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The Abyss Class Battleship were a trio of super heavy Battleships used by the Word Bearers Legion during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy.[1] These Battleships were massive vessels, each one a rival to even the famed Phalanx.[2]


The vessels were a unique configuration within the Imperium at the time and were quite large with even Emperor and Gloriana Battleships being dwarfed by these massive vessels.[2] The ships were roughly shaped like a sword with three points sticking out from the vessel like a trident. These ships were more akin to floating cities then battleships and a noted appearance was a large open golden book present on its hull. The nature of these ships meant that many did not think it was capable of carrying fighters but these individuals were often surprisingly mistaken when the ship launched its compliment of fighters from its hanger bay.[1a]

The Abyss class ships contained the first prototype plasma lance, which was capable of destroying other ships in close combat. They were also capable of being equipped with psionic charges which were able to be deployed in the Warp and disrupt the senses of a Navigator.[1b]

The starships were created secretly by a branch of the Adeptus Mechanicus who held loyalties to Warmaster Horus during the early start of the Horus Heresy. It was made at the shipyard moon of Thule and given as a gift to the Word Bearers Adeptus Astartes, who were serving their Primarch in their plan to assault the loyalist Legions that would serve the Emperor. After the commemoration ceremony, the shipyard was destroyed, killing all the workers and allowing the ships existence to remain a secret as its design was unknown to everyone outside its construction.[c]