The Tempest’s kinetic matrix produces extremely volatile energies. These energies are routed through the multiple resonators, coils, and amplifiers housed in the claw-like fore of the ship, where they are fused into a sphere of highly charged particles. The resulting projectile, while unstable, may be launched over great distances to soften up enemy forces or deal with defensive emplacements before Protoss armies engage in glorious battle.
Tempest pilots sit in a specially shielded cockpit overlooking the vessel’s primary weapon, where they make adjustments to ensure each blast is cohesive enough to reach the target. They also regulate the energy flow from the kinetic matrix to prevent catastrophic overloads which could compromise or destroy their ship. The power coursing through the Tempest’s hull is so monumental that its pilots must wear bulky dampening armor to withstand it.
The Tempest’s large thrusters generate enough drive to displace the vessel’s considerable mass, and are designed to take advantage of the immense power output of the ship’s kinetic matrix. Protoss phase-smiths fitted the Tempest with sophisticated stabilization technology to prevent energy fluctuations that could jeopardize the integrity of the ship when firing its primary weapon.