Wolf Mk.2 (Oolite)
|Cargo capacity||20 TC|
|Cargo bay extension||N/A|
|Maximum speed||0.38 LM|
|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 seasoned pilots the shakes. At a stiff price and demanding to manoeuver, it is given that the pilot who commands a Wolf has earned the right to do so.
Believed by some to be an extinct craft, by others the stuff of myths, the brief appearance of the Wolf Mk.I was so pithy that all accounts must be considered spurious. We just don't know. But it and its successor, the Wolf Mk. II, were designed by Faulcon de Lacy (the favoured fang-theme should be considered a signature) yet the scheduled production was halted as it was promptly swept under the rug by the controlling investor, Navy special branch, and years passed before it became known to the public.
It would eventually achieve notoriety for its hard shell, and its pernicious bite.
The events that followed were atypical of Military procedure, 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".
However, mistakes were made during the selections. Not long after the assembly of the Paragon squads, the first accounts of desertion were reported. It grew to become a mass-phenomenon, and it became apparent that shamefully large numbers of "the Navy's finest" were unable to resist the temptations that came with commanding such a seductive craft when faced with feeble resistance. Large numbers of officers conspired to form rogue gangs, and went on to exploit this newfound power without discrimination.
The response from High Command was urgent but would disguise none of the inflicted embarrassment. The Paragon Squads were instantly disbanded, and all deserters declared priority outlaws, subject to immediate extermination. The minority of the pilots, those who had remained loyal to the Navy cause, were quietly promoted into positions of relative obscurity, and the servile subcontractor saw their contract swiftly cancelled. As illegal models began to appear, the Navy leadership recognised that attempts to contain the fiasco were futile, and moved to minimise their losses. In agreement with Faulcon de Lacy, the Navy released their lock on the designs, allowing the Wolf Mk.II to finally be available for sale on the open market.
As the Navy came to approach the problems with a more proactive approach, 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.