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The Gorns are six-to-seven-foot-tall, 350-pound, cold-blooded, egg-laying, reptilian humanoids bearing a superficial resemblance to a T-Rex or Raptor. Despite the fearsome visage, they are actually quite civilized people who run one of the few democracies in the galaxy. The Federation and Gorns met in a border incident in which two hot-headed captains shot first and faced embarrassing questions later. (A Federation corporation built an unauthorized colony outside of Federation territory. The Gorns saw a few Vulcans and thought the colonists were Romulans (with which they had fought wars for over a century). Diplomats smoothed everything over and the Gorns became the most stable ally of the Federation. The Gorn legislature’s reluctance to spend money or join the Federation's war limited this alliance during some periods. (Note: The dinosaur-based names are Federation “reporting names” because few in the Federation could pronounce the Gorn names for them. Shown books on paleontology, the Gorns were reportedly honored and amused by the naming convention.)
As the General War loomed on the horizon, the Gorns knew that they needed to build many new ships. Based on concepts pioneered by the Klingons and developed by the Federation, the obvious solution was a new kind of light cruiser designed for rapid mass production. The cost of the ships was kept low by assuming they would serve only a decade instead of 30 or 40 years. To get the ship past the notoriously frugal Gorn legislature, the Gorn Navy called it a "heavy destroyer" but it was the equal or superior of the existing light cruiser. Mass production began in time for the General War, where the heavy destroyer was the backbone of the fleet.
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.