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Moya
Production information
Class

Leviathan Transport

Manufacturer

Builders

Technical specifications
Shielding

Peacekeeper Defense Screen (Jury Rigged Salvage)

Countermeasures

Starburst

Armament

None

Complement

Several transport pods, one Prowler, Farscape-1, Lo'La

Crew

One Pilot, DRDs

Usage
Role(s)

Prisoner transport

Earliest sighting

1.01 "Premiere"

Latest sighting

"Peacekeeper Wars: Part 2"

Affiliation

Independent, formerly Peacekeeper

Known commander(s)
  [Source]

Moya was a Leviathan transport, a sentient, organic space ship previously in the captivity of the Peacekeepers before her prisoners escaped, allowing her to be free of her control collar and escape herself. She was 23 cycles old when John Crichton came aboard, making her 27-28 cycles old at the end of the Peacekeeper/Scarran War.

Being bio-mechanoid Moya contained both biological and technological components.

Moya, like all Leviathans, had no weapons and was capable of only one defensive maneuver, Starburst. The ability to Starburst is a faster than light drive system that is unmatched in its ability to evade pursuers. A Starbursting Leviathan can not be caught unless its drive system is disrupted just before launch and once gone it can travel distances that would take other ships far longer to travel. Aiding this ability to evade is the imprecise nature of Starburst travel, often even the ship and crew have no idea where they have ended up. It is likely biological due to its not being duplicated on any non-living ship despite the Peacekeepers interest in the ability. Starburst begins with an energy build up in an internal chamber which surges through the pilot den, around the pilot. The energy is then released out the rear of the ship to surge over the ship's hull. Upon reaching the nose of the ship it opens a tear into another dimension and the ship enters it. The ship is shifted through that dimension until it is pushed out at random achieving travel speeds unmatched by all but wormhole travel.

Like others of her race, Moya was captured by a Peacekeeper squad at a young age and was bonded with a Pilot, who serves as the Leviathan's navigator, operator, companion, and link to the crew of the ship. Moya was once a captive of the Peacekeepers who control her and other Leviathans through the use of giant control collars placed around the ships that prevent autonomous control and inflict pain with disobedience. Moya and Pilot, with the help of Crichton, Zhaan, Rygel and Ka D'Argo, manage to escape. Moya has become a friend and home to her crew and they have been through many bizarre, disheartening, and exhilarating events together. Indeed, on one occasion, when Crichton was asked why the crew were fighting so hard to save Moya, Crichton compared Moya to a mother, as she 'gave birth' to all of them by bringing them together and giving them a home.

She has given birth to one offspring, a male by the name of Talyn, named by Aeryn Sun after her father. Due to a genetic altering project that occurred a few cycles before her escape she is capable of producing Leviathan-Gunship hybrids, of which Talyn is one.

Background informationEdit

Rockne S. O'Bannon recalls the trouble they had when initially designing Moya. He stated, "The notion of a being that was large enough to carry other beings inside as parasites seemed like a cool idea. The tough part was to come up for a design for Moya, particularly the interior, because, as I kept saying to Ricky Eyres, I wanted it to look 'suggestive' of organic, but I didn't want it to give the sense that when people walked down the passageway you'd hear a squishing sound. I didn't want it to be off-putting in that way. If people tuned into the show and didn't know that Moya was a living being, they'd think that our characters were inside a ship with very unusual lines. then when you tell the audience it's a living organism, they can see it." ("Farscape Chronicles" - Starburst Edition DVD v1.1)

AppearancesEdit

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