Lar'shi Class Cruiser
The Lar'shi Class Starship — codenamed "Hero" — was born out of the Damocles Gulf Crusade.
During that conflict, the Tau had been shown first-hand where the Kor'vattra was lacking, and attempted to design a ship that could match the Imperium's Lunar Class Cruiser. Although the resulting vessel was still no match for a comparable Imperial warship, the vessel that resulted was nonetheless a credible ship of the line.
As a purebred combat ship, the Lar'shi is significantly more effective in a straight-up firefight than its Gal'leath and Il'fannor predecessors. In its primary Vash'ya configuration, the Lar'shi packs a great deal of firepower in the form of a forward Gravitic Launcher, a forward Railgun turret, two launch bays for Barracudas and Mantas, and a pair of Ion Cannon turrets, the latter of which are replaced by slightly weaker but longer-ranged Railgun batteries in the less-common Tolku variant. Both versions are protected by a Deflector that enhances their forward armour, allowing them to survive a head-on confrontation and bring their weapons' overlapping fields of fire to bear on an enemy.
Notable Lar'shi Class Starships
- 1: Battlefleet Gothic Resources: Tau Fleets, pg. 103 (accessed 2010.11.30)
- 2: Battlefleet Gothic Armada 2
|Capital Ships||Battleships||Gal'leath - Explorer • Or'es El'leath - Custodian|
|Cruisers||Il'fannor - Merchant • Lar'shi - Hero • Il'Porrui - Emissary • Lar'shi'vre - Protector|
|Escorts||Kir'qath - Defender • Skether'qan - Messenger • Kass'l - Orca Gunship • Kir'la - Warden Carrier Escort • Kir'shasvre - Castellan Heavy Escort|
|Other||Il'Emaar - Courier|
|Attack Craft||Manta • Barracuda • Tiger Shark • Remora Fighter • Orca • Sun Shark • Razorshark|
|Mercenaries & Allies||Kroot Vessels||Warsphere|
|Demiurg Vessels||Stronghold Class Commerce Vessel • Bastion Class Commerce Vessel|