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.
All empires operated small freighters, known as Class-I as they carried a single cargo pod. Consisting of a drive unit, control unit, and a cargo pod, the concept was for the drive/control unit to take a pod of cargo to a planet and leave it there to be unloaded later, picking up a pod of export cargo and taking it to an industrial center for processing. While every empire used the standard civilian freighter
, every empire also built their own local freighters which were able to carry both the standard 40x200 meter cylindrical pods as well as their national pod which had a similar volume but a unique shape. Here we have the Lyran drive/control unit carrying a Lyran cargo pallet.
The 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.