-initiative POLUDNICA/Briareus

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Sub-initiative POLUDNICA/Briareus

Alternate Designation: Project CENTIMANUS

Stated Aims:

  • To develop a singular, flagship watercraft as a successor to the Hecatoncheires platform, suitable for use as a future-proofed, ultraheavy, all-environment breakthrough unit and experimental testing platform.

Introductory Statement:

No need to beat around the bush here - the Hecatoncheires was a failure. It was far too large for its own good, insufficiently impactful given its size, and far too cost-inefficient to justify its continued maintenance and use. It didn't win us any wars, or even assist in winning any wars. It languished in its supervillain-esque jungle base for years, without contributing anything of value to the UYDF. Once the red tape had been dealt with, getting the decommissioning order through was only a matter of time. This much most of you know - it's hardly classified information. What most of you won't know is that Command hasn't actually given up on the concept of a souped-up, unique-class flagship vessel. And instead of making it something more down-to-earth, more conventional... they seem to have gone the opposite route. We are to build something that will be a "ship" only by the loosest definitions of the term. This thing must be able to get anywhere, fight anything, and actually run a solid chance of prevailing. What we have been tasked with developing may perhaps be the peak of maritime engineering. It must have no feasible equal, now or in the forseeable future. We must build precisely one, because the whole point here is to never require another. If this sounds like a nigh-impossible order, good. You seem to still be sane. Let's crack on with it, shall we?
-Dr ███████ █████, project lead

Status: In Progress


  • Analysis: 100% Complete
    Records summarized. All known naval engagements analyzed and compiled. Casualty and damage tables taken into consideration. Armament metrics compiled, extrapolated. Project Hecatoncheires materials taken into account.

  • Design: In Progress
    Primary design metrics complete, blueprints finalized. Additional changes/modifications will be carried out as post-construction refits.

  • Construction: In Progress
    Primary construction stages complete, primary vessel fully operable. Refits and tweaks ongoing.

  • Testing: In Progress

Partially Declassified Model Profile:

Centimanus class

Role: All-environment Superheavy Flagship

Water Displacement: █,███,███ tonnes

Power Source: Mara-pattern Hybrid Thaumoelectric Superreactor, Geothermal Siphon, █ Auxilliary Nuclear Reactors

Crew: ████

Armament: 1x Horkos superheavy thaumokinetic battery, 22x Bauk special-designation thaumokinetic batteries, 126x Homados reduced-caliber kinetic batteries, 12x Gehrmann II high-precision counter-strike kinetic batteries, 18x dual-purpose autoloading torpedo/missile tubes, Kikimora special-purpose deterrent platform, ███x Athos VLS cells, ██x SLBM bays, Demiurge II variable-purpose comprehensive thaumic suite, Excelsior [REMAINDER CLASSIFIED]

As the de-facto successor to the Hecatoncheires, the Centimanus represents what may perhaps be the pinnacle of current Yeglan naval engineering, even within the confines of Project Poludnica. It carries forwards many of its predecessor's capabilities, including the ability for fluid transit in and between surface-naval, submarine and terrestrial environments, capabilities for anti-ground, anti-air, anti-surface-naval and anti-submarine target engagement (with additional allowances now made for anti-orbital engagement), and a centralized, broad-spectrum thaumic effector suite. The exact metrics of fulfilment, however, are vastly different with regards to its predecessor. The primary external differences between the Centimanus and Hecatoncheires stem from size and propulsion methodology - the Centimanus is both far larger, and dispenses with the upscaled Koschei-pattern hydraulic "leg"-esque propulsion system that was utilized by the Hecatoncheires for on-land transit. Instead, it utilizes its integral Demiurge II VPCTS in order to traverse overland. This is made possible by the expansion of the Demiurge II project scope to encompass upscaled variants of effector subsystems currently in use by POLUDNICA/Ahab projects, including an express-modified variant of the Uroda MRS. Unlike the original system, the Centimanus' onboard array is geared more towards transmutation than replication - by altering the consistency of sediments and soils, it is capable of creating a manipulable, sludge-esque medium through which traversal is made possible. This has the secondary effect of miring enemy assets in the vicinity, destabilizing structures and potentially destroying subterranean infrastructure. The Centimanus is actually capable of submerging in thus-affected matter, given sufficient energy output, and functioning as a de-facto subterrene.

The Demiurge II system is also capable of replicating the capabilities of most other POLUDNICA/Ahab assets, including the hydrokinesis provided by the Vodyanoy (allowing for functionally-silent submarine transit, sonar masking and offensive hydrokinesis, now upscaled to allow for the creation of artificial tsunamis), the Ifrit's thermal induction (allowing for steam-cushion-assisted surface-naval transit at a cruise speed of around Mach 3 and burst speeds of up to Mach 6, the creation of "steamlances" heated sufficiently to transition into ionized plasma, and direct induced heating of target matter sufficient to vaporize steel at a distance of ███ meters), and the Kupala's spatial relocation capabilities (allowing for targeted translocation of itself, both enemy and allied assets and in-flight munitions within a ██ NM radius). The system is, of course, still capable of utilizing traditional construct-framework outputs, and is thus approximately equal in standard capabilities to a full caster fleet (including the ability to single-handedly invoke Lance).

Capabilities relating to the POLUDNICA/Wright initiative [REDACTED BY SPECIAL OVERRIDE POLUDNICA/MAGNUS].

Aside from the Demiurge II, the Centimanus remains exceedingly heavily-armed. Similarly to the Hecatoncheires before it, it is equipped with a purpose-designed, central-axis armament system - in this case, the Horkos superheavy thaumokinetic battery. Unlike its Thanatos predecessor, the Horkos operates on a thaumically-assisted principle, and is mounted in a vertically-traversible housing rather than a fixed spinal mount. It is also upscaled in caliber, though not by any significant margin - the addition of Bauk-esque assist coils, alongside the already-staggering caliber of the base system, ensures an adequate level of single-projectile impact yield. Most standard KBs aboard the vessel have also been replaced with Bauk pattern variants. It is worth noting that, similarly to the Tugarin, the Centimanus is capable of deploying and firing its mainline kinetic batteries underwater, via the creation of motile vaccum bubbles using the Vodyanoy system.

In addition to kinetic batteries, the Centimanus is equipped with a significant VLS compliment, SLBM launch capabilities, an array of Hecatoncheires-esque autoloading DP launch tubes, Kikimora-pattern minelayers (with mines modified to function in tandem with the Uroda subsystem, allowing for the creation of terrestrial minefields) and a comprehensive EW suite.