My options/choices bubbled down too:
Fit it all in an Orca for sneaking it about. Not impossible when repackaged.
Being able to choose what you want for the mission. Like the T3C.
Science options on a Battleship hull ( we do not have that at present ).
Doing an Incursion if you need the ISK.
Raiding Low & Null, with a way to scan stuff down AND get home.
This is more that just dog-fighting with T3C’s. The Marauder is there to go out & smite pirates, but it can’t do science. The Nestor can rep, drone, & do a little blapping, but it can’t do science.
The gap is science.
So, yes, Sisters of EVE need to make a bigger Stratios. Fair does. But… With the Nullbears & their swarms you need a boat that can survive better than a Strat caught off guard. Whilst doing what a Strat does.
Want to nail a big low-sec site for the loot drop, but Medium Guns won’t cut it? You’ll need Large Guns then. And you’ll need enough tank. Possibly with Cov Ops to make it home too.
That’s it really. Large Turrets. Large Launchers. Science Rigs. All stuff that T3C’s can’t do. And the Sciencey stuff can’t be done by Marauders or the Nestor either ( the Nestor is a reps boat with Nice Drones ).
FC Bunker might be an option too.
Storyline-wise I was looking at how it’s usually Low & Null raiding High Sec. The Empires in retreat. Said Empires are always trying to get sleeper, drifter, etc, tech & shinies; so what would they do with them? I think it’s about time the Empires struck back ( ahem ).
As a Tactical ship I would not expect it to have the Firepower of a Nightmare, or the Webbi-ness of the Vindi, or the Web-range-i-ness of the Bagel. But it should get close in each configuration you choose.
The above vs Nightmare might be 2 gun slots plus a util slot ( 4 guns ) at 80% damage; & the Nightmare does 150% damage with 4 guns, 2 util slots, AND drones.
These boats won’t be gods ( like the people panicking above claim ).
I saw each Bank ( offensive ) as a turret with 2 guns, or 2 launchers, or a chunk of sciencey stuff, or a drone launcher. The Turret on real battleships goes down several decks into the hull after all. A Turret is A LOT of space to play with.
And I want a Syense Wessel. In an Orca. With a Graf Spe option