Typhon Imperator

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Typhon Imperator
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Production information

Manufacturer:

Black Fleet

Technical specifications

Crew:

Shadow Legion Soldiers
Tormentors

Usage

Role(s):

Flagship

Affiliation:

Black Fleet
Shadow Legion

 

The Typhon Imperator is a massive vessel used by Emperor Calus after becoming a Disciple of the Witness for the invasion of Earth and later Neptune.

History[edit]

Since his encounter and eventual anointment as the latest member of the Disciples of the Witness, Calus was given his own vessel to serve as The Witness' herald for a second Collapse within the Sol System; the Typhon Imperator, a massive Pyramid-based craft in place of his derelict Leviathan. This new flagship would also serve as the main base of operations for Calus's Shadow Legion.

During the opening events of Lightfall, the Typhon Imperator was initially seen cruising amongst the Black Fleet, and later led the invasion fleet of Neptune, with the intent of seeking a paracausal artifact hidden there known as the Veil. A large section of the city of Neomuna has since become flattened and demolished by the parking of Calus's flagship, looming over the city's skyline from Ahimsa Park.

Overview[edit]

In terms of the ship's overall design and layout, the Typhon Imperator incorporates both aspects of the Pyramid's haunting, geometric architecture and Calus's extravagant, gaudy tastes. Its physical profile is of a flat arrow-like shape, with a wide broad front and the stern of the ship tapering into a long thin wedge. There are four intermediate sections between the main body and the base of the tail wedge that are "cut out" from the broader front half of the ship's body. At the very front of the vessel's bow lies what could be interpreted as a statue or figurehead of Emperor Calus in his new form as a Disciple. This figurehead is flanked on both sides by large resting arms, in a similar manner to a Sphinx. Directly above and behind the Calus figurehead is an equally flat plateau-like structure that is trapezoid-shaped when viewed from the front, possibly the ship's bridge. Behind the plateau are at least six rectangular towers. The whole hull is peppered with the same orange lights as the Pyramids are.

Though many of the main aspects of the Typhon Imperator's interior are similar to what was seen within Rhulk's Sunken Pyramid, Calus's expected need for opulence led to golden statues of himself being found along with other aspects of Cabal memorabilia being located throughout the vessel, even chests overflowing with treasures being littered about in some hallways and chambers. As expected, likely at the center of the vessel lies a chamber with a golden throne for the emperor.

Since the Typhon also serves as the Shadow Legion's main fortress, sections of it are filled with warships and Goliath Tanks, enough to launch a massive invasion. In addition, a chamber of the vessel was filled with pods of Cabal, likely Shadow Legion clones that were used in Calus's own experiments with the Darkness and Pyramid technology. Further, a gladiator ring was made for Calus's forces to train themselves and serve as entertainment for their emperor.

Trivia[edit]

  • It is unknown how comparable in scale the Typhon Imperator is to Calus's old ship, the Leviathan.
  • Typhon is a giant monster in Greek mythology, said to be the strongest and most horrible of all Greek monsters, as well as being the father of a good number of them. Descriptions of Typhon ranged wildly from having wings and a serpentine lower half who can control storms and weather, to having many heads, hands and legs that ended in numerous serpents, and shot a white fire from his mouth and eyes. It took Zeus over 100 lightning bolts and dropping a volcano to subdue Typhon enough to imprison him in Tartarus. There are inconclusive speculations amongst linguistic scholars that the modern word "typhoon" may have been influenced by his name.
    • Imperator is a Latin word originally referring to a military commander with an esteemed prowess or repute, later becoming a popular agnomen (epithet or title) for Roman leaders during Rome's transition from a republic into an empire. It had since become a synonym for "emperor" and eventually took up that meaning entirely, replacing other words such as Princeps ("first citizen").

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