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The flagship Hyperion (796 UC (487 IC / 3596 CE))
Affiliation: Iserlohn Republic
El Facil Revolutionary Government (former)
Free Planets Alliance (former)
Flag officer: High Admiral Merkatz
Fleet Admiral Yang Wen-li (former)
Type: Battleship
Purpose: Flagship (IRF, Merkatz Squadron)
Flagship (EFRRF, Merkatz Squadron — former)
Supreme Flagship (Free Planets Star Fleet — former)
Flagship (Yang Fleet — former)
Flagship (13th Fleet — former)
Pennant number: 144M
Length: 911 metres(FFC3)
Width: 70 metres(FFC3)
Height: 284 metres(FFC3)
Armament: 32 forward cannons
40 port cannons
40 starboard cannons
24 Spartanian fighters (FFC3)
Crew: 915(FFC3)
Status: Destroyed in combat
Destroyed: 1 June 801 UC (3 NIC / 492 IC / 3601 CE)

The Hyperion (Japanese: ヒューベリオン) was the flagship of Yang Wen-li throughout his career in the Alliance military, and, later, the flagship of High Admiral Willibald Joachim von Merkatz.

Service historyEdit

Alliance–Imperial WarEdit

The Hyperion began its career as the flagship of Rear Admiral Yang Wen-li and the newly formed 13th Fleet in 796 UC (487 IC / 3596 CE). It participated in the capture of Iserlohn Fortress, and went on to invade Imperial territory that same year. In the course of the Imperial counter-attack led by Count Reinhard von Lohengramm, the Hyperion was engaged against the Kempff Fleet in the Battle of Jafnhár, and then the Kircheis Fleet in the Battle of Dverger, before rendezvousing with the much reduced remnants of the Alliance invasion fleet for the Battle of Amritsar. At Amritsar, the Hyperion was critical in pushing back the Imperial offensive by dropping multiple fusion bombs into the Amritsar star, which sent the 13th Fleet ascending rapidly upward and forcing the Mittermeyer Fleet to temporarily withdraw. The Hyperion escaped the battle with the rest of the 13th Fleet. (LOGH: 'The Rosen Ritter', 'The Battle of Amritsar Starzone')

Alliance Civil WarEdit

Following the disaster at Amritsar, the 13th Fleet became the Yang Fleet, permanently stationed at Iserlohn, with the Hyperion serving as flagship for Admiral Yang. In 797 UC (488 IC / 3597 CE), it sortied against the forces of the National Salvation Military Council in the Alliance Civil War, culminating in the defeat of the 11th Fleet and the liberation of Heinessen. (LOGH: 'The Yang Fleet Goes Out', 'The Battle of Doria Starzone, And...', 'Victory for Whose Sake?')

Imperial invasionsEdit

The Hyperion next saw active combat during the Eighth Battle of Iserlohn in 798 UC (489 IC / 3598 CE) — with Admiral Yang having been called away to attend an inquiry on Heinessen, the Hyperion came under the command of High Admiral Merkatz, who deftly led the Yang Fleet in delaying Imperial forces long enough for Yang himself to return. (LOGH: 'New Trends', 'Fortress vs Fortress', 'The Return')

When Duke Lohengramm commenced his operation to conquer the Alliance in late 798 UC (489 IC / 3598 CE), the Hyperion again battled a combined Imperial fleet led by High Admiral Reuenthal. In the early stages, Yang used the Hyperion's notoriety with Imperial forces against Reuenthal, pretending to sortie the Hyperion out of Iserlohn Fortress to entice Reuenthal to attempt to kill Yang. In reality, Yang never boarded the Hyperion and remained behind on the fortress, whilst the distraction allowed the Rosen Ritter to board Reuenthal's flagship, the Tristan. (LOGH: 'The Return')

When Yang chose to abandon Iserlohn, the Hyperion led the Yang Fleet in the subsequent battles of the war, culminating in the decisive Battle of Vermilion. As Yang was given complete control over remaining available fleet assets, the Hyperion thus became the Star Fleet's supreme flagship for the last few months of the war. With victory moments away and Duke Lohengramm's flagship Brünhild in the Hyperion's gun sights, the Alliance government issued the order to surrender. (LOGH: 'Sudden Change')

El Facil Revolutionary Reserve Force/Iserlohn Republic ForcesEdit

As part of the Treaty of Ba‘alat, the Alliance fleet was required to scrap all of its battleships and carriers, including the Hyperion. However, before it could be dismantled, the Second Alliance–Imperial War began, and Admiral Chung Wu-Cheng provided it to Vice Admirals Edwin Fischer, Murai, and Fyodor Patrichev to join Yang, along with 5559 other warships. After an arduous, round-about journey, the fleet joined Yang's El Facil Revolutionary Reserve Force at the newly re-captured Iserlohn Fortress in January 800 UC (2 NIC / 491 IC / 3600 CE). However, Yang had already taken the battleship Ulysses as his new flagship. (LOGH: 'Invitation to an Opera', 'To El Facil', 'The Edict of the Winter Rose Garden')

Instead, the Hyperion was provided to High Admiral Merkatz as his own flagship, and remained as such for the remainder of its service. Its first battle in this capacity was the Battle of the Corridor. Following that, it fought as part of the fleet of the Iserlohn Republic in the Eleventh Battle of Iserlohn in 801 UC (3 NIC / 492 IC / 3601 CE). (LOGH: 'The Battle of the Corridor: The Invincible and the Undefeated', 'A Challenge to Arms')

Final battleEdit

Having never been damaged in battle before, at the Battle of Shiva in 801 UC (3 NIC / 492 IC / 3601 CE), the Hyperion's good fortune came to an end. High Admiral Bittenfeld's Black Lancers charged the Iserlohn fleet whilst the Eisenach Fleet raked the Iserlohn formation with stand-off fire. With the Iserlohn fleet's formation in disarray, a barrage of cannon fire struck the Hyperion, overwhelming its shields and wrecking the ship. Internal explosions ripped through the ship's corridors, and High Admiral Merkatz was killed in the process. (LOGH: 'The Beautiful Maiden Wants Blood')

GalleryEdit

AppendicesEdit

AppearancesEdit

Name variationsEdit

  • Hyperion (LD/DVD subtitles)
  • ヒューベリオン (LD/DVD subtitles — Japanese)

Background informationEdit

Hyperion is one of the twelve Titan gods of Ancient Greek mythology.

Licensed sourcesEdit

The Hyperion was a second line battleship from the generation of ships preceding the Ajax class, and its design dates from the 760 UC (451 IC / 3560 CE) era. The Hyperion was originally assigned as flagship of the 3rd Border System Security Squadron but was hurriedly transferred to Heinessen, upon the decision to form the 13th Fleet. A rushed modernisation and refit was undertaken. Most of its antennas were added at this period. The pennant number was meant to be 1301 as flagship of the 13th Fleet but it was not changed due to the limited time available for refitting, so it went on to capture Iserlohn Fortress under its old pennant number of 144M. After the enormous success and fame associated with capturing Iserlohn Fortress, it was decided to keep the old pennant number permanently.

At the time of its initial design, combat fighters had not been developed yet. The Spartanian launch facilities were a later addition once the development of compact high performance fusion reactors in early 770 UC (461 IC / 3570 CE) allowed for space combat fighters.

Masasoite is another battleship from the same era as Hyperion. (Fleet File Collection Vol.3)

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ApocryphaEdit

DVD featuresEdit

A sketch of the Hyperion's internal structure appears in the extra features of the DVD box set. The DVD features also confirm the Hyperion as an old battleship.

Fleet File CollectionEdit

The Hyperion is included as a model in Fleet File Collection Vol.3.

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