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The Conqueror[2]

The Conqueror was a Gloriana Class Battleship of the World Eaters during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy. The Conqueror was among the largest Gloriana-class vessels alongside the Vengeful Spirit, Hrafnkel, and Iron Blood.[5] During the Heresy, the Conqueror was commanded by flag-captain Lotara Sarrin.

Overview

Prior to the discovery of Angron, the ship served the Legion under the name Adamant Resolve.[3a] Upon being reunited with their Primarch it quickly became Angron's personal flagship during the later Crusade and subsequent Horus Heresy. The Conqueror was heavily modified to better fit his methods of war. Its most notable modification was an array of the Ursus Claw system, giant harpoons designed to spear enemy vessels from afar and drag them into close range so that boarding actions could be conducted.[1][3b]

After the events of the Shadow Crusade and the transformation of Angron into a Daemon Prince, the Conqueror began to become corrupted. By the time the Iron Warriors found it orbiting Deluge, it was still at the head of the World Eaters but bore the signs of the Warp as well as many battle scars. The Ship accompanied the Iron Warriors back to Ullanor for the traitor's muster before taking part in the Siege of Terra.[6] It next appeared as part of a massive traitor armada at the climax of the Solar War as a massive Warp Rift formed over Luna. Angron was perched on top the vessel in the void of the space, issuing a shrieking order to attack.[7]

By the time of the Siege of Terra the Conqueror was heavily corrupted and in total disarray, with much of its crew killed by Angron or his mad Night Lords. However Lotara Sarrin continued to try and hold the ship together and keep an orderly crew. During one of Angron's rages near the reactor core Sarrin feared that he might cause a catastrophic meltdown, and she convinced Kharn to confront Angron in the bowels of the vessel and teleport him aboard the labyrinth within the Nightfall.[8]

Following the Battle of Terra, the Conqueror fled into the Eye of Terror. After this point it began to appear sporadically at the head of small raiding flotillas, and after the Battle of Skalathrax faded into obscurity. It was reported destroyed by the Imperium in M35, but this proved to be incorrect as it was spotted again in 435.M37 raiding Segmentum Obscurus. It has changed hands several times as World Eaters Chaos Lords have claimed and lost the vessel. The Conqueror reappeared prominetly for the first time since the Heresy during the Gothic War at the command of Heinrich Bale. It escaped destruction once again in the war, subsequently reappearing at the forefront of the fleet of Kosolax the Foresworn during the 13th Black Crusade.[4]

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