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Iron Blood IW Flagship

The Gloriana-class Battleship Iron Blood, flagship of the Iron Warriors Legion; a Cobra-class Destroyer is adjacent for size comparison

The Gloriana-class Battleship was a massive class of Imperial Battleship constructed during the height of the Great Crusade and were operational from the late 30th Millennium into the early 31st Millennium. Each of these mighty vessels was highly individualistic and unique from one another in both form and armament. During the Great Crusade each individual Space Marine Legion acquired at least one such vessel which inevitably became the Legion's flagship, utilised by their respective Primarchs. This role was due to these warships' incredible array of firepower, which allowed them to single-handedly batter entire fleets or recalcitrant planets into submission. These warships were far larger than any other known class of Imperial vessel, with the two exceptions of the mobile star-fortress known as the Phalanx used by the Imperial Fists Legion and the Abyss-class Battleships unleashed by the Word Bearers Traitor Legion during the Heresy. The largest of these vessels, the Macragge's Honour, is twenty-six kilometres in length, while another, the Iron Blood is twenty kilometres in length. As expected of such monumental warships, the armour of the Gloriana-class was incredibly thick and protected by overlapping Void Shields which allowed them to absorb stupendous amounts of damage. During the Great Crusade, these warships helped the Legiones Astartes swiftly conquer and bring newly-discovered worlds into Imperial Compliance, which helped to establish the nascent Imperium of Man and its domination of the known galaxy. These vessels were effective at sundering numerous xenos fleets and were put to similar use during the Horus Heresy. During this conflict several of these ships were destroyed in combat. Due to the ailing state of the Imperium following the galaxy-wide rebellion, which cost the galaxy dearly in both blood and treasure, the Mechanicum's shipyards were unable to continue producing such powerful and advanced vessels. As far as records show, no Gloriana-class Battleships are still active in the 41st Millenium (with the exception of the Vengeful Spirit) and many of them were destroyed during the Horus Heresy or the Great Scouring that followed it.

HistoryEdit

The origins of the Gloriana-class Battleship lies in the Sol-system, although whether these mighty vessels were constructed in the great shipyard’s of MarsRing of Iron or in the equally highly reputed docks of Saturn and Jupiter is still a matter of debate. What is known is that the Glorianas were intended to become the flagships of the Space Marine Legion that would prosecute the Emperor’s Great Crusade amongst the stars. This role was due to these warships' incredible array of firepower, which allowed them to single-handedly batter entire fleets or recalcitrant planets into submission, as these warships were far larger than any other known class of Imperial vessel, with the two notable exceptions: firstly the mobile star-fortress known as the Phalanx used by the Imperial Fists Legion and secondly, the Abyss-class Battleships secretly developed by the Word Bearers Traitor Legion during the opening of the Horus Heresy. Each Legion was in turn gifted with one of these incredible warships, and these vessels inevitably became their Legion's flagship, utilised by their respective Primarchs.

As expected of such monumental warships, the armour of the Gloriana-class was incredibly thick and protected by overlapping Void Shields which allowed them to absorb stupendous amounts of damage. During the Great Crusade, these warships helped the Legiones Astartes swiftly conquer and bring newly-discovered worlds into Imperial Compliance, which helped to establish the nascent Imperium of Man and its domination of the known galaxy. These vessels were effective at sundering numerous xenos fleets and were put to similar use during the Horus Heresy. During this conflict several of these ships were destroyed in combat. Due to the ailing state of the Imperium following the galaxy-wide rebellion, which cost the galaxy dearly in both blood and treasure, the Mechanicum's shipyards were unable to continue producing such powerful and advanced vessels. The largest of the Gloriana-class vessels was to be the Macragge's Honour, measuring twenty-six kilometres in length, followed by the Iron Blood with twenty kilometres in length from prow to stern.

It remains unclear how many Gloriana-class Battleships were truly built in the past, for while it is certified that each of the Space Marines Legions could field at least one of these mighty behemoths of war, it is unknown how many battleships were truly built. As the Gloriana-class were intended as gifts from the Emperor to his sons the Primarchs, it would seem sensible that the construction of twenty Gloriana was planned. But as due to circumstances only eighteen Primarchs and Legions remained only eighteen vessels were truly delivered. This would however not explain how Battlefleet Solar would have been able to field its own Gloriana-class Battleship, namely the Amphion, which most notoriously partcipated in the Xana Incursion in 009.M31

Notable Gloriana-class BattleshipsEdit

Other known Gloriana-class BattleshipsEdit

  • Amphion - One of the lynchpins of Battlefleet Solar tasked with the protection of the Imperium’s heartlands, the Amphion was despatched at the head of a powerful fleet to lead a diversionary attack on the renegade Forge World of Xana II in what was to be known as the Xana Incursion.

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