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The QuasiSpace Portal Spawner is a device constructed by the Arilou Lalee'lay for The Flagship as a favor to The Captain during the Second War. It is a variant on the Arilou's standard QuasiSpace Portal Spawners, devices which use Dimensional Fatigue technology to create a temporary overlap between the dimensions of HyperSpace and QuasiSpace, allowing the Arilou to jump into QuasiSpace without going to the trouble of finding one of the rare, intermittently active natural portals. The process of creating such portals is extremely energy-intensive and dependent on the portal's size; this is probably one of the primary limiting factors leading to the relatively small size of the standard Arilou Skiff.

In order to allow The Captain to use such a Spawner on the much larger Flagship, the Arilou had to amplify a standard Spawner's power using a Warp Pod scavenged from the wreck of an Ur-Quan Kzer-Za Dreadnought at Alpha Pavonis. The Captain's scientists were unable to divine the internal workings of this Spawner. Of particular concern was the fact that the Spawner contained a black box energy source: whatever exotic form of energy storage necessary to power the Spawner could not be reproduced by human technology. Therefore, there was no way to recharge it when it ran out of power, but in the end, The Flagship was destroyed before its Spawner became nonfunctional. With no way as yet to predict the service lifetime or reliability of such a device in the long term, the possible usefulness of installing large numbers of hybrid Spawners on battleships (even if the Arilou agreed to do so) remains in doubt.

The Druuge offered to trade three of their ships and to fill The Flagship's ship fuel tanks completely for The Captain's portal spawner; arguably he could have made a good deal by coming prepared with 14 empty double-capacity fuel tanks on his ship (getting almost 1400 fuel in the process which is worth 28000 resource units - more than triple the value of mining the entire Druuge sphere of influence!