@Josh. Good explanation of the ships. Here are my comments:
In the Gyisache hierarchy, one ship is not really one ship, it's really a group of ships, just like a school of fish looks like one big fish wherein reality it's really just a whole lot of fish. All ships generally follow the same blue print from the smallest fighter to the grandest battle station. Protection is of first and foremost concern, and there are myriad of methods and technologies they implement to this end: Engines that allow them to thrust quickly in any direction, stealth composites that hide them from sensors, and even the ships themselves have a baffling appearance, making it impossible for an enemy to discern which angle is best to attack from. In fact, some argue that Gyisache ships may be more comparable to bales of turtles than schools of fish.
Some are fighters, some are defenders, others carry specialized sensor suites, and others are just along for the ride. Whatever the case may be, their ships are independent of each other and rather small by themselves on top of being weak, vulnerable, underpowered, and often undermanned. It is only by virtue of the remote central control ships that the disparate Gyisache fleet combines to form anything that resembles a true ship, and without which the Gyisache would run amok.
I like this alot. However, Gyisache ships are at their smallest controlled by one Gyisache. This allows the individual to fleet the battle at will. Different sizes of ships are represented by different sizes of the herd, as you have been saying. The Gyisache may have a command ship as a role, though I don't think it is a good explanation for how they manage larger herds of ships. We could just say that communcation technologies and fleet management systems help with that. If there are command ships in the herd, they are not necesarily the biggest ship.
The command ship, then, is the safest place to be, a point that's well reflected in it's architecture. It's quite easy
to tell which ship is the command ship in any given fleet: they are larger than all the ships surrounding it, they are often more elaborate features due to the diverse communication suites on board, they are always at the center of a flock and they make a point of (ab)using the ship's powerful comm frequencies to make a spectacle of themselves (protect me first!) Putting them at the center makes sense of course; The common explanation (and the one you'll get if you ask any Gyisache) is that the command ship houses important officers and contains the fleet's valuable communications codes. The real reason probably has something to do in keeping with the nice cushion of cannon fodder it puts between themselves and the things that want to hurt them, and which also facilitates better communication for doing so.*
Anyone knows that a command ship is the worst place to be, since it is often the biggest target. I would say once again to leave command ships out. Certainly the Gyisache would not desire to make the command ship stick out, as it would be more of a target. The safest place to be is with the biggest herd. An interesting possibility is that Gyisache ships fleeing one herd may join another.
The Command ship's size is proportional to the flock it leads not just because of the communications equipment involved, but also as a matter of principle. It is constructed much like an armadillo's shell with only the barest extensions and various antennae poking out from between the onion-like layers of armor surrounding it.
It is a nigh-impregnable fortress, where a battle hinges on how long a Gyisache command ship can last, and just how willing it's underlings are to protect it...
As a side note, it's common practice for lesser Gyisache ship captains to be left in the dark as to the whereabouts of an impending attack, so as to make them more dependent on the information provided by the command ship. Whether this makes their commanders more or less likely to obey orders is debatable.
Once again, leave command ships out, as they don't really fit the Gyisache model.
Josh wrote:specifically, explain why and how...
ships are in herds and not single ships
Because Gyisache have heard instinct, they feel a lot better in larger numbers so they deliberately seek out and stick close to their kin. You could increase the strength up to something like a nicotine addiction, they can't help themselves from gravitating to each other and have withdrawal symptoms if they try to fight it.
Gyisache ships are herds of single ships. The reasons for this have been explained by Tortanick. I will say that the main reason they are in herds is because they are afraid to be in danger, and feel that a full herd is the safest place to be. Also gives them the greatest chance to survive. However, each Gyisache has his own ship. If things go wrong, and the Herd is starting to look like an unsafe place, and there is no chance of survival, a Gyisache will flee to safety in his ship. What this can also mean is that Gyisache ships fleeing one herd might join another.
Josh wrote:ships can be small and stealthy and still have huge doomstar sized vessels
They're only small and stealthy relative to other ships with the huge hullsize. Compared to a smaller ship from another race there quite visible.
Gyisache ships are small because the Gyisache do not like to put all their eggs in one basket. Each Gyisache or group of Gyisache is also selfish in the fact that each will prefer control over their survival, and by having their own ship for an individual, a Gyisache can flee at his own desire. A smaller ships is also easier to hide, harder to hit, etc.
Josh wrote:ships are speedy instead of heavily armored.
Since prehistory Gyisache have defended themselves by being small & speedy. Pick one:
It never occurred to them to change strategy.
It did occur to them but they're subconsciously (or consciously) bias so they picked small & speedy anyway.
Gyisache panic when unable to run from danger, a slow ship counts as unable to run so no one would set foot in one.
Their ship designers are pretty smart guys, they understood these ancient instincts and knew the captains would frequently end up routing so they designed ships with two roles in mind: 1) fighting, 2) surviving the inevitable retreat. For those goals small & speedy is a better solution than heavy armour. I'm assuming that speedy ships are the best ingame solution to the problem, if I'm wrong pick on of the other options
Yes, agree. Gyisache value the ability to flee from battle over anything else.
also what ships are made of, how they're constructed, what texture they might be is helpful, etc.
The Gyisache construct their ships from metal alloys like most other races. Their ships are spherical for the most part, and compartmentalised heavily and segmented in apperance. Colour is of no preference to them. One thing is that they have the most unshiniest metals ever known. This is to avoid refelcting any light at all. The texture of their ships are scuffed, metallic, dark, blurry, murky and unshiny.
P.S. saying that people get confused on witch side to attack from is really unerestimateing people
maybe on the first encounter they'd be confused but once they bring the scanner logs home the tech boys will quickly come up with detailed plans of where the best attack points are.
Also I'm not sure if command ships really fit the theme, herds don't really have formal leaders
. I'd always thought the Gyisache would have some sort of subconsious way of fighting for the centre spots and would be constantly changing based on who's winning this week. Of course they'd stop and work together if they ever encountered a threat.
Agree. Command ships do not suit them.
Gyisache fleet structure:
1 Gyisache Ship = 1 Gyisache Ship
1 Gyisache Family Ship = 3 Gyisache Ships
1 Gyisache Flock Ship = 7 Gyisache Ships
1 Gyisache Herd Ship = 15 Gyisache Ships
1 Gyisache Mega Herd Ship = 30 Gyisache Ships
Gyisache Ships connect to provide greater management of a group of ships, then if they were seperate, but in formation.
As a larger Gyisache ships life decreases, it's size decreases and Gyisache Ships are spawned as fleeing Gyisache Ships (from an appearance and gameplay point of view).
There is no command structure, as instinct insures that all Gyisache think along the same lines. The first to think and decide something is the first to act. All other Gyisache will follow that act regardless of whether it was a bad or good decision. The Gyisache will follow an act like sheep. An example is if one Gazelle runs, so do the rest.