Corinth

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Corinth
Vessel Profile
Type WarShip
Class Thera

History[edit]

The Thera-class carrier Corinth was under construction in 3059 and was due to enter service with the Free Worlds League black water navy in 3063, becoming the third-of-class vessel of her class, following the earlier FWLS Santorini and FWLS Sardis. Also under construction at the time were a pair of Eagle-class frigates intended to serve as escorts for the Corinth, the FWLS Gawain and FWLS Mordred.[1]

All three ships were still serving together in 3067.[2] The Corinth was suborned by the Word of Blake and would fight in their service throughout the Jihad; the Blakists also managed to suborn one of her escorts, the Mordred.[3]

The Corinth was involved in a pitched naval battle in the Atreus system on the 25th of October 3068, when loyalist and Blakist elements of the Free Worlds League navy turned on each other; the Corinth and Mordred joined the Aegis-class heavy cruiser FWLS Nueva Badajoz, Agamemnon-class heavy cruiser FWLS Aeneas, Black Lion-class battlecruiser FWLS Xanthos and the Impavido-class destroyer FWLS Impavido. The Blakist-aligned WarShips attacked the loyalist WarShips in the system, which were mainly lighter destroyers and corvettes, and which consisted of the Gawain, the Impavido-class FWLS Janos Marik, the Zechetinu-class corvette FWLS Sparta, the Zechetinu II-class corvettes FWLS Acari and FWLS Scorpion and the Essex-class destroyer FWLS Raven.[4]

The naval battle in the Atreus system was a victory for the Blakist forces; none of the Blakist WarShips were destroyed, although all of them had suffered damage, but of the loyalist forces, only the FWLS Acari and FWLS Raven escaped to seek refuge in the Duchy of Oriente.[4]

On the 31st of March 3076 FWLS Corinth and a fleet of attendent combat DropShips and AeroSpace Fighters arrived in orbit above the world of Regulus, capital of the Regulan Principality; the fleet had travelled to Regulus to transport the Precentor commanding the Manei Domini, Apollyon, to the planet with the intent of delivering an ultimatum to Prince Kirc Cameron-Jones. The Corinth remained in orbit for five days before Apollyon was delivered to the surface of the planet, during which time widespread panic captured a considerable part of the population; the Regulan black water fleet had moved to intercept the Blakist fleet, but couldn't match the number of ships that the Blakists had deployed, and Regulan intelligence of the analysis indicated that up to two regiments of ground forces could be held by the Corinth's fleet, a substantial threat to the Regulan Defense Force garrison on the planet. By accident or intent the Corinth remained silhouetted against Zamzama, Regulus' moon, for the duration of her visit, a visible reminder of the Blakist threat. Apollyon discovered that Titus Cameron-Jones had replaced his father Kirc as Prince, and threatened him and all of Regulus with dire consequences should the Regulans interfere with events outside the borders of the Principality in the future; Titus' wife, Michelle, launched a pre-planned ambush that failed to kill Apollyon, but which led to Titus being injured in an act of intimidation by the Blakists, further enhancing Apollyon's threat.[5]

The Mordred was destroyed in a major naval battle in the Dieron system in 3077[3] but the Corinth continued to fight in the service of the Word of Blake. The Corinth survived the Jihad, and was last observed in the Jouques system operating alongside the Zechetinu II-class corvette FWLS Opilione as part of a pack of five Blakist WarShips which conducted a brief raiding campaign against the Duchy of Oriente in 3079. As at mid-3081 the Corinth remained unaccounted for.[6][7]

In June, 3095, an Interstellar Expeditions archaeological expedition near McEvedy's Folly in the Periphery had apparently located the remains of an outpost used by the Minnesota Tribe, the presumed survivors of Clan Wolverine. A Thera-class WarShip with Spectral OmniFighters completely destroyed the group, as the remnants of the Word of Blake - and the Manei Domini in particular - were apparently determined to keep the secrets of the Minnesota Tribe undiscovered.[8] Although not explicitly named, the Corinth was the only Thera-class vessel still in the Word of Blake's service at the time.

References[edit]

  1. Field Manual: Free Worlds League, p. 119, "Renovation/Construction"
  2. Field Manual: Updates, p. 144, "Ships Of The FWL"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 128, "Captured Ships"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Jihad Turning Points: Atreus BattleCorps Exclusive Track, p. 2, "True Colors Revealed"
  5. Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 4-8, "Sins of the Father"
  6. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 127, "Naval Assets"
  7. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 128, "Ships Not Accounted For"
  8. Interstellar Players 3: Interstellar Expeditions, pp. 4-7, Shades and Spirits, a Thera leads the Word of Blake attack on the IE expedition

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