Sovereign Right

Sovereign Right
Vessel Profile
Type WarShip
Class McKenna


As at 3059 the McKenna-class battleship Sovereign Right was serving as the CSA Sovereign Right within the Clan Star Adder touman and was attached to Alpha Galaxy.[1] The Sovereign Right continued to be an active part of the Star Adder touman throughout the next decade[2] and into the Wars of Reaving.

Wars of Reaving[edit]

In 3072 Khan Stanislav N'Buta of the Star Adders was looking for revenge against Clan Blood Spirit for their actions on Strana Mechty, in which the Star Adder enclave was destroyed and saKhan Dante Truscott was killed. In August N'Buta mobilised a large part of the Star Adder navy including the Alpha Naval Reserve Star and struck at the world of York; the Sovereign Right was one of the WarShips mobilised for the attack.[3]

The Aegis-class heavy cruiser CBS Exsanguine was in the York system at the time, and immediately on arrival the Star Adders engaged both the Exsanguine and the nearby recharge station. The Blood Spirits launched five assorted stars of AeroSpace Fighters and DropShips to join in the battle, but were unable to prevent the Star Adders from crippling the Exsanguine and leaving the Exsanguine's commanding officer, Star Admiral Ilse McFadden, with no way to retaliate.[3]

Once it was obvious that the Exsanguine was crippled, the Star Adders pulled back from the battle and instead pressed on to York. In the face of attacks from military and civilian vessels - up to and including civilian DropShips ramming Star Adder vessels - the Star Adders secured themselves in orbit above York and then landed DropShips to evacuate the Star Adder personnel located at their one enclave on the planet. One of the casualties from the suicidal Blood Spirits attacks was the Essex-class destroyer CSA Tehuantepec, which broke up against the planetary atmosphere after being left spinning out of control following three Merchant Caste Union-class DropShips ramming themselves into her maneuvering thrusters; despite the damage taken and the impending loss of the ship, the Tehuantepec did manage to launch all of her DropShips before breaking up.[3]

When the evacuation of the Adder enclave was complete, the Sovereign Right began a twenty-two day orbital bombardment of York, beginning with the city of New Tara but extending outwards to strike at all of the major cities and industries on the planet, shattering the Blood Spirits. More than three-quarters of the planetary population were killed and upwards of ninety percent of the industry was destroyed; while the Star Adders ceased the bombardment short of completely destroying the capital world of the Blood Spirits, the bombardment tipped the planetary ecology into decline as the damage resulted in conditions akin to a nuclear winter, beginning York's slow death.[3]

Blood Spirit Annihilation[edit]

The Sovereign Right and the Nightlord-class battleship CSA Absolute Truth were both assigned to the destruction of the Blood Spirits in the Colleen system in October 3084 under the guise of a Trial of Absorption. Leading a task force consisting of Gamma, Epsilon and Xi Galaxies, the two battleships proceeded to the planet Haven and summarily crushed the two surviving Blood Spirit WarShips, the York-class destroyer CBS Stooping Kite and the Carrack-class transport CBS Karianna Schmitt.[4]

After the Star Adder ground forces had crushed all of the opposition on Helen and looted as much isorla as could be transported off the planet, the Absolute Truth began a two-to-three week campaign of orbital bombardment that targeted every holding and enclave on the world and on the other inhabited world in the system, Honor. The Absolute Truth then left the Sovereign Right in the system for several months to continue destroying any Blood Spirit survivors discovered. The Sovereign Right kept a watchful eye on the system for some time afterwards, destroying a small number of DropShips that attempted to escape from the system a month after the catastrophic bombardment.[4]

The Sovereign Right was still an active part of the Star Adder touman as at 3085.[5]


  1. Field Manual: Crusader Clans, p. 119, "Naval Assets"
  2. Field Manual: Updates, p. 50, "Naval Assets"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Wars of Reaving, p. 104, "The Fall of York"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wars of Reaving, p. 156, "Clan Blood Spirit"
  5. Wars of Reaving, p. 168, "WarShips"