Opus Imperatoris, Homines Voluntas
Hull type: Grand cruiser
Class: Exorcist (carrier)
Tonnage: 37 megatonnes
Length: 7.3 km
Crew compliment: 112,000 voidsmen
A quick description of Opus Imperatoris and her crew.
The lowest class of crewmen, bilge-scum operate and maintain the machinery in the bowels of Opus Imperatoris, including the filtration pumps (hence the name bilge-scum). Most of them are indentured workers or criminals convicted by Imperial law. They also live where they work; at the bottom of the ship, where the walls between the radiation violence of space and the living compartments are thinnest.
Voidsmen of the low to middle ranks make up the majority of the crew and are responsible for the majority of the actual day-to-day running of the ship. They are used to hard physical labour but still technologically adept enough to conduct more advanced operations.
Techpriests are responsible for the maintenance of the ship’s venerable drives and other complex technological systems. The also attend many of the systems on the bridge, including the all-important servitors.
Mono-tasked servitors are technologically enhanced, mind-wiped slaves with no sentience and only enough programming to perform a given task. On Opus Imperatoris, a great many systems are operated by an immobile servitor attached by a mind impulse unit to the console it sits by, and much manual labour is carried out by servitors.
Above the regular voidsmen there is the officer class. Some of them are voidsmen who have
consistently proven their worth and been elevated to positions of command, often as deck chiefs
responsible for the crew that inhabits a designated deck. Others can be officers from Imperial Navy families and are often found on the bridge of the ship.
Other important people
The ship’s cadre of navigators make longer warp jumps possible through their ability to perceive the immaterium through their third eyes (known as ‘the Warp Eye’). Without the protection of the unique mutations of the navigator the human mind would be driven insane by exposure to the warp. The navigators spends most of their time in the navigator well on the bridge of Opus Imperatoris or in the navigator’s spire, making them isolated from the majority of the crew.
Without interstellar communication the Imperium could not exist, and this is made possible through the existence of astro-telepaths (more commonly called ‘astropaths’) whose powers enable them to send messages across the cold void of space. On board the Opus imperatoris are a handful of astropaths making up an astropathic choir capable of sending and receiving messages. The chief astropath is Elwin Lanadis. It is worth noting that the astropaths’ sanctum is made inviolable by Imperial law and any violence against astropaths is usually met with severe punishment by either the master of the ship or Imperial authorities (should they learn about it, that is).
Along the spine of Opus Imperatoris lies several observation domes and between them is a windowed walkway paned in the strongest diamond panes. This is extremely useful for astronomical observation and also provides some relief from the claustrophobic conditions of void travel.
The ship’s belly is home to the lowers classes of voidsmen and here drinking compartments and even gambling halls can be found. Officers seldom venture here, instead keeping to the common rooms and informal drinking halls of the mid decks, or the officers’ mess.
Massive landing bays decorate the sides of Opus Imperatoris capable of housing a great many small craft, like fighters, bombers, assault boats and shuttles.