The Fortunous Dynasty's Exploits
Saint Sabbat Patrol
The patrol consists of a Dauntless-class light cruiser The Unquestioning Duty and two frigates (variously the Pride of Dolat, Well-Earned Fate or the Purity of Faith.)
The Duty began service four millenia ago, launched from the Martian shipyards. She was transferred slowly towards rimwards until she reached Battlefleet Calixis.
Despite numerous engagements she has never seen a major refit and maintains extensive records.
The Purity of Faith joined the Duty when the two were transferred to Battlefleet Cypra Mundi. The two have a well-developed rivalry that occasionally explodes into violence when both crews are on leave simultaneously.
The Faith seems to need constant tows to base. Her engines are willful, overzealous and often cut out after the end of an engagement. Three times the Duty has brought her in on the great tow chains. The Duty’s aft crews must be careful whenever the Faith pulls behind. The chains have a way of loosening themselves, as if expecting they need to rescue her ally.
The Pride of Dolat was produced in a civilian spacedock orbiting Dolat. The owners hoped to prove they were worthy of Navy contracts. Her production and service rapidly proved that the yard was not worthy.
After multiple failed firings, overburns, stress fractures and a worker’s strike, she was marked for scrap.
Then a group of Eldar raiders struck nearby. She was one of the few allegedly warp-capable ships ready to jump. In the battle she acquitted herself more than adequately. She crippled one of the raider and the other two covered her withdrawal. The Pride was almost crippled herself and the warp jump nearly destroyed her.
This became a constant in her service- dashing victories that came at great personal cost. She would lose 60% of her officers in every engagement.
Her captains had an even worse survival rate. After a five-hour long battle that killed the captain, first mate, second mate, third mate and chief gunner, it became standard to refer to the captain as the “Master of the Bridge.” This simple trick hopefully will trick whatever ill-luck haunts the ship.
The Well-Earned Fate was a capable pirate-catcher before she joined the squadron. She was assigned to the Duty to cover for the Pride after that ship’s first outing. The posting became permanent on the second patrol, when the Faith saw her engines wrecked in an Orkish boarding action.
Several times the Navy as prepared to return the Fate to her normal duties, but it’s proven impossible. Whenever the ship is about to leave, the squadron needs her again. Naval command gave up trying to detach her after the third attempt saw a freak fire claim the galleys of the Pride.
The Fate is known for her nimble handing, but any extreme correction to port has been known to lock her into a port circle. The only way to counteract it seems to be an equally violent turn in the opposite direction.