Long Serpent Class Battlecruiser
Built by the Tech Priests of Hydraphur at the direction of Admiral Knightsbridge shortly after the Gothic War, it was designed to act as a Pirate hunter. The Long Serpent combined the basic Cruiser layout with an engine suit normally used for Battleships, resulting in a much faster vessel able to keep up with the swiftest raider craft while delivering brutal firepower thanks to its 4 Weapons Batteries, single Lance battery, and Nova Cannon.
However all this performance came at a price, for its armor protection remains that of a cruiser. When hit by multiple salvos from larger vessels, Serpent-class ships are quickly destroyed and catastrophic Warp Drive failure can take surrounding Escorts with it. But despite this, limited numbers of Long Serpents are finding their way into the fleets of Segmentum Obscurus and Segmentum Pacificus.
Notable Long Serpent Class Vessels
- Gorgon — Destroyed an Eldar Shadow Cruiser
- Medusa — Destroyed in a fight against Ork raiders, damaging the Lunar Class Cruiser Lord Chalfont in the process.
- Nemesis — Destroyed an Ork Terror Ship and three Ravagers single-handed
- Scylla — Destroyed by multiple Chaos ships and suffered a Warp Drive meltdown that destroyed her entire squadron of Escorts and damaged the Battleship Mailed Fist.
- Swift Striker
The Long Serpent Class Battlecruiser was originally a fan-designed entry by Bob Henderson for Planet Killer's Battlefleet Gothic "Design a new space ship" competition and the runner up of the contest.