The Hestia Class Advanced Escort comes equipped with the High-Energy Plasma Expulsers universal console. Specially designed to weaponize excess fusion plasma, this system of special heat sinks and particle exciters allow the ship to vent dangerous plasma fire, causing plasma damage to nearby enemy ships. When installed, this system is present on all sections of separated Multi-Vector Assault Mode escorts, allowing all sections to coordinate the use of these dangerous plasma expulsers. In addition, this console provides a passive bonus to plasma and tetryon damage resistance rating as well as a boost to Weapon Power.
This starship can unlock the Numerical Superiority starship trait by achieving level 5 in their Starship Mastery. While this trait is slotted, you gain a damage bonus that increases as more allies target your targeted foe, including yourself. This includes pets like Saucer Separation or Multi-Vector pets, but not hangar pets.
The Hestia Class Advanced Escort can use all costume parts from any existing Advanced Escort or Multi-Vector Advanced Escort regardless if you own the Multi-Vector Advanced Escort or not.
Look for a follow-up blog that will detail the stats on this awesome new Tier 6 escort and its fleet variant in the near future!
I'm setting up a poll to see if people are willing to donate their fleet credits (NOT Marks) to the new weekly fleet-wide buff projects. Below is a screenshot of what each of the three give you for five (5) days.
The requirements for each are: 200,000 expertise, 21,250 Dilithium, 750,000 fleet credit, and 256 fleet marks.
At the conclusion of the Featured Episode “Time in a Bottle,” Captains successfully made contact with a population of Krenim survivors that had hidden themselves away in a pocket of time using a unique piece of temporal technology. This technology proved capable of shielding the existence of an entire planet away from the eyes of the Vaadwaur, the Heralds, and even the Iconian Council itself! With the assistance of Captain Nog, the groundwork was laid to form a cooperative research and development pact with the Krenim, potentially allowing the entire civilized galaxy to benefit from their incredible ability to directly manipulate the perception of time.
Players will have the opportunity to see that agreement through to its fruition by participating in the construction of the Fleet Research Lab – an entirely new Fleet Holding, available to all Fleets in Star Trek Online.
This impressive space station, hidden away in the Delta Quadrant, will be built for the primary purpose of assisting the Krenim as they further develop their expertise in timeline manipulation and temporal mechanics. With the guidance of these new allies, the Research Lab will take on many aspects of Krenim architectural design, but will remain fully owned and operated by the players’ Fleet.
While the focus of this facility will be temporal manipulations, the amenities it offers are uniquely qualified to make this the perfect location for R&D of all types. As such, this facility will offer many new opportunities for players to explore and participate in the existing R&D System in entirely new and rewarding ways.
Advancing this new Fleet Holding through to its completion will also grant many incredible new options for equipping your ship and crew, as well as improving some of the core options available to your Captain and your fleetmates.
The Fleet Research Lab will also feature many unlockable projects to improve both its interior and exterior visual appearance, as well as many standard conveniences that all starship captains need access to from time to time. Fleets can also unlock inter-fleet shuttle capabilities that will allow for quick and easy access to the Research Lab’s location in the Delta Quadrant.
Additional details on all of the equipment and unlocks associated with this Holding will be published in a future blog, closer to the release date.
No release date set, but I figure I'd put this up in case the Fleet Council wants to consider holding off running certain Fleet projects so we can get this new one progressing fast as soon as they add it.
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