The Reaper Corvette is a common design among mercenary groups, pirates, and even the SSC. Designed initially by the SSC over 30 years ago, it was a vital support vessel before the Terran-Fraal war. Armed with 4 rapid fire plasma cannon turrets, the Reaper is the perfect fighter screen. A small number of these ships can hold off entire waves of fighters. Their role proved most vital when the fledgling pirate clans of PTF (Pre Terran-Fraal war) became an increasing nuisence, driving merchants off of the trade routes. The SSC sent in a small number of these corvettes to put an end to the raids. However, when the convoy they were accompanying was attacked, they encountered a surprise. The pirates had apparently stolen two light carriers, each with a full compliment of fighters. The fighters engaged the corvettes, only to be driven back. Again and again the corvettes were able to drive off the fighters, they held their positions with minimal damage until reinforcements could arrive in the form of two "Andorian" Class Destroyers.