History (brief summary) There isn’t very much information available on the origin(s) of the Zirax Empire at this time, however Intel reports that the ancient Zirax were in touch with the ‘Elder Talon’, and were given a technological boost from the advanced civilization. The Talon and Zirax were joined together in a technological and cultural Union, called the “Talon-Zirax Assembly”, which persisted for hundreds of years. Design Philosophy The Zirax Empire is the successor of the Talon-Zirax Assembly. The Talon raised the Zirax (which they found making their first steps into space) so the Zirax have used the Talon space ships for a long time, without needing to develop their own designs. In general, and also in opposite to the clean, smoothend and rounded style of the Talon vessels, the Zirax Empire ship designs are primarily a visual statement with subtle, but martial details and threatening looks. Even for something like Transporters and Factory Ships. Grand Fleet Of course Empire Fleets consist of the Zirax very own design - from Corvettes to Battlecruisers. But the Zirax have seized various specialized ships from different civilizations that fell under their reign. They do not actively rebuild them, but spacefarers might run into them occasionally. (f.ex in protectorates or in specific areas of the Zirax territory) They will also usually seize…or how they say: borrow.. specialized ships from companies in their territory (f.ex from Polaris). Design Specialities Not really a "design speciality" the various houses of the Zirax Empire use slightly different approaches on the ship concepts. Some of the more specialized ships are even totally different than the standard designs. The only (but even there only partially) clear split can be observed between the actual 'combat vessels' and the 'support vessels' ( service, support and transport). Especially the latter fleet-support vessels are often a mix of different seized ships and older designs Category Tags heavy armed, ribbed design Main Subfactions & Colors Xenu > Combat ships, hardened; Red/Orange + Grey Rados > Supplies & Logistic; Bright and dark Grey + Cyanblue glow Epsilon > Communication; Green/Grey Ghyst > SpecOps, Recon; Indigo/Black Abyssal > High Technology / Research ; Blue/Purple + White Serdu > Biotech, Religion ; Dark Purple + light Purple + a lot of Black Pharos > Trader, Red/White Notes: The Military part is totally on the Xenu subfaction as the transport/supply is on the Rados The Abyssal seem to own a few science ships that are on totally different design The Epsilon own a specialized Communication and Surveillance shiptype, shared with Ghyst, based on the Abyssal model series Serdu and Pharos do not use own ship designs, but share from the Rados.