All condor-class light carriers started their service lives as Tarsus class freighters. The conversion process is an involved and complex affair and requires proper space dock facilities.
Some in the sector argue even the Domain, with all their technological know-how, relied on conversions of this type to make more efficient use of a merchant fleet during times of escalated hostilities. Others point out that it is unclear how ubiquitous this approach was - there could have been fleets of Condors roaming Domain space, but there is scarce evidence one way or the other. Such details were all lost in the Collapse.
Nowadays the Condor-class sees heavy service in the Sector as the conversion is, for many, the easiest way to procure carrier capability for their organization. Even with limited flight deck space, the Condor gets the job done, relying on its tough armor, excellent bulkhead strength, and a respectable (for a light carrier) weapons package.
The Condor is a cheap, fairly effective basic carrier, with limited support armament. Fitted with the useful Fast Missile Racks subsystem and a medium missile mount, it is capable of providing prolonged pressure in fights using Pilum LRM Barrages, or using a Salamander MRM Pod to disable ships. At a pinch, it can be fitted with finisher missiles such as Harpoons or Reapers at crippled or disabled enemy vessels.
The Condor has fairly substantial armour and hull for a destroyer sized carrier, able to take a reasonable amount of damage in a fight despite it's mediocre shield and flux stats. The condor is however hampered by it's low speed, manoeuvrability and direct armament (offering only 2 small ballistic mounts to fit other weapons, usually point defence) as well as it's mediocre OP value. If enemies are capable of closing to firing range of a condor however, it will still likely be destroyed.
Despite this, the Condor has the dubious honour of offering the most deployment point efficient undamaged flight decks, offering one flight deck per 5 Deployment points. This is however tempered by the extremely limited selection of fighters or bombers it can field owing to it's limited OP points.
It is treated as a support carrier and hence will attempt to avoid direct combat unless fitted with a Reckless Officer, preferring to sit back outside of max range of enemies and launch fighters and missiles.