Meritech Shrike-class Raider

Meritech Shrike-class Raider

Dimensions: 2 km long, 0.25 km abeam at fins approx.
Mass: 4.5 megatonnes approx.
Crew: 15,000 crew, approx.
Accel: 5.9 gravities max sustainable acceleration.

The Meritech clans were an infamous rabble of voidborn star-gypsies, wanderers and scavengers, who came to reside in the boder zone worlds of the Merates cluser during the final years of the 40th millenia. Initially content to forage for parts for their ramshackle fleets from ruined space hulks drifting into their territory, within a century they had embarked upon a lifestyle of piracy, and routinely attacked vessels passing between the Calixis and Ixaniad sectors. In 211.M41 mere banditry gave way to all-out war when Meritech raiders ambushed a trio of Battlefleet Calixis Sword-class frigates. Only one Sword escaped.

This plunged the entire region into a fifteen-year war which only concluded when Battlefleet Calixis crushed the Meritech Clan strongholds. Subsequent Inquisitorial investigations established, it is said, sinister tech-heretics behind the events.

Many of the deadly raider vessels utilized by the clanfleet survived, sold to pirates and other rogues to ensure safe passage for the upper echelons of the renegade clanlords. The vessel designed a Shrike class is typical of the Meritech ships of the period, and indeed formed the main strength of its bandit squadrons. A lithe, incredibly advanced vessel that utilized heretical technologies unknown ot the Adeptus Mechanicus, few Rogue Traders are able to maintain these ships at their original performance levels, give their bizarrely innovative heretech, but they remain dangerous fast raiders.

Speed: 10
Maneuverability: +25
Detection: +20
Hull Integrity: 30
Armour: 16
Turret Rating: 2
Space: 35
SP: 34
Weapon Capacity: Dorsal 1, Prow 1

Advanced Cogitator Linkage: Shrikes include kilometers of sophisticated linkage cabling, which at one time allowed a highly advanced core cogitator to exercise extreme control over the systems. Although the heretical cogitator is long removed, the linkage remains. This vessel gains a +5 bonus to all Ballistic Skill Tests to fire the ship’s weaponry.

Meritech Shrike-class Raider

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