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Rhythm Divine
Production information
Manufacturer

Gallofree Yards, Inc

Class

freighter

Technical specifications
Modified systems
Crew

Pilot and co-pilot

Passengers

6

Usage
Role(s)
  • Merchant freighter
  • Junk hauler
Known owner(s)

Septavious-pratsutagus

Known crewmembers
  • Septavious-pratsutagus
  • Getzreifogl
  • Karo "Syrup" Farooq
  • Markov J'ost

The Rhythm Divine was a scavenger freighter owned by the Squib junk-trader Septavious-pratsutagus. Originally a merchant ship, Septavious purchased the Rhythm Divine for a bargain price and used it to distribute his wares throughout parts of the galaxy. Along the way, the ship gained three additional crewmembers; a Bith engineer named Markov J'ost, a Jawa called Getzreifogl, and the Rodian slicer Karo Farooq. The Rhythm Divine was refitted with scavenged components, giving it a cobbled-together appearance. In 2181 BBY, the Rhythm Divine passed through a dimensional rift and engaged the hyperdrive, propelling it 2209 years into an alternate future.

Characteristics

The Rhythm Divine was originally built as a merchant freighter, with a large cargo hold and minimal passenger space. The ship usually carried a crew of at least six members, the pilots working in shifts to minimize fatigue from extended space flights. Sleeping quarters were small, consisting of bunks for short naps and hyper-sleep chambers for long travels.

The ship's neutron drive engine was designed to operate at moderate cruising speeds to allow the nuclear stacks to recharge. Operating at maximum thrust would drain the fuel, requiring the ship to make an additional trip to a fueling depot. The hyperdrive engine that was originally installed on the ship was powered by the neutron drive; using it would tax the fuel reserves considerably. To save fuel, Septavious attached two large chemical rockets and additional fuel tanks. Using these for landing and take-off, the Rhythm Divine would be able to make planet-fall several times even on reserves.

The Rhythm Divine, like most ships of that early era, did not have a very efficient hyperdrive. Travel to distant systems would often take anywhere from weeks to months, even years. For extended travel, the Rhythm Divine was equipped with hyper-sleep chambers. Later, to further his range and expedite his salvaging runs, Septavious installed a reverse-engineered hyperdrive engine scavenged from a Dalek saucer. This new engine cut the travel time considerably, however the ship was comparatively slow by some standards.

The artificial gravity was only generated in the cockpit, repair bay, and cargo holds. Corridors and sleeping quarters had no gravity, and entering one would often prove tricky for those who were not accustomed to moving about in zero-g.

History

Built in 2212 BBY by Gallofree Yards, Inc, the Rhythm Divine was originally a merchant freighter that saw service in the Outer Rim before it was decommissioned in 2208 BBY. Bought at a bargain price in 2197 BBY by Septavious-pratsutagus, the ship needed extensive maintenance. A salvager and mechanic by trade, Septavious repaired and refurbished the ship and used it to further his business, picking up additional crewmembers along the way.

In 2182 BBY, the Rhythm Divine traveled to the Pkowik system, following a lead from the crew's slicer Karo Farooq that an abandoned space station was hidden there. The crew's previous scavenging ventures within the Outer Rim, however, had caught the attention of the authorities. With Galactic Union agents on their tail, the crew nevertheless set a course for the Pkowik system, hoping to lose their pursuers within a particle cloud that was reportedly in the area.

Reaching their destination in 2181 BBY, the Rhythm Divine was docked at the station, hidden within the particle cloud. The crew hurriedly searched the station, planning to strip it of valuable scrap before the Galactic Union authorities found them. Finding an inactive but functioning Dalek and several thousands of credits worth of machinery and materials, the crew hurried back to the ship.

Due to the particle cloud interfering with the ship's sensors, Septavious was unaware of a poorly-sealed dimensional rift left behind by the Alliance Daleks during the height of the war between the two factions centuries earlier. The same sensor disturbance prevented the ship's navicomputer from programming a proper course out of the Pkowik system. Due to the urgency of their situation, Septavious decided on a blind jump. He unknowingly piloted the Rhythm Divine into the rift and engaged the hyperdrive within the vortex. The resulting jump propelled the ship and crew 2209 years into an alternate future, exiting hyperspace within the Coruscant system in 28 ABY, during the reign of the New Republic.

Thrust into a galaxy of the likes they had never seen, the crew of the Rhythm Divine found themselves once again the center of attention; from the antique cobbled-together look of the ship to the foreign Galactic Union currency. For a while, the currency was the least of their worries; avid collectors were pleased to pay large sums for a single Galactic Union credit.

The crew continued their scavenging, further modifying the Rhythm Divine, replacing the out-dated neutron drive with a newer more-efficient ion engine. In 30 ABY, during a routine trade, the Dalek, Crade, was stolen and sold on Eport, erroneously labeled as a "service droid". Karo, who had repaired and developed an emotional attachment to Crade, was determined to find him, tracking buyers between salvage meets.

The theft, however, was not the crew's only problem; customers of the scavengers had mysteriously fallen ill with a particularly virulent infection. The Rhythm Divine had inadvertently carried the NFS plague into the New Republic, introducing it to a galaxy that was woefully unprepared to handle it. Four people died quickly and dozens others were sickened. Unlike the Galactic Union, however, the New Republic had superior medical care and the infection was quickly contained. Once the source was identified, the crew of the Rhythm Divine found themselves on the run from the authorities yet again.

Behind the scenes

The Rhythm Divine was named after an Enrique Inglesias song while the ship's design was based on steampunk-styled craft. The technology and history was the author's attempt to combine some of the events from the Dalek Empire series with Star Wars; a crossover process she usually avoids.

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This article uses material from the "Rhythm Divine" article on the Star Wars Fanon wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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