SoroSuub Personal Luxury Yacht 3000 and the History of the Lady Luck
The luxury yacht itself that will be made available to Galaxy citizens will be the pleasure model that does not have Lando's "special modifications. The ship will be invulnerable to attack, possess no weapon systems, sensor arrays, escape pods, droid brain etc.
The SoroSuub Personal Luxury Yacht 3000 is a luxury yacht made famous by the Lady Luck. The Lady Luck is the personal starship of gambler and New Republic hero Lando Calrissian. Lando has owned numerous starships throughout his long career, but the Lady Luck has been the most durable. Calrissian purchased Lady Luck from an Orthellin royal mistress after the Battle of Endor. At the time, Lando's involvement with the mining operation known as Nomad City kept him from tinkering with the starship, but in the years since he has repeatedly modified and upgraded Lady Luck.
Lando initially planned to transform the Lady Luck into an advanced luxury cruiser. However, Calrissian's near-constant involvement with the New Republic has forced him to convert the Lady Luck into a competent combat vehicle. At first glance, the fifty-meter long starship appears to be an unarmed pleasure yacht, but this placid exterior conceals five retractable laser cannons and a small ion cannon turret. A pair of powerful Chempat-6 deflector shield generators provide moderate protection from enemy fire. The Lady Luck's engines are housed in two long engine pods connected to the main hull. Although the starship's sublight and hyperdrive speeds can't match those of the Millennium Falcon, the Lady Luck can still outrace nearly any other luxury vehicle in the galaxy.
The Lady Luck's secondary systems truly set it apart. It has a highly-sophisticated sensor system allowing Lando to detect, identify, and scan approaching vessels at great range. When the Lady Luck is scanned by customs officials or enemy forces, the ship's transponder can be programmed with up to three separate false identities that include aliases, fake cargo manifests, and modified system specs. Lando frequently changes these identities, although he has used the alias "Stardream" on more than one occasion. A droid brain aboard the starship can pilot the starship in emergencies and direct it towards a summoning unit that Lando always keeps on his belt; this feature proved especially helpful when Lando, Luke Skywalker, and Han Solo were forced to flee the mining city of Ilic. The starship also has concealed smuggler compartments.
Although the Lady Luck is now well-suited to combat, it is still a lavish luxury starship. An entire observation level includes an exterior deck and numerous viewports. Lando's private suite and the five visitor cabins are decorated with rare art from around the galaxy. Conform-couches can be found throughout the starship, and the main deck contains a jet-stream meditation pool, and a small crystal garden. Even the Lady Luck's escape pods are furnished with state-of-the-art grav-couches covered in the finest Corellian leather.
"Her name says all you need to know. The Lady Luck's fickle, but when she's smiling down on you, you're bound to win. She hasn't given up on me yet."
- - Lando Calrissian
Developer Comments on the Creation of the Lady Luck
By Artist Rick Knox
The initial design of the Sorosuub 3000 comes from the expanded universe, "Heir to the Empire" which is where I began my search for technical drawings, deck plans and other source information. As it turns out there isn't a lot of source material for the Sorosuub 3000, but fortunately I was given great latitude with its design. First I started with the outside and used the basic profile seen in "Star Wars: The Essentials Guide to Vehicles and Vessels" and expanded that concept. The drawings aren't too exciting so I spiced them up by adding surface detailing, exposed machinery and other subtle details to give the Sorosuub 3000 some character. After the external portion of the model was finished and signed off, it was time to work on the design for the inside rooms.
For this part of the ship I wanted to consult with Technical Art Director Jeff Dobson and Lead Designer Cinco Barnes. Cinco wanted the ship to have a lot of windows so players could enjoy the "glass bottom boat" effect in space and wanted the ship to be unarmed and invulnerable (since it isn't a combat vehicle). The only problem we had was why would anyone want an unarmed, invulnerable ship? Well the answer had to be, "because it looks COOL!" We got a look at another version of the Lady Luck shown in a different game but ultimately decided it wasn't large enough and didn't have enough windows. I then did some quick concept layouts and discussed the possibilities with Jeff, but knew that I wanted it to be big and spacious. After a few sessions of mapping out rooms I decided on a final layout, and got started making the ships insides. The main observation deck needed to be 2 floors high with a balcony so you could really get the feel of how large the ship is. After designing this room the others rooms were created using a similar theme of curved pylons and surfaces and deep warm colors.
Lastly I had to come up with hull patterns for the Sorosuub 3000. For this I wanted to tie in the inside styling I had come up with, which was a sort of flowing advanced yacht look. So I look at some Winnebagos and real world yachts and came up with 6 patterns that look relevant to star wars but also give it the pleasure yacht look. The Sorosuub 3000 in Jump to Lightspeed is approximately 90 meters long and has 8 Rooms including a Bridge, Stateroom, Meditation room, Armory, Engineering, Bar and two Observation decks. Its Three stories high and has 2 elevators and 26 windows. You may not be able to fight in the Sorosuub 3000, but I bet you will have a good time!
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