Wolf Mk.2 (Oolite)
|Cargo capacity||20 TC|
|Cargo bay extension||N/A|
|Maximum speed||0.38 LM|
|Manoeuvrability|| Roll: 1.8|
|Energy recharge rate||
|Gun mounts|| Fore, Aft|
|Shield boosters available||Yes|
|Military shields available||Yes|
|OXP or standard||OXP|
|Available to player||Yes|
|Base price||580000 Cr|
Venomous, fortified, durable, and formidable in battle, the mere mention of the name Wolf Mk.II may be sufficient to give experienced pilots the shakes. As they are hugely expensive and demanding to maneuver, it is given that the pilot who commands a Wolf has earned the right to do so.
Once believed to be an extinct craft, or even by some the stuff of myths, the Wolf Mk.I was notorious for its hard shell, and its bite. The designs of this rare ship were thought to have been lost, but were eventually, at some expense, recovered by the Military who saw a great appeal in applying these characteristics to craft in their fleet. The contract was commissioned to the relatively unknown shipyards of Amaliel Corp. for a new ship modified to cater for military needs. Thus the Wolf Mk.II was born.
The events that followed were uncharacteristic of Military history, and much of the factual evidence was later suppressed. It was the Military leadership's intention not to distribute this new ship across the fleet, but to exclusively train the Military's top pilots to form "Wolf Paragon Squadrons". The leadership did not fail in selecting their very most skillful.
There is no denying there were mistakes made during the selections, however. The Paragon squads had barely been instated by the time the first reports of desertion reached High Command. Mass-desertion had soon spread to mad proportions, and it became apparent that shamefully many of "the Military's finest" were unable to resist the temptations that came with commanding such a superior craft, confronted with relatively feeble resistance. Shockingly large numbers of officers had conspired to form rogue gangs, and went on to exploit this newfound power with little inhibition.
The response from High Command was urgent but would disguise none of the inflicted embarassment. The Paragon Squads were instantly disbanded, and all deserters declared priority outlaws, subject to immediate extermination. The minority of the pilots, those who had stayed loyal to the military cause, were quietly promoted into positions of relative obscurity, and the Amaliel Corp. contract was swiftly cancelled. This resulted in a judicial stink that would not go away despite heavy Military pressure on Amaliel to forget that any deal had ever been made, but in the end the shipbuilders' resistance paid off. As illegal models began to appear, the Military leadership realized that desperate attempts to contain the fiasco were futile, and moved to minimize their losses. In an agreement that saw the Military join Amaliel as partners in private enterprise, the Wolf Mk.II would finally be available for sale on the open market.
As the Military came to approach the problems in a more constructive manner, its Propaganda Dept. saw no harm in spreading disinformation concerning the Wolf Mk.II's origins. Several rumours, among them the Wolf's alleged basis in Thargoid technology, never hurt sales and brought focus to the all-important war effort. However, these attempts to blur the truth are swallowed only by the most gullible.
The Wolf Mk II was piloted by Marcan Rayger in the first novella of the series, Hunting Troy.