All this data is potentially out of date, and should be taken with a truckload of salt
The Render Drone is a short range Second Generation Rogue Drone (Frigate Class), it appears to have been built for patrol duties in the immediate vicinity of the Hive as it is optimized for close range combat and Elint duties. With its weapons only being effective at under 6 Kilometers in range and be outfitted with many manipulator arms which could do serious damage to any ship it gets its claws into. As is common with Rogue Drones it has a very high velocity which is in keeping with its apparent purpose of Hive defence, in that it must close rapidly to get to grips with any thing that might threaten the Hive and any of the worker drones present.
Other then offence this drone may well operate as a light construction worker for the Hive, with its engine power and many manipulator arms it would easily be able to grasp and move many large mass objects effectively and quickly, as well as assisting in cutting up ship wrecks to make them easier for the Hive to process their materials.
The first thing that should be noted about this Rogue Drone's design is it is obviously of Rogue Drone origin as it bears no resemblance to any current ship designed or manufactured by any of the Empires or Capasuleer's. This Rogue Drone is designed with a central "C" shaped hull which has multiple manipulator arms, four large arms are mounted on the central hull just behind the neck, 2 medium sized manipulators are mounted on the bottom of the head and at the end of the tail is a large grasping claw which has very high strength. There is an external spine running parallel to the main hull which terminates above the head in a weapon pod, just before this weapon pod the spine has a cone structure that come out of the main hull and passes straight through the spine before it comes to a point. Either side of this spine (directly opposite the head in alignment) is a series of 6 cones, 3 on either side, and on the top of the neck just before the head is another series of 3 cones in a straight line. The overall design of this Rogue Drone is reminiscent of the common species of Prawn, whether this is by coincidence or design we do not know.
The directional based sensor suite including Ladar, Magnetometric & Visual capability with a scan resolution of 950mm (which is comparable to Empire Frigates) are housed inside the head of the Rogue Drone, with this being fully articulated it allows them a large degree of movement. This gives them the ability to track signals with an extreme degree of sensitivity with no signal degradation over a short range of 5.4 Kilometers. These sensors have a very high signal bandwidth capacity, presumably used when communicating with other Drones and the Hive itself.
The main Engines are based on an unknown design which appears to somehow manipulate local space in a ways similar to a micro warpdrive, these engines are mounted directly to the rear of the Rogue Drones main hull inside of multiple cone like structures and have the capacity to boost the drone up to a speed of 2,200 Meters Per Second whilst still maintaining a good level of agility, in addition this drone also features a fully operation warp drive which has a similar performance to standard Empire warp drives apart from an increased energy efficiency rating.
All of the systems that make up this drone appear to be made from unique alloys of Rogue Drone design.
The main hull is composed of a alloy made up from tritanium, pyerite and mexallon, the result of which is an extremely hard yet pliable material with some bio-chemical properties. This Condensed Alloy is the basic building material in almost all Rogue Drones and their structures, how they created such an alloy is unknown but it does possess many unique properties which are beneficial in A.I. systems.
Mounted on the end of the exterior spine inside of the weapon pod, this Rogue Drone is equipped with a Pulse Laser weapon with a range of 4,800 Meters, this short range is due in part to the weapon systems power level and the nature of this pulse laser design, being intended for close range combat it is designed to fire quickly with large capacitors integrated into it to store the power used to charge the weapon.
The advantage of a Pulse Laser over any other weapon systems is its relatively low power consumtion and it requires very little in the way of maintenance or logistic support when deployed in the field.
At the end of this Drones tail is a large claw like appendage that has a very high strength rating, we theorise that this claw is not used in combat as it lacks articulation beyond the basic grasping motion thus making it inefficient at tearing into a target, so it is believed that this claw is most likely deployed in non combat situations such as construction or demolition work and only used in combat as a last resort.
Behaviour & Intelligence
During combat encounters this Rogue Drone acts in an ELINT capacity, quickly moving at full speed to bring any unknown ship into range of its powerfull sensors where it then scans it continuously and feeds the information directly back to the Hive to be disseminated amongst all other Drones of the Hive. This can give the Hive and its various Drones a great edge in combat as any weakness detected in a target is quickly exploited by all Rogue Drones attacking it. As is expected this Rogue Drone has no survival instinct, preferring to fight to the death in defence of its Hive, as is common with all other soldiers in Hive societies we know of in nature.
Whilst it has not yet been directly observed it has been theorised that this Rogue Drone also operates as a light lifter in construction work carried out in the Hive as well as lending its capabilities to tasks such as recycling ship wrecks.
The results of our research has provided us with a wealth of information, which we have formatted into current standards used in Capsuleer ships for ease of comparrison.
|Signature Radius||Scan Resolution||LADAR Strength||MAGNETOMETRIC Strength||Maximum Locked Targets||Maximum Lock Range||Speed|
|Weapon Damage||ElectroMagnetic||Thermal||Rate Of Fire||Tracking Speed||Optimal Range||Accuracy Falloff|
|Turrets||5||3||2.5 Seconds||0.35 rad/sec||900 Meters||4,000 Meters|
|Ship Structual Integrity (Hitpoints)||Amount||Regeneration Ability|
|Shield Capacity||300||Peak Passive Recharge Rate of 1.44 Capactiy Per Second|
This particular Rogue Drone is similar in performance to the Tech I Frigates of the Caldari State and as such it will be compared to that selection of Frigate types.
The sensors are comparable to all types of Caldari Tech I Frigates, with all of the frigates possessing stronger sensors. However the Rogue Drone array is outfitted with two types of sensors as opposed to the one type of sensor that Empire ships are typically fitted with, this makes this Rogue Drone much more resistant to standard ECM jamming techniques as two different ECM types must be used in conjunction to guarantee a successful jamming attempt. The scan resolution of this Rogue Drone is 300mm higher then the top of the range Caldari Frigate but the maximum sensor range that it is able to aquire a target lock is only around a fifth the range of a mid-range Frigate, which overall gives this Rogue Drone an excellent electronic and sensor suite at short range.
Shield capacity is 50% lower then the low range Caldari Tech I Frigates and its damage resistance rating is inferior to all Caldari Tech I Frigates as well. This Rogue Drone appears to be designed for the shields to be its primary defence with its armor only having around a third of the strength of top of the range Caldari Tech I Frigates with inferior damage resistances across the board.
With all these systems packed into the Hull of this Rogue Drone there is little structure at all as most of the components are connected directly to one another, due to this peculiar design this Rogue Drone has less then a third the structural support of any of the Caldari Tech I Frigates. This also contributes towards this Rogue Drones signature radius which is comparable to that of the best Caldari Tech I Frigates and this Rogue Drone can achieve speeds which are more then 1650m/s faster then that of the top of the range Caldari Tech I Frigates.
Operating in an Elint capacity this Rogue Drone has similar performance to standard Caldari Tech I Frigates and as such when confronted in combat by a competent Capsuleer pilot in a basic Tech I Frigate there should be little to no risk involved for that pilot, only in large numbers and in conjunction with other Rogue Drone types does this drone then become a risk as its high speed and powerful sensors can cause it to become a serious threat to Tech I Frigates as it continuously scans the target an shares the information with the Hive which then quickly adapts it tactics to exploit these weaknesses. Using Tech II or Faction Frigate however makes engaging this Rogue Drone almost risk free, even in large numbers and amongst other Rogue Drone types.
Threat Assessment: VERY LOW