Tough, fast and with a capable weapons array, the Perseus' only drawback is a lack of cargo capacity, making it poor for extended operations using a jumpdrive.
The Perseus was once a cutting-edge fighter, developed by the Paranid to best any opponent short of a capital ship. First developed in 743 NT/2913 EY to succeed the aging Prometheus, the prototype was rather embarrassingly stolen by a Pirate group and had to be recovered by Kyle Brennan, founder of Terracorp, and its first non-Paranid pilot. Since then, it has been kept well updated, and remains a successful and capable fighter despite its age.
Though individual Perseus variants differ widely in appearance, they all have some resemblance to a predatory fish or whale. Each has a sleek body and downward-sloping wings.
The regular Perseus is a very average fighter. It has no real outstanding weaknesses or advantages, except for lower than average speed and above average firepower.
This version corrects the low speed of the original, bringing it up to nearly 210m/s. It also improves the protection by adding another 25MJ shield and improved shield recharge. This makes it a good and well-rounded M3.
The raider has respectable speed for an M3 and the same firepower as the base model, at the expense of one less 25MJ shield and reduced cargo space. It has slightly better shield recharge than the base model, though.
The Sentinel is probably the poorest choice of the Perseus series. It sacrifices the already low speed of the base model, bringing the speed so low that it's more in the realm of an M6 series than an M3. As a minor consolation, it does have extra shielding and is able to field the Plasma Burst Generator.
This variant is nearly identical to the standard version and might in fact be one of the only vanguard variants that is arguably worse than its base, as it only slightly improves speed and shield regeneration at the expense of a shield slot and cargo space. Unlike most vanguard type ships, there is no improvement in firepower.
The Yaki Susanowa is based on the Perseus.
Being an all-round good ship in the combat department, the Perseus can be expected to best most ships that do not outclass it. However, ships equipped for jump operations have little space left for missile armaments.
At least one Perseus variant is available at every Paranid Shipyard.
|Variant||Cardinal's Domain||Duke's Citadel||Heaven's Assertion||Paranid Prime||Third Redemption||Trinity Sanctum|
As of Albion Prelude 3.0 the Advanced Perseus is available for sale. In Terran Conflict, it can be salvaged as one of many ownerless ships, and is also granted by Duke's Buccaneers upon reaching rank 7.
The Perseus does a good job in standard M3 roles, although its lack of cargo space limits its jumpdrive range.
|Ships by Class|
|Capital||M1 • M2 / M2+ • M7 / M7M / M7C|
|Escort||M6 / M6+ • M8|
|Fighter||M3 / M3+ • M4 / M4+ • M5|
|Transport||TL • TS / TS+ • TP • TM|
|Argon||Nova (Raider) (Sentinel) (Vanguard) (Prototype)|
|Boron||Barracuda (Raider) (Sentinel) (Vanguard) (Advanced) (Prototype)|
|Paranid||Perseus (Raider) (Sentinel) (Vanguard) (Advanced)|
|Pirate||Blastclaw (Prototype) • Nova (Raider) • Falcon (Vanguard)|
|Split||Mamba (Raider) (Sentinel) (Vanguard) (Advanced)|
|Teladi||Falcon (Hauler) (Sentinel) (Vanguard) (Prototype)|
|Terran||#deca.cefa • Scimitar • Spitfyre • Xperimental Shuttle|
|Yaki||Susanowa (Hauler) (Raider) (Prototype)|