Marathon-class heavy cruiser
The Marathon-class heavy cruiser is a capital ship in service to the United Nations Space Command. It excels in direct ship combat and minor flagship roles.
The Marathon-class is essentially a buffed up cruiser that takes up a capital ship slot. Cheap and quick to build for a capital ship, they are powerful units to have within your fleet. Their powerful engines allow them to operate in fast-moving harassment fleets or return quickly to assist in defending a planet.
Replacing the Halcyon-class as the navy's general-purpose cruiser, the Marathon-class quickly grew in popularity among the fleets. During the Insurrection, their speed, heavy weapons, and jack-of-all-trades design allowed them to take on even fleets of inferior rebel ships. As they were often tasked leading battlegroups, very few missions led to the destruction of these cruisers, and they continued to serve the UNSC well for many years.
When the Covenant arrived, however, the Marathon-class' success took a steep fall. Unlike the cruisers they were built to replace, the Marathon's inferior structural support and armor made them susceptible to the advanced Covenant weaponry, resulting in huge amounts of these cruisers being destroyed in the early years of the war. When it became clear that their foe's advance was not slowing down, all remaining cruisers were recalled to defend the most important Inner Colony worlds. While a small number of these cruisers survived the war, their ineffectiveness against the Covenant led to themselves being replaced by the Autumn-class Heavy Cruiser - ironically a modification of the ships they were supposed to replace.
Weapons and Tactical UsageEdit
This ship comes with twin magnetic accelerator cannons that fire twice as fast as the Halberd-class destroyer. It also has a substantial armament of missiles and is equipped with powerful sublight engines, making her fast and able to chase down the foolish ships that try to turn tail and run. While this vessel is definitely a threat by that alone, its abilities set it apart from cruisers.
- Missile Barrage - The Marathon diverts power to its missile batteries, unleashing a fierce, overwhelming storm of missiles at the enemy which can batter down shields and liquidate their armor.
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- Shiva Nuclear Missile - The Marathon fires an expensive but high damage nuclear weapon that deals powerful debuffs to what few enemy vessels are not immediately destroyed.
Due to their low fleet supply, they can be built almost as numerously as the Halcyon-class light cruiser, only limited by capital ship slots. Use these with one's large frigate fleets to provide extra firepower. This should be the most numerous capital ship one fields. Its good armament, low cost, and high speed make it very versatile in most combat situations.
The Marathon's substantial firepower comes at the cost of low durability, and measures should be taken to keep these ships alive as long as possible such as mixing it with a diverse fleet including Halcyons, who will tank the damage while the Marathon takes out enemy ships. Marathons also have a lackluster AA complement and should be screened by escorts with better AA such as the Stalwart-class to protect it from bombers.
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|Strikecraft||Broadsword • Longsword • Sabre|
|Combat vessels||Eion-class Light Carrier • Halberd-class Destroyer • Halcyon-class Light Cruiser • Paris-class Heavy Frigate • Strident-class heavy frigate|
|Support vessels||Charon-class Light Frigate • Cradle-class Repair Ship • Geneva-class Envoy • Phoenix-class Colony Ship • Stalwart-class Light Frigate • Winter-class Prowler|
|Capitals||Artemis-class Battlecruiser • Epoch-class Heavy Carrier • Marathon-class Heavy Cruiser • Phoenix-class Assault Ship • Punic-class Supercarrier • Orion-class Assault Carrier • Sahara-class Heavy Prowler • Valiant-class Super-Heavy Cruiser|
|Other||Gyges Construction Drone • Hermes-class Freighter|
|Obsolete||Athens-class Carrier • Autumn-class Heavy Cruiser • Berlin-class Frigate • Hephaestus-class ACU • Mako-class Corvette • Sloop-class Corvette • Thermopylae-class Supercarrier|