Equipment & Technology
Imperial Prison Barge THX-1138
The THX-1138 Prison Barge was designed by the renown starship designer Lira Wessex, who is more commonly associated with the design of the Imperial class Star Destroyer. The cost of running a Star Destroyer makes them impractical ships for the mere transport of prisoners, hence the Prison Barge was developed. The THX-1138 takes account of standard Imperial starship builds in itsí construction. The ship is comprised of ten standard prison cell block levels (see Death Star Companion; page 72), an external TIE fighter rack capable of carrying six TIE fighters, engineering section, and the Bridge section virtually mirroring that of the Nebulan-B Frigate. The vessel is equipped with 12 light laser cannons for defensive capabilities to compliment itís starfighter compliment. One interesting point of this vessel is the way the gravity shifts depending upon the area of the ship you are in.
Each Cell Block is commonly manned by the usual 24 security troops along with a Prison Warden. The on duty number of troops is often less than this on long journeys where the troops must work around a shift.
Each cell is high security with magnetically sealed doors making escape very difficult. Each prison level is monitored from a security station. On the event of a prison break that can not be contained by the security troops each level can be sealed off and flooded with toxic gas (Stamina: Very Difficult or fall unconscious; failing a Stamina: Easy causes death).