|This article is about the Black Templars Battle Barge, for the Novella by Guy Haley see The Eternal Crusader|
The Eternal Crusader is a Battle Barge and the largest ship of the Black Templars fleet. Serving as the Chapter's spiritual and operational center, it is home to the High Marshal himself. The Eternal Crusader holds most of the Chapter's relics, chapels, and reliquaries and has been refitted many times over its ten thousand years of service. The ship has extra docking facilities for Escorts, additional launch bays for shuttles and Thunderhawks, and accommodation for twice as many Space Marines as a normal battle barge.
The vessel itself dates back to the Horus Heresy where it served in the Imperial Fists Fleet, and was said to be one of Rogal Dorn's favorite ships. During the War of the Beast, the Eternal Crusader was undergoing refit at the shipyards at Cypra Mundi, and would not be combat ready for another twenty years. The Black Templars flag was transferred to the Abhorrence.