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Geonosian Starfighter

Craft: Huppla Pasa Tisc Shipwrights Collective's 
-class Territorial Defense Starfighter 
Type: Starfighter
Length: 9.8 Meters
Weapons: 1 Laser Cannon
Crew: 1
Top Speed: 85 MGLT
Troop Capacity: None
Cargo Capacity: 15 Kilograms
Passengers: None

The Geonosian starfighter was a lean, needle-nosed fighter-craft with a distinct alien heritage, the starfighters of the Geonosians are small, compact vessels of great speed and superior agility. A single Geonosian pilot sits within the cramped cockpit, his head poking up to peer out of a bubble canopy allowing a 360-degree field of vision. When Count Dooku fled the first engagement of the Clone Wars, a pair of Geonosian starfighters provided escort and covering fire.

As Count Dooku began organizing the Confederacy of Independent Systems, he chose his allies with utmost care. One of Dooku's most loyal supporters was the Geonosian archduke, Poggle the Lesser, whose people produced an endless supply of battle droids for the Confederacy's army. Dozens of battle droid factories sprung up on Geonosis, protected by fierce Geonosian warriors and a fleet of powerful Nantex-class starfighters, also known as beak-wings.

Like many Geonosian starships, the Geonosian starfighter's frame is built from strands of pliable laminasteel. During production, the heated laminasteel is wrapped around the ship's components; when the laminasteel hardens, it creates a strong yet flexible aerodynamic frame that can withstand tremendous impact.

Once the starfighter's frame is complete, Geonosian engineers outfit the vehicle with special magnetic sockets holding weapons and engines orbs. The sockets and orbs are completely modular, permitting engineers to modify a starfighter for a specific mission by integrating various additional components, such as engine boosters or advanced sensors.

In standard configuration, a Geonosian fighter has a single laser cannon turret. One hundred small tractor beam projectors arrayed in front of the laser cannon guide laserfire to provide incredible accuracy, especially during short-range firefights.

The Geonosian starfighter is often considered a stealth vehicle because the engine and weapons system produce very little ambient glow, enabling the vehicle to move and attack without giving away its position. The Geonosians rely on this feature when ambushing opponents in the asteroid field that surrounds their homeworld.

The beak-wing's cockpit is uniquely adapted to the Geonosian physiology. The multiple control yokes require innate Geonosian dexterity. In addition, communication between the starship and the pilot is achieved through a scent stimulator located in the pilot's mask, which relies on the Geonosians' uncanny sense of smell to impart vital status updates. Flight controllers can also alter a pilot's objectives remotely by releasing pheromone signals through the mask.

The efficiency of the starfighter is further increased by the Geonosians' rigid caste system, which includes a specific pilot caste. Fighter pilots are actually raised in massive hives, where they are molded from birth to fly headlong into battle. During this training, each developing pup creates a bonds with a specific starfighter's flight computer. This allows the pilot and starfighter to forge a lifelong bond that increases reaction time during combat.

When the Republic invaded their homeworld, the Geonosians scrambled thousands of starfighters to defend their hives. The invaders routed the confederate forces, but the attack only fueled Poggle the Lesser's hatred of the Republic. The Geonosians remained staunchly loyal to Count Dooku's Confederacy, and their starfighters were used in numerous engagements across the galaxy.

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