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The Chalice-class was a bold but not entirely successful attempt to further develop the concept of the Battlecruiser. The theory seemed sound: a fast Heavy Cruiser, with light armour and powerful weapons that could outrun and outmanoeuvre anything it could not immediately destroy. During the bleak middle years of the Angevin Crusade, much was made by Imperial propagandists of the new, locally manufactured "super-cruisers" planned to roll up the numerous xenos and Heretic empires arrayed against the Emperor's forces. Even though they only came into service as the Crusade ended, hopes for these vessels were immense. Early Chalice-class captains were lauded as glamorous, swashbuckling adventurers in endless Vox reels and data plays.
Sadly, the vessels failed to live up to expectations. Two of the original Chalice-class Battlecruisers were destroyed during an engagement with unknown xenos forces in the Hazeroth Abyss in 123.M40, and others were lost to accident or fleet engagements over the following millennia. Due to an active Inquisitorial campaign to conceal these military setbacks, these starships remain admired amongst the ignorant general Imperial public, who believe these vessels remain the iron core of Battlefleet Calixis. However, these sleek and beautiful warships, while fast and well-armed, have a glass jaw, and a disconcerting tendency to rupture plasma conduits under sustained assault.
- Hull: 5.1 kilometres long, 0.8 kilometres abeam at fins approximately.
- Mass: Approximately 29 megatonnes.
- Class Chalice-class Battlecruiser.
- Crew: Approximately 98,200 crew.
- Acceleration: 3.4 gravities maximum sustainable acceleration.
- Rogue Trader: Battlefleet Koronus (RPG), pg. 22