Kind of makes previous comment go double: Those Sunsear lasers give it massive reach, whereas a slaughter-class generally carries shorter range but more potent 'hard rounds' macrocannons; again, getting up close and personal will be critical.
The archeotech void shields are an issue, but you did mention she's damaged so hopefully that will equal things out. A bigger issue is the fact that she carries a lance mount in her prow rather than torpedo tubes - again, ordnance would be a big threat to a largely defenseless slaughter-class, but if we're already saying a close-range ambush is key, then the fact that the Ascension packs two cruiser weapon mounts rather than one is a big deal - normally you could trust your void shields to take more or less anything it can throw from a single macrobattery (especially lasers) but not if there's a lance shot coming in after it.
Two good things:
- She carries a BG-15 auspex rather than a naval sensor array. A Dictator's detection rating isn't exactly poor, but at least she's not carrying anything to increase it further.
- That cargo hold refit will impair her manouvrability, too, so if she doesn't see you coming you'll have an edge in trying to keep an advantageous tactical position; a slaughter is damn manouvrable - one of the fastest human ships larger than a raider or light cruiser, in fact - and a dictator isn't - so the opposed checks will be on your side.
The barracks...yeah, well, it's a Rogue Trader's flagship. A barracks component - and hence a regiment of troops - is pretty much a given if he expects a fight. Key to success will be not letting them get involved in the first place. Depressurising an entire regimental barracks is going to be difficult (although it's a very worthwhile target for critical hits!) but cutting off their access to key regions of the ship is possible.
Depending on the nature of their relationship with the Rogue Trader, suborning the Zaythi might not be a bad plan; you'd have a couple of thousand well-trained soldiers whose training basically revolved around capturing, destroying and boarding mechanised megastructures already based inside the enemy ship. That would probably depend on a suitably gifted Heretic and minions getting aboard somehow.
Hmm....Stoic, stoic....that save against criticals could be an issue with any sabotage attempts or trying to punch out key systems with your opening broadside. However, it reduces the profit factor Waldorf receives from endeavours. In addition, he's operating a cruiser-class flagship, and in addition to the addition, it's damaged. That means he's going to be running shy on funds, which in turn is (theoretically) going to make him extremely sensitive to threats to his pocketbook. That may be a way to lead him round by the nose into a trap. What's the Ascension's history?
Of course, you don't necessarily have to take him out yourself - if the Waldorf dynasty collapses, the other major rogue trader houses will swiftly move in and pick over their holdings. Why not see if you can arrange for this to happen the other way around - make Winterscale and/or Chorda (or both!) think Waldorf has picked sides in their ongoing little war and is fighting for the other side. If he's got no safe port to repair and re-arm, can't draft replacement crew and is forced to plunder his troops to make up deckhand numbers, you're stacking the deck further in your favour. Karrad Vall may not be that patient, though.
Equally, you may be able to find
cannon fodder allies for your attack by looking at the Waldorf dynasty's enemies - if he's a militant rogue trader, he'll have plenty. Don't forget trying to pull strings via the Navigator houses, or the Enginseer Prime's home Forge, too.
Also - one last suggestion: Vall is a pirate, but the Heretics may have more far-reaching if less powerful contacts. With my Heretek hat on, consider contacting the Hollows (if you know anyone there) and acquiring cultures of the Obliterator Virus. Releasing that stuff covertly in the Ascension's engineerium decks should be good for a giggle.
Edited by Magnus Grendel, 23 July 2014 - 02:03 AM.