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A concept drawing of a Raptor-class Cloudship.
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Cloudships are giant warships used by the Equestrian Defense Force during the Great War and by the Enclave after the war.

History of UseEdit

During the WarEdit

It is unknown at what point during the war that the cloudships came into play. All that is known is that they were used by the Pegasus during the war and that they were built using Unicorn magic. This meant that after the Megaspells hit, the cloudships fell out of production.

After the WarEdit

After the Megaspells hit and the Pegasi closed the sky, there were only 4 Thunderheads and about 50 Raptor class Cloudships left, without Unicorn magic the Pegasus Enclave was unable to build more.

During the events of Fallout: Equestria, the Pegasus Enclave lost a tremendous number of cloudships. The first of these losses were the four Raptors deployed to Splendid Valley, destroyed by the same balefire bomb that destroyed the Goddess.

Under Operation Cauterize, many more cloudships were sent below the clouds, and they very quickly began suffering losses. During the assault on Friendship City, three Raptors were destroyed. One was shot down by the city's harbor guns, one was destroyed by fratricide for disobeying orders and refusing to fire on civilians, and the last was destroyed when Littlepip and her companions detonated bombs within the Raptor's hangar. Lionheart and Mouse also destroyed one over Stalliongrad, and four more were destroyed over New Appleloosa by Ditzy Doo's sonic rad-boom. Calamity noted that the dozen Raptors lost in that week were more than the Enclave had lost in the past two-hundred years.

Losses accelerated from there. Lionheart and Mouse captured another Raptor (known as The Lenticular) on the way to the cathedral, killing the entire crew aboard with the Pink Cloud. At the battle for the cathedral itself, the Thunderhead Overcast and a group of six Raptors serving as escort detail fought against the Cyberdragon, leading to the destruction of half of the Raptors present, while a fourth was destroyed by Red Eye's artillery on the ground. Near the end of the battle, the Raptor Lenticular returned, full of Pink Cloud, smashing into the Overcast while Lionheart declared revenge for Canterlot, causing the Overcast to crash into the Cathedral and explode, it's unknown what happened to the two remaining Raptors whose fate was not specified.

At Fillydelphia, the Enclave committed "more than a dozen" Raptors and the Thunderhead Glorious Dawn. The Cyberdragon returned, destroying two Raptors before being slain. The final blow was another sonic rad-boom from Ditzy Doo, which destroyed the Glorious Dawn and all remaining Raptors.

In the final engagement, at least three Raptors were lost at Neighvarro, one to Spike, and two to friendly fire, but not before dealing damage to Spike; causing him to lose one of his eyes in the fight.

In all, the Enclave lost two Thunderheads and more than 32 Raptors, more than half their total cloudship force. The surviving Raptors were noted as withdrawing and regrouping with the remaining Thunderheads, presumably ending Operation Cauterize.

Ship ClassEdit

There are several types of Cloudship, though only a few are more prominently featured and named.

Raptor ClassEdit

Raptor class Cloudships are built for small scale assault on ground forces and ideally built for aerial combat. They are fast and highly maneuverable cloudships and were notably used to take down attacking forces like dragons, earning them the nickname of "Dragon Killers". They are very susceptible to Sonic Rainboom attacks which annihilate the clouds giving them lift, causing them to crash.

Raptors consist of a huge deployment hangar with platforms for massive magical energy cannons, flanked by thunderclouds and move through the air on a dozen propellers.

Known Raptors - Pyrocumulus, Altostratus, Nimbostratus, Lenticular, Nacreous, Noctilucent, Mammatus 

Sky-tankEdit

Sky-tanks are cloudships, built for the purpose of transporting large numbers of troops to various locales. They also contain weapon platforms to fire from and defend the troops inside and are driven by a single pilot. They are armed with plasma cannons.

Known Sky-tanks: Tortoise

Bombing ChariotsEdit

Bombing Chariots are cloudships that are similar in design to pre-war sky chariots used by Celestia and Luna. They are built for bombing ground based targets, but can also defend themselves with mounted weaponry.

ThunderHead ClassEdit

The largest known class of cloudship. Thunderheads act as moving military bases, deploying troops and vehicles to the battlefield and also wielding its own, very lethal weaponry.

Known Thunderheads: Overcast, Glorious Dawn, Victorious

Cloudships in Side StoriesEdit

Various Cloudships have made appearances in other stories.

Sky-tanksEdit

ThunderheadsEdit

RaptorsEdit

VertibuckEdit

A Vertibuck is a type of Cloudship that acts as a troop transport and a powerful assault craft, depending on the situation.

NotesEdit

  • The Sky-tank, Tortoise, is a reference to Tank, Rainbow Dash's pet tortoise.
  • The Thunderhead cloudship seems to be based on the Mobile Base Crawler from Fallout 3's expansion, Broken Steel.
  • The Raptor class Cloudship replaces the Vertibird from the Fallout series, alongside the Sky-tank, the role of the Vertibird being split between them.
  • The Vertibuck featured in various side-stories is based on the Vertibird from the Fallout series.

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