The Overlord is an Imperial aircraft that is used as the primary gunship and assault transport by the forces of the Primaris Space Marines. It was manufactured by the forges of Mars as one of the new designs of Adeptus Astartes vehicles and weapons created by Archmagos Dominus Belisarius Cawl. It is unknown whether Cawl incorporated recently recovered ancient technology to produce the design, or whether it emerged from his own mind as part of his radical turn towards the former heresy known as "innovation."
The Overlord is intended to serve a role for the Primaris Space Marines similar to that of the earlier Astartes Stormbird or Thunderhawk, and is capable of powered flight in both the void and in-atmosphere. It possesses five powerful plasma engines and a twin hull resilient enough to permit an orbital insertion under fire with its precious cargo of Primaris Space Marines.
The Overlord also possesses a similarity to the Corvus Blackstar in that it maintains two large transport bays outfitted with assault doors intended to make it even easier for Primaris Astartes to rapidly exit the aircraft after it touches down under fire in a combat zone. Unlike its predecessors among Adeptus Astartes air assets, the Overlord makes use of considerably more advanced technology, including the ability to deploy its own Void Shields for enhanced protection.
The Overlord is one of a number of new and more advanced patterns of military vehicles to have been created for deployment with the new Chapters of Primaris Space Marines raised by Archmagos Dominus Belisarius Cawl in preparation for the Indomitus Crusade begun by Lord Commander of the Imperium Roboute Guilliman in 999.M41.
The Overlord is armed with anti-munitions cannons intended to provide counterfire against incoming enemy assaults, has a nose-mounted Melta Cannon, Desolator Lascannons mounted on its wings and Heavy Bolters affixed on pylons beneath its wings.
The Overlord can transport up to 40 Primaris Space Marines or standard Space Marines. During the Battle of Adrium of the Indomitus Crusade, a single Overlord was known to transport one standard Astartes and 39 Primaris Space Marines, some of whom were also wearing the more space-hungry Mark X Gravis Pattern Power Armour.
Adeptus Mechanicus Technical Specifications
The technical specifications of the Overlord have not yet been made available by the Adeptus Mechanicus.
- Dark Imperium (Novel) by Guy Haley, Chapter 18
|Primaris Space Marine Forces|
|Command||Primaris Captain • Primaris Lieutenant • Primaris Ancient|
|Specialists||Primaris Apothecary • Primaris Librarian • Primaris Chaplain|
|Close Support||Inceptor • Reiver|
|Fire Support||Hellblaster • Aggressor|
|Combat Walkers and Vehicles||Astraeus • Redemptor Dreadnought • Repulsor|