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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.
The Lyrans operated as a feudal fleet, with each noble controlling the ships in his area. When the new Tiger heavy cruiser came into service, the old early heavy cruisers still had plenty of years in them, and the various nobles proceeded to refit their early heavy cruisers into these local defense cruisers as early as Y130. They remained a valued part of the fleet until the Four Powers War, when their limited speed and firepower made them less than useful for offensive operations, but good ships for defense. By the time of the General War, these ships were still in service and were used for garrisons and local defenses.
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.