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Cabal warships are of very sturdy design in spite of being described as "ugly, hasty, and crude", being built for maneuverability and close-range combat. This is illustrated by the Skyburners' command ship, Dantalion Exodus VI, being deployed as a warship-sized boarding pod against Oryx's Dreadnaught on the orders of Ghaul. This is after the Awoken offensive failed in the Battle of Saturn, where the Harbingers left not a mark upon the Hive vessel's armor.
They are capable of deploying Mining Landers, Injection Rigs, drills and boarding pods. They have four main engines, with a six-engine variant serving as Ghaul's command ship. They are serviced by carriers.
Centuries before the events of the Red War, the Cabal empire exchanged their elegant cruisers for close-quarter frigates designed to be independent, small, and highly maneuverable and adaptable. This was in response to the Hive threat, whose usage of space-time rifts defied traditional tactics and forced the Cabal to fight them at extremely close ranges. According to Calus, the new warships are expendable.
The Red Legion utilized larger battlecruiser variants of the mainline warship for orbital bombardments and carrier operations. These ships boasted greater armaments and could carry multiple Land Tanks, Goliath Tanks, Threshers, and Harvesters. An example is the warship Retribution. They may either be surviving examples of Emperor Calus' elegant "instruments of state", or converted and retrofitted per Umun'arath's specifications into the Red Legion's fleets.
During the Martian Cabal's occupation on Mars, scores of warships could be seen stationed about the Solar system, from the ruins of Freehold to an abandoned warbase on Phobos, including an abandoned fleet on Mercury. In the aftermath of the Skyburners' offensive on the Dreadnaught, two warships can be viewed in a hologram on the bridge orbiting above and below Saturn's rings.
During the Red War, a fleet of Ships along with Carriers attacked the Last City. The Tower was destroyed by swarms of long ranged rockets. During the course of the war, Shaxx's Redjacks were able to board and acquire some ships for the Crucible.
Named Cabal warships
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