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The Lyrans are human-sized cats that bore a distinct similarity to Terran lynxes in both appearance and temperament. Bitter enemies of the Kzintis (tigermen eight feet tall), the Lyrans were staunch allies of the Klingons and enemies of the Hydrans as well. Like Kzintis, Lyrans were carnivores known to eat their captives on rare occasions. The Federation assigned each Lyran ship-type a "reporting name" to keep them separate. Lyrans were organized as a feudal society. Twenty-one counties each had a squadron of ships lead by a heavy cruiser; four dukes had dreadnoughts to lead the four fleets, while the king-emperor commanded from the capital.
Ships of this type were used by many empires for local defense, convoy escorts, and rear area security. The idea of the design was to produce a “fully capable starship” at a lower cost by using a civilian freighter hull. As such ships would not have to endure the tough service life of warships, this was a cost-effective solution used by most empires. Such ships might be operated by empire, duchy, county, or planetary governments. A few were operated by civilian corporations.
The Small Auxiliary Cruiser was based on a new pod (fitted with weapons, power, and other systems), the engines of a military-class auxiliary freighter, and a standard control unit. In the Lyran empire, these ships carried phasers and disruptors.
This ship is available in a variety of materials. Ships are unpainted, use standard flight stands available from many sources, and, while designed for gaming, make fine display pieces.