UEC Sanctus

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The UEC Sanctus


Blue Planet: War in Heaven Tech Description

The Sanctus occupies a tactical space between the Karuna frigates and the old GTA Great War-era cruisers. The UEF military officially designates the Sanctus as a next-generation cruiser, though the ship's dimensions approach those of the Vasudan Sobek class corvette. The cruiser was designed with the Federation's philosophy of generalisation in mind, and as such has enough cargo space to serve as a military freighter and transport while still performing adequately as a warship. Although numerous and tactically flexible, the Sanctus is so broadly deployed that casualties are simply inevitable.

Developer Notes


Name Origin

Sanctus is Latin for Holy. As an Ordinary of the Mass, it is a hymn that is sung as the final words of the Preface of the Eucharistic Prayer.




Name UEC Sanctus
Type Cruiser
Manufacturer Han-Ronald Corporation
Yaw, Pitch, Roll 80.0, 80.0, 80.0 s
Max Velocity 40 ms-1
Hitpoints 67 000 pts
Length 760 m
Width 281 m
Height 269 m
Turrets 17 turrets


Default Statistics Sanctus Mk2
Turret Type Amount Turret Type Amount
Warhammer 2 Hydra 2
Burst Flak 2 Burst Flak 6
Point Defense Turret 2 Point Defense Turret 6
UEF Heavy Turret 2 Gauss Cannon#Sanctus 3
Mass Driver#Sanctus 3
UEF Medium Turret 4
Gauss Cannon#Sanctus 2

Veteran Comments

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The Sanctus is the most numerous of the UEF's versatile and beautiful capital ships. To compensate for its lack of beam weapons and relatively light railgun armament, the Sanctus mounts a pair of four-tube torpedo launchers that a)look incredibly cool and b) allow it to serve as a close-range, formation-disrupting combatant. It may not have much punch, but it can force a GTVA gunline to turn off and deal with a new threat.

The Sanctus will get murdered at range by beam-armed combatants. Its antifighter defenses are, relatively speaking, numerous, and it is a veritable fortress except from the fore against bombs.

Treat it as you would a GTC Aeolus were you a GTVA pilot. The fighter screen is exceptional, and a welcome relief for a damaged fighter who needs escort. When hostile warheads are incoming however, you need to defend these over-sized cruisers. They do not have heavy armor, so they are vulnerable to fighter attacks especially swarm missiles. Unattended they tend to be the easiest pickings for GTB Artemis attacks in the UEF warship ranks. Do note however the 40 meter per second top speed, 160% of the speed of a GTCv Chimera. As far as damage output, it barely outstrips a Freespace 2 GTC Fenris. Much of the first War in Heaven campaign can be spent trying to rescue these things from the slaughter.