Barovam Class Weapons platform
Quasi-arachnoform weapons platform developed by the Empires Age Varadic Hegemony in 3370.
Even after the Hegemony was dismantled, the Barovam remained a popular weapon-platform, the template widely distributed, and innumerable variations and minor revisions of the original design can still be found among many small polities away from the main nexus.
Although in no way a match to higher transingularity fighting artifacts or ISO-linked units, the Barovam is a formidable unit in any S<1 battlefield. The slaved ai is rated SI:1 equivalent. The great squat armoured and clawed spiderlike hylonano weapon platform can mass up to 45 tonnes, and be up to 6 meters wide across the carapace. The typical Barovam bristles with hardpoints for weapon-attachments, and clusters of red sensor eyes are preternaturally bright with hyperturing intelligence. It is protected with nano-reactive armour, is capable of moving at startling speed despite its bulk, and has a targeting system that could hit a gnatbot at 1000 km in optimal (vacuum) conditions.
There is a display of several mid Empires Age Varadic Barovam Type E4s with full regalia in stasis at the Imperial War Museum, Raphael Orbital Band, Fons Luminis
- Arantan Empire - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Aggressively expansionist Empires age heterodox Solarian Bionanoborg off-shoot that established itself in the Cygexba volume. Some attribute its success to support by isolationist skynet ais in the region. During the Cygnis Wars both the Varadic and the Arantan empires contended for ownership of the most resource rich systems, circumventing the wormhole nexus with relativistic battlefleets, and threatening to attack the stargates if either Cygexba or any of the Inner Sphere powers intervened. The Arantans were eventually subverted by clever memetic engineering on the Dominion's part. Arantan morphotypes and sociotypes are still to be found among the polities of the region, now completely assimilated in Dominion Solarism.
- Varadic Hegemony - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Expansionist Late Consolidation and early Second Federation age biocyborg empire. During the Cygnis Wars both the Varadic and Arantan empires contended for ownership of the most resource rich systems, circumventing the wormhole nexus with relativistic battle fleets, and threatening to attack the stargates if either Cygexba or any of the Inner Sphere powers intervened. Eventually a combined Dominion-MPA fleet put an end to Varadic ambitions.