"With the rapid development of space flight, it was inevitable that sports (particularly racing) would come to fruition sooner rather than later. Power Sled racing stood up to the challenge. A few intrepid hot-rodders noticed that one particular sled, the Viper, took very well to a bit of extra weight in the form of armor and armament. With a little engine tweaking, these modified Vipers, designated F-23, were selected by the Federation as the mainstay of their fighter wings. This model is a civilian shell by Comara Racing." ― Buying a Viper
"The young woman piloting this banana-yellow Viper would look more at home as a grease monkey at a race track than as a fighter pilot. "Actually," she says, "I was a PowerSled pilot for a while, but escort duty pays more." She seems somewhat uncertain about this, and continues to tune her aft plasma relay." ― Hiring a ViperThe Viper is a small fighter, and is arguably the weakest combat ship in the game. It mounts light protection, relying more on speed and agility. Regardless, Vipers are considered good frameworks for development, as several military variants exist.
Power Sled racing originally developed this as a racing sled for the Galactic Racing Network. However, it didn’t take space farers long to begin tweaking it as a means of travel. It is now used as the mainstream short-range fighter for the Federation, Rebels and Pirates.
"The Viper is a fairly common sight, in one version or another, in Nova. This the original version. The reason that there have been so many modifications to the other ones is because the original sucks. Good for it's price, but you'd be better off saving your money for something else." ― EVula Survival GuideFear the Civvie Viper! - Ambrosia Boards thread where JoshTigerheart shows that a Viper can be quite formidable.
|Civilians|| Civilian Ships: Cargo Drone (v) (i) 2k as escort only, Shuttle (v) (i) 10k, Heavy Shuttle (v) (i) 17.5k, Viper (v) (i) 80k, Asteroid Miner (i) 150k, Terrapin (v) (i) 150k, Lightning (WG) (v) (i) 250k, Thunderhead (v) (i) 300k, Valkyrie (v) (i) 350k, Star Liner (v) (i) 500k, Starbridge (v) (i) 600k (Modified (v) (i) 750k), IDA Frigate (v) (i) 750k, Pegasus (v) (i) 2M, Leviathan (v) (i) 12M |
Civilian Outfits • Civilian Weapons • Federation Licenses
|Side Missions||Cunjo Hunt • Escort Band • GLi-Tech (Missions) • Launch Probe • Sigma Shipyards (Main Missions • Repeatable Missions) • Temmin Shard • Terraforming • Tutorial • United Shipping (Main Missions • Repeatable Missions)|
|Other Missions||Derelicts • Duels • Revenge • Punishment • Blow Stuff Up|
|Bounty Hunters||Bounty Hunters Storyline (Minor Storyline • Auroran Link • Rebel Link)|
|Wild Geese||Wild Geese Storyline (Preamble • Intro Missions • Path 1 • Path 2 • Auroran Link • Association Link)|