This article is about the starship. For the weapon, see M-9 Tempest.
The Andromeda Initiative Survey Ship Tempest is a scout ship used by the Pathfinder team to explore various worlds across the Heleus Cluster in the hope of finding suitable homes for Milky Way colonists in the Andromeda galaxy. Between missions, Tempest is the Pathfinder team's home, and everything in it is state of the art.
The Tempest was originally one of several purpose-built ships for each Ark's Pathfinder team. Kallo Jath was part of the team that designed and tested the Tempest and its prototype. When the Nexus struck the Scourge after arriving in the Heleus Cluster, the other Pathfinder ships were destroyed, making the Tempest one of a kind. Before the arrival of Ark Hyperion, Nexus leadership had planned to dismantle the Tempest for its parts, but Vetra Nyx protected the ship.
Practical applications of intel and samples gathered like upgrading weapons, armor, and the Nomad ND1 are done in the research room, supported by discoveries from the ship's tech and bio labs. It is situated at the ship's approximate center, between engineering at the aft and the tech and bio labs at the fore. Additionally, Strike Team missions can be launched from a terminal in this room.
Another facility below the meeting room, the med bay has beds armed with a variety of medical equipment to diagnose and treat potential injuries. This is also the location where a Respec Station can be found.
The Pathfinder's cabin is generally off-limits to the crew unless invited inside. It is the exclusive abode of the ship's commander. Amenities present include a sitting room, a music system, a email terminal, a wardrobe, and a window to (or a projection of) space taking up an entire side, and far larger living quarters compared to the crew's.
This is where the ship's pilot steers the ship and where the Pathfinder operates the navigational system, synced specifically to them. The foremost section of the ship, the bridge also has a wide viewing area displaying the universe ahead. Additionally the galaxy map and email terminal can be accessed from this location.
The Tempest is designed to be small, stealthy and fast, trading off heavy armor and a main gun to excel in these. It is capable of covering 13 lightyears per day in FTL. The Tempest's size allows it to land on planets with little trouble, much like the SSV Normandy and unlike the larger Normandy SR-2. Four main thrusters provide its propulsion and it has four additional downward thrusters to stabilize its descent: two below the canard and two below the main wings. It is equipped with an array of scanners for determining groundside conditions before landing.
Welcome to your new InfoBoard!
Congratulations [Pathfinder Ryder] on successful installation of your InforBoard v3.4!
You are now ready to keep yourself and your staff informed on the latest developments aboard [The Tempest].
>Okay, I've set up everyone's user accounts. Have at it. [Cora]
Anyone want to help me move a couch?
Not right now, but I'll keep you on my list (especially if you're biotic and can drop the weight). Pay you back in beer or whatever else we find. [Liam]
>Are you serious? [Suvi]
>>I never joke about comfortable seating. [Liam]
Dinner Tonight: NULL ENTRY
Sorry everyone! I forgot we were taking turns and half the rations aren't unpacked yet. [Kallo]
>Got you covered, Kallo. There's soup in the gally (detro and levo for me) and fruit cocktail. [Vetra]
>>And to think we might have left port without you. [Kallo]
Found in the med bay on Lexi's desk
You've got this
You don't need an old man a few hundred years your junior to tell you you're ready for this. I'll do it anyway, because I know it's true. You keep your Ryder safe and I'll do the same with mine.