The engines are located at aft of the PoA. The engine room, which powers both the engines and MAC, would be located as close to the 2 of them as possible. That would mean the engine room is also located in the aft of the PoA. Its best location would be safely on the X-Y convergence of the ship, between the engines and MAC. No ship designer would created a need for all that power to be generated at the bow of a ship just to be transferred to the aft and then used… Powerwire is as short as possible. Control wire can be whatever length is needed to ensure the powerwire remains short.
Where foehammer chose to pick up the Chief makes the most sense as a Pelican does not maneuver well and so for a quick pick-up, lots of open area is needed. However, the best bet would have been to have foehammer meet the Chief in the hangar bay instead of picking him up.
Gameplay wise, very little makes sense in how the ship is constructed. The 3km trek across a 1.17 km deck is obviously a fault.
The giant gap in the middle of ship… who designs a gap like that in a ship?
The engine room is situated near the outer hulls AND at the belly of the ship’ s bow.
Oh and along that exaggerated final run, what kind of military architect would design a service-way with all of those winding corridors that connect to open rooms filled with structures that prevent expediated travels? Soooo not “proper.”
Oh and who puts a mess hall directly beside the main bridge? I never once saw a convenient head, only convenient eating areas
As for the engine room not being all yoinked! up. There is a reason the main armoury is situated beside the engine room, it is the most secured and damage resistant area in the ship. (Too bad the Spartan weapon locker was so close to the outerhulls). Yes the armoury shows more damage than the engine room, but that’s relatively speaking.
The weapon lockers aren’t meant to be tough, the rooms that house them are. So the lockers and bulkheads are damaged (for whatever reason) while the actual “shell” that contains both the armoury and engine room is very much intact.
The engine room itself, it shows damage, just not extreme damage like the rest of the ship as it is constructed of materials meant to be resistant to high temperatures and stress levels in the first place.