A cruiser is a warship through and through. These are the ships of the line of Battlefleet Calixis, the heavy-hitters that fight major naval engagements. These ships are rare – building one takes centuries if not longer, and requires knowledge and technology from mankind’s golden age now only known to the most powerful tech-magos. However, each vessel – often five or more kilometers long – carries the firepower to burn planets. They are designed to win wars, and the Imperial Navy guards them zealously.
Cruisers carry large banks of weapons and are heavily armored. They have huge engines, but due to their size, their speed and maneuvering is not spectacular. This is good for a cruiser’s smaller opponents, since their only chance against these behemoths is to flee. Indeed, cruiser designers expect their craft their craft will most often fight other cruisers, and will mount powerful weapons designed specifically to slay these ships.
For a Rogue Trader, a cruiser is a vessel filled with both promise and peril. All the problems that come with a light cruiser are multiplied ten-fold here. Often these vessels cannot be bought for any amount of money, and may only be procured through some truly worthy deed (or equally villainous scheme). Even if a Rogue Trader manages to get his hands on a cruiser, he will find a universe of enemies scheming to take it from him. A cruiser is an invaluable treasure, after all. However, a Rogue Trader with the resources, cunning, and ruthlessness to get a cruiser and keep it, it is an unrivaled power beholden to no-one but himself.
As follows are the varied cruiser-class hull types available in the Koronus Expanse and Calixis sector. Note these hull types consist of Imperial-pattern starships, and equivalent xeno or chaos pattern hulls may vary considerably.