of War & Profit
Hull: Intermediate Cruiser
Class: Mars-Pattern Conviction
Dimensions: aprox 4.5 km long, 0.8 km abeam approx.
Mass: 24 megatons approx.
Crew: 85,000 crew, approx.
Accel: 5 gravities max sustainable acceleration
The Bellum Praeda(aka the “War & Profit”) is an Intermediate Cruiser with over ten millennium of history; note that this hull type stopped being produced shortly after the Horus Heresy in favor of the standard Cruiser. It was decommissioned from the military after being gutted in a confrontation with the Eldar during the Macharian Crusade nearly 1,000 years earlier. Being instrumental in defeating the Eldar and saving Lord Macharian’s capital ship, it was not scrapped but placed in orbit as a shrine. The Mechanicus petitioned to have a shrine permanently placed on the oribital ship where they were willing to restore the Cruiser to its original state.
At an unspecified time later, it was purchased and refurbished by the Loken Rogue Trader Dynasty; a venerable and highly respected Dynasty with 2,000 years of history. In order to refurbish the Bellum Praeda they negotiated support from the Mechanius in return for a Mechanicus restricted space within the ship as well as the right to continue manning the shrine on the ship regardless of ownership; a right sealed under Imperial law.
Nearly a 100 years ago, the Loken family’s vast fortunes had been run into a void hole by a combination of bad luck and poor decisions. A fleet of over 20 ships had dwindled to the Bellum Praeda. In a desparate gamble, Khanis Loken, the last of the Loken line took the Bellum Praeda to the extreme edge of the Koronus Expanse following a lead for the Dread Pearl; a world of rumored vast riches. The Bellum Praeda dissapeared.
Sightings of the ship ghosted through the Rogue Trader circles. It mysteriously reappeared six years ago near Port Wander. Hailed and then boarded after receiving no response, a search of the ship revealed that all-hands went missing, the Rogue Trader’s journal was wiped clean, and the auspix recordings had nothing but static. The ship was a true ghost. Where it had gone, what had happened to its crew, and how it reappeared outside port wander are all a shrouded mystery.
After a thorough investigation by the Inquisition, it was refitted where needed and awarded as part of a Crusade Warrant of Trade to a lost descendent of the Loken Dynasty. Much of its crew had to be forced into service due to the ship’s reputation as a ghost ship. Though the Mechanis gladly and willingly restored and manned their shrine; though even they had been overheard commenting on some of the odd responses from the ship’s machine spirits. Crew on late-night work details, conducting vigils in the wee hours when all are asleep, passing through corridors alone, or alone in desolate sections of the ship all speak of strange echoes, conversations ahead or behind them when they know there is nobody else around, distant footfalls, and even stranger events.
Void Shields: 1
Hull Integrity: 68
Space: 70 (Used: 65)
Power: 65(Used: 60)
Turret Rating: 2
Weapon Capacity: Port 2, Starboard 2
Mars Class 3 Drive
Strelov 2 War Engine
Standard Geller Field
Ship Master’s Bridge of Antiquity
M-1.r Life Sustainer
Auto-stabilized Logis Targetter
Extended Supply Vaults