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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 had been clever in their ship designs, perhaps more so than any other empire. All of their "catamaran" ships could be easily cut in half with the small center hull replaced by a massive structure the size of the outer hulls. The result was that any heavy cruiser could be converted into a dreadnought of this type in half of the time and cost of any other empire. Dreadnoughts were held by the dukes and the king-emperor himself to lead the realm's greatest fleets. The Aztek panels on the outer surfaces represent efforts to reduce the electronic signature of the refitted Lion and match it to the original Lion so the enemy could not tell the difference.
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.