Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Fortress Iserlohn!















Fortress Iserlohn firing its main cannon at some hapless Alliance fleet.

Fortress Iserlohn!
For those of you who have never seen Legend of the Galactic Heroes, this is the death star fortress that serves as a critical plot mcguffin to series as well as the inspiration for the name of my blog.

Some fun facts about this fort.
1. Its 60 kilometer sphere
2. Its has a liquid armor surface that weapons platforms can float on, and ships need to sink through to get into the interior of it
3. It has a city in it as well as a full fleet dock for at least 15,000 ships
4. It has tons of guns
5. It has a big cannon call "Thor's Hammer" which can wipe out a 1000 ships at time if it hits a fleet.
6. The interior part of it is decorate in Imperial Gaudy. The art style that afflicts the Empire, and at times seems more like a giant art museum gone wrong then an invincible space fortress.
7. It gets captured by Yang Wengli twice :p
8. It has a pretty nice park and civilian areas
9. Its located on the Iserlohn Corridor and serves as the choke point on that route, thus whoever controls the fort for the most part of the war was the power that launched offensives.
10. It was built as a symbol of imperial rule, yet ironically it becomes one of the most hallowed sites of the forces of democracy and republicanism for that universe as the series progresses.

6 comments:

OmegaPaladin said...

60 km diameter? That gives a 188 km circumference (equator line), and a volume over 113,000 km^3.

Overall, it's a lot smaller than the Death Star, but over twice the size of a Gundam colony.

For a real life comparison, consider that 60 km is about the distance from Joliet Airport to the Sears Tower.

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