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The Cardinal-class Heavy Cruiser was the original template used for the ill-fated Acheron-class Heavy Cruiser design. The failure of the Acherons was ultimately attributed to the use of xenos technology in the weapons systems derived for the class from the techno-artefacts recovered by the Adeptus Mechanicus from the haunted Portis Cthulhus in Sector 51. As a result, doubt clung like a stinking shroud to the Cardinal-class and now only a handful of Imperial Navy fleets use this aging vessel type. Only two ships were in service to Battlefleet Bakka in the Segmentum Tempestus when the Tyranid Hive Fleet Behemoth invaded. Several of these vessels have been lost to the Warp, only to reemerge decades or even centuries later in the service of the Ruinous Powers of Chaos.
Notable Cardinal-class Heavy CruisersEdit
- Sebastian Thor - One of two Cardinal-class vessels that served in Battlefleet Bakka during the defence of the Bakka Sector during the invasions of Hive Fleet Behemoth. This vessel left with the Bakka Battlefleet and its sister-ship, the Silent Fire to take part in the Maccragan War (the climactic Battle of Macragge), but the Silent Fire never arrived and was presumed lost to the Warp. The Sebastian Thor was one of the handful of survivors from the battle.
- Silent Fire - One of two Cardinal-class vessels that served in Battlefleet Bakka during the defence of the Bakka Sector during the invasions of Hive Fleet Behemoth. This vessel left with the Bakkan Battlefleet to take part in the Maccragan War, but never arrived and was presumed lost to the Warp.
- Battlefleet Gothic Magazine 2, "D'aynes Fighting Ships of Segmentum Tempestus - Battlefleet Bakka," pg. 38