The SC Lilith was a heavy cruiser class used by the Shivans in both the Great War and the Second Shivan Incursion. The Lilith offered a heavy beam cannon against capital ships and numerous other turrets against fighters.
|The SC Lilith
FS1 Tech Room Description
While far more rare than its counterpart, the Cain-class cruiser, the Lilith is one of the most ferocious cruisers we have had the misfortune of combating. It has extremely strong weapon systems, as well as a very thick armor which our cannons can barely penetrate. One for one, the Lilith can easily destroy any of our cruisers. It is for this reason that they should be considered a primary target for all bomber squadrons in the GTA.
The Lilith should be considered a Class A threat to any ships that encounter it.
FS2 Tech Room Description
The SC Lilith class of Shivan cruisers is a far-deadlier foe than the Cain class. Nearly impenetrable armor plating enables it to withstand tremendous punishment, enabling its nine turrets to lash out at warships and combat spacecraft with impunity.
|The SC Lilith in FS2_Open 3.6.12
In Hebrew mythology, Lilith was a female Mesopotanian demon associated with spreading illnesses and diseases.
Lilith is referred sometimes to the demonic aspects of the female sex: Supposedly, when Eva bit into the apple in God's garden and corrupted Adam, she took the aspect of Lilith (which is why she is sometimes identified as the "first wife" of Adam). It is said that Lilith's offspring formed the incubi and succubi, demonic destructive personas incarnating sin of the male (incubi) and female (succubi) sexes, which would cause nightmares and night terrors by copulating with sleepers.
The Lilith is, in FS2, probably the single most effective cruiser in the game. It gains this title simply because it is ridiculously difficult to destroy. This cruiser can survive a dual Helios hit! This thick armor also makes it very difficult to knock out critical subsystems and weapons, while its main beam cannon is a destroyer-scale LRed, giving it a nasty punch. Despite its durability, its antifighter defenses are only marginally superior to the Cain, with its Shivan Cluster launchers instead of Fighterkiller missiles.
Ridiculously well armed and protected, but extremely badly armed for combating fighters. Interesting how the Moloch can mount 3 SReds, the same as the Rakshasa, but this can mount one sodding huge LRed despite being smaller than the Moloch and only slightly bigger in total size than the Rakshasa.
If this ship comes out during an escort mission, be sure to have at least 3 Trebuchets and use them to destroy that LRed beam before it tears your escort to shreds.
The Lilith is known to be very rare in combat so the presence of many warships of this class in a Shivan cruiser wing has to be somewhat justified. Try to balance its use and don't hesitate in switching the LRed into a SRed for balancing reasons.
The real pain for me was always the Shivan clusters, which give devastating all-around protection. They're in little recessed hexagons on the sides and are hard to hit. An individual cruiser is always an easy target, but they're usually found in groups—which means cluster missile hell in this case.
Flying a fighter or bomber, the Lilith poses little threat. It does, however, have an exorbitant amount of armor, meaning bombers should expend more than would be expected for a cruiser and fighters should leave it well enough alone. Against everything else, however, that LRed gives it amazing power. In escorts, it should be #1 priority. Two Liliths can destroy nearly every GTVA destroyer, corvette, and cruiser: Only the Hatshepsut can match their combined firepower.
Here's a little note for those who are interested: in retail, both the Cain and Lilith look exactly the same, having the same hull theme much akin to the SD Ravana (grey-red instead of black-red), but in versions of FS2_Open before 3.6.10, the Cain gets a new, black-themed hull while the Lilith retains the old Ravana-esque hull. In 3.6.10, the hull textures are swapped, so a Lilith in 3.6.10 now looks like a Cain in pre-3.6.10 versions of FS2_Open.