The Grand Transverse of the Hammer
The Hammer of Saint Johnston
The Hammer of Saint Johnston is a Sword Class Frigate that has xeno tech. “The Hammer” is its affectionate moniker. “The Hammer” was recently bequeathed to the Former Lord-Captain Rogue Trader Fortunis.
Before the Imperium of Man was the God-Emperor, and before he was called such, he walked the lands of Terra as a man. He was the greatest man that ever lived-but a man nevertheless. In those forgotten centuries, the world was torn by warring tribes of techno-barbarians, squabbling amongst themselves for scraps of the bounty left from the Dark Age of Technology. As the Emperor ascended to unite these tribes for his Great Crusade, he marked several among their number as the few humans who would come the closest to being his “peers”. One such man was a warlord named Johnston. Although he was too old to receive the gene-seed (once that process had been perfected), the Emperor’s knowledge of biotics was unsurpassed, and allowed Johnston to live on into the years of the Crusade. On a long-neglected forge world, Johnston met his end from extreme old age and physical trauma.
His sacrifice, however, would not be similarly given over to mortal pitfalls. As the Emperor cleansed the last of recently-fallen Eldar from the soil of the world, he came across the the creations of its forges: collaborative work on a Dark Age frigate between the Adeptus Mechanicus’ far-flung servants and untainted Eldar craftsmen. As a tribute to Johnston, the Emperor re-christened the ship The Hammer of St.Johnston, after his faithful follower’s preferred weapon.
In the ensuing millenia, there have been many great men who were named in the tradition of the original St. Johnston, and risen to sainthood in their own right. To a man, they have been courageous, freethinking, prudent, and above all, committed to their predecessor’s love of the Emperor; but more so than that, to how the original St. Johnston glorified the Emperor- because, in direct violation of Ecclesiarch dogma, every Johnston has known and revered the Emperor as the pinnacle of what a man can achieve. And so it was, that late in the life of the thirty-ninth (and most recent) St. Johnston, the Hammer had these words engraved on the archway to the observation deck:
“Nothing that is seen from this room is out of reach to the man who knows what he is-cousin to the Emperor.”