The Princely Prosperity
note: I may change the image if I end up drawing something more fitting
Despite their utter and crushing defeat at the hands of the Imperium, the Meritech clans did not give up all their secrets when they were scattered from their strongholds.
The largest secret that even the Inquisition could never confirm was the location of the Meritech Flagship: the Princely Prosperity. It was a huge bulk carrier, and a ship to rival some of the most renowned of the Adeptus Mechanicus Universe-class Conveyors. Despite its stately appearance, the Princely Prosperity was not a trade ship, but a brutal weapon of war meant to slay enemies and crush rebellious strongholds.
Meritech Heretechs built the ship with rows of labyrinthine and unfathomable autoloaders capable of cradling entire warships inside the bulk carrier’s bays. Inside were dense and autonomous systems required to keep so many small remora vessels repaired and ready.
If the Princely Prosperity still exists, and is not just a starry tale told around smoky bars where old voidsmen gather, it likely fled into the Expanse along with the last remnants of the Meritech Clans.
Whoever commands the Princely Prosperity must be a fearsome captain and brilliant leader, able to fend off the worst of the Expanse and steal whatever is needed to keep the ship running.
Dimensions: 11km long, 2.1km abeam, 1.3 km dorsal/ventral loft at the central spire complex
Crew: 80,000 primary crew; 400,000+ secondary remora crew
Accel: 0.5 gravities max
Fleet Flag Bridge, Meritech Prosperity-Class Plasma Drives, Secondary Power Genatoria, Voidsmen’s Quarters, Vitae Life Sustainer (equiv.), Gellar Field, Prosperity-Class Warp Engine, Meritech Fleet Augers, Advanced Cogitator
Ship Cradles (holding 30 Meritech Remora-class Raiders), Grand Meritech Launch Bays, Manufactorum, Medicae Deck, Fleet Officer’s Quarters, Ship Repair Docks, Extended Supply Vaults, Munitorium, Murder Servitors
Ship Cradles: Giant, heretech structures meant to protect ships inside the Princely Prosperity.
Launch Bays: The Princely Prosperity laughs at Imperial fleet carriers, and instead has huge bays capable of launching and retrieving entire warships at once. The bays can launch or retrieve up to 5 ships per turn with a standard (+0) Command test, or up to 8 ships per turn with a (-20) modifier. Each degree of failure results in 1 Hull Integrity damage to all ships involved; 3 or more degrees of failure jams the bays for 1 turn while a stuck ship is jettisoned.
Fleet Officer’s Quarters: Extensive facilities for the many captains, senior bridge crews, and accompanying staff of the Princely Prosperity. This also contains halls and vaults of various treasures the ship has captured during its voyages.
Ship Repair Docks: Extensive facilities for repairing the remora ships in between engagements. With a supply of materials and components (often from the Manufactorum), the Repair Docks can keep the entire fleet repaired and ready to fight.
Advanced Cogitator: This may be the last surviving Cogitator from the Arch-Heretechs of the Meritech Clans. It grants wide control to the bridge crew, and manages systems the Arch-Heretechs think too demeaning for their own hands. It grants +10 to all Command tests aboard the ship, or +20 to a single command test each turn. If discovered, the Adeptus Mechanicus will stop at nothing to eliminate this affront to the Omnissiah's Laws.
Unlike the Shrike-class raiders that have become the living tombstones of the Meritech clans, the Remora-class raiders were smaller system defense vessels. Without warp drives or gellar fields, they were more compact and just as deadly. This made them perfect for the Princely Prosperity.
Treat these as Iconoclast Destroyers in all respects, but remove the need for Warp Drives or Gellar Fields. The Princely Prosperity has many different vessels and types on board, from Lance boats and Macrocannon support raiders, to disruption-cannon armed capture hulls, and even a stealthy reconnaissance vessel. More than once, the captain of a Remora-class raider has asked for (and received) an upgrade after a particularly profitable raid.
...Coming Soon: Admiral Larsen Van Weyden III, leader of the Meritech Clans-in-Exile
Edited by CaptainRemiVandigrath, 03 January 2014 - 07:53 PM.