Guardians of the Stars
- Era: Interstellar Space Era
- Manufacturer: Far Isles Corporation (FIC)
- Government(s)/Organization(s): FIC
- Type: Frigate
- Size: Medium
- Crew: 60
- Speed: C
- Cruise: 1G
- Max: 6G
- FTL: FIC Military Linear Type 1M (0.5 ly/m)
- Agility: D
- Armor: B-
- Endurance: B
- Weapons: 4 Heavy Railguns, 2 Heavy Missile Launchers (1-4 shots, 40 max), 3 Standard Missile Launchers (1-10 shots, 60 max)
- Defenses: None
- Sensors: C-
The Crusher is a Combat Frigate design often referred to as the ‘mini-battleship’. It was constructed as a rival to the Vanguard Heavy Frigate or Ranger Frigate, though took a very different design path compared to either. The Crusher is slow and turns like a slug, but can take a hit and keep on going and has enough firepower to take on most ships it’s size or smaller. Even more modern light cruisers are typically advised to be careful in a fight with it.
It’s usually loadout is 4 heavy railguns, 2 Heavy Missile Launchers in pods in the aft capable of firing two missiles at a time, 2 standard missile launchers in the same pods as the heavy missiles that can fire three missiles at once, and a single upwards firing four pack missile launcher. However the missile pods do not extend far enough to totally clear the ships nose, so they cannot be magnetically accelerated before launch and even so they have had accidents before where the warheads have slammed into the forward bulge due to guidance failure. Luckily the ship has tons of armor with multiple redundant systems for everything so such accidents are not crippling. Later models often tilted the missile pods to a forty five degree angle to help correct this flaw.
The Crusher was not terribly common during the Colonial Rebellion, but the colonies did buy a good number of them for their militias after the conflict. FIC however was their manufacturer and still maintains a good number of them for personal defense.