Z-98 Phantomby Patrick Stutzman
|Designed by a team of Incom Research & Development designers shortly after Grand Admiral Thrawn's defeat at the Battle of Sluis Van, the Z-98 Phantom starfighter was developed in response to the Empire's use of cloaking technology. The Phantom prototype, after completing its performance tests, was offered as a gift to Luke Skywalker in recognition for his contributions to galactic peace and his endorsement of the X-Wing. After a few flights, Luke passed the fighter on to one of his students at the time.
Designed with the success of the Z-95 Headhunter and the T-65 X-Wing in mind, the Z-98 continues the legacy of its predecessors by incorporating the basic body design of the Z-95 and many of the systems from the T-65. In fact, the Z-98 scored very closely to the T-65 in performance tests run by Incom shortly after building the Phantom prototype.
The one feature that sets the Z-98 apart from the rest is the presence of newly-developed cloaking technology. Innovative in design, the Light Absorption Hull polarizes the ship in such a way where sensor rays, detection beams and even light are not reflected off the ship, granting the ship total concealment and rendering the starfighter virtually invisible. Activating the light absorption system requires a swift action by the ship's pilot. Shields cannot be active while the absorption system is active. Due to the system's delicate nature, the system feeds back on itself and shuts down, whenever the ship sustains enough damage in a single attack to exceed its damage threshold. In addition, all maintenance costs are multiplied by 10 and repair times are 3 times longer unless the ship is repaired at an Incom-authorized repair shop.
Init +5; Senses Perception +8
Defenses Ref 16 (flat-footed 12), Fort 26; +7 armor
hp 120; DR 10; SR 15; Threshold 46
Speed 16 squares (max. velocity 1,050 km/h), fly 4 squares (starship scale)
Ranged laser cannons +4 (see below) or
Ranged proton torpedoes +4 (see below)
Fighting Space 4x4 or 1 square (starship scale); Cover total (pilots)
Base Atk +2; Grp +33
Atk Options autofire (laser cannons)
Abilities Str 42, Dex 19, Con -, Int 14
Skills Initiative +5, Mechanics +8, Perception +8, Pilot +5, Use Computer +8
Crew 2 plus astromech droid (skilled); Passengers 0
Cargo 100 kg; Consumables 1 week; Carried Craft none
Payload 6 proton torpedoes
Hyperdrive x1, 10-jump memory (astromech droid)
Availability Restricted; Cost 350,000
Laser cannons (gunner)
Proton torpedoes (gunner)
Atk +4, Dmg 9d10x2, 4-square splash