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Q&A: Aopoa San’tok.yāi

Following the launch of the San’tok.yāi from Aopoa, we took our questions to the ship designers to give you more information on this recently-unveiled medium class fighter.

Special thanks to John Crewe and Todd Papy for answering our questions.

What can the San’tok.yāi do that the Khartu-al cannot and vice versa? What are the advantages and disadvantages? What are the main differences?

In the Xi’an order of battle, the Khartu-al serves principally as a light fighter, scout, and skirmisher, whereas the San’tok.yāi is a medium fighter and direct combatant. Just like the UEE Military, the Xi’an military employs various types of fighters with different strengths and performance characteristics. The comparison between a Khartu-al and a San’tok.yāi is similar to the comparison between a Gladius and a Hornet – one emphasizes firepower and the other emphasizes speed and agility. Particularly due to its lower mass and lighter weapons complement, the Khartu-al is faster, accelerates more quickly, and is even more responsive than the San’tok.yāi. However, the San’tok.yāi carries considerably more weaponry. That said, the Khartu-al and San’tok.yāi are both Xi’an designs through and through, set apart from other fighters by the exceptional maneuverability afforded to them by their distinctive maneuvering rigs. In the hands of a capable pilot well-versed in the ship’s capabilities, the San’tok.yāi is a difficult target. The Khartu-al, maddeningly so.

Is this a true Xi’an military ship or a civilian export?

Similar to the Khartu-al, the Santok’yai is a civilian version of the Xi’an military ship designed for export and sale in the Human market. Like the Khartu-al, the San’tok.yāi is an original Xi’an-produced export by Aopoa, and not a replica, reconstruction, or a product of reverse-engineering.

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Writer’s Note: Phantom Bounty: Part Three was published originally in Jump Point 3.3. Read Part One here and Part Two here.

Mila and Rhys had chased the Phantom for months, had spent nearly every last credit, had put all their hope in finding her and collecting the bounty.

The Phantom stood in front of them at last, cuffed inside their prisoner pod. Mila should have felt elated, but all she felt was shock.

Evony Salinas. Mila had stopped going by Evony a decade ago, yet the Phantom knew her real name. And the Phantom’s face looked just like her former best friend’s — Casey Phan — a girl found murdered ten years ago.

It couldn’t be possible. But it was. The terrorist who had hit all those Phan Pharmaceutical labs was the founder’s own daughter. And she wasn’t dead. She’s alive.

Mila kept her eyes on the Phantom and wavered on her feet. Rhys reached out and grabbed her arm, steadying her.

“You’re supposed to be dead,” Mila whispered.

Casey swallowed and averted her eyes, looking at the wall behind them. “And you’re supposed to be on Terra.”

“You . . . you almost killed me.”

Emotions Mila hadn’t expected flashed across Casey’s face. Anxiety. Regret. “I swear I didn’t know it was you. You shouldn’t have followed me.”

Rhys stepped in front of Mila, blocking her view of Casey, and made a move to shut the pod.

“Stop,” Mila commanded.

Rhys sharply responded, “She’s a terrorist, Mila.”

“I need to talk to her.”

Rhys paused and stepped back, working his jaw. “We can’t stay here. We’re sitting ducks.” He looked at the Phantom. “Did you contact anyone to meet you?”

Casey pressed her lips together and didn’t answer.

Mila clenched her hands into fists. “Everyone thinks you’re dead. How could you . . . and now...
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Hello everyone,

Last week we held two contests to highlight Citizens coming together and celebrating Thanksgiving. Having received almost 800 submissions across both contests combined, we certainly have a lot to be thankful for. Congratulations to the winners! Enjoy their entries here and here.

We’re currently deep into our anniversary celebration at this year’s Intergalactic Aerospace Expo. We’ve seen a massive amount of images, videos, and stories detailing your recent adventures in the ‘verse, and they’ve been circulating through our offices globally. We really enjoy seeing the ‘verse from your perspective, so keep them coming.

If you’re looking more information on the Anniversary Special, the Free Fly event, or the IAE, make sure to check out our anniversary page where you can find all the details about this year’s promotion, including a detailed guide to the in-game festivities happening on Hurston.

And with that, let’s see what’s going on this week:

On Tuesday, the Lore Team will publish “Phantom Bounty Pt.3.” Hang onto your butts as this thrilling tale continues to unfold, and check out previously published lore posts here.

Calling All Devs, Around the Verse, and Reverse the Verse will not have new episodes airing this week, as we’re...
2948 Anniversary Manufacturer Specials

Watch videos featuring all of the shipbuilders from this year’s anniversary sale

Join Chris and Sandi as they introduce each day of the 2948 Anniversary Event and celebrate each manufacturer with Jared as he talks all-things-shipbuilding with the teams themselves.
We’ll update this page each day with a new manufacturer video, so keep checking back to stay up to date with all the details.

23rd November: Anvil Aerospace
24th November: Robert Space Industries (RSI)
25th November: Origin Jumpworks
26th November: Aegis Dynamics
27th November: Drake Interplanetary
28th November: Aopoa, Banu, Esperia, Tumbril Land Systems,
29th November: Musashi Industrial & Starflight Concern (MISC)
30th November: Argo Aeronautics, Consolidated Outland, Kruger Intergalactic*

Visit our main 2948 Anniversary Sale page to see the ships and find out how to take them for a test fly.

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