Multi-Vector Assault Mode is a set of three space abilities that are enabled when any Advanced Escort variant (Advanced Escort, Mirror Universe Advanced Escort, Multi-Vector Advanced Escort, Fleet Advanced Escort, Advanced Escort (T6) and Fleet Advanced Escort (T6)) has [Console - Universal - Multi-Vector Assault Module] equipped in one of her console slots.
Engaging multi-vector assault mode causes the player's vessel to separate into three smaller vessels, referred to as vectors. The player controls one of the vectors, selected by choosing one of the three space abilities shown below, and the other two become pets. Each pet has different abilities and statistics, and will fight along side the player. The section that you choose to command will retain the weapons you equip on the ship.
There is one ability for each of the three vectors:
- Multi-Vector Assault Mode - Alpha Command
- Multi-Vector Assault Mode - Beta Command
- Multi-Vector Assault Mode - Gamma Command
The Alpha section is the saucer section of the ship, and has a bias towards engineering.
- Bonus power to all subsystems.
- Bonus hull strength.
The Beta section is the upper stardrive section of the ship, and has a bias towards tactical.
- Bonus power to weapons.
- Bonus turn rate and speed.
The gamma section is the lower stardrive section of the ship and has a bias towards science.
- Bonus power to auxiliary.
- Bonus shield strength.
Multi-Vector Assault Mode was originally developed by Starfleet in the 2370s, being field-tested on the prototype ship USS Prometheus in 2374. Unfortunately, it was considered a failure for a time due to the ease in which the moving parts involved in the Multi-Vector seperation could be damaged and the concept was removed from the Advanced Escort before full production began. However, the design was later revisited and new advances in technology allowed the Multi-Vector Advanced Escort to be created based on the original design.
An interesting legacy of the original USS Prometheus field tests of the Multi-Vector Assault Mode is that during the tests, an attempt was made to capture the ship by the Romulan Star Empire. While the attempt was unsuccessful, enough information was recovered for the Romulans to eventually develop their own Dual Vector Separation technology for the Haakona Advanced Warbird.
- For the purpose of game balance, the two vector pets do not inherit the main vessels weapons or equipment. They will always use Phasers and standard shields, engines, etc. However, shield array, impulse engine and deflector cosmetic effects equipped on the player's ship are present on them as well.