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Overview[edit | edit source]
The most effective and powerful prowler-type ship in ONI's naval inventory, the Point Blank-class is nothing short of a mobile command and control vehicle capable of running entire operations and disrupting enemy efforts on a wide scale.
This ship is exclusive to Vice Admiral Stanforth.
History[edit | edit source]
One would assume that a large stealth ship would be an oxymoron. The bigger the ship, the bigger the radiation leakage, the more thermal signatures, and the more stealth-coated surfaces that would have to be kept in perfect condition to prevent radar reflections. Well, ONI would like the galaxy at large to believe this and keep believing it.
Technically considered a prowler, the 1,280-meter-long Point Blank-class is the largest ever built, longer than a Halcyon-class. Constructed in parts and then assembled in deep space, the ship is completely radar invisible thanks to stealth ablative coating, and when her engines run low she is as dark as interstellar space. This ship was the wartime field command and control platform for the UNSC Naval Intelligence units, specifically ONI Section-3. Very few people have ever seen these ships and even fewer have actually been aboard them.
Weapons and Tactical Usage[edit | edit source]
As with all UNSC prowlers, the Point Blank-class has a passive 50% evasion chance.
This shadowy monster is to its fellow prowlers what a Valiant-class is to mainline ships: a command ship with heavy firepower and a variety of special abilities to boost allied ship performance to wreak as much havoc as possible. It is the only prowler that takes up a capital slot. Although tough and well-armed in terms of being a stealth ship, it still fairs poorly in a head-on fight, and, being so costly, should be used wisely.
- Stealth Coordination: Links the Point Blank up to all nearby prowlers in a wide radius to help manage their own cloaks, making them more efficient.
- Holopods: Deploys a small fleet of holographic Razor-class prowlers that draw fire and distract the enemy while the Point-Blank escapes.
- Jester Round: Fires a special MAC round that completely cripples a targetted capital, starbase, or even a titan, shutting down their weapons, abilities, and engines for a short time leaving it helpless.
- Spartan Prowlers: Deploy Razor-class prowlers loaded with Spartan-II boarding teams to board and take over enemy ships. Keep in mind this costs 3000 credits, almost as much as the ship, so use it sparingly and where it will do the most damage.
As with all prowlers, it needs the element of surprise and can greatly soften the enemy for a main fleet's assault or sow terror behind enemy lines.