Roguestar (or Rogue Star) is the flagship and mobile base of operations for the Renegade movement. This colossal vessel can hold off a fleet of Command Centers or lay siege to GoBotron itself. It employs Astrobeam technology to dispatch Renegade agents throughout the galaxy and is equipped with a scaled-up version of the Stealth Device, making Roguestar undetectable to the Guardians until it's time...to strike!
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Construction of Roguestar was near-complete around the time the Renegades' final outpost on GoBotron fell, being the base from which Dr. Go helped Cy-Kill and other captured Renegades from custody on the Guardian Prison Moon. After Cy-Kill and key lieutenants Fitor, Crasher and Cop-Tur were brought onboard the Guardians unwittingly freed the Master Renegade from exile on Antares III ; with his Transgressor technology the Renegades made a full-scale assault on GoBotron, spearheaded by Roguestar, which acted as a mothership for the fleet of Thrusters deployed. The Guardians' defences were overwhelmed, with Leader-1 shot down and captured, most of the Command Center fleet knocked out and numerous Guardians injured or captured, leaving GoBotron in Renegade hands. The huge ship remained in orbit as the Renegades tried to stamp out the last few resisting Guardians . After escaping to Earth the Guardians made a desperate attack on Roguestar with their new Power Suits. Despite the arrival of the Last Engineer allowing the Guardians to form the Power Warrior Courageous their most potent weapon was the Master Renegade, who pulled an ill-timed coup against Cy-Kill before botching the defence; by the time the Renegade leader regained control many Thrusters had been destroyed, and he ordered Roguestar to switch on its' stealth device and withdraw, ceding GoBotron to the Guardians.
Despite this setback Roguestar was completed and would continue to be a major thorn in the side of the Guardians and their UNECOM allies, due to its' ability to cruise through the solar system undetected and launch powerful Renegade attacks without any warning. Its' only weakness was its' lack of hyperspace ability, and a Renegade attempt to create fuel that would allow it to do so from varium ore was thwarted when the Guardians destroyed the Renegades' mining operation. It was briefly drained of power when firing the Nova Beam devised by Doctor Braxis, and the weapon ultimately had to be jettisoned after this helped the Guardians track the ship. Later the ship was infiltrated by both the Guardians and Exor's insectoids , which briefly fell into the hands of the other-dimensional creatures. Ultimately its' weaponry would help weaken Exor enough that she could be returned to her own dimension.
After being a launch point for a string of successful near-Earth raids the Guardians decided to make a decisive attack on Roguestar. While a team led by Leader-1 were able to get onboard the ship and plant an L-Ron detonator onboard the Renegades were able to void the device into space in the nick of time. Zero briefly controlled Roguestar during his uprising against Cy-Kill, but after his movement was defeated it returned to the restored Renegade leader. A second usurping saw Leader-1 - in a personality-inverting exo-suit - set himself up as new Renegade leader. He was returned to his normal self and led a Guardian team who nearly took control of the Roguestar but the Renegades were able to jettison the ship's bridge and regain command of the ship. The Guardians once again tried to take action to neutralise the threat of the ship, recruiting the mentally inconsistent disgraced scientist Doctor Braxis. He devised a string of satellites to detect Roguestar; they failed in their designed purpose but actually initiated molecular breakdown of the ship, causing an evacuation. The Renegades seized Braxis and made him work with Dr. Go to restore the ship, which they were successful in doing. The Master Renegade was held in a cell onboard Roguestar under guard, but Vamp and Scorp were able to knock out Stretch and free him.
- An early working name for the ship was Doomstar, which was changed late in the day and resulted in some very late redubbing to a few episodes, notably "Ultra Zod", though the term slipped past the highly attentive story editors Jeff Segal and Kelly Ward in "The Last Magic Man".
- While the animation model sheet for the craft spells the name "Rogue Star" with a space, the use of the name without a space in the onscreen title of "The Quest for Roguestar" is considered definitive. Which obviously meant Ask Vector Prime got it wrong. Unless it was meta or somesuch.
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